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.


CONFRONTING MILITARISM

 

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 Hiroshima

2002 War on Iraq and the Demise of Democracy



DRAFT RESISTANCE

 

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.

 

 


1984 Letter to the US Attorney

1984 Op Ed piece to Jewish newspapers

1985 Excerpts from Trial Testimony

1985 Statement before Sentencing

1995 Op Ed piece

Viet Nam-era Draft Resistance Article

Hell No: Draft Resistance and the War Resisters League

Unrepentant Resister: Looking Back 20 Years to my Draft Resistance Trial

 

LINK:

War Resisters League


WAR TAX RESISTANCE

My 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

LINK:

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee



ISRAEL/PALESTINE


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

1996 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

Links:

Jewish Voice for Peace

Gush Shalom--an Israeli Peace Group whose perspective I share

Electronic Intifada



PRISONS & DEATH PENALTY



"Why do we kill people to show that killing people is wrong?" sings activist Holly Near. She sums it up well. Additionally, our society teaches people, particularly men, that violence is acceptable and necessary. However, when people act violently without government sanction, the state (and unfortunately much of the population) wants to kill them. I believe we need to find another way to decrease violence and protect "innocent" people.

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

A Different View on Violent Offenders

LINK:

Abolition Now!

 


OPPRESSION ISSUES

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