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!
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.