[act-ma] 11/16-18 Fri-Sun Colrain & resistance today
edagro at riseup.net
Thu Oct 25 11:06:12 PDT 2018
The 34th New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters will take place from
Friday 6PM to Sunday 1PM, Nov 16-18, 2018. It will be held at the
Woolman Hill Retreat Center in Deerfield, MA.
There is a registration fee, but no one will be turned away for lack
Questions/Ride Share/Airport pickup: Contact Bob Bady at
bobbady at gmail.com or 802-258-7750, or call Aaron Falbel at 413-397-8976
This year's Gathering will consider the lessons learned from the
Colrain Actions for resistance in the current socioeconomic context.
Participants in the Colrain Actions, other WTResisters, and activists in
other areas of resistance are expected to attend.
From the Brochure:
"On Sunday, in what may well be the capstone of the Gathering, we will
explore the legacy of the Colrain action and examine in what ways it has
impacted the WTR movement and the larger peace movement generally.
Twenty-five years ago, it seemed as if we were on the cusp of something
revolutionary and that the Colrain action would provide a powerful model
for expressing a conscientious nonviolent response to war and war
preparations. This, alas, has not come to pass. We hope to ask — and try
to answer — some difficult but important questions: How did the Colrain
action impact the WTR movement and the broader peace and social justice
movement? It clearly energized its own participants, but what about
others? Did it inspire people, or did it scare them away? Why didn't the
Colrain experience catalyze similar actions across the country? Were we
mistaken about WTR as an expression of political power and as a mode of
resistance that could change the calculus of military spending and
war-making? Why are we not seeing a resurgence of WTR now, in the Trump
era? Why does it not seem relevant to most peace activists? Is there a
way it can once again become relevant? We invite activists, both old and
young, to help us explore these important questions — and not only for
historical reasons. They are clearly important today."
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