By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. July 8, 2012
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War Resister Rodney Watson wishes he could be with his parents and other family and friends in his home town of Kansas City, Missouri. He’d like to see his wife and four year old son more than just on weekends in Vancouver, B.C. too. He’d also like to take his young family home to the United States and have his wife and his son meet his parents. But he can’t. Rodney has been living in the sanctuary of United Church in Vancouver since September 18, 2009. He eats and sleeps there and still cannot leave the Church without the risk of being deported back to the United States and to a military brig. After a tour of Iraq, in which he witnessed the senseless brutality of the war and the same racism toward the Iraqi people by U.S. enlisted soldiers and American contractors that he knew so well from experiencing it as an African-American, growing up in the United States, Rodney was stop-lossed.
By Keegan Hamilton, Seattle Weekly. June 27, 2012
Courage to Resist is currently working with Seattle area supporters of Sgt. Lindsey in order to best channel support. More information forthcoming.
An Iraq War veteran stationed at Ft. Lewis says struggles with PTSD and a lack of responsiveness to his condition by Army doctors forced him to go AWOL.
The soldier, 26-year-old Sgt. Brook Thomas Lindsey, met with members of the media on Friday at Coffee Strong, a non-profit organization, headquartered across the street from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, that advocates for military mental health treatment reform. Lindsey recounted why he decided to leave the base without permission on March 26.
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!"
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.
Oakland, California: April 17th at the Federal Building
Please join Courage to Resist, Northern California War Tax Resistance, and BAY-Peace: Better Alternatives for Youth in saying "Fund the Future of the 99%, NOT the Wars of the 1%!"
We will use poetry, song, dance and theater to spread our message. Come share your vision of what YOU think our taxes should support! Bring a poem, your resisted tax dollars to redirect, participate in a performance or simply enjoy the fun.
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