Ellen Barfield

Baltimore-based Ellen Barfield is a member of the War Resisters League National Committee and Administrative Coordinating Committee. She has been an activist for nearly 30 years, since finishing college with Army money. She works primarily with WRL and Veterans For Peace, and has over 100 arrests on her record.

Defending Resistance


The theory and practice of nonviolent direct action—disrupting the system enough to risk arrest, to challenge war and warmaking—are living, evolving entities. Some frequent arrest-riskers have experienced a growing frustration with the inaccuracy of the still widely used term “civil disobedience” and are using the term “civil resistance” instead.