"Brad also asked me to specifically thank on his behalf the unflinching support of Courage to Resist..."
By David Coombs, attorney for PFC Bradley Manning. June 12, 2012
Over the past two years, thousands of individuals have either donated to the defense fund or given freely of their time to support PFC Bradley Manning. The support provided has come in many forms:
1) Signing petitions (standwithbrad.org);
By Courage to Resist. May 23, 2012
On May 20th, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Afghans for Peace lead a historic march on NATO in Chicago. Veterans threw their "Global War on Terror" medals towards the NATO Summit as thousands cheered. Courage to Resist organizer Michael Thurman is featured at 7:22 minutes into this video. He declared, "I was a conscientious objector from the US Air Force. I'm returning my "Global War on Terror" medal and military coins on behalf of Private First Class Bradley Manning who sacrificed everything to show us the truth about these wars!"
Sunday, June 24. Meet up at 9:30am. Howard and Main Streets, San Francisco CA.
Not in the SF Bay Area? Organizer your own Bradley Manning contingent in a city near you!
We welcome all supporters of Bradley Manning to join our official contingent to send a very large, powerful, fun and creative message of support to Bradley, the US government and the world. We aim to creatively, colorfully, musically and fabulously call for the freedom of one of the most influential gay whistle blowers of our generation. If you are a person or are part of a group that plays music, performs, dances, does artwork or anything fun and creative, we urge you to add to and come be a part of our fabulous and diverse contingent. We welcome all individuals, organizational and movement based supporters to endorse and join us! We only ask that all banners, signs and messaging in the parade contingent be that in support of Bradley Manning.
Descend upon Chicago for Bradley Manning!
By Courage to Resist. May 15, 2012
On International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, Courage to Resist activists helped celebrate the 6th annual Berkeley Conscientious Objectors' and War Resisters’ Day. This year, Courage to Resist had two new much larger Peace Flags produced, which we expect to use for years to come.
Events in the Washington DC area and internationally in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning’s next appearance in court will take place April 24-26 at Ft. Meade, MD. At the previous hearing on March 15th, Bradley’s lawyer filed a motion to dismiss all charges based on the government’s failure to present evidence as requested. Additionally, a broad coalition of media groups filed a complaint because documents from the court proceedings have been mostly shielded from the public’s view.
By Mike Wong, Vietnam War GI resister. March 20, 2012
Since the start of the Bush era, soldiers and veterans have been a core part of resisting America’s wars for empire. But what will happen to the young GIs who refused orders to war or directly resisted the military in other ways? In particular, what will life be like for them afterward? What will their lives be like long after these wars are over, and the country and the world moves on? The experience of the Viet Nam era GI resisters may be very relevant here.... Today’s GI resisters have a tough road of struggle ahead of them. But if my generation’s experience is any example, they will prevail, they will become successful, and they will grow to become leaders in their time. The very qualities that led them to resist the wars will also lead them to success in life. And that is how it should be.
By André Shepherd, US GI objector in Germany. April 4, 2012
It has been almost a year since the German Federal Immigration Office denied my asylum. During this time the American Government continues to force soldiers such as myself to continue invading other lands under the guise of Democracy. It pains me to see that this once great country has decided to use its great power to subjugate the peoples of the world, rather than uplifting them to new heights. Even though the Iraq war has seemingly ended, there is still no end in sight for this ill-fated “War on Terror.”
By Helen Jaccard and Gerry Condon. March 25, 2012
U.S. soldiers in Germany now have a GI coffeehouse. The Clearing Barrel Bar and Café opened Saturday, March 24, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, home to Ramstein Air Base and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, among a constellation of U.S. bases, with 50,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel living in the area. The grand opening was a big success, with over 60 people in attendance. Well-wishers enjoyed good food and drink, and marveled at the large beautifully remodeled space, with couches, tables, chairs, a bar and barstools, his and hers bathrooms, and a full kitchen.
Last week I spent two days in court for a pretrial motions hearing in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks that showed widespread unethical and illegal behavior by the Department of Defense and State Department. Manning has suffered the fate the Queen put on Alice when she was in Wonderland, ” Sentence first — verdict afterwards. ” By the time his court martial is actually held he will have been incarcerated for more than two years, one of those years was spent in solitary confinement. But, that is only one of many obvious injustices Manning is being subjected to.
From Michael Thurman, recent GI resister. March 8, 2012
I applied for a conscientious objection discharge from the US Air Force in 2007. With the help of Courage to Resist, I was able to navigate that process successfully and I received an honorable discharge eight months later. However, today as a counselor to US military objectors, I know that things do not always go as well for others, regardless of the merits of their application. We have a lot of work to do to better support the troops who refuse to fight. It’s because of the financial support of thousands of folks like yourself that I’m able to do this work as a Courage to Resist staff member.
Today, I’m interested in making sure our mission of supporting GI resisters—accused WikiLeaks truth-teller Army PFC Bradley Manning, for example—adapts to and becomes part of the broader forces gathering against US militarism and empire.
We have an atrocious and seemingly endless war and uncertain future in Afghanistan. We have not actually “withdrawn” from Iraq. We have covert wars and an expanding military presence all over the world. We have the most significant military whistle-blower of our generation, Bradley Manning, facing life in prison. And every day we’re hearing threats of an attack on the nation of Iran—not unlike the propaganda fed us in the lead up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2004.
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