International Conscientious Objectors’ Day is Sunday, May 15th
Celebrate the 16th Annual Berkeley C.O. and War Resisters’ Day with us on Monday, May 16th.
Peace Flag raising ceremony
Monday, May 16, 2022 at 11:30am
Corner of Milvia Street and Allston Way (2180 Milvia Street)
Berkeley, California. (Google Map location).
This will be our first in-person flag raising since 2019.
War resister speak out
“Ain’t Fest” [“I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” “Down By the Riverside (Ain’t Gonna Study War No More)”] with Max Ventura and Nancy Schimmel — Song sheets provided; Ain’t Fest Lyrics
Remembering Bob Meola
We are also gathering this year to remember our friend and comrade Bob Meola, who we lost last November.
Bob was the lead organizer for the Berkeley celebrations for the last 15 years. Last year, Bob shared the following:
Friends, below is the resolution passed by the Berkeley City Council, in 2007, designating May 15th, every year, as Berkeley Conscientious Objectors and War Resisters Day. Until COVID-19, we gathered together in song and solidarity and raised a peace flag on a City Flag pole in front of Berkeley City Hall, every year, to celebrate Conscientious Objectors and War Resisters. May we do that again, next year!
Soon, young people, both men and women, may be faced with having to resist war as well as a new draft and a draft registration that might for the first time ever, include women, depending on the future of the Selective Service System. Complying with the Selective Service System is complying with the war machine. Time to think about organizing for resistance. We will keep updated on Congressional action pertaining to these issues.
Meanwhile, here, below, is the wording of the resolution that designates this day.
Happy International Conscientious Objectors’ Day and Happy Berkeley CO and War Resisters’ Day!
In Peace and Resistance,
Bob Meola for War Resisters League-West and Courage to Resist