Needing some cartoon-style popular education to start the conversation on police militarization, its federal funding and the militarization of emergency services? Check out these two that our friend and cartoonist comrade Ethan Heitner drew for War Resisters League, as part of the Stop Urban Shield work!
We’re excited to announce the winners of our 27th Annual Raffle for Resistance!
This year’s raffle items are a collection of powerful art highlighting political artists whose works nourish movements for peace and liberation telling stories of resilience, struggle for liberation and connect contemplation and action across communities.
IBRAHIM ABDIL-MU'ID RAMEY:
(May Allah ta'Ala forgive him all his sins and grant him the highest of Jannah)
by Matt Meyer
Ibrahim Abdil-Mu'id Ramey (Clayton), who passed away yesterday, Friday, 11th of December 2015, was a dynamic speaker, fine writer, and keen strategic thinker – but he devoted most of his adult life to the “simple” task of fighting for people’s dignity and basic human rights. There was nothing shy about Ibrahim, but he was a generally humble and unassuming man, never thinking of himself as great though surely self-aware of his abundant organizing skills. He played central roles on the international and national levels, as an early leader of the Pan-African Skills Project in the 1970s, as a national program officer of both the War Resisters League and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, as a Board member of the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors and the American Friends Service Committee, and finally as an extraordinary leader of the Muslim community in Washington DC.
From November 22nd through December 1st, a delegation of 14 members of Witness Against Torture--WRLs sibiling organization including three members of WRL--returned to Cuba and brought their demand to shutdown Guantanamo Bay straight to the U.S. naval base and detention center.
As you plan your gift giving, be sure to visit the WRL store. We've got wall calendars and datebooks, hats, t-shirts, buttons, books, organizing guides and more!
Miss the old WRL Peace Calendar? We aren't publishing new ones any more, but we are offering vintage calendars you can use now. Order the 1988 WRL Peace Calendar: A Matter of Freedom - Writings by Activists for Activists. The days and dates on the 1988 mirror the days and dates for 2016, and you can enjoy the great articles, essays and more!
Check out the WRL online store now for more gift ideas, including 90 Years of Revolutionary Nonviolence: the WRL Perpetual Calendar and calendars from the JustSeeds Collective!
This week is the 2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth. Join the War Resisters International with nonviolent actions this week and stand against the many ways young people are engaged in wars all around the world!
Check out #YouthAgainstWar hashtag on social media and follow WRI on Twitter and Facebook for further updates.
With fifty new troops being deployed to Syria, wars continuing all over and military bases firmly rooted in 662 locations worldwide, we, as antiwar activists we ask ourselves: “What is the human cost?”
Occupied people prevented from self-determination due to mass violence and 22 U.S. veteran suicides per day are the systematic and inevitable costs of militarism.