WRL Centennial History Blog

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.

Mandy Carter: Scientist of Activism Exhibit and WRL Southeast

Black lesbian feminist activist Mandy Carter's work was the focus of the "Mandy Carter: Scientist of Activism" exhibit at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, from June 10 to December 3, 2023 and an online exhibit. The exhibit features Carter's work with WRL, including staffing the Southeast office of WRL. WRL Southeast is the focus of an online exhibit created by former WRL staffer Kimber Heinz.

Peace Vigils: Then and Now

Peace vigils are a common form of nonviolent activism in small towns and large cities across the U.S. and across the decades. WRL 100th Anniversary Project Coordinator Mary McClintock looks back at vigils from the 1950s and 1960s and at the last 20 years of her local peace vigil.

WRL’s Liberation and Vera Williams featured in Signal:08

WRL 100th logo 1923-2023

Vera Baker Williams was a longtime War Resisters League activist and designed the covers for seventy-six issues of Liberation – a publication intimately tied with the War Resisters League. Her covers for Liberation varied from direct social commentary and satire to more formal experimentations with color, pattern, and design. The editors’ commitment to Vera B. Williams' visionary cover art posited that creativity, play, and curiosity were essential elements in healthy and liberatory social movements.

The WRL Peace Calendar: An Overview

War Resisters League - One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

For 58 years WRL members and friends could count on having a pacifist touchstone at their fingertips: The War Resisters League Peace Calendar. It was a spiral-bound 5½ by 8½ inch datebook, with a page for each week of the year that allowed owners to record appointments and such. And a cover that consisted of beautiful artwork. After the first few years of publication, a page facing each week’s calendar page offered poetry, quotes, songs, and even recipes, plus additional artwork, all reflecting a specific theme.


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