The former WRI team Triathletes for Peace has now reformed as the WRI Peace Riders. The Peace Riders team is formed by Jenny Amery, Andy Neidhardt, Matt Neidhardt, Stephen J Gillam and Javier Gárate. The first challenge of the Peace Riders is to complete the 2012 Dunwich Dynamo bike ride, which is a ride of 120 miles (193 km) from east London to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast in the UK. And if you thought that riding 120 miles was not hard enough, the ride is during the night- hence the name dynamo - and will be taking place on 30 June (2012). So while you are most likely sleeping, the Peace Riders will be pedalling hard for peace and to support the work of War Resisters' International.
War Resisters' International
War Resisters' International was founded in 1921 under the name "Paco". It was and is based on the WRI declaration:
War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war.
War Resisters' International exists to promote nonviolent action against the causes of war, and to support and connect people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war. On this basis, WRI works for a world without war.
WRI has a long history of supporting conscientious objectors to military service. Currently WRI works closely with groups in Colombia, Israel, South Korea, Turkey and many others who strive for nonviolent ways of dealing with conflict and refuse to be part of the war machinery.
WRI also works promoting nonviolent actions to bring social change. Trying to stop the development of the arms industry and infrastructure, refusing to pay the percentage of taxes that goes for military purposes, creating nonviolent communities that refuse to take part of any arm group, building nonviolent alternative for sustainable communities, and so much more...
WRI as an international network works with a very tight budget, and due to the radical nature of its work it is not easy to access major external funding. That
is why WRI depends heavily on the support of individuals who believe in a world without any kind of war. By riding the Dunwich Dynamo for WRI and asking you to sponsor them - Jenny, Andy, Matt, Stephen and Javier are contributing to the efforts of a world without war, please support them!
There are different ways to donate to WRI. We recommend you to use our special page set up for the Peace Riders (/node/15409), or you can also send a cheque in pounds or euros to WRI at 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX, UK. Or in US dollars to WRI Fund, c/o TOm Leonard, WRL, 339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY10012 USA.