Next NYC War Resisters League Meeting
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson Street
(1/2 block south of Washington Sq. Pk.)
Planning future demonstrations and events.
Subways: “West 4th St.” on A, B, C, D, E, F, M trains; “8th St.” on R, W trains
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.
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.
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.
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.