National Committee

WRL’s work is directed by its highest decision-making body, the National Committee (NC). The NC meets twice a year and has a New York-based Administrative Coordinating Committee that meets more frequently.

Jerica ArentsJerica Arents
Jerica Arents teaches in the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies program at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Her ongoing interests center on racism and it’s connection to state violence, both here in the U.S. and abroad. She has worked in solidarity with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, as well as survivors of torture in Chicago. Jerica also serves as an organizer with Witness Against Torture, a campaign to close the prison at Guantánamo and end U.S.-sponsored torture worldwide. She facilitates anti-oppression workshops and nonviolent direct action trainings.

Ellen BarfieldEllen Barfield
Ellen Barfield has been a full-time peace and justice activist for nearly thirty years. In addition to being on the board of the War Resisters League, Ellen is the coordinator of the Veterans for Peace Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter, and works on national committees of VFP, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and School of the Americas Watch. She served in the U.S. Army from 1977-1981.

 

Clare BayardClare Bayard
Clare Bayard is a core member, organizer and trainer with the Catalyst Project. She has played a lead role in forging alliances between mostly white global justice and anti-war groups with immigrant-led economic and racial justice organizations. Clare played a leading role in building relationships between Food Not Bombs and the Day Labor Program and Coalition on Homelessness. Through her work with the anti-imperialist Heads Up Collective, she continues to develop strategic alliances to build movement in the Bay Area.
 

Rick BickhartRick Bickhart
Radicalized during the early 70s, discovered WRL in 1982 and have never left. Started out as a dairy farmer but for the last 35 years have made a living as a graphic designer and art director, prefer to be hiking in the mountains rather than in front of this damn computer where I am too often, father of two beautiful daughters, lucky partner to my very best friend, war tax resister and anarchist because I have to be, volunteer at local homeless shelters and food banks, jazz gives me comfort, can’t wait to put in the garden, love a good mystery or a good political essay, don’t bother with TV but can’t wait to see the next good movie, and hope to someday to have a fraction of the courage of Ralph DiGia. WRL is my political home and home to many very fine friends.

Matthew DaloisioMatthew Daloisio
After graduating Loyola College in Maryland, Matthew Daloisio worked with AIDS advocacy organizations in Boston, MA and then lived at Haley House, the Catholic Worker in Boston. He currently works with the GI Rights hotline, the War Resisters League, and the Kairos Community in NYC and is an associate editor of The Catholic Worker newspaper. Matthew and his wife Amanda live in New York's East Village.

 

Sky HallSky Hall
Raised and radicalized in Maine, Sky now lives with their partner and one-year-old child in NYC and works on staff at the AJ Muste Memorial Institute. Amateur musician, lay-archivist, organizer of the AJ Muste Staff Union, and one-time direct care worker to elders, Sky became involved with WRL after assisting an ailing pacifist anarchist and long-time war resister, Tuli Kupferberg, with activities of daily living and the unfinished Book of Perverbs According to Tuli. Sky has worked with WRL's Archiving Committee to preserve the organization's rich history, was a contributor to WIN Magazine, and a cheerleader for WRL's evolving campaign against police militarization. Sky is a founding member of the Maine-based art activist group, Beehive Design Collective, and has been involved with organizing for global justice, wilderness defence, queer liberation, support for prisoners and alternatives to the prison system, anti-militarism, and local community self-reliance. Current projects include organizing a neighborhood play group for LGBTQGNC parents and toddlers, and joining fellow workers in negotiating a union contract.

Skanda KadirgamarSkanda Kadirgamar
Skanda started at War Resisters League as a Freeman Intern in 2012. He has been an active participant in WRL's work ever since and volunteers with the organizing task force. Skanda is also a member the South Asia Solidarity Initiative, where he helps cultivate transnational relationships with activists working against militarization, its effects and the influence of right wing political movements. These experiences have helped him become an aspiring political writer. He is currently involved in starting a magazine covering politics in South Asia and its many diaspora communities.
 

Noura KhouriNoura Khouri
My name is Noura Khouri. I am Palestinian, diaspora from the Bay Area and have worked for the past decade as a human rights activist, campaign strategist and community organizer. I lived in Cairo, Egypt from April 2011 until January 2013, where I went to witness and be in solidarity with the Egyptian revolution. Prior to my time in Egypt, I co-led the Middle East Peace Program, for the American Friends Service Committee for 3 1/2 years and have led many field campaigns including in Las Vegas for Peace Action West during the run up to the 2008 Presidential elections - to call for an end to the war in Iraq and an end to nuclear weapons. Prior to that I worked for refugee and human rights organizations in occupied Palestine from 2005-2007 and again in 2003, when I did nonviolent direct action against the occupation, with the International Solidarity Movement.

Susan KingslandSusan Kingsland

Susan has worked for many years in a range of international peace movements, including the Central America solidarity movement and movements in solidarity with the Palestinian people.  She was part of the group which produced and advocated around the "We Will Not Be Silent" tshirts, written in English, Arabic and Hebrew. She has worked in a number of housing advocacy organizations and is currently Director of HR and Operations at Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue Committees. Susan is a member of WRL's Personnel Committee and is our representative to War Resisters International.
 

Bob MeolaBob Meola
Bob Meola has been a radical involved in struggles for peace and justice since the 60s. He has worked to end the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Central America, and everywhere else since then and has been an organizer and peace and justice and anti-draft and anti-nuclear activist. He is a Gandhian pacifist, has been a non-violence trainer and has committed numerous acts of civil disobedience. He realized he was an anarchist when he realized his communist comrades had forgotten about Marx's withering away of the state. Bob was a founder of Southern California War Resisters' League and Southern California War Tax Resistance. He is a long-time member of WRL and is a contact for WRL-West. Bob has been a draft counselor, veterans' counselor and volunteer on the G.I. Rights Hotline. He is a Commissioner and past Chairperson of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission in Berkeley, CA and a member of both the Courage to Resist Organizing Collective and of the Chelsea Manning Support Network Steering Committee. He has a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a J.D. from New College of California School of Law. He believes that mass desertion by U.S. troops would be a good way to end the current immoral and illegal wars of the United States in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

John M. MillerJohn M. Miller
John M. Miller is a co-founder and National Coordinator of the East Timor Action Network where he coordinates ETAN's New York chapter and directs ETAN's Foreign Bases Project. He is author of numerous articles and pamphlets, and editor and/or publisher for several newsletters and magazines. He served as staff for a Parliamentarians for East Timor observer mission to the 1999 referendum in East Timor and has made numerous visits to East Timor. John has appeared on CNN, CNBC, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting, Pacifica's Democracy Now! and a numerous local radio programs.

Sixte Vigny NimurabaSixte Vigny Nimuraba
Sixte Vigny Nimuraba is currently the convener of WRL’s International Task Force. He has been a peace activist for many years, starting his journey in Burundi after the civil war which started in 1993, taking away thousands of Burundian people. He resisted taking part in the conflict and refused to take up any weapon even if other youth were massively involved in violence. After he completed his undergraduate studies, he held many positions in the oldest Burundian human rights organization,  Ligue Burundaise des droits de l’Homme, “Iteka”.  He was respectively a regional coordinator of the Monitoring of Returnees Project in the Northern provinces and Southern provinces of Burundi. From this human rights work, he got interested in peacebuilding and conflict resolution and decided to start his graduate studies at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  In addition to being a WRL member, he is a member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the International Peace Research Association, the American Education Research Association.  He is also a former Shinnyo Fellow (Shinnyo-en Foundation), where his   project, “Building Inter cultural Bridges at GMU”, brought together international and American GMU students through dialogue. In 2013, He received the John Burton Award for   excellence in academics as well as an emphasis on understanding the role of human needs in promoting conflict .Currently he is the Genocide Prevention Program Assistant in the same school and is working closely with the Burundian civil society and other organizations to prevent violence before, during and after the 2015 elections.

Manju RajendranManju Rajendran
Manju Rajendran is a facilitator, organizer, artist, writer, and cook. Since age 12, Manju has been doing social, economic, and environmental justice work with organizations from local to international. Manju works at Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe, her family's food justice restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a participant in Duke Energy Action Group, and newly a volunteer grantwriter and co-strategist with Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association. Manju has shared her skills in organizations and projects including: All Of Us North Carolina; Left Turn Magazine; OrganizeNorthCarolina.Org; Women and Girls Collective Action Network; Bread Uprising Bakery Coop; Heirs to a Fighting Tradition; Highlander Research and Education Center; South Carolina Equality Coalition; Ubuntu; The League of Young Voters; Not Your Soldier; Southerners On New Ground; NC Peace and Justice Network; Durham Food Coop; India's National Fishworkers Forum; Youth Voice Radio; NC Lambda Youth Network; and the Center for Peace Education.

Rosalie Riegle by Bob FitchRosalie Riegle
Rosalie moved to Evanston, Illinois from Saginaw, Michigan in 2004. After raising four daughters in Saginaw, she co-founded two Catholic Worker houses of hospitality to serve homeless women and children and to resist the militarism that contributes to our national dysfunction. During the Vietnam War, she was one of the conveners of the Saginaw Valley Peace Watch and in the 80s, she worked to close Wurtsmith and KI Sawyers AFB. In 2002 she helped to start Tri-City Action for Peace. Rosalie taught English at Saginaw Valley State University from 1968 through 2003. In Evanston, she plays with her seven grandchildren and works with Neighbors for Peace, St. Nicholas Peace and Justice Committee, and the Illinois Coalition for Peace, Justice, and the Environment. She is facilitator for three state websites through the Project for Justice, the Environment, and Peace.  An oral historian, she has published four books, including Voices from the Catholic Worker, Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her, and her two new ones--Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community, and Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace. Crossing the Line contains interviews of three WRL activists: Ralph DiGia, David McReynolds, and Grace Paley. 

Samia ShafiSamia Shafi
Samia is a social work student at Hunter College and works for community organizations assisting older New Yorkers. Samia has also worked with younger New Yorkers at The Door and as a fundraiser for Sakhi for South Asian Women and Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Samia’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Kashmir, where she volunteered with the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and helped to start the Ladi Shah Project, a Kashmiri oral history archive. Samia has been involved in NYC organizing in solidarity with the Palestinian people for the past decade.
 

 

Hart VigesHart Viges
Hello my name is Hart Viges. My journey to this point came from my decision to join the army as my reaction to 9/11. After returning from Iraq I filed for Conscientious Objector and received my Honorable Discharge in December of 2004. Since then I have been a Lifetime Member of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. I work locally with Sustainable Options for Youth here in Austin going to the High Schools for Counter Recruitment. This is my life's work. In my off time I work at Magnolia Cafe.