THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD
For nearly 20 years I have been active in various social movements for peace, social justice and ecological preservation. Publishing, writing and editing in various forms have been part of this work along with organising to resist oppressive government actions and lead to changes in policy. My involvement began with the struggle to prevent the construction of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant on Long Island (the plant was completed, but never put into use). It deepened with President Carter's call for the reintroduction of draft registration in 1980. My decision to refuse to register and ultimately to speak out publicly about that decision was a key point in my young life. Connected with it came a decision to devote my energies to working for a world of peace and justice, even when it meant taking personal risks.
I believe that people of good will must speak out and act if we are to build a decent and humane world. Militarism threatens not only individual people and groups of people, but the entire future of our planet. I have acted to oppose militarism in many ways over the past 20+ years, often through nonviolent direct action.
1998 US Bombings Wrong
1999 Kosovar Nonviolent Resistance Lacked International Support
2000 Nonviolent Resistance on Vieques
2001 War and Thanksgiving
2002 Death in Afghanistan
2002 Who Do We Fear?
2002 War on Iraq and the Demise of Democracy
I was a 19 year-old college student when President Carter called for the reinstitution of draft registration. I hadn't thought much about war and the military, but as I listened to others and thought about the issue I quickly realised that I could not kill other people and wanted to stop others from doing so. I quickly became involved in efforts to resist this increased militarization. I have written a book about my experiences in the draft resistance movement, though no publisher has accepted my invitation to put it into print.
Letter to the US Attorney
Op Ed piece to Jewish newspapers
Excerpts from Trial Testimony
Statement before Sentencing
1995 Op Ed piece
Viet Nam-era Draft Resistance Article
Hell No: Draft Resistance and the War Resisters League
Resister: Looking Back 20 Years to my Draft Resistance Trial
War Resisters League
WAR TAX RESISTANCE
decision to refuse to offer my body for the military purposes of the U.S. government
led naturally to the position that I wouldn't contribute financially to those
same purposes. As a result I have refused to pay federal income tax, over 50%
of which has consistently gone to military programs. Instead, I calculate the
tax I owe (when I have earned above taxable income) and give away that amount
to groups working to make the world a better place.
2006 Letter to Editor
2005 Letter to Editor
2003 Letter to Editor
2001 Letter to the Editor
2001 Article on War Tax Resistance
2000 Letter to the Editor
1999 Letter to the Editor
1994 Letter to the Editor
1992 Letter to the Editor
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
As a Jew and someone committed to peace and justice for all peoples, I have long been pained by Israel's denial of fundamental Palestinian human and national rights. From the time that I marched with Palestinians in protest of the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Israeli-controlled Southern Lebanon in 1982, I have spoken out for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. In the Spring of 1992 I had the opportunity to travel to Israel and Palestine to meet with people concerned with peace and justice in both communities and to help facilitate two workshops on nonviolent conflict resolution. I have continued to speak out as a Jew for a just peace.
1992 Op Ed piece
1992 Impressions & Reflections on a visit to Israel and Palestine
1992 Glimpses of the People
Letter to the New York Times
1995 Op Ed piece
Israel's Jubilee: A Time for Peace?
2001 Israel/Palestine Op Ed piece
2002 Support Israeli-Palestian Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace
Gush Shalom--an Israeli Peace Group whose perspective I share
Mumia Abu-Jamal, left, is currently on death row in Pennsylvania. Mumia is a journalist and activist whose trial was filled with errors. To learn more, or join the international campaign calling for a new trial, contact Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Letter to editor, 1994
Letter to Representative, 1995
An American Gulag: Indiana's Super-Max Prisons
Different View on Violent Offenders
I have tried to weave an understanding of oppression--race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.--into all of my work and writings. I believe that oppression is at the core of most violence and that these issues must be confronted if we are to create a world of peace and justice. Living in St. Kitts, a predominantly Black nation, heightened my understanding of the complex issues of race.
1992 Letter to Cortland Standard on racism
1993 Letter to Cortland Standard on racism
1996 Letter to the New York Times on economic inequality
1998 Letter about Gay/Lesbian Teachers
2000 Support Native American Land Claims
2001 Other Native Land Claims Have Been Settled