WRL 90th Anniversary Conference
August 1 – 4 · 2013
This summer, just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, WRL members and friends will gather in our first national conference in 10 years. Events around the world and at home this past decade have kept the War Resisters League busy, and our work is far from complete. We will come together to honor our history, acknowledge our current struggles and re-energize ourselves for the work ahead…and we invite you to be here with us!
But we also live at a moment when there is a sense of hope and possibility. Throughout the country and around the world, people are reaching past what has divided them and developing new ways to work together. We saw it in the Arab Spring and in the Occupy Movement, and in the daily struggles unfolding in our communities.
In August we will take a few days to come together to share our work, challenge our thinking, sharpen our analytic and organizing skills and lay the foundation for the next decade of our work.
Our conference will include a healthy balance of small group discussions, full conference gatherings, plenty of music, poetry and time to relax with friends old and new. Much of our time will be in workshops organized in threads – a series of small group discussions tied together by a common theme that is a foundation of our work: Disarm, Restore, Build, Learn, and Resist. The workshops will be opportunities to delve into specifics while making links, all aimed at learning from our past, understanding our present and preparing for our future. Our aim is to be specific and focused, and at the same time we’ll make connections and weave issues together.
Our larger plenary sessions will include presentations clustered along these lines: Revolutionary Nonviolence – What is it and how do we build it?; Global Hot Spots and Grassroots Solidarity; Unraveling the Knot of Militarism, Class, Gender and Race; Saving the Planet – Wars, the Attack on the Environment and Global Capitalism; and The Culture of Violence.
As important as all of these presentations and discussions will be, perhaps most important will be the ways this gathering reinforces our community and reinvigorates our work. We hope you’ll join us!