Next NYC War Resisters League Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
6 pm
A.J. Muste Institute shared space
168 Canal Street, 6th floor at Elizabeth St.
Subways: “Grand St.” stop on B and D trains; “Canal St.” stop on N, R, and W trains

Making banners and planning for Oct. 7 action.

How to Refuse to Pay Taxes for War

Monday, Mar. 11, 2019
7 pm
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St., Manhattan
(1/2 block below Washington Sq. Pk.)
SUBWAYS: “West 4th St.” on A, B, C, D, E, F, M trains; “8th St.” on R, W trains

TOPICS INCLUDE which taxes go to war; how to resist; risks, joys, and consequences of resistance; federal budget basics; resources and support; plenty of time for Q & A. Led by longtime resisters.

If you can attend, please select “going” on the Facebook event page for this workshop.

“Let them march all they want, just so long as they continue to pay their taxes.”
—Alexander Haig, U.S. Secretary of State, responding to the 1982 March for Nuclear Disarmament

Meeting with Japanese Activists
A meeting was held Monday (Aug. 15, 2016) at the Catholic Worker with a dozen peace activists/educators from Japan and about 15 U.S. activists representing several peace groups, among them War Resisters League, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Ya-Ya Network, Catholic Worker, NYS Peace Action, Iraq Vets Against the War.


Despite the opening prayerful moment (this is the Catholic Worker, after all), some heathen-types managed to keep their heads up and eyes open. Photos by Ed Hedemann.

The meeting was requested by these Japanese on a world tour, who were interested in a dialogue with U.S. activists on topics such as military recruitment of poor and disadvantaged youth. It was clear that some of the Japanese were also interested in understanding what Americans thought about the bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, the U.S. presidential race, etc.

One of the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) among the delegates (center).

One of the Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) among the delegates (center).

Unfortunately, the two hours of meeting time (which included translations) was insufficient to get much beyond personal and organizational introductions, and statements by just a handful of those present, and a few people passing around Japanese or English language documents to those who couldn’t read that language.


Two of the Japanese activists outfitted with simultaneous translation devices.

Despite that (and the awful heat and humidity in the unACed CW), the event was a useful exchange of goodwill to contrast with the increasingly bellicose sabre-rattling by U.S., Japanese, and other politicians around the world.

In the photos sharp-eyed observers may notice the presence of at least three of NYC WRL’s most active regulars.


David engaging in one of the few instances of debate during the meeting.