Courage to Resist. December 2, 2013
Since 1990, many thousands of people from all walks of life have gathered each November to protest the School of the Americas at Ft Benning, Georgia. The three-day convergence has served as a valuable time for educating, inspiring and mobilizing as well as a chance for people working on various social justice issues to network with one another.
Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist. November 26, 2013
Under public pressure, Balboa Medical Center reversed it's stated policy and allowed Mario Rivera to be at wife's side during the delivery of their son Matthew last night. War resister Kimberly Rivera is currently serving a ten month military prison sentence for having taken her family to Canada in order to refuse redeployment to Iraq in the early days of the illegal and immoral invasion.
"We wanted to say a quick thank you to all who wrote letters and place phone calls in response to our previous call to action . Mario was allowed to be in the delivery room during the birth of his child! Kim and Mario’s son Matthew was born healthy and strong. Kim is doing well too and is being allowed to breastfeed while in the hospital. We do not yet know if she will continue to be allowed to breastfeed once she is back at Miramar but we are hopeful that the authorities will do the right thing," shared Kimberly's attorney James Branum today.
Michael McKee, Courage to Resist. November 20, 2013
Members of the Courage to Resist collective and the Private Manning Support Network joined organizers and activists from across the country earlier this month at the Tear Down the Walls Conference hosted by the Alliance for Global Justice in Tucson, Az.
Campaign assistant Farah Muhsin and organizer Michael McKee facilitated a workshop on GI resistance and the Manning case, informing supporters of the next steps in the fight to win justice for Chelsea Manning.
By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. November 13, 2013
In February, 2014, Under the Hood Café and Outreach Center will be five years old. Under the Hood is a GI coffeehouse founded in the spirit of the Oleo Strut and the other GI coffeehouses of the Vietnam era. The Oleo Strut was just a few blocks away from Under the Hood’s current location at 17 North College Street in Killeen, Texas.
A lot of what goes on at Under the Hood has its parallels with Oleo Strut. Under the Hood has become more than just a coffeehouse and is now called Under the Hood Café and Outreach Center. “Then [the Vietnam War era] there was a coffeehouse at every base,” said Malachi Muncy (photo right), manager of Under the Hood.
“Many of them opened as places for soldiers to decompress but developed into other things. Between 1968 and 1972, the Oleo strut became a stronghold of veteran activism, setting up the organizing of boycotts of businesses that exploited soldiers, leading peace marchs, and even publishing an underground newspaper.”
495 supporters from around the world write letters in support of clemency application
By James Branum and Courage to Resist. November 4, 2013
Fort Carson, Colorado – Imprisoned war resister PFC Kimberly Rivera has submitted a clemency application seeking a reduction by 45 days in the 10 month prison sentence she received for seeking asylum in Canada rather return to her unit in Iraq.
By Rena Guay, Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. September 30, 2013
Thanks to help from the Task Force, I was able to attend the first days of the Manning court-martial, and also attended the June 1 rally outside the main gate to Ft. Meade, which was organized by the Bradley Manning Support Network (now the Private Manning Support Network).
I wanted to witness the court-martial for myself and more clearly understand the case and the support campaign developed around it. MLTF executive director Kathy Gilberd reflects the general consensus among military law professionals (and progressive activists like me) that the Manning court-martial is “one of the most important cases in our military’s history.”
Tucson, Arizona ~ November 1-3
This fall, Courage to Resist will be joining our fiscal sponsor, the Alliance for Global Justice -- and dozens of allied groups and a multitude of activists from around the United States -- for a three-day conference to network and strategize towards a more unified, effective movement for change. Titled "Tear Down the Walls," the gathering recognizes the many facets of social and economic justice transformation called for in our laws and policies, from literal walls such as the U.S. border and prison cell blocks, to divisive forces such as militarism, oppression by race, gender, the criminalization of the poor--the list goes on and on. But most of all, "Tear Down the Walls" will be geared towards erasing the artificial obstacles that prevent those interested in transformative change from working more closely together, across the issues.
André Shepherd's political asylum case to be heard in Luxemburg soon
September 16, 2013. Connection-eV (Germany)
"It is good to see that there is progress in the case", declared André Shepherd today. "We hope that the European Court not only has the will, but the courage to take a stand for the right to freedom of conscience. Other soldiers should feel assured that their decision not to participate in wars or crimes in violation of international law will be supported."
Several days ago the Munich Administrative Court issued a formal decision to request that the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg clarify several fundamental questions pertaining to the asylum request case of the American GI war resister André Shepherd. The Court of Justice is asked to examine "the degree to which an involvement in military hostilities is necessary, in order to offer the right of refugee status to a military deserter, who will be punished for his desertion”. The case before the Munich Administrative Court has been postponed until the European Court of Justice issues a decision on these matters.
Courage to Resist. September 11, 2013
In the past few years, tens of thousands of service members have resisted illegal war and occupation in a number of different ways—by going AWOL, seeking conscientious objector status and/or a discharge, asserting the right to speak out against injustice from within the military, and for a relative few, publicly refusing to fight. We're motivated by a "people power" strategy that we believe can weaken the pillars that maintain war and occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria.
By supporting GI resistance, we hope to diminish the number of troops available for unjust war and occupation. However, Courage to Resist believes in "informed resistance." It's important for service members contemplating public resistance to have a basic understanding of both the benefits and consequences of doing so.
Support the troops who have the courage to resist attacking Syria!
A Courage to Resist interview with Alex Bacon, Coffee Strong co-founder and staff member
Courage to Resist recently contributed $500 to the reopening of Coffee Strong. We ask our supporters to also consider contributing to Coffee Strong. Donate here.
By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. September 11, 2013
In November, 2008, the day after the presidential election, a few people—recent veterans and their civilian supporters started Coffee Strong, a GI coffee house outside the gates of Joint Base Lewis McChord, a combination of the Army’s Fort Lewis and the Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base. They had met at Evergreen State College as students. They had seen films and read about the GI Resistance of the Vietnam era.
“We wondered what our experiences would have been like, if [as service members] we’d had resources like Oleo Strut [the GI Coffeehouse in Killeen, Texas during the Vietnam War],” said Alex Bacon, a co-founder and present staff member of Coffee Strong.
August 21, 2013. Pvt. Manning post-sentencing press conference hosted the Bradley Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist. Featuring a statement from Bradley Manning, his family, and attorney David Coombs reacting to the 35 year prison sentence.
August 22, 2013. "The next stage of my life" by Pvt. Chelsea Manning
I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.
As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.
Thank you, Chelsea E. Manning
In response to her request, the Bradley Manning Support Network has been renamed the Private Manning Support Network, and we'll be using "Chelsea Manning" and female pronouns here on forward. Chelsea has communicated that continued use of past images of her are fine, as updated images may not be forthcoming anytime soon. Additionally, for her mailing address and petitions to authorities, we'll still need to use her legal name, "Bradley E. Manning." - Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist project director. August 23, 2013
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