The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity.  We are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war, including racism, sexism and all forms of exploitation.

Mourning Linda M. Thurston: Funeral Service Info

May 31st, 2021

For people who are in New York, there will be a public viewing and funeral service scheduled for Wednesday June 2nd from 6 PM - 8 PM ET and Thursday June 3rd at 11 AM ET this week at T.C. Carrillo Funeral Service in the Bronx, respectively. The details are posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and also available at the end of this email. Note the venue is wheelchair accessible, however does not have childcare.

For people who are not able to make it to the physical funeral, there will be a digital livestream of the service starting at 11AM ET on Thursday June 3rd. You can watch at bit.ly/LinsDigitalHomeGoing

For people who are able to make a financial contribution to honor Linda's life, you may participate through this GoFundMe set up by Linda's family: bit.ly/LinHomegoingGFME

For folks who have photos to share of and with Linda, please upload them here: bit.ly/SendPhotosOfLin

And last, but certainly not least: You can join us in honoring Linda's life by engaging in solidarity work with incarcerated folks this week. Linda worked extensively in support of incarcerated folks, including on campaigns to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, political activist and WRL Peace Awardee. Take action to press decision-makers for Mumia's release, and the release of all prisoners and read Mumia's article "From Bases to Bars," published in WRL's WIN magazine in 2009.

War Resisters League and Linda’s family will be planning a Celebration of Life in August, details to follow.

In grief and with love and solidarity,

War Resisters League

Uncovering the roots of Barbara Deming’s revolutionary nonviolence and feminism

Barbara Deming standing in front of a body of water

April 29th, 2021

Uncovering the roots of Barbara Deming’s revolutionary nonviolence and feminism

By Joanne Sheehan

This article has been adapted from a talk on “The Revolutionary Nonviolence by Barbara Deming: Two Handed Practices” which Joanne Sheehan gave with Ynestra King, who is writing a book about Barbara Deming.

An update on Mumia: Freedom is the only treatment

Mumia Abu-Jamal: Freedom is the only treatment

Dear friends,

We are relieved to share that Mumia Abu-Jamal— journalist, author, and WRL Peace Awardee— is recovering from heart surgery and that, thanks to continued pressure, he was able to speak with his wife Wadiya after the operation.

But, we need to keep the pressure on. Mumia's doctors remain very concerned about his treatment in the prison. He should be released immediately so that he can be properly taken care of.

Please continue to call, email, tweet, fax the people below and let them know that freedom is the only treatment. Details below.

Share this call to action on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Long-time WRL member Dr. Linnea Capps, MD, MPH passes away on April 19th, 2021

April 21st, 2021

Dear friends,

War Resisters League is saddened to learn of the passing of our long-time member, Dr. Linnea Capps, MD, MPH. She will be dearly missed. We will be sharing reflections about her, starting with this one from Matt Meyer:

It is with deep sadness (and some relief that she went without pain and is done with her worldly ordeals) that I have to report on the passing of Linnea Capps, an extraordinary spirit—a quiet and unassuming, humble yet persistent, absolute world-changing force. Linnea was a friend for forty years, and I write this now, with some photos collected through the years, to heal myself by reflecting on her beauty and strength and list some of the many accomplishments she was involved in. Thus, this is a personal as well as political remembrance to one of the most committed and true healers I have ever know, who also happened to be a medical doctor.