WRI have released a statement condemning the murder of Tahir Elçi, Chairperson of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, a prominent human rights lawyer and a well-known figure as a “peace envoy” in Turkey. The statement expresses WRI's solidarity with Elçi's family, friends, and the peace activists in Turkey, and calls on the Turkish authorities to investigate his murder thoroughly and impartially. Read the full statement
In December, the COP21 climate summit was met with thousands of activists in Paris, who defied the 'state of emergency' put in place by the French state to limit protests following the terrorist attacks in November. In the largest act of civil disobedience, thousands of activists symbolically marked the red lines we can't cross in relation to climate change, using red clothes, banners, face paint, flowers and huge pieces of cloth.
Tax resisters in Spain have supported the Nonviolence Programme at War Resisters' International, by pooling the money from their tax contributions that would otherwise have been given to the Spanish military.
We're delighted to add a new publication to WRI's online book store! Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq, from Ali Issa of War Resisters League.
Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, Against All Odds presents the unique voices of progressive Iraqi organizing on the ground. You can find the accompanying Organizing & Study Guide here.
For the first time, WRI's magazine The Broken Rifle will focus on climate change and antimilitarism, looking at the links between environmental and peace movements, the connections between our analyses of control, exploitation and power, and the links between seemingly 'single issue' social movements. Please write with your ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably by the end of January. We would need the final articles by 15 March, and are looking for short pieces of 800-1200 words.