WRL was organized in 1923 by men and women who had opposed WWI, many of whom had been jailed for refusing military service. The founders, including Jessie Wallace Hughan, leading suffragette, socialist, and pacifist, believed that if enough people stood in total opposition to war, governments would hesitate to go to war…War Resisters League is unique because [of their belief in the idea that], to quote the late A.J. Muste, “There is no way to peace — peace is the way.” [They] reject the use of violence for national defense or for revolutionary change. The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity [and] therefore are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war WRL centers its work on education and action:
- Demonstration Organization
- Working in solidarity with other peace and justice groups
- Supporting men and women who resist the military at all levels.
- Training in civil disobedience
- Co-sponsor of the Fund for Education and Training (FEAT)
A major part of WRL’s program is to help people organize in their own communities where real change begins. WRL has a network of local groups and contacts around the country. The National Office sends out regular mailings to a “key list” of local organizers and has offered a training program for organizers.
Contact: Local WRL Chicago
3211 S. Union Ave.Chicago, IL 60616