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War Resisters League
The War Resisters League (WRL) was formed in 1923 by men and women who had opposed World War I.
Many of the founders had been jailed during World War I for refusing military service. From the Fellowship of Reconciliation many Jews, suffragettes, socialists, and anarchists separated to form this more secular organization.
During World War II, many members were imprisoned. In the 1950s, WRL members worked in the US civil rights movement and organized protests against nuclear weapons testing and civil defense. In the 1960s, WRL was the first pacifist organization to call for an end to the Vietnam War. Their opposition to nuclear weapons was extended to include nuclear power in the 1970s and 1980s. WRL has also been active in feminist and anti-racist causes. They also work with other organizations to reduce the level of violence in modern culture.
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