WRL Centennial History Blog

#Refuse War - International CO Day

War Resisters League - One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

Where there is war, there are also people who bravely and conscientiously refuse to participate. That is true in the Ukraine, in Israel, in the U.S., and around the globe. International Conscientious Objectors Day, observed on the 15th of May, is a time to promote the right of conscientious objection and to support those who refuse war. This year, WRI is launching the international action #RefuseWar!

The 1971 May Day Actions

War Resisters League - One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

With the slogan “If the government won’t stop the war [in Vietnam], we’ll stop the government,” the largest mass arrests in U.S. history – 13,500 – occurred in May 1971 as hundreds of autonomous affinity groups from around the country converged on Washington, DC.

WRL Volunteers: Mid Century

Long-time WRL staffer Wendy Schwartz reflects on volunteers who helped in the WRL office in the mid-20th century. WWI and WWII draft resisters, an FBI informer, and many others did office work at 5 Beekman Street and later at the Peace Pentagon.

The WRL Pie Chart

Today, March 14, is Pi Day (3.14), which brings to mind WRL’s annual pie chart. With millions of copies distributed, it is the most disseminated piece of literature in WRL’s history.


Subscribe to WRL Centennial History Blog