For three days in early September 2008, pacifists from around the world assembled at the University of Manchester for the 12th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns. In the words of the conference invitation “Our purpose is to achieve worldwide recognition and accommodation of the right for conscientious objectors not to pay for war or the preparations for war.  We meet for mutual support, exchange of ideas and experiences, and to to coordinate our campaigns on the international platform.”

I attended with the support of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting, Chester Quarterly Meeting, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and carried letters from these groups endorsing my attendance at the Conference.  In turn, many of those present added their own comments to my letters, which I shall convey to my endorsers. This traditional Quaker practice serves to connect us with the wider world.

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Peace Dove     There is no WAY to peace. Peace IS the way.