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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

Call for Submissions | A Critical Look at Borders

Call For Submissions: A Critical Look at Borders. Pitches due by January 2nd 2021

Borders motivate both conflict and cooperation between states, and are a key factor in deciding the movement of people and goods around the world. Borders are often-times colonial constructs that divide Indigenous lands and peoples, such as Israeli borders over Palestinian land. Increasingly, borders have become a space of hyper-militarization and policing for many reasons, such as a means to enforce racial hierarchies, observed along the U.S.-Mexico border. Looking at pre-colonial times, we have examples from Indigenous nations on more fluid borders: marked by natural landmarks, culture, and language. If we can’t completely get away from borders, what examples exist that help us reimagine a different way of interacting with borders?

From Kashmir to the Philippines, Give to Grassroots Decolonial Education

Across the globe, populist, right-wing, and fascist governments are taking power, giving way to calls for the kind of work WRL has done to counter militarism for nearly a century. It’s an unnerving time, but it is also a time for those in the antiwar movement to adopt a truly internationalist framework, to see the connections between the different fascist movements taking root worldwide and build solidarity with those fighting them.

David McReynolds (1929 - 2018)

David McReynolds  (1929 - 2018)

UPDATE: Hear the presentations from the Memorial for David McReynolds at https://vimeo.com/305110298/686dc0eef2.
The memorial was held on Saturday, December 1 at 12 PM – 3 PM at Judson Memorial Church in New York.

On August 17th, lifetime War Resisters League member David McReynolds - committed pacifist + socialist - passed peacefully at the age of 88. David was on WRL staff for a large part of his life and remained within community long, long after.

Letter to House Committee on Appropriations: Cut UASI funding!

As our communities mourn the lives lost in the mass shooting at Pulse queer club's Latinx night this weekend, we affirm our struggle for a safety beyond hate and militarism. As politicians and ideologues of various stripes manipulate this tragedy, we remember the refrain: "our grief is not a cry for war." We refuse to allow the deaths of those in Orlando to justify increased police presence in our communities across the country. Today, WRL and AFSC, joined by thirty-two other civil liberties, religious, and peace and social justice groups called on the House Appropriations Committee to maintain the President’s cut to Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funding as a “step in the right direction.”

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