We'd like to thank those videographers, bloggers, e-mailers and Facebookers that have stuck with us up until now and we hope will stay with us to the end. We'd also like to thank Democracy Now as well radio programs across the country for their dedication to covering this case in every stage of its development, ensuring we didn't go entirely missing from the airwaves. As well, we must thank Newsday for their relentless coverage and powerful OpEds. Justice ultimately came about through the efforts of so many, and Iíve not room to begin to thank them all.
What happened at Hofstra will forever remain with all in attendance and those who suffered most. May it be burned into America's conscience as well, but let it be a turning point. A moment in time from where clear divergence emerged.
Police and veterans from across this Nation have contacted us with their support and ultimately the same message: "We're tired of this!"
So it is with great determination and much momentum we move forward, Nick and several into a civil case, and myself into a fight with the Army.
Shortly after our action at Hofstra, I was sent notice by the Army that I would be prosecuted for my refusal to reactivate and deploy to Iraq last summer. The Army wants to separate me on grounds of misconduct which I vowed to fight in May and continue to stand by firmly. I'll know more on my exact hearing date soon, but with a good amount of support, I believe we can win this thing and prove once and for all that servicemembers have a right to refuse participation in the occupation of Iraq.
If you've not already, please consider joining the Facebook group "I support Matthis Chiroux's decision not to go to Iraq." Most of my updates from this point forward through Facebook will come from this group. Please pass it around to your friends, as well.
As soon as I know what day the Hempstead 15's final hearing in Nassau will be, I'll let everyone know. Let's have one last blow out to make clear to our government and the world that we will not be silent!
You made this for us, and we are forever in the debt of our global movement.
Peace and Solidarity,
Background information from Independent Media Center:
Anti-War Veterans and Supporters Arrested and Trampled While Trying to Enter Final Presidential Debate
HEMPSTEAD, NY ó Ten members of the
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), a group of military
veterans who are calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq,
were arrested along with at least five civilians outside the
final presidential debate at Hofstra University on Wednesday,
October 15. The group had been trying to get answers for their
questions from the candidates. "Neither of the candidates has
shown real support for service members and veterans," said Jason
Lemieux, a former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps who served
three tours in Iraq, and member of IVAW.