Women

A Message from Movement Elder, Mandy Carter

I graduated high school in the summer of 1966 in Central New York during the tail ends of the Civil Rights Movement and during the height of the U.S.-led wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. That summer, almost 400,000 men were drafted. Having lived and been raised in two orphanages and a foster home, I left New York and hitchhiked my way to California to attend the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence. I was barely out of my teens when I was first arrested at the Oakland Induction Center in 1967, the same year Dr. Martin Luther King gave his Beyond Vietnam speech. While in jail I was invited by a War Resisters League West staffer to a potluck - my very first introduction to WRL.

Open Letter to the U.N. Security Council on the Government of Iraq’s NGO Shelter Policy

War Resisters League stands with the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq and the undersigned nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to express concerns about the Government of Iraq’s policy prohibiting Iraqi NGOs from legally providing shelter to individuals and families fleeing conflict-related gender-based violence.

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Dissent in the Heartland

Seventeen peace activists, arrested while occupying the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, offices of Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), will go to trial on charges of criminal tresspass on October 29.  On July 6, 75 activists traveled from across Iowa to take part in the nonviolent sit-in, organized by the Iowa Occupation Project, as part of an onging national campaign launched by Voices for Creatove Nonviolence to “occupy” congressional offices to pressure members to defund the war in Iraq.

Liz Proefreidt, Presente!

Liz Proefreidt

April 29, 2016

Elizabeth Proefriedt, sister, friend and activist PRESENTE

It is with many tears and mourning hearts, that we announce the passing of our dear friend Sister Liz Proefreidt, longtime peace activist. Liz was a dynamo of love, generosity, faith, commitment to peace and justice, music, poetry, and service, a courageous inspiration to all who knew her.

Not another #Feministfail

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!

Support #Justice4Rasmea Today!

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.

Remembering Vera B Williams, 1927 - 2015

WRL mourns the passing of Vera B. Williams (1927-2015), award-winning writer, illustrator, and activist, Vera was a longtime member of WRL, serving on the board and creating illustrations for our Peace Calendars and many other materials. 

Vera, we celebrate your life and remember you always as a comrade in peace.

We'll post a fuller tribute by WRL members soon.  In the meantime, we share these remembrances of Vera in the New York Times and on the blog Feministing.

Against All Odds: Organizing & Study Guide

Against All Odds Organizing & Study Guide Cover

Download the Against All Odds: Organizing & Study Guide here.

War Resisters League is excited to announce a popular education resource for connecting with Iraqi organizing across borders for activists, organizers and students around the world! We hope this guide supports you in better understanding Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq, as well as the work and dreams of Iraqi organizers who are building the Iraq they dare to envision.

Juanita Morrow Nelson -- August 17, 1923 – March 9, 2015

Juanita Morrow Nelson -- August 17, 1923 – March 9, 2015

Juanita Nelson was a Civil Rights activist, one of the 5 founders of the present day war tax resistance movement, a community land trust organizer, and organic farmer. Juanita and her partner Wally Nelson, a World War II resister, made their home at Woolman Hill, in her words to “lessen dependence on a violent society.”

During the 1980's when the WRL Organizer Training Program was held at Woolman Hill, Juanita and Wally were speakers and frequent guests during our 10 days as their neighbors. A mentor to many, Juanita's commitment to active nonviolence was an inspiration and a challenge to us all.

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