Friends of Kyle Wesolowski. September 22, 2010
"My experience of physical threats, religious persecution, and general abuse seems to speak of a system that appears to be broken.... It appears that I have no other recourse but to now refuse all duties that prepare myself for war or aid in any way shape or form to other soldiers in conditioning them to go to war." - Army SPC Kyle Wesolowski
Several months after returning from a combat tour in Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas soldier SPC Kyle Wesolowski submitted an application for a conscientious objector discharge based on his Buddhist faith. Since that time, SPC Wesolowski has completed a rigorous examination of his beliefs by military authorities, including required interviews by a psychiatrist, a chaplain and an independent investigating officer. All of these officials have recommended that SPC Wesolowski be discharged based on the sincerity of his beliefs.
The Days of Action to Support Bradley Manning kicked off with packed hall in Oakland, Thursday, September 16, "Afghanistan: Occupation, Wikileaks, and accused Whistle-blower Army Pfc. Bradley Manning" with Daniel Ellsberg, Col. Ann Wright (ret.), and Ray McGovern. Watch the event here.
Videos, photos, and reports from San Francisco (photos: one, two | video: one, two, three), San Diego (report/photos | video), Seattle/Fort Lewis (report/video | video | report/slideshow), Quantico (videos), Creech AFB (photos below), Keene (photos below), Knoxville (report), Los Angeles (report | photos below), Minneapolis (video: one, two), Oklahoma City (photos below), and Toronto (video). Events also took place in Byron Bay, Ann Arbor, Cambridge, Corvallis, New Haven, New York City, Norfolk, and Rochester. All available videos via bradleymanning.org
“I spoke with PFC Bradley Manning today.... Brad is aware of the fact that events are happening from today through the 19th. He has asked me to express how very thankful that he is for the support that he has received so far. Brad also told me that he looks forward to the day that he can express his gratitude in person to those that have rallied to his defense.” - Pfc. Manning's attorney David Coombs
“He's aware of all the people who are rallying to his support. So his spirits are relatively good.”
By Courage to Resist. September 3, 2010
We are relieved that accused Wikileaks whistle-blower Army PFC Bradley Manning is finally represented by an experienced and qualified civilian defense attorney. After receiving a wide range of opinions, Bradley selected attorney David Coombs of Providence, Rhode Island, to lead his legal defense. Mr. Coombs has over a decade of experience as a military trial lawyer and is a former law professor at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Thursday, September 16, 7pm ~ Oakland, California
Saturday, September 18, 2pm ~ San Francisco, California
Attention resisters who were interviewed for the Courage to Resist Audio Project: We need to contact you.
By Courage to Resist. August 20, 2010
Courage to Resist has created a book of the interviews conducted for the Audio Project. We would like to reach each of you to get an update about what you’re up to now and let you know more about the book. Your interviews are important in building a movement of resistance. Please contact Buff Whitman-Bradley: buff.wb(at)gmail.com or call 510-388-4559 as soon as possible.
Bradley Manning Support Network, www.bradleymanning.org.
Washington D.C., July 27, 2010 - The Bradley Manning Support Network is accepting donations for the defense of Private First Class Bradley Manning. The Network, a grassroots initiative formed to defend and support accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, has partnered with Courage to Resist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military objectors.
US Army Private. July 21, 2010
I would just like to say this website is a safe-haven for me when I thought there was none. I recently joined the National Guard because I was looking to serve the people in my community, state, and country. After President Obama's campaign two years ago in which he criticized supporters of these illegal wars I thought the winds of change were coming. I was naive to think so. I was lied to. We were all lied to. Now I'm facing the possibility of having to go all the way overseas to kill and destroy another country. This is wrong and it makes me physically sick at night. It also makes me sick knowing that there are people out there who still support these wars. I would just like to thank you for listening and for giving people like me a safe-haven to come to.
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By Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist. July 17, 2010
Thank you again for your support of military war resisters! With your help, we’ve won a number of victories over the last few months. Now we’re preparing to take on our most challenging campaign yet. However, we need your financial support to do so. Please consider making an urgently needed tax-deductible donation today. couragetoresist.org/donate
By Courage to Resist. July 14, 2010
“From what I’ve heard of (Pfc. Bradley) Manning, he is a new hero of mine.” —Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle-blower
In April, the Wikileaks website released a video depicting a US helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed eleven unarmed Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters employees, and seriously wounded two children. Titled “Collateral Murder”, the video was widely posted and reported on.
Last week, the Army charged 22-year-old intelligence analyst Pfc. Bradley Manning with providing the video after he allegedly took credit for doing so online. For the past month, he has been held in isolation from supporters and civilian legal assistance in a US military confinement facility in Kuwait.
Join us for "Building a Military Resistance Movement: Veterans, Service Members & Allies Organizing Together" presented by Courage to Resist, Civilian-Soldier Alliance, and Iraq Veterans Against the War at the US Social Forum (USSF), Thursday, June 24 from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Cobo Hall. The USSF is being held June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan under the slogan, "Another World is Possible. Another US is Necessary!"
Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist for OaklandSeen. May 31, 2010
This memorial day, it is not enough to remember those killed in war. We need to remember that we are still at war. We are still sending men and women to fight, kill, and die in Afghanistan and Iraq in our name.
What many don't realize is just how involuntary our military fighting these occupation wars on our behalf really is. Military programs such as the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and "Stoploss" continue to press tens of thousands of troops into service long past their scheduled end of active duty, while record unemployment and cuts to social programs ensure quotas for fresh recruits are currently being met.
Please help Courage to Resist support the troops that refuse to fight with your urgently needed tax-deductible donation today. Donate today.