War Resisters League (WRL)

The United States’ oldest secular pacifist organization, the War Resisters League has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Our work for nonviolent revolution has spanned decades and has been shaped by the new visions and strategies of each generation’s peacemakers.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Community Groups from Across NY State Hold Press Conference to Oppose Militarization of Police and Syracuse PD Participation in Verona SWAT Expo
Where : 511 State St., Syracuse, NY 13202 When : Wednesday, April 27, 2pm Who : Syracuse Peace Council, Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration, War Resisters League, Palestine Solidarity Collective (full list below) This coming Wednesday the 27th, the Clarion Project's Ryan Mauro - designated as...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
No Violence. No Exceptions. No Exceptionalism.
As the days that unfold before us mimic a time over a decade ago when the devastating War on Terror began with US occupation of Afghanistan, we mourn because it is makes us human. For those in Raqqa. For those in Yola and Kano. For those in Ankara, in Beirut, in Baghdad, in Zabul, in Paris, and...
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Noncooperation for Liberation
We are inspired by, supportive of, and active in the growing anti-racist and Black liberation movement against the violence of policing. The police and media are now using the concept of “peaceful protestor” to discipline and discourage political activity and free expression, to isolate people, and...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
On U.S. Escalation Against Iraq and Syria
Late Wednesday night, President Obama announced the expansion of ongoing U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and the start of airstrikes in Syria for the first time with the aim to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS, also known as IS. In recent months IS has spread a wave of oppression and violence that...
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Calendar Spanning Over 5 Decades Of Peacemaking & Art Announces Its Final Edition
War Resisters League (WRL), a 98-year-old secular pacifist organization in the United States, announced today that their 2012 Peace Calendar, Organize This! A 1955-2011 Retrospective (ISBN: 0-940862-24-7), will be the final volume in a 57-year calendar series. For the first decade of its existence, the WRL peace calendar was the only progressive political calendar available.
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Thursday, September 08, 2011
Veterans, Military Families, and Supporters Launch ‘Decade of War Awareness Month’
October 7, 2011 will mark ten years since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the start of the Global War on Terror. To commemorate this sad anniversary, a nation-wide coalition of anti-war groups—including Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), the War Resisters’ League (WRL), and Veterans For Peace—has launched a month-long campaign to promote relationship-building among people and communities affected by U.S. militarism and the war economy in both the U.S. and Afghanistan.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Prominent Nigerian Human Rights Activist Assassinated--International Groups Call for Investigation and Government Accountability
Prominent Nigerian human rights activist and promoter of nonviolent social change, Chidi Nwosu, was brutally assassinated in his home in Abia state in south-eastern Nigeria on December 29, 2010.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
WRL Activist Ellen Barfield Gets Jail Time for 'Blood Money'
Citing the "biohazard" created by blood-stained money, Judge Lynne Leibovitz of Washington's Superior Court recently sentenced Ellen Barfield, a member of the War Resisters League National Committee to 25 days in jail for a protest at a Senate hearing on U.S. Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy.
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
No Peace Prize for the War President, Coffin March in NYC
On December 10, as President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, members of the New York City chapter of the War Resisters League will carry cardboard coffins across mid-town Manhattan in a solemn and silent procession, to dramatize the human costs of the war in Afghanistan—a war that the President had pledged to accelerate in the coming weeks and months.
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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Antiwar Groups Demand End to Afghan War, Demonstrate at White House
As the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan begins its ninth year, national anti-war groups join together for a day of nonviolent direct action on Monday, October 5 at the White House. Alarmed by the recent troop build-up and the prospect of an even greater military escalation there, the War Resisters League-the oldest secular pacifist organization in the United States-joins the coalition planning this day of action to express disappointment with President Barack Obama's unwillingness to significantly change course from the Bush administration in Afghanistan.
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