A statement from the Family of Father Dan Berrigan, SJ
This afternoon around 2:30, a great soul left this earth. Close family missed the “time of death” by half an hour, but Dan was not alone, held and prayed out of this plane of existence by his friends. We – Liz McAlister, Kate, Jerry and Frida Berrigan, Carla and Marc Berrigan-Pittarelli—were blessed to be among friends—Patrick Walsh, Joe Cosgrove, Father Joe Towle and Maureen McCafferty—able to surround Daniel Berrigan’s body for the afternoon into the evening.
Facing Tear Gas: Chemical Weapons Abuse in US Prisons
Multiple letters from Mount Olive Correctional Complex (MOCC) in West Virginia, report at least 5-7 imprisoned people are sprayed by tear gas, pepper spray or other chemical agents each week. First-hand testimonies refer to the guards' lax references to the frequent use of these chemicals as “bug spray.”
Gloria Williams, longtime WRL stalwart and former National Committee member, writer, journalist, and videographer, committed pacifist and indefatigable fighter for social justice, died February 29 in Iowa City after a long illness. She was 65.
On International Women's Day, members of the New York City Chapter of AF3IRM (The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization)--is a national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism and militant movement building through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building, education, advocacy and direct action--reflect on what choice and freedom mean for all who are marginalized by patriarchy. Does opening up the draft liberate women? Or does even enlisting allow the military to sell your body to a culture that will perpetuate violence against you? AF3IRM calls on us to reject mainstream use of feminism to further militarism and stand in resistance with women & transnational feminists as we struggle towards our collective liberation!
25 years ago today a tragedy took place: The U.S. bombing of the Amiriyah Shleter in Baghdad. To mark this day, and look towards a world where such violence is not possible, we join members of the Iraqi Transnational Collective in spreading the following reflection, art, analysis and action.
War Resisters League is proud to join our comrades in A.J. Muste Institute, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, Iraq Veterans Against the War, National Lawyers Guild, Granny Peace Brigade and Time's Up in a legal challenge to the military's spying of antiwar activists in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information, read the National Lawyers Guild's press release!
Our comrades in the Rasmea Defense Committee are calling for support! Rasmea Odeh, a long time immigrant rights leader and Arab community organizer is currently facing imprisonment and deportation. Join the War Resisters League in circulating this call, and help us amplify Rasmea's fight against politically motivated charges today! Learn more about Rasmea's case here & check out WRL's statement from 2013 below.
We are in a historic moment. Renewed Islamophobia has emerged in the mainstream. GOP candidates' anti-Muslim rhetoric and an upsurge of hate crimes against Muslims have gone unabated. The Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis continues to spiral out of control. San Bernardino, Paris, Ankara, Baghdad and many more – the politicization of Islam is polarizing and forcing many to take sides.
This was the context for my trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with 13 others from Witness Against Torture – a group demanding the United States close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a “War on Terror” prison that has become synonymous with torture, solitary confinement and indefinite detention.
"The wake-up call is right there in the front page headline of the Dec. 11 New York Times: 'Poll Has Trump Gaining Ground on Terror Fear.' [ . . . ]
Understand that the fight against racism cannot be won just by struggling around domestic issues. Similarly, international peace cannot be won without a struggle against racism in the U.S. U.S. wars are largely rationalized by racism—the dehumanization and demonizing of people into enemies on the basis of their color or culture to the point of justifying their mass murder and the violent crushing of their economies, homes, public health and schools. The struggle against racism and for peace are potently linked and this needs to be reflected in our strategies and organizing . . ."
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!