Eighth International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns - Washington, DC USA 2000

Sustaining War Tax Resistance

Workshop Number 3

Led by Bill Ramsey

Bill began the session saying that he wasn't sure whether we were looking at how to sustain ourselves or the movement but that one cannot really separate the two. Bill suggested that we were not investigating the mechanics of resistance in any one country, rather we were thinking about attitudes and posture.

As we introduced ourselves, we shared our stories. Bill pointed out that such sharing is one way of sustaining WTR. Our group included some people just starting resistance, many long-termers, those who feel isolated or independent, and many of us who have support groups or are part of a loose community of resisters.

Bill had a number of good ideas based on his own experiences, which I'll list here for simplicity.

Participants shared the following ideas:

Lack of time prevented us from having as much dialogue as some participants desired. The term ‘workshop’ is defined and practiced differently in other countries and consequently, raises varying expectations for attendees. So perhaps the style of the ‘workshop’ should be clarified for future conferences. Our session also could have been divided into three parts after the initial presentation to allow people more time to share experiences, which is what we all want to do!

Betsy Corner, reporter