Nonviolence: News

Militarized Response Tracker #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

We’re heartbroken and outraged and like so many of you, refuse to allow the systematic killing of Black people in the United States to continue without a fight for justice. There is a lot to be outraged about: from how the politics of COVID-19 pandemic put the lives of Black and indigenous folks at risk, to how calls for release of prisoners still haven’t been met, to the fact that police brutality has taken the lives of Ahmaud Arbury, Dreasjon Reed, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Taylor McDade, and far too many others. 

What We’re Tracking: Militarized Responses to #Justice4GeorgeFloyd

When we talk about police militarization, there is still belief in the notion that if police weren’t militarized, then we wouldn’t have a problem - even within the antimilitarist community. That's not true. We need to push back on this idea and the myth of “a few bad apples in the police force.” The truth is: “regular policing” has always and continues to harass, detain, brutalize, and terrorize Black people. It’s why there are virtually never repercussions for police officers who commit murder. And the militarization of domestic policing isn’t entirely new either - in fact, the history goes back decades.

WRL at 95: Redefining our Base, Building our Power

“We’re acknowledging the many ways militarization shows up in our lives and neighborhoods.”
by Eleanor J. Bader | October 24, 2018

What kind of world are we trying to build and whose leadership should we look to in these times? Read how WRL's been internally shifting after 95 years of antiwar movement building, and the directions we need to take into the future to create the world we need:

A Death in the Family: David McReynolds, Pacifist, Socialist, Ailurophile

 David McReynolds under arrest at "Shadows and Ashes" Direct Action for Nuclear Disarmament, New York City, April 28, 2015. Photo by Felton Davis

By Judith Mahoney Pasternak

A great force for a peaceful world left the planet when WRL's—and the nation's—David McReynolds, who for decades was the best-known voice of American radical pacifism, died August 17 of injuries from a fall in his East Village home. He was 88 and had spent almost 40 years on the staff of the War Resisters League as a self-described “movement bureaucrat.”

Resist Militarism: Lessons from Mexico & Cross Border Solidarity

The People's Human Rights Observatory is an initiative of grassroots and popular organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Palestine that seeks to monitor, document, disseminate, promote and demand the protection of Latin American communities Human Rights, Democracy and Social Justice from a perspective of constructing and deepening of resistance, rebellion, memory and popular power.

Activists protest Saudi Crown Prince’s visits to US cities, call on elected officials to oppose US role in Saudi war on Yemen

Protestors told de Blasio to denounce prince visit; told Schumer & Menendez to immediately commit to vote to end US support for Saudi war on Yemen

CONTACTS:
New York, NY:   Isaac Evans-Frantz, 347-756-1896, actioncorps.nyc [at] gmail.com 

Washington, DC:   Ariel Gold, 510-599-5330, ariel [at] codepink.org

Bill Koehnlein Presente!

WRL celebrates the life - and mourns the loss - of Bill Koehnlein, who passed in November of last year, and was an inspiration and dear friend to many of us. Rest in Power Bill!

Celebrating the Life of Bill Koehnlein
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saint Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
Parish Hall
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
1:00-4:00PM

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