International Conference 2019

15th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns

It had been 6 years since there has been a full and open International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns.  Conscience and Peace Tax International (CPTI) had held two General Assemblies in London in the interim but in 2019 Conscience hosted the 15th International Conference:

15th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

Thursday 28th November – Sunday 1st December 2019

Theme: “Paying for Peace not Paying for War”

Article about the Conference

Monica Frisch, Treasurer of Conscience, wrote a lively and informative article about the conference:

Article on International Conference 2019

Video Diary of the Conference

Highlights from the conference can be found on our Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/taxesforpeacenotwar

Full Report of the Conference

Robin Brookes kindly produced a report of the 15th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns we hosted in Edinburgh. Below are two versions of the report; the first is a large, printable file and the second is a lighter file for digital use.

Edinburgh International Conference Report (Printable): https://conscienceonline.org.uk/edinburgh-international-conference-report-2/

International Conference Report (Light):                   https://conscienceonline.org.uk/international-conferencereport-light-2/

Report on the conference by representative from the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee in the USA

Erica Leigh attended the conference as a representative from the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) in the USA.  Erica wrote this report on her return: Report by Erica Leigh

In this short video Erica describes why she wanted to attend the conference: Erica at the conference

Blog about visit to Faslane nuclear weapons base

Karen Robinson, Conscience Campaign Worker wrote a blog on how the visit affected her:

Part of me still frightened and frozen inside – after standing outside Faslane nuclear weapons base

Programme

The programme included a number of notable and interesting speakers, workshops and discussions:

Thursday 28th November

16.00 We arrive and register

18.00 Supper

Welcome, housekeeping

18.45 Welcoming speech

19.30 Vijay Metha speaking on the subject: How not to go to War – Creating Ministries / Departments for Peace around the World.

21.00 Depart Edinburgh QMH

Friday 29th November

09.30 Peter Van den Dungen– Paying for Peace, peace philanthropy through history

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Country reports: UK, Germany, USA, Switzerland

12.30 UN work report by Christophe Barbey

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Workshop: Vijay Metha: Campaigns / Activism for Peace – What is my role?

15.15 Tea

15.45 Interactive Introduction to Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre’s PeaceBuilders in Primary Schools programme

16.45 Notices

17.00 Depart Edinburgh QMH

19.00 Supper at St Columba’s Hall. Ceilidh and time to relax

Ceilidh band booked & music/performances

22.00 Depart St Columba’s Hall

Saturday 30th November

09.00 Conscience and Peace Tax International (CPTI) General Assembly

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Plenary session:

  1. Keeping our campaigns together in the face of Brexit, plastic pollution and Extinction Rebellion taking the media limelight
  2. Prospects at the UN – forming a plan to promote COMT
  3. CPTI – keeping the organisation and consequently our work at the UN going

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Derek Brett to speak – Conscientious Objection across the world and the World Council of Churches

15.30 Showing the film “War School” and discussion

OR Churches action in Germany

16.30 Tea

17.00 Closing remarks

17.30 Depart Edinburgh QMH

18.00 Free discussion and meals out

Sunday 1st December

09.00 Visit to the Trident submarine base at Faslane to bring solidarity to the peace camp there.

 

 

 

Page updated 12/07/2019

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