Army court martial of Eric Jasinski underway “What I saw and what I did in Iraq
caused my PTSD" With a military health care system over-stretched by two
ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are going AWOL to
find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 31 March 2010
Profile of a Deserter. Amy
joined the US army to fight a war. She graduated from college with a
degree in Biblical Studies, then decided to go to Iraq to fight for
American values. That was in 2004. 16 July 2009
Why Soldiers Rape. An alarming
number of women soldiers are being sexually abused by their
comrades-in-arms, both at war and at home. This fact has received a fair
amount of attention lately from researchers and the press — and
17 April 2009
Peace Activists Arrested After Protesting US Drones in Nevada.
Louis Vitale, legendary Bay Area social justice activist, active for
more than four decades. Has racked up hundreds of arrests and more than
a year in jail time for his involvement in a number of local and
international causes. For twelve years he was pastor of the St. Boniface
Catholic Church in San Francisco.14
U.S. resisters' solidarity with Israeli.
Statement signed by over two dozen U.S.
military war resisters. Reprinted by AlterNet, Democracy Now, The
Progressive, Common Dreams, Indymedia, and Daily Kos.18
GI Coffeehouse provides haven for war resisters. The milk frother
screams as a couple of young soldiers in camouflaged combat uniforms
peruse the lit table. All around them are the familiar surroundings of a
coffeehouse: posters on the wall, tables and chairs, and shelves stuffed
with used books. Yet this café, just across the street from the
sprawling Ft. Lewis Army Base in Washington, is not your ordinary
coffeehouse. "Support War Resisters: Iraq Veterans Against the War,"
reads a huge banner on the wall.
5 March 2009
March on the Pentagon 3/21, resister outlines why.
If we were to ask everyone planning to
travel to Washington this month to march on the Pentagon, I’m sure we
would get several different answers. For many people in the United
States, they will be taking to the streets to demand an end to the sixth
year of war on Iraq. But that is not the entire truth—in reality, the
war is nearing its 19th year. Here are a few of the reasons why I will
be marching. 2 March
Former Gitmo guard recalls abuse, climate of fear.
Brandon Neely has ncome
forward in the final year of the
existence, to publicly air his feelings of guilt and shame about how
soldiers behaved as the military handled alleged al-Qaida and
Taliban members at the isolated
U.S. prison base.
Feb 14, 2009
National Week of
Letter Writing Supporting War Resisters (March 16-23, 2009)
War Resister Letter-Writing Parties provide a concrete way to show
emotional support for war resisters and establish human connections
between civilian support networks and troops refusing to fight. The idea
is for a group of people to bring their community together to write
letters and to use the occasion to build awareness and solidarity around
the issue of G.I. resistance.
February 12th, 2009
Resisting Individual Ready Reserve
(IRR) RecallDespite the
recent inauguration of an “anti-war” president, the Army is
currently undertaking the largest IRR recall since 2004. Over the
last seven years however, thousands of IRR soldiers and Marines have
questioned this "emergency" and have simply refused and ignored
involuntary activation—without any real consequences February 3, 2009
Americans Joining Military as Jobs Dwindle
Recruiters report that more people are inquiring about joining the
military as the US ecomony takes a further downturn. The Army has faced
the toughest recruiting challenge due to high casualty rates in Iraq and
long deployments overseas. Recruitment is also strong for the Army
National Guard, according to Pentagon figures.
January 18, 2009
Deserter's cause taken up by activists at MiramarTwo dozen members of Military Families Speak Out and San
Diego Veterans for Peace protested in support of Robin Long, a onetime
Army private who was sentenced to 15 months
behind bars and a dishonorable discharge. January 14, 2009
AWOL U.S. soldier seeks German asylum
Frankfurt, Germany –
an AWOL (Absent Without
Leave) US soldier, filed his application for German asylum. He is the first American
veteran of the war in Iraq to pursue refugee status in Europe.
27 November 2008
HEMPSTEAD 15 ACQUITTED.
remarkable reversal, the Nassau County District Attorney's Office has
agreed to dismiss all charges against the Hempstead 15 following a six
month adjournment in what's called an "ACD" (Adjournment to Contemplate
Conscientious objector Tony Anderson sentenced to 14 months
US Iraq war resister Tony Anderson
has been sentenced to 14 months of confinement and given a dishonourable
discharge from the military for "desertion with intent to avoid
hazardous duty" and "disobeying a lawful order".
21 November 2008
Iraq War resister Tony Anderson sentenced to 14 months
".....I know in my heart that it is wrong to
wilfully hurt or kill another human being. I simply cannot do it. I
don't regret following my conscience," he said at his trial as he
struggled to compose himself. "I know there must be consequences for my
actions and I must accept this fact."
November 20, 2008
Study: War deployments make kids more aggressive. CHICAGO (AP)
Preschoolers with a parent away at war were more likely to show
aggression than other young children in military families, according to
the first published research on how the very young react to wartime
3 November 2008
Conscientious objector Robert Weiss sentenced to seven months in
U.S. military prison in Viseck, Germany.
3 November 2008Blake Ivey says "no" to Afghanistan deployment. "I believe war
is the crime of our times," Blake Ivey, a specialist in the U.S. Army,
said over the phone in a slow, deliberate voice.He is determined not to
go, and as of our last phone call, was still actively serving on his
base, weighing his options for refusal.
23 October 2008
Gone AWOL to save their livesGiovanni Roberto
spoke with the families of two soldiers from Puerto Rico about their
struggle with the U.S. Army. 22
GI resisters in Canada at SF Consulate.
13 July 2009
Walcott - Refusnik.
"One night, I typed “war” and “get out” into
Google and found a war resisters Web site.....I got on a Greyhound bus
and came north....Now
I live in Parkdale with two other resisters".
18 June 2009
Rivera - Refusnik.
"We crossed at the Rainbow Bridge, said we
were going shopping, and the guards waved us through......When we first
arrived in Canada, I still felt paranoid and unhappy—like I was back in
Iraq. Now it’s our home".
18 June 2009
Patrick Hart - Refusenik."My wife once
asked my commanding officer what happens to soldiers who go AWOL. He
said, “We put them on guard duty in Iraq with no ammo in their weapon,
no plates in their bulletproof jacket, and just see what happens".
18 June 2009
Cliff Cornell sentenced to one year in prison.
30 April 2009
Kimberly Rivera a judicial review.
. . Kimberly Rivera is the first female Iraq War resister to seek refuge
21 April 2009
Deserters have a right to stay in Canada
It is time for the Conservatives to
stop making false claims, and to startrespecting the will of Parliament. Iraq War resisters should be
allowed to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada.
be a world away, but I love you! I understand! You are in my thoughts
and prayers! I know things are hard. I want to say thank you for your
righteous stand! You are amazing! Hang in there. I know things are
tough. But many more like you stand by your side.
soldier sentenced to 8 months in stockade
Daniel Sandate, a mentally ill US soldier,
was deported from Canada and sentenced to 8 months in the stockade at
the end of a brief court-martial at Ft. Carson, Colorado on Monday,
November 17. His civilian lawyer, James Branum, describes this case
below and asks that you consider making a donation to his legal defence.
November 18, 2008
Prisoner of conscience Robin Long's letter to Obama
"Dear President-elect Obama - My name is
Robin Long. I am currently serving a 15-month sentence at a Naval brig
in California. I am locked up for refusing to participate in the
invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq, a military action I felt was
wrong and an action condemned by most of the international community. It
was illegal and immoral."
November 6, 2008
Bad News for War Resistersthe re-election of Stephen Harper
as prime minister of Canada was bad news . . . Harper’s gains in the
election mean that he will continue to seek the deportation of U.S.
military resisters as he attempts to please George Bush.20 October, 2008
U.S. army deserter Jeremy Hinzman and his
family were granted a
last-minute stay of deportation Monday by a Federal Court judge
while the court decides whether to hear their appeal.
22 September 2008
Ways to support Robin Long,
the first US soldier deported from
Canada after refusing to go to Iraq
Please pass on this message from Courage to Resist to
anyone interested in supporting Robin. Thanks!
22 July 2008
Army court-martials resister for blowing whistle on 'bait-and-kill'Private First
Class James Burmeister faces a Special Court Martial at Fort Knox on
July 16. The charges are AWOL and desertion. He returned to Fort Knox
voluntarily in March, after living 10 months in Canada with
his spouse and infant child.
He refused redeployment to Iraq while on leave in May 2007.
19 July 2008
Stop deportation of war deserters
Canada has long opened its doors to refugees from violence and
oppression in far-off lands. But what about deserters from the armed
forces of our neighbour, the United States?
17 July 2008
Successful Actions for War Resisters!Thanks
to the united efforts of many folks, we succeeded in mounting actions at
the Canadian Embassy and Consulates in 14 U.S. cities! The reports
from the various cities are still trickling in. There was
significant media coverage of these vigils in both the U.S. and Canada. 10
Philadelphia, 9 July
demonstration to support Resisters facing deportation.
Canadian Court Rules Immigration and Refugee. In a victory for US
war resisters, Canada’s federal court ruled Friday that the Immigration
and Refugee Board should reconsider the asylum claim of conscientious
objector and Iraq war veteran Joshua Key.
7 July 2008
A former US national guardsman will learn next month whether he can
remain in Canada, where he has sought refuge from military service in
Iraq. The former soldier was initially ordered to leave the country by
tomorrow, but his departure date was extended yesterday to July 10,
after an appeal by his lawyer was approved.
20 June 2008
USA: James Corey Glass has right not to serve in Iraq. Amnesty International believes James
Corey Glass to have a genuine conscientious objection to serving as a
combatant in the US forces in Iraq, and would consider him to be a
prisoner of conscience if imprisoned on his return to the USA. He is
facing deportation from Canada on 12 June.
6 June 2008
Peace Activists to Hold Vigil at Canadian Consulate. Peace activists will
hold a “Celebration Vigil” outside of the Canadian Consulate in downtown
Seattle on Thursday from 12 Noon to 1 pm. They will be celebrating
the historic vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday, June 3, which
calls on the Canadian government to allow U.S. war resisters to
immigrate to Canada.
5 June 2008
Police met antiwar dissent with batons
and horses at the last presidential debate in New York.
17 October 2008
Soldier: Iraq & AfghanistanEvents October/November: Featured testimony from U.S. veterans
who served, giving an accurate account of what really occurs, day in and
day out, on the ground.
10 October 2008
Thousands Are Deployed.
Background: the First Brigade
of the Third Infantry Division, three to four thousand soldiers, has
been deployed in the United States as of October 1. Their stated mission
is the form of crowd control they practiced in Iraq, subduing "unruly
individuals," and the management of a national emergency.
9 October 2008
UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU! WARNING TO THE INDIGENOUS YOUTH FROM A CONCERNED
ELDERDo not join the Canadian or U.S. military. They are violating the Two
Row Wampum Agreement. Everywhere the Europeans went they put Indigenous
people in the galleys of their ships. A few would be promised some
benefit if they carried out some hideous deed against their people.
Some were even freed. But they were never free.27
US Army Sergeant
Matthis Chiroux Refuses to Deploy to Iraq. Sergeant Matthis
Chiroux served in the Army for five years, with tours in
Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and the Philippines. Last month,
Chiroux announced he would not deploy to Iraq. On Sunday, Father's Day,
the deadline for him to report for active duty expired.
20 June 2008
Guantanamo: We hope that the lower courts will quickly move to hold
hearings in the 200-odd pending individual habeas corpus cases where
detainees are challenging their indefinite detention without charges.
12 June 2008
Troubled by military recruiting at Los
Angeles high schools,
activists are seeking equal access to students on campus to provide
what they say is unvarnished information about the armed forces and
information about non-military careers.
9 June 2008
Legislative Working Group
This is a tremendous victory for
the antiwar movement. The hard work of people all around the country
secured those 149 clear NO votes.
May 15, 2008
The Truth About Veteran SuicidesEighteen American
war veterans kill themselves every day. One thousand former soldiers
receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs attempt
suicide every month. More veterans are committing suicide than are
dying in combat overseas.
Friday 09 May 2008
Washington, DC– On May 15, members of Iraq Veterans
Against the War (IVAW) will testify under oath before Congress about
their eyewitness accounts of the military occupation of Iraq. Testifiers
will include veterans who served during the surge.
May 5, 2008
DOD data: More forced to stay in
Army By Tom Vanden Brook
The Army has accelerated its policy of involuntary extensions of
duty to bolster its troop levels, despite Defense Secretary Robert
Gates' order last year to limit it, Pentagon records show. 24 April 2008
VA Lying About
Number of Veteran Suicides.
The Veterans Administration has lied about the number of veterans who've
attempted suicide, a senator charged Wednesday, citing internal e-mails
that put the number at 12,000 a year when the department was publicly
saying it was fewer than 800. 23 April 2008
Outspoken Antiwar Soldier
Some observers say Cantu's promotion shows the military is now so
stressed by the ongoing war it is finding it difficult to crack down on
dissent within the ranks.
Deserter Denied Asylum In CanadaThe House of
Commons immigration committee in December called for a halt to any
deportation proceedings and to let deserters apply for permanent
resident status. The Commons will likely debate and vote on the issue in
1 April 2008
Statement in support of the US “war resisters” People of faith in Canada call on the Canadian government to
allow conscientious objectors, and their immediate family members, who have refused or
left military service to be able to apply for permanent residency from within Canada.
US - Canada actions to
support war resisters Philadelphia:
Support refuseniks seeking asylum in Canada
25 January 2008
Urgent Lobbying request:On Tuesday, November 20th, 2007,
Canada's Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) will
consider a motion in support of U.S. War Resisters staying in Canada.
This motion is being brought forward by NDP Member of Parliament and
Immigration Critic Olivia Chow.
20 November 2007
Canada rejects appeal by
two US soldiers: Hinzman and Hugley's defense lawyer Jeffry House noted earlier this year
that about 20 U.S. military personnel have applied for refugee status in
Canada. He estimated as many as 200 American war resisters were hiding
in Canada, waiting to see how Hinzman's case is played out before coming
forward. 15 November 2007
Veterans Tell Congress “You Have Failed Us And You Have Blood On Your
We The People
Are Fed Up. We The People Are Ready To Rise Up And Take Back Our
17 September 2007
Recruiting For Iraq War Undercut
Adam Kokeshrejects plea
bargain - fights to protect free speech rights of Vets
soldiers support U.S.
withdrawal from Iraq For the first time since the
U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, active-duty members of the military are
asking members of Congress to end the occupation of Iraq and bring U.S.
27 October 2006
Soldiers in Revolt:
218 active duty troops call to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
25 October 2006
Hidden Draft in Our
scandal in the Houston-area recruiting racket was Sergeant Thomas
Kelt, who threatened those he was recruiting with arrest if they
didn't enlist into the Army.
23 August 2006
Author expects more soldiers to refuse Iraq
"If we have retired generals,
guys like Congressman John Murtha -- a 37-year Marine veteran, and
'grunts' (combat infantry veterans) resisting, there's no way ... that
there is not going to be an increasing level of resistance in the
says she will return after stepping back as
antiwar leader 30 May 2007
U.S. army deserters, Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey, were unfairly
denied asylum in Canada partly because the refugee board would not
consider the legality of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. They hope that the
Federal Court will overturn this decision.
Resisters Shut Down Recruitment Center "We want the American media to
show the truth about the war, and we want the recruiters to tell potential
recruits the truth about what they are getting themselves into."
18 March 2005
We Won't Go to Iraq The Pentagon says more than 5,500
servicemen have deserted since the war started in Iraq.
(...) Soldiers always gripe. Confronting the Defense Secretary, filing a
lawsuit over extended tours and refusing to go on a mission too dangerous
elevate complaining to a new level. 8
Sam wants your kids ... now! Moms and dads are outraged about
desperate Army recruiters on a relentless campaign to sign up their
teenagers. High-school kids are running away from recruiters like they
were George Romero's living dead. 7
of Self-Destruction Those
returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom are also beginning to report
illnesses in significant numbers. In July 2004, the VA disclosed that
27,571 of them -16.4 percent of the total - had sought health care. Of that
group, 8,134 suffered muscular and skeletal ailments; 3,505 had
respiratory problems; and 5,674 had "symptoms, signs and ill-defined
conditions." An additional 153 had developed cancers. 19
committing genocide in Iraq "It’s
kind of hard to tell someone that they are being liberated when they just
saw their child shot or lost their husband or grandmother”, says former
Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey, a 12-year Marine veteran.
11 November 2004
Flight from the fight
Two American soldiers have deserted, claiming asylum in Canada rather than serve in Iraq. They argue that the war is illegal under international law.
13 April 2004
The case of Camilo
Mejia, the first soldier torefuse
to return to Iraq on grounds of conscience, is rapidly becoming
a touchstone for both the anti-war movement and the US military.
are Iraq's Pentagon Papers? I urge patriotic and
conscientious Americans who have access to these documents: Go to Congress
and the press; tell the truth, with documents. 22 February 2004
for the Truth Almost a billion dollars has been spent -- a billion dollars! -- by
David Kay's group to search for these WMD, a total whitewash effort. They
didn't find anything, they didn't expect to find anything
soldier who refuses to fight Jeremy
Hinzman enlisted to get an education, not to
kill people. But his superiors wouldn't listen and ordered him to pack
for Iraq. Instead, he packed up his family and hightailed it north. Now,
Canada must decide: Can a U.S. Army deserter be considered a refugee?
7 February 2004
A former soldier won a landmark ruling, becoming the first veteran
to win a war pension appeal after suffering Depleted Uranium (DU)
poisoning. 6 Feb 2004
Epidemic Strikes Military psychiatrists have been
warned to expect post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to occur in 20 per
cent of the servicemen and women in Iraq. 25
Returning female GIs report
rapes, poor care Female
troops serving in the Iraq war are reporting an insidious enemy in their
own camps: fellow American soldiers who sexually assault them. At
least 37 female service members have sought sexual-trauma counseling and
other assistance from civilian rape-crisis organizations after returning
from war dutyin Iraq, Kuwait and other overseas
troops have sent to Michael Moore I’m
writing it from the trenches of a war (that’s still going on,) not knowing
why I’m here or when I’m leaving. I’ve toppled statues and vandalized
portraits, while wearing an American flag on my sleeve, and struggling to
learn how to understand. 19 December 2003
Son dies, father is
With the family still in mourning, the father of a
soldier killed in Iraq is deported to Mexico
as an illegal immigrant. 11
parents go to Iraq
A delegation of nine family members of US soldiers and army veterans
have come to Iraq, led by the San Francisco-based human rights group
Global Exchange. Most of the group oppose the occupation, while
others say they simply want to see the situation for themselves.
8 December 2003
U.S. soldiers quit Iraq One thousand and seven
hundred U.S. soldiers have deserted their posts in Iraq, with many
of them failing to return to military duty after getting permission
to go back to the United States. 4
reasons why many Gulf war veterans oppose invading Iraq
to VA, of the nearly 700,000 veterans who served in Desert Shield
and Desert Storm, more than 300,000 have sought VA healthcare, and
more than 200,000 have filed VA disability claims. Two weeks ago,
President Bush slashed $275 million from the healthcare budget of
the Department of Veterans Affairs. 24 September 2002
grumble about leaders
Many soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division privately express their displeasure with current policies but are
reluctant to speak publicly. They say they have been told at least three
different times they would be going home in just a few weeks, only to have
their departure delayed.But some have spoken
on US National TV criticizing the civilian decisions makers. 18
clamour for US troops return
A colonel at Fort Stewart, who had been sent to soothe a meeting of 800
army wives, had to be escorted out of the hall under a torrent of jeers
and angry questions. 5
are losing this war
Within one month, it was
apparent that everything he told me was true, and that every
reason that was being given to the American public for the war was
not true. 3
Iraqi Children Turned Away
two Army doctors who arrived about an hour later refused to help
the children because their injuries were not life-threatening and
had not been inflicted by U.S. troops.
Marine gets 7 months in jail for
refusing anthrax vaccine
In a random survey of 1,253 guard and reserve pilots and aircrew,
the General Accounting Office found 84 percent suffered minor reactions
[to the anthrax vaccine] and at least 24 percent major multiple
"systemic" reactions, the latter more than 100 times higher than
the estimate by the manufacturer. 9
General Condemns Iraq Failures You
can't tell who is behind the latest rocket propelled grenade. It
could be a father whose daughter has been killed; it could be a
political leader trying to gain a following, or it could be rump
Saddam. Either way, they are starting to converge. 22
Just Pulled the Trigger At
night time you think about all the people you killed. It just
never gets off your head, none of this stuff does. There's no
chance to forget it, we're still here, we've been here so long.
Most people leave after combat but we haven't. 19
Working Class on the War Front and the Home Front
On March 20, the Congress
overwhelmingly passed a resolution to "express the gratitude
of the Nation to all members of the United States Armed
Forces." Then, early the next morning,
the House of Representatives voted to cut funding for veterans'
health care and benefit programs by nearly $25 billion over the
next ten years.May/June
troops' anguish: Killing outmatched foes
lack of a better word, I feel almost guilty about the
massacre," says one soldier privately. "We wasted a lot
of people. It makes you wonder how many were innocent. It takes
away some of the pride. We won, but at what cost?"
11 April 2003
Soldiers Could Be Facing War Crimes Charges
Charges have been brought in a Belgium Court against General Franks
and unnamed soldiers under his command. The charges have been brought by
Iraqi victims and their relatives.The plaintiffs have been seriously injured or have lost relatives
as the result of: -the use of cluster bombs
-attacks on the civilian population including journalists
-acts of aggression against
health services and other Iraqi infrastructure
- looting protected by or
under orders from the U.S. army. 2
Orders Troops to Seize TV Station in Northwest Iraq
the two-hour meeting last night, the head of the Army
public-affairs office in Mosul, Maj. Charmaine Means, said she
could not agree to seizing the station and posting troops there.
She argued that the presence of armed soldiers would intimidate
the station's Arab employees into airing only programming produced
by, or acceptable to, the American military. 8
How many more
Before America demands
the return of the men and women whose job it is to protect them? 24
the troops home now - End the occupation of Iraq
that San Francisco Labor Council endorse the October 25, 2003 International March
on Washington, D.C. behind the banner: Bring the Troops Home Now
-End the Occupation of Iraq -Repeal the Patriot Act -Money for
Human Needs, not for War and Empire. 28 July 2003
Reserve short on recruits
nation’s largest auxiliary forces — the Army National Guard
and the Army Reserve — are beginning to have trouble meeting
their recruiting targets. As of April 30, the Guard was nearly
6,000 recruits short of where it needed to be on that date to meet
its Sept. 30 target of enlisting 62,000 soldiers, Pentagon
statistics show. 10 June 2003
Lags For Some U.S. Troops In Iraq
who did the killing should not be the ones keeping the
peace," said one soldier, who asked to remain anonymous.
"They need to send us home."
US military now turning its back on deserters
Soldiers are usually classified as deserters when they have been absent without leave for 30 days and show no intention of returning. Last year 3,800 Army soldiers deserted, meaning that the Army's desertion rate was one-sixth of what it was during the Vietnam War, when it totaled 5 percent of the rolls.
27 May 2003
Genuine "Support Our Troops" Resolution
it Therefore Resolved that the U.S. Congress calls for the
immediate return of U.S. troops to the U.S." - United for Peace and Justice and Code
Pink. 24 March 2003
on the home front:
families of US soldiers in Iraq lead anti-war protests
Poor conditions and low morale among troops have produced an undercurrent
of dissent among US military families. We
received more than 70 emails and phone calls from relatives, all but two were negative - about the treatment of soldiers, the
reasons for the Iraq war, the pain of family separation and the
insensitivity of the military bureaucracy. 25
about going home "You
call Donald Rumsfeld and tell him our sorry asses are ready to go
home," Pfc. Matthew C. O'Dell, an infantryman in Sergeant
Betancourt's platoon, said as he stood guard on Tuesday.
"Tell him to come spend a night in our building."
pay steep price for service Thousands
of citizen soldiers charged with rebuilding Iraq face an even more
daunting prospect when they return home: repairing the damage to
their careers and personal finances. 8
Our children will die
is not some abstract war that they are talking about. Our sons and
daughters will die, as will so many others. April 2003
army wives, normally a bulwark of stoicism, staged a near-mutiny.
A colonel at Fort Stewart, who had been sent to soothe a meeting
of 800 of them, had to be escorted out of the hall under a torrent
of jeers and angry questions. 5
Them Home Now!
So we are going to
give troops, their families, and critical veterans a voice. That's
the reason-for-being of "Bring Them Home Now!"
Passion For Peace, Forged in War If
they tell you you should go There is one thing you should know They
wave the flag when you attack When you come home they turn their
back. 2 March 2003
Them Home Now!
parents -- many of us -- know that our enemies are not in Iraq. Our
enemies are in office, and they havethe
blood of children –some of
them ours --on their hands. Everyone is someone's child, even when
they are grown. Even when they take paths we don't approve of.Even when they
become soldiers, and are sent to pay for lies with their bodies and
hearts and the blood of others. 26
US Soldiers Think At
night time you think about all the people you killed. It just never
gets off your head, none of this stuff does 19
Iraq, U.S. Troops Are Still Dying -- One Almost Every Day
The family of Army Spc.
Rasheed Sahib, 22, of Brooklyn is particularly suspicious of the
military's explanation of his death. According to the Pentagon,
Sahib and another soldier were cleaning their weapons when the other
soldier's weapon accidentally fired on May 18 in Balad, Iraq. The
round hit Sahib in the chest. 26 May
US Major refuses to obey orders Maj.
Charmaine Means, said she could not agree to seizing the station and
posting troops there. She argued that the presence of armed soldiers
would intimidate the station's Arab employees into airing only
programming produced by, or acceptable to, the American military.
8 May 2003
Working Class on the War Front and the Home Front
March 20, the Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution to
"express the gratitude of the Nation to all members of the
United States Armed Forces." Then, early the nextmorning,
the House of Representatives voted to cut funding for veterans'
health care and benefit programs by nearly $25 billion over the next
Khalil, Army Reserve Will
I support a war which will lead to hundreds of thousands civilians
dead and wounded, endanger the future of the American people, and
create chaos in the already unstable Middle East - all for the gain
of a few powerful and wealthy people? February/March
start trend with sperm banks "Most
of the time, it's the wife or girlfriend who gives us the
call," he says. "They want to bank the sperm before the
smallpox and anthrax vaccinations. And they're concerned because
they've heard stories of men coming back from the Gulf and not being
100%, whether due to the vaccinations or to chemical and biological
agents they were exposed to." 26
of soldiers in the Gulf want a delay Nancy
Lessin, one of founders of Military Families Speak Out has a stepson, Joe,
in the marines. She is a
union activist from Jamaica Plain near Boston, Massachusetts who was
previously active in opposing the Vietnam War. “If Iraq's main export
was olive oil, we wouldn't be facing the possibility of war.This war isn't worth the life of one American soldier.”
soldier mother speaks out for peace
Mr. Bush, This is my son Tim. You have been referring to him as
"military force." […] I want you to be continually mindful of
the fact that your "military force" has a mother and two sisters
that want you to value his life as we do. Not
only do you have the future of our nation to decide, you have my son's
future in your hands.April 2003
sergeant in custody after grenade attack at US base An American army sergeant
was in custody yesterday after one soldier died and at least 12were injured in a grenade attack on a US command Centre in
Kuwait. . . . The phenomenon of soldiers deliberately attacking
those on the same side became known as "fragging" during
the Vietnam war, because fragmentation grenades were often used. The
attacks were often sparked by confrontations involving racism.
duty to disobey all unlawful orders
Under the Nuremberg Principles, you have an obligation NOT to follow
the orders of leaders who are preparing crimes against peace and
crimes against humanity. 27 February 2003