Excerpts from a letter I wrote to the U.S.
Attorney in response to a letter warning me that if I did not register they
would prosecute me, July 1983.
"On July 26, the U.S. military announced plans for massive war games off the coast of Central America.
"On July 27, I participated in an attempt to block the runway at Griffiss Air Force Base. I went there to say as clearly as I knew how that the Cruise missiles deployed at Griffiss threaten our survival and must be dismantled.
"On July 28, I received a letter from the U.S. Attorney's office in Syracuse, telling me that if I didn't register for the draft by August 31, legal proceedings will be begun against me.
"For me these three events are intimately connected. The U.S. government continues to manufacture more, and more deadly, weapons, both nuclear and conventional. These weapons are used as threats or in combat against countries or groups of people who seek to control their own lives and destinies (i.e. the people of Nicaragua, El Salvador, the Philippines, etc.). And finally, young people in the United States are forced, either through a lack of jobs or through draft registration, to support these policies.
"...For me that means that I have a responsibility to do all I can to alleviate the death and suffering occurring in this country and around the world. Through non-violent action I seek not only to change material conditions, but also the hearts and minds of those who allow oppression to continue.
"I see my actions as part of the historic tradition of people working for social change through non-violent direct action..."