Last updated: 25 Mar 07
Philadelphia War Resisters League
The WRL Affirmation
"The War Resisters League affirms that war is a crime against humanity. We 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."
Believing war to be a crime against humanity, the War Resisters League, founded in 1923, advocates Gandhian nonviolence as the method for creating a democratic society free of war, racism, sexism, and human exploitation.
€ 2211 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Contact the national office:
War Resisters League
339 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012
Phila. WRL is also an affiliate of the National War Tax Resistance
Coordinating Committee www.nwtrcc.org
Other Peace and Justice Contacts
* AFSC Youth and Militarism Program
* AFSC Peacebuilding and Demilitarization Program
* Brandywine Peace Community
* Catholic Worker
* Center on Conscience and War
* Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO)
* Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
* Green Party
* Iraq Veterans Against the War
* Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines
* Peace Action
* Philadelphia Anti-War Forum
* Physicians for Social Responsibility
* PYM Conscience, Militarism, and War Tax Concerns
* Socialist Party USA
* United For Peace and Justice
* Veterans For Peace
* Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
SPEAKING TOURThe War Resisters League is promoting awareness of the Merchants of Death as a long-range strategy for resisting the new wars of the post-Cold War, globally corporatized world.
Specifically, we see that friends and business associates of the present administration -- companies like Halliburton, Bechtel, DynCorp, the Carlyle Group, and others -- have found a way into the "new" Iraq, trying to cash in on the disaster that a brutal dictator, years of US- and British-led sanctions, and an unprecedented preemptive war have created. Oil companies and pipeline firms have already gotten a foothold in Afghanistan. Introducing, financing, and maintaining these companies have come at an enormous cost to the people of the United States and elsewhere. Since it is we, the ordinary people of the United States, who are paying the ultimate price, it is essential that we know the true course of our foreign policy who our leaders are actually representing and the real reason our soldiers are killing and dying.
Philadelphia War Resister's League's Merchants of Death presentations have included the following:
2004January 19 -- Brandywine Peace Community MLK Day of Action
February 8 -- Brandywine Monthly Potluck
February 19 -- Drexel University
February 27 -- A-space, West Phila.
March 5 -- Temple University
March 8 -- York (PA) People for Peace and Justice
March 9 -- Lutheran Seminary
March 25 -- Lasalle University
March 26 -- A-space
September 27 -- Trenton (NJ) Peace Coalition
October 14 -- Latino cultural group
February 8 -- Latino cultural group
March 7 -- Latino cultural grouP
March 23 -- A-space
To see Rich Gardner's photographs of the May 1st anti-Iraq War and anti-Nuclear protest, go here.
IRS has designated April 17 (not April 16) as the
Tax Day deadline since April 15 falls this year on a Sunday.
The "!YES!" DEMONSTRATION FOR JUSTICE & PEACE, Noon, Phila. Federal Building, 601 Market St., will take place on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 17!
Please Note in your calendars and see below for more information.
Tax Day, Tuesday, April 17 - Noon, Phila. Federal Building (and Phila. office of Sen. Arlen Specter), 601 Market St., Phila., PA "!YES!" DEMONSTRATION FOR JUSTICE & PEACE
Join the "!YES!" DEMONSTRATION: "YES" to Justice and Peace ("No!" to War)! "YES!" to Universal Health Care, Housing, Ending Hunger here and around the world, Programs for Youth, Immigrants, and Seniors, Crime Prevention, Job Creation and Economic Conversion, Stopping Global Warming and Restoring the Environment; "NO!" to Continued Funding of War in Iraq.
"If you want peace, work for justice." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr.
The Brandywine Peace Community has for years held Tax Day demonstrations at the 30th St. Post Office or Lockheed Martin ("YOU PAY; LOCKHEED MARTIN PROFIT$). This year, however, in the wake of Congress' approval of Bush's supplemental bill for war in Iraq, we have decided to say "YES!" -- "YES!" to the use of our tax dollars for people, for justice, instead of war.
The "!YES!" DEMONSTRATION FOR JUSTICE & PEACE, Tax Day, April 17, will begin at noon, in front of the Market Street side of the Phila. Federal Building (wherein is the Phila. office of Senator Arlen Specter. There will be music, poetry, speakers, banners, puppets, and (hopefully) your voice saying "!YES!".
Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the United for Peace & Justice Nonviolent Direct Action Network is calling for people across the country, at Senators' offices and Federal Buildings, to raise their voice for justice and against the war.
We are inviting community, justice, environmental, religious, and citizen groups, as well as other peace groups to join with people around the country going to Federal Buildings and the home offices of such Senators as Arlen Specter on Tax Day and to be part of the "!YES!" DEMONSTRATION, Noon, in front of the Phila. Federal Building at 6th & Market Sts.
Please call or e-mail the Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-
1818, e-mail: email@example.com, if your group wishes to be
listed as an endorser and to have a representative of your group
speak to what your group says "YES!". Bring your members,
banners and signs. "YES" to Justice and Peace, "No!" to
P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081
A Little History --
Philadelphia War Resisters League was founded in 1969 as Philadelphia War Tax Resistance, which was a part of a nationwide effort to aid and abet war tax resistance as a part of the Vietnam anti-war movement. In 1970, Philadelphia WTR began making loans from its Alternative Fund. In 1975, Phila. WTR became a chapter of the War Resisters League. For most of its history, Phila. WTR/WRL had been primarily active in running that Alternative Loan Fund, which is composed of individuals' resisted war taxes, and in making interest-free loans to community groups working for peace, social justice, and other issues.
Since the fall of 2003, Philadelphia War Resisters League has been building an effort to bring radical pacifist action and thinking to the Philadelphia area. We have been involved in the WRL's national Merchants of Death Speaking Tour and have organized actions, such as our satirical "No Millionaire Left Behind" action on Tax Day 2004 and 2005. (Click here on Tax Day to see Rich Gardner's photos of the action near 30th St Station, in front of main city Post Office.)
We have been working to develop radical nonviolence actions and a publication that we are currently calling the Gandhi Phoenix. We have also been rethinking our Fund and are now making small grants for nonviolent direct action from the Fund, now the Ann Davidon Action Fund. Contact us for more information.
We welcome you to join us -- either by joining in actions or by sending us original articles or other writings for Gandhi Phoenix.
Link to issue of Gandhi Phoenix