Brothers and Sisters in the Military:
"Refuse to Fight! Refuse to Kill!"
You are being ordered to war in the footsteps of veterans, who, more
than 10 years ago, were sent to fight the first Gulf War. Many of those
vets returned with severe and unacknowledged illnesses. Many gave birth
to severely deformed children. All were abandoned by the Veterans
You are being ordered to war by the most powerful nation on earth.
You are being ordered to war by a nation with the most destructive
weapons ever conceived, developed, deployed or used.
You are being ordered to war by a nation whose self-acknowledged posture
is that of world domination, mastery, control.
This nation can have no moral justification for war.
We, the undersigned, are convinced that war is the greatest evil on
earth. We believe that humankind must end war, or war will end
humankind, and, in fact, all of creation.
Our convictions have driven us time and again to the Pentagon, White
House and Congress in acts of civil resistance to war.
Now, we bring our plea to you, sisters and brothers, in the armed forces.
Refuse to kill.
Refuse the order to go to war.
Leave the military before it is too late.
We know your resistance to war will be difficult and require great
courage But please reflect:
Is it more difficult than fighting in war?
Is it more difficult than being a pawn of corporate greed?
Is it more difficult than living with a violated conscience?
Is it more difficult than living with the poisons of war in your body
Wrong is easy. Right is difficult and long. Do what your heart says is
We knowingly and willingly make this plea to you in violation of 18 USC
Sec. 1381 and 2387 . (see below)
We knowingly and willingly embrace some of your risk by urging you to
refuse duty in the U.S. military. We plead with you, as Bishop Oscar
Romero pleaded with Salvadoran troops: "When you hear the words of a man
telling you to kill, remember instead the words of God: 'Thou shalt not
kill!' No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of
God?In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people who have
suffered so much and whose laments cry out to heaven, I beseech you, I
beg you, I order you in the name of God, stop the repression!'"
If you choose to leave the military, please know that our hearts and
homes are open to you.
Contact Jonah House (410-233-6238)
or Dorothy Day Catholic Worker (202-882-9649)
Abbot Bishop John-Anthony, O.S.C.,
Benedictine, Victoria, B.C.
Dorothy N. Anderson,
Frances Annemarie Ostensen
Mary Beth Appel
Gary Ashbeck, Jonah House
Mary Ann Bacon
Elizabeth Bain, S.S.N.D.
Katherine & Clinton Bamberger
Sr. Diane Bardol, G.N.S.H.
Ellen Barfield, Veterans for Peace
Kevin M. Bartoy
Dotti Freed Baumgarten
Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
Johanna Berrigan, House of Grace
Kate Berrigan, Oberlin College
Dr. Rosalie Bertell, G.N.S.H.
Sharon Browning, Philadelphia PA
Mary Ellen Blackwell, S.F.C.C.
Kathy Boylan, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
Bob Bossie, S.C.J.
Roy Bourgeois, M.M.
Rev. Bill Brisotti
Joan Brown, O.S.F.
Rev. David & Marion Atwood Brown
Bunny Bryant, West Chester, PA
Bernard J. Bush, S.J.
Lauren C. Cannon, Voices in the Wilderness
Jesse Carr, Oberlin College
Edith T. Cheney
Carolyn Chernoff, Philadelphia, PA
Ronald F. Coburn, MD, Prof of Physiology and Medicine at University of
Frank Corcoran, Veterans for Peace
Oscar Castro, AFSC, National Youth and Military Program
Marlene Colbeck, NJ
Mark & Luz Colville, Amistad Catholic Worker
Fr. Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker
Susan Crane, Jonah House
Gary & Jennifer Culp
Rob Currie, S.J. Nicaragua
Murphy Davis, Open Door, Atlanta, GA
John Dear, S.J.
Joseph G. DeBenedictis, B.F.C.C.
D.C. Anti-war Network Gwendolyn Debrow
Michelina & Vinton Deming, Philadelphia, PA
Marie DeMott Grady
Des Moines Catholic Workers
Mary Pat Dewey, O.P.
Susan Chase Dietrich
Rev. William Dohman, J.C.L.
Mary & Mike Donnelly, ME
Sean Donovan, Catholic father
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, DC
Gwen Dubois, MD
Ruth Gagnon Eastbrook
Susan C. Edwards, Delaware County Wage Peace and Justice
Vincent Scotti Eirene
Barbara & Richard Epstein
Marjorie Eulmer, Brandywine Peace Community
Every Church a Peace Church
Anne C. Ewing
Sr. Jacinda Fernandes, OSB
Joe Ferrara, Chicago IL
David Fife, Tucson, AZ
Ana Grady Flores
Elizabeth Flower, Quaker, Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Frank Fortkamp
Constance M. Fox
Magdalene Carole Francis-Lohmar, Sanctuary of Hope Solitude
Finnian Gallagher, Belfast, No. Ireland
Dr. Peter Gathje
Carol Gilbert, O.P.
Stella Marie Goodpasture, O.P.
Jenneca Rose Graber-Grace
Oona Grady DeFlaun
Grand Rapids Chapter of Don't Waste Michigan
Fr. John Grathwohl
Bruce Grimes, Sumneytown, PA
Stephen M. Gulick, Philadelphia, PA
Bishop Tom Gumbleton
Jean & Joe Gump
Mary Ann Hain
John Harris, Hartford Catholic Worker
Judith A. Heffernan, M.Div
Gwen L. Hennessey, O.S.F
Mary Hess, WILPF, Hartford, CT
Mary Sean Hodges, O.P.
House of Grace Catholic Worker
Barbara Huber, S.C.
Ithaca Catholic Worker Community
Iraq Pledge of Resistance, Tucson,AZ
Allan Irving, Prof Social Work, Widener University
Joe Izzo, Quaker
Lana & Steve Jacobs
Ron Jacobs, Vermont
Melissa Jameson, War Resisters League
Edythe M. Jones, Esq.
Jonah House, Baltimore MD
Mary Juette, Woodbury, MN
Jackie Hudson, O.P
George & Maureen Kehoe-Ostensen
Carol Marie Kelly, O.S.F.
Stephen Kelly, S.J.
Kathleen R. Kennedy
Scott Kennedy, Resource Center for Nonviolence
Betty Kenny, O.S.F., Rochester, MN
Robert G. Ketron, Baltimore, MD
Ken & Mary Kiernan, Rockaway Beach, NY
Harry C. Kiely
Joel Kilgour, Loaves and Fishes Catholic Worker
Richard John Kinane
Betty King, Catholic mother
Rev. Steven M. King
Bob & Tess Koenig
Gary G. Kohls
Samuel Krakow, Drexel Hill, PA
Rev. George J. Kuhn
Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
Maura Leahy, Pendle Hill, PA
Rev. Dexter Lanctot,
Kathleen Lanctot, Epiphany House,
Eric LeCompte, Pax Christi USA
Karen B. Lenz, Philadelphia Catholic Worker
Thomas Lewis, Emma House Catholic Worker
Ed Loring, Open Door, Atlanta, GA
Eileen T. Lundy
Elizabeth Marx, Temple Univerity
Margaret McKenna, M.M.S.
Joan MacIntyre, CA
Kitty Madden, Casa Materna de Matagalpa
Paul Magno, Peter Maurin Center, DC
Rev. Susan Manning, Pebble Hill Church
Linda Manzo, Brandywine Peace Community
Dolly J. Marshall
Reba & Scott Mathern-Jacobson
Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House
Kathryn E. McClanen
Maureen McDonnell, O.P.
James F. McGovern, Jr.
Laura McIlvain, PA
Joyce McLean, Los Gatos, CA
Skip Mendler, North Branch Friends Meeting
Karol & Glen Miller, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Dr. Pamela Monaco
Anne Montgomery R.S.C.J.
Maureen Morello, NJ
Michael Morrill, PA
Patricia Morrison, Tucson, AZ
Rev. Sebastian Muccilli
Tom Mullian, Brandywine Peace Community
Margaret M. Murtha
Tom & Carole Murtha, Haddon Heights, NJ
Bob Neveln, Assoc. Prof of Computer Science and Math
Martha Ni h'Uailaighe
Kathleen & Michael Niece, Coastside Catholic Worker, CA
Anthony Nicotera, IL, SOA Watch/Chicago Peace Response
Karl & Trisha Novak
Paula & Frank Panzarella
David Partridge, Co-chair, Clergy Against Nuclear Attack (CANA)
Melanie Persche, O.L.V.M., Huntington, IN
Walter Pietsch, ARISE, NY
Ardeth Platte, O.P.
Russ Plywaczynski, Loyola Univ. Chicago
Bill & Gaile Pohlhaus, Wayne, PA
Laurie Pollack, PA
Beth Preheim, Marian, SD
Doris Pulone, Mt. Holly, NJ
Bill Quigly, Law Professor, Loyola Univ. New Orleans
Susan Ravitz, LEPOCO
Kimberly Redigan, Catholic Mother and Teacher
Margaret Mary Reher
Mary T. Rice
Patricia Rogan, S.B.S.
Gene Roman, N.Y.
Kurt Rosenberg, Swarthmore, PA
Dick & Gladys Rustay, Open Door Community, Atlanta, GA
Francis Maria Salvato, S.R.I., ThD, Minister General Sodales Franciscani
Marlene Santoyo, Germantown Monthly Meeting
Rev. Finley Schaef
Claire & Scott Schaeffer-Duffy
Rev. Robert R. Schulze
Robert M. Smith, Brandywine Peace Community
David Smith-Ferri, CA
Joseph C. Spina, O.S.F.
Michael Sprong, Marion, SD
St. Francis Catholic Worker,
St. Isaac of Nineveh Gift of Tears Catholic Worker
Rev. Amy Stapleton
Lesley Stearns, Philadelphia, PA
Tricia Sullivan, Ground Zero Community, Poulsbo, WA
Cy & Lois Swartz, Grandparents for Peace in the Middle East, PA
Michelle Syverson, Catholic Peace Activist
Mary & Carl Tann
Linda H. Traver-Neeld, West Chester, PA
Brian Terrell, Catholic Peace Ministry, IA
William & Ellen Thomas, Peace Park Anti-nuclear Vigil, DC
Ray Torres, First United Methodist Church of Germantown, PA
Marge Van Cleef
Voices in the Wilderness
Elizabeth Walters, I.H.M.
Dr. Fred Wilcox
Lillian & George Willoughby
Teresa F. Wilson
Bonnie & Mike Wisniewski, Los Angeles Catholic Worker
William R. Woodward WWII Veterans for Peace
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
Fr. Jerry Zawada
18 USC (United States Code) Section 1381. Enticing desertion and
harboring deserters, Whoever entices or procures, or attempts or
endeavors to entice or procure any person in the Armed Forces of the
United States, or who has been recruited for service therein, to desert
therefrom, or aids any such person in deserting or in attempting to
desert from such service; or Whoever harbors, conceals, protects, or
assists any such person who may have deserted from such service, knowing
him to have deserted therefrom, or refuses to give up and deliver such
person on the demand of any officer authorized to receive him - Shall be
fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Section 2387. Activities affecting armed forces generally
(a) Whoever, with intent to interfere with, impair, or influence the
loyalty, morale, or discipline of the military or naval forces of the
(1) advises, counsels, urges, or in any manner causes or attempts to
cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty by any
member of the military or naval forces of the United States; or
(2) distributes or attempts to distribute any written or printed matter
which advises, counsels, or urges insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny,
or refusal of duty by any member of the military or naval forces of the
United States -
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years,
or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or
any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his
(b) For the purposes of this section, the term
"military or naval forces of the United States" includes the Army of the
United States, the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Naval
Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve of the United
States; and, when any merchant vessel is commissioned in the Navy or is
in the service of the Army or the Navy, includes the master, officers,
and crew of such vessel.