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Ralph DiGia: 1914-2008

Ralph DiGia in 1992

Ralph DiGia, lifelong war resister and pacifist died February 1 in New York City. Ralph had a bad fall a couple of weeks ago, broke his hip, and has had a series of serious health problems following his admission to St. Vincent's Hospital.

Ralph, 93, has been the heart and soul of War Resisters League since he came on staff shortly after the end of World War II and his release from federal prison, where he had served a term for refusing service as a conscientious objector.

War Resisters Block IRS HQ, 31 arrested


Contact: Frida Berrigan, 347-683-4928

War Resisters Block IRS HQ, 31 arrested

March 19, 2008 -- Thirty-one people were arrested this morning as they staged a nonviolent blockade at the national headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC. The protestors had placed yellow police tape saying "WAR CRIME SCENE" across the entrance to the building.

War Profiteers

Individuals, companies and corporations have always taken advantage of warfare to make enormous economic profit. For centuries, ordinary people, who suffer most from war, have resisted these war profiteers. One of the major factors in Harry S. Truman's rise to the U.S. presidency was his relentless ("Give 'em Hell, Harry!") pursuit of war profiteers.

What We Ask of Members

What we ask of our members: • Signing on to the Statement • Financial support if possible. $26 per year (or more) will allow us to maintain our totally independent and autonomous funding structure. In fact, the majority of our annual budget comes from member and supporter donations like this, not grants or huge donations.

Blacks, Military Recruitment & Antiwar Movement: Not Showing Up

Nonviolent Activist, March-April 2006

Blacks, Military Recruitment & Antiwar Movement: Not Showing Up
By Kenyon Farrow

When I was the Southern Region Coordinator for Critical Resistance I once spoke at an event in New Orleans entitled “What Now: War, Occupation, and the Peace Movement.” I was asked specifically to address why more people most adversely affected by systems of oppression were not involved in local antiwar work. Many of the white attendees were very concerned about how to bring Blacks into antiwar organizing work.