Conscientious Objectors

Peter Kiger, 1938 – 2019

Image - Peter Kiger Before Sentencing, WRL News May-June 1969

Former WRL staff member Peter Kiger died on August 19 in New Castle, Indiana. He was 80 and had Parkinson’s disease.

Born and raised in Spiceland, Indiana, Peter became a Quaker whose life mission was peacemaking. But during his freshman year at DePauw University (1956) — before becoming a pacifist — he won a Chicago Tribune medal as an outstanding Air Force ROTC student. Then in his junior year he went to Germany for pre-med studies, living with a German family who had suffered great losses during World War II. This, along with seeing the war’s devastation first hand, was life-changing. He came home an avowed pacifist. After graduating with honors from DePauw in 1960, Peter spent a year in medical school at Northwestern, followed by a year in Springfield (IL) Federal Penitentiary in 1961 as a conscientious objector for having refused alternative service to the military.

Counter-Recruiting: Montana

Set beside the picturesque Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, MT, is the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, a veritable hub for local activists, fair traders, organizers, and peacemakers. For 25 years, the members of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center have been leaders in the Missoula and greater Montana peace community. One of the latest additions to the Peace Center’s portfolio of projects is its counter-recruitment work.

Prisoners for Peace Day

Prisoners for Peace graphic

Each year on December 1st War Resisters' International and its member mark Prisoners for Peace Day, when WRI and its affiliates (including WRL)  publicise the names and stories of those imprisoned for actions for peace. Many are conscientious objectors, in jail for refusing to join the military.

MEDIA ADVISORY:"Killing People Is Not What I Am," Says AWOL GI

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Daniel Marble: 732-644-5820
Attorney Larry Hildes: 360-715-9788
Chuck Fager, Quaker House: 910-323-3912

MEDIA ADVISORY

"Killing People Is Not What I Am", Says AWOL GI

A soldier who went AWOL two years ago rather than take part in combat is enroute to Fort Bragg to face military authorities.

PFC Daniel Marble, 25, went AWOL in August 2006 after he finished combat training. He was arrested on January 26 at his home in New Jersey on January 23, 2009.

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