By Courage to Resist. November 24, 2011
Last week the Army finally set a pre-trial hearing date for Bradley Manning, the heroic soldier accused of releasing information to WikiLeaks. Vigils and rallies are planned for the Fort Meade Main Gate, located between Washington DC and Baltimore MD, on Friday, December 16th, and Saturday, December 17th--Bradley's 24th birthday. December 17th is also an International Day of Solidarity with Bradley, with scores of actions nationally and worldwide. For more information, including how to donate to the Bradley Manning Support Network, please visit: www.bradleymanning.org
Photo above: Supporters rally and march in response to pre-trial news, San Francisco 11/22/11. Additional photos.
Scott Olsen. November 16, 2011
Scott is a Marine veteran who did two tours in Iraq. He was hit by a police projectile during the October 25, 2011 brutal police crackdown of Occupy Oakland. He was in serious condition at an Oakland hospital for weeks with a skull fracture and swelling of the brain. He's been released from the hospital, and shares this message:
"I'm feeling a lot better, which a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is slowly coming back, but I've got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You'll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we'll see you in our streets"
Michael Thurman, Courage to Resist. November 16, 2011
I recently had the privilege to travel to Colombia to share my experiences as a conscientious objector in the US military with youth in a country that has been struggling for the right to conscientiously object to obligatory military service for decades. It was a very moving and inspiring to see the tremendous efforts of numerous youth groups and sectors of Colombian society organizing to establish this fundamental human right.
Courage to Resist. November 11, 2011
Courage to Resist, working on peace/anti-militarism issues and located in Oakland, California, has just been awarded $3,500 by RESIST, Inc., a national progressive foundation located in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Courage to Resist received funding to bring together community members, veterans and military families in support of GI resistance and counter-recruitment efforts. “We are very excited to have received this grant from RESIST,” noted Courage to Resist project director Jeff Paterson. “These types of grants make up less than 15% of our budget, yet are extremely important overall as we undertake very public campaigns--such as that of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower US Army PFC Bradley Manning--and less splashy day-to-day activities like Individual Ready Reserve and Conscientious Objection-related assistance.”
Last year Fort Bragg military commanders hosted a conservative religious concert by Billy Graham Ministries. When atheist soldier Sgt. Justin Griffith complained about the official support granted to the evangelistic concert, base officials denied favoritism. Sgt. Griffith has already overcome huge obstacles placed in his way and is well on his way to making Fort Bragg officials live up to their promise of hosting a comparable atheist event. The Rock Beyond Belief concert and rally is set for March 31, 2012.
By Sgt. Justin Griffith, Rock Beyond Belief. October 6, 2011
Foxhole Atheists are on the cusp of real change. We need your help. We need you to care.
We are the 20+%. We’ve been silenced, threatened, intimidated, and treated as ‘un-American’ for too long. The non-religious military community is the DoD’s second largest religious demographic, outnumbering the next largest group by two orders of magnitude.
By attorney James Branum. October 5, 2011
An updated overview of the issues of being AWOL in the US Army, including resolution. Download, view, and/or print the PDF
Excerpt from AWOL in the Army version 3:
The biggest concern for most AWOL soldiers is whether the Army will try to find them while AWOL. In most cases, the Army will call the home of record of the soldier, the cell phone of the soldier (in my experience this is very common), and any numbers the command has of friends and family of the soldier. The best advice to give a soldier with regards to these calls is to remind family and friends that it potentially is a crime to lie to the military or law enforcement, but that it is not against the law to refuse to talk. One typical scenario that illustrates this: An AWOL soldier is staying at her parent’s house. Her drill sergeant calls the house and the soldier’s mother answers. If the mother says “My child isn't here,” she may have broken the law. However, if the mother says, “I have nothing to say to you and will not answer your questions,” she has not broken the law.
By Daniel Birmingham. September 9, 2011
Daniel is a 21-year-old active-duty soldier with 1st Battalion, 377 Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. He deployed to Iraq in 2009-10, and is now speaking out against war. Sign the "March Forword!" petition here to support Daniel.
My name is Daniel Birmingham. I am a specialist in the United States Army and I am a conscientious objector. A lot of you may not know what that is. Neither did I six months ago. It is something the military does not want you to know about, something they will never tell you about, so I will. This may save your life and save you a lot of trouble and finally let you be proud of something you are doing.
Over 50 fundraising dinner parties and BBQ's for Bradley Manning, accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower, are planned for Sept. 9th and 10th around the world. It's not to late to gather your friends and host your own!
By Courage to Resist. August 9, 2011
A new book by Courage to Resist, About Face from PM Press features the voices from our audio project with exclusive interviews with Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg discussing the history of GI resistance from the Vietnam War to Bradley Manning and the current WikiLeaks revelations.
Contact us to help host a bookstore or community event in your city! Events calendar coming soon.
How does a young person who volunteers to serve in the U.S. military become a war-resister who risks ostracism, humiliation, and prison rather than fight? Although it is not well publicized, the long tradition of refusing to fight in unjust wars continues today within the American military.
Courage to Resist. August 9, 2011
We were excited to be a part of the LA Rising music festival last Saturday, July 30. As part of the festival's "Re-Education Camp"--a collection of 30+ nonprofit organizations--we were able to highlight the international campaign to support accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning. The festival was presented by Rage Against The Machine and also featured Lauryn Hill, Muse, and Rise Against, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hundreds of folks, mainly between the ages of 16 and 26, signed up to be remain informed about our ongoing work in support of Bradley and all GI resisters. Tens of thousands of festival goers watched our Bradley Manning 100 second video on the massive video screens between set changes!
By Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist. July 28, 2011
This morning we were shocked to learn of the arrest of Army PFC Naser Abdo (photo right), whom we supported in a bid to be released from the Army as a Conscientious Objector in August 2010. PFC Abdo was arrested in Killeen, Texas, yesterday for possessing firearms, ammunition, and bomb-making materials, in what media reports describe as a plan to “attack Fort Hood.”
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