Operation Refuse War: A week of action uniting resisters


In Celebration of International Conscientious Objectors' Day

May 11-16 2006

New York City and Washington DC


Operation Refuse War: An International Conference of Resisters to Global War

Conference Timetable

All events are located at Church of the Brethren, 37 North Carolina Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003, except for the Friday evening opening session and the post-conference activities on Monday and Tuesday (see details below)

Friday May 12th

Location: Friends Meeting House, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

7:00 - 9:00pm Opening Session

  • Welcome and Intro from Organizing Committee
  • Sneak Preview Screening of Sir, No Sir!

    Introduced by Dave Kline, President of Veterans for Peace

Saturday May 13th

Location: Church of the Brethren

10:00 - 11:00 Opening Plenary

From the Front Lines: Personal Stories of Conscientious Objection and Draft Resistance

Idan Halili (New Profile Israel), Joshua Casteel (Iraq war veteran) Matt Meyer (WRL), Moderator

11:00 - 2:00 Eyes Wide Open March & Lunch

  • 11:00am Depart for March (www.afsc.org/eyes)
  • 1:00pm Return to Conference for Lunch
  • 1:00pm Lunch

2:00 - 3:20 Workshop Block 1

  1. Conscientious Objection as a Movement-Building Tool

    Sam Diener (AFSC/WRL) Mark Liggin (CCCO)
  2. Connecting Resistance within the Coalition of the Willing

    Andreas Speck (WRI) (moderator) + TBA

3:30- 4:50 Workshop Block 2

  1. All wars or "this war"? Conscientious Objection as a political or moral choice

    Ellen Barfield(VfP/WRL) (moderator) + TBA
  2. Mobilizing Against a Draft

    Edward Hasbrouck (objector.ing/WRL) & Bill Galvin (CCW/GI Rights Hotline)

5:00 - 6:20 Workshop Block 3

  1. International support for CO's and war resisters from the USA

    Dave Stutsman (MCN Germany), War Resisters Support Campaign (Canada)
  2. What is CO without a draft? Resisting the selective service, War Tax Resistance, and other ways to resist the military.

    Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer (WRL/WRI) & Paul Frazier (WRL)
  3. Militarism and Gender

    Young-eun (South Korea), Tali Lerner (New Profile, Israel,) Joanne Sheehan (WRL/WRI)

6:30 - 7:30 Dinner and time to socialize

Sunday May 14th

Location: Church of the Brethren

10:00 -11:30pm CODEPINK Interfaith Vigil and Service

11:40 - 1:00pm Workshop Block 4

  1. Resistance Movements within the Military and to Compulsory Service

    Steve Morse (CCCO), Boro Kitanoski (Macedonia)
  2. Building support for COs from the outside.

    Mark Liggin (CCCO), Clare Bayard (WRL)

1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch

2:00 - 3:20pm Workshop Block 5

  1. Working for CO Rights in Congress and the U.N.

    Theo Sitther (Center on Conscience & War) Andreas Speck (WRI)
  2. GI Rights Overview

    Jim Klimaski (Military Law Taskforce), J.E. McNeil (Center on Conscience & War), Steve Morse (CCCO)

3:30 - 4:50pm Plenary

Building Bridges with Military Families and Veterans

Monica Benderman, Laura Costas (MFSO), Tia Steele (GSFP)

5:00 - 6:00 Closing Session

What's Next? Developing Long-Term Strategy for an International CO Movement.

Presented by War Resisters' International

Monday May 15th


Demonstration at Downtown DC Recruiting Station

(part of Operation Refuse War)

Location: The Armed Forces Recruiting Center is in the 1300 block of L St NW, mid-block, south side.

Eyes Wide Open Exhibit

organized by American Friends Service Committee

Advisory Council Meeting

Center on Conscience & War

Location: Church of the Brethren

Tuesday May 16th

Conscientious Lobby Day

at US Congress, organized by the Center on Conscience & War

Congressional Hearing

organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation


Please register online or contact register@centeronconscience.org. You can also download a PDF form and mail it to Center on Conscience and War. Conference registration fee is US$30, which includes lunch on Saturday, May 13th.

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