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Editor's Note: The court-martial of Army First Lt. Ehren K. Watada is set to start Monday, February 5th, at Fort Lewis. Truthout will be there bringing you reports on the proceedings throughout the week. - smg
By Paul Rockwell
The Baltimore Sun
Thursday 01 February 2007
It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a soldier of conscience is court-martialed not for lying but for telling the truth, not for breaking a covenant with the military but for upholding the rule of law in wartime.
RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A PHASED END TO U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND INTENSIFIED RE-BUILDING EFFORTS IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA AND OTHER GULF COAST AREAS DAMAGED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
Presented during the Midwinter Meeting of the NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA, INC.
DR. WILLIAM J. SHAW, President
January 25, 2007
WHEREAS, on January 24, 2003, during its 2003 Mid-Winter meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. unanimously resolved that we were “prayerfully and publicly opposed to our beloved country going to war against the people of Iraq.” That resolution further declared that “The President, Officers, Board of Directors, Auxiliaries, Boards, and Commissions of NBCUSA, Inc. firmly believe that non-violent social change and international peace-making are the most desired methods to address any and all infractions of Iraq against the United Nations Resolutions passed relative to weapons of mass destruction in Iraq’s possession.” The 2003 resolution further observed that President George W. Bush “appears to be unchangeably bent on waging war against Iraq at the expense of millions of innocent Iraqi men, women, and children, and thousands of men and women filling the ranks of our United States Military Forces, regardless of the findings of the United Nations weapons inspectors currently in process in Iraq;” and
By Bill Quigley, www.truthout.org
Cathy Webster, a grandmother living in Chico, California, organized "A Thousand Grandmothers for Peace" to protest in November 2006 against the torture-training School of the Americas (SOA) (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation or WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia.
SOA-WHINSEC has been the subject of international criticism since it was disclosed that torture manuals were used in training Latin American military personnel. Amnesty International USA called for the closing of the school, an investigation into the human rights atrocities committed by its graduates, and reparations and an apology to its victims.
Woman arrested last year for crossing police line.
By Gerry Smith
Diane Baker's voice was barely audible above the rumble of the trash can she pushed down the sidewalk. But her actions tended to speak louder, anyway.
Four months ago, Baker was one of 71 people arrested during a protest in Washington for crossing a police line to sit on the steps of a Senate office building.
As punishment, the 60-year-old was sentenced to sweep the streets of the nation's capital for eight cold, blustery hours Tuesday.
I am riding a wave like I can barely describe right now... I went to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this morning knowing it was about "Iraq options", but had no idea Henry Kissinger would be there... my heart was beating SO hard, but could not sit by and listen to Kissinger and a fat cat Republican Senator talk about how we needed to be in Iraq "until the job was done"... SO, I stood up, cutting them off in mid sentence, and yelled, "The American people voted to end the war in Iraq!" and held up a small banner I had made that read "Bring Service People Home Now".
Listen to Fresh Air from WHYY
January 25, 2007 · Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada is the first American officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that he thinks the war is illegal. He is joined by one of his lawyers, Eric Seitz, a civillian. Watada is now being court-martialed for his refusal, and for statements he m
By Ian Herbert, Independent / UK
A peace campaigner has been jailed for failing to pay a £50 fine, despite the crisis of chronic overcrowding in Britain's prisons.
Magistrates jailed Lindis Percy, 64, after she failed to pay fines and court costs relating to a protest outside the United States Signal Intelligence Station, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Percy had expected to be back at home on Friday night after an appearance at Harrogate magistrates' court where she argued, on a point of principle, that she would not pay the fine and £150 costs. But she was handed a seven-day sentence and sent to Low Newton jail in Co Durham.
Monday 29 January 2007
New Delhi - Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela joined top leaders, nobel laureates and elder statesmen on Monday calling on the world to reinvent Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent approach to solving conflicts. Mandela, who spent 28 years in prison for fighting white rule before leading South Africa to multi-racial democracy as the country's first black president in 1994, said Gandhi's non-violent approach which won India freedom from British colonial rule 60 years ago was an inspiration.
2500 shut down military recruiting center
Seattle, WA (January 27, 2007) - Over 2,500 people shut down a military recruiting center in Seattle in support of war resisters and in opposition to a troop surge in Iraq. Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War led a march that began at the Social Justice Center to a military recruiting center at 23rd Ave. and Jackson St. located in the Central District, a heavily recruited working class neighborhood. Community members emerged from houses and joined the march as it snaked through the neighborhood. As the march drew near to the recruiting center the demonstrators began chanting , "Occupation is a crime, Ehren Watada should do no time!" and "You gotta resist, don't enlist!"
Danny Schechter opines on the corporate media's despicable marginalization of Saturday's historic March on Washington DC and related nationwide protests against Congress calling for an end to Bush's escalation of the Iraq War.... A half a million marched in DC alone. Add in the hundreds of protests from across the country and you have another historic event taking place, with the corporate media twisting into contortions in attempt to down-play.
The Anti War March Meets The Media - MEDIA DOWNPLAYS ANTI-WAR MARCH SIZE - This past weekend’s anti-war march was big, say the organizers and I have no reason to doubt them. They made this claim: “Washington, D.C. -- In a massive showing of public opposition to the Iraq war, 500,000 people filled the streets around the Capitol today, completely surrounding the building. Participants converged on the National Mall from all over the country to voice their support for an end to the conflict in Iraq...
Anti-War Marches Draw Hundreds of Thousands
WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (IPS) - Peace activists from across the United States gathered in Washington Sarturday for what they said was the largest demonstration to date against the Iraq war. "It's time for a new day," the Reverend Jesse Jackson told what organisers estimated as a crowd of 500,000 demonstrators gathered outside the halls of Congress on the National Mall. "We do not need more troops in Iraq, we need more money at home," Jackson said. "We need a vision of hope over fear, of preparing smart children not smart bombs. A vision realising that right makes might; might does not make right."...
Wednesday morning after his SOTU, Smirk went to Wilmington, DE to hawk his bogus "energy" plan. He did not recieve a "warm" welcome from the good citizens....
Music video montage of the Washington DC event...
Saturday Jan. 27, 2007
150 people gathered in the snow and the cold to take part in the national protest aainst the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. The local event was sponsored by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, an organization that came into being shortly before the 2003 invasion. We originally held weekly vigils to protest the impending war and elevate public awareness of the truth behind it. "Monument Square" in downtown Racine, site of the gathering, is where a monument to the town's Civil War soldiers was dedicated on July 4, 1884. It's imposing presence in the background as the names of the Iraq War dead from Wisconsin were read, was a grim reminder of all who have lost their lives to war, and who continue to do so today.
I've seen some reports, unconfirmed, that event organizers were estimating the turn-out at 600,000...
Thousands join bicoastal war protest - The Washington rally draws about 100,000 people. Marchers also take to the streets in L.A. and San Francisco. WASHINGTON — About 100,000 antiwar protesters from around the country converged Saturday on the National Mall, galvanized by opposition to President Bush's plan to increase the number of troops in Iraq. Protests attended by several thousand people also were held in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities. But the demonstration in the nation's capital was among the biggest since the war began....
Voices for Creative Nonviolence announces the Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War.
The Occupation Project challenges Representatives and Senators to publicly declare that they will vote against any further funding for the war in Iraq. Please go here:
The Occupation Project begins on February 5, 2007 and runs for eight
By Dennis Kyne
This testimony is from the heaing regarding LT WATADA. His trial is on 2/ 5/ 2007. please visit www.thankyoult.org
Darrell Anderson (purple heart, '04)
and Chanan Suarez-Diaz (listen to what he is saying.)
Thanks to Ryan Tompkins, many thanks.
listen to the song that is telling the same story. here
Tuesday January 23rd at 11:00am oral arguments were heard in District of Columbia Court of Appeals regarding the conviction of David Barrows, Peter Perry, and Midgelle Potts. The three were arrested while kneeling on the plaza of the US Supreme Court on February 9th, 2005 protesting the confirmation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his part in permitting torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Guatanamo Bay. They were convicted in DC Superior Court June 30th 2005 for violating Title 40 sec. 6135 of US Code.
Officer Refused to Deploy to Iraq
Fresh Air from WHYY, January 25, 2007 · Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada is the first American officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that he thinks the war is illegal. He is joined by one of his lawyers, Eric Seitz, a civillian. Watada is now being court-martialed for his refusal, and for statements he made opposing the war and the Bush administration's leadership. LISTEN
Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 325 East 25th Street,
Baltimore, MD 21218 PHONE:  366-1637
WHO: Baltimore peace groups have tried to dialogue with representatives of the National Security Agency since 1996. See James Bamford's book BODY OF SECRETS, which details the Agency's response to these requests. In June 2006, for example, the Pledge of Resistance–Baltimore sent a letter to the NSA director, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, seeking a meeting.
The corporate media has finally deigned to notice a huge demonstration is gathering its forces to descend on Washington DC Jan. 27th - 29th to protest Dear MisLeader's escalation of the Iraq war. One problem seems to be the reporter is suffering from the MSM's collective amnesia regarding the largest demonstrations in the country's history since Bush drove us into this war of aggression. What about the 500,000 people who showed up in DC Sept. 24th, 2005?
Anti-War Groups Plan Washington Rally - Jan 24, 4:43 PM (ET) By LARRY MARGASAK (AP) - Anti-war activists, unions and other national organizations promise a large protest rally Saturday against the Iraq war. Groups say they have chartered hundreds of buses and expect thousands of people to descend on the National Mall for the demonstration west of the Capitol. Organizers said Wed. the protest is part of an effort that will include lobbying congressional offices next week... There previously have been two large demonstrations in NYC that rivaled Vietnam era protests in size. One was just before the invasion of Iraq in 2003; the other came on the eve of the 2004 Republican National Convention...
By Robert Fantina
On June 22, 2006 Lt. Ehren Watada became the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. Expressing his belief that the invasion and occupation of that country are illegal and thus his participation would also be illegal, Lt. Watada stood up against the most powerful military machine in the world. He spoke forcefully against the war and as a result has been charged with ‘contempt of government officials.’
By Kelly Dougherty, Iraq Veterans Against the War
I wanted to inform all of you of new developments and upcoming projects being undertaken by our IVAW members. Our much anticipated strategy retreat took place in Philadelphia Jan 12-14. We had over 30 veterans from around the country who are leaders in our organization come together for a weekend to develop a clear, strong IVAW strategy. We are currently taking all that we learned from our time together to compile a strategy and messaging document that will be crucial to our eventual success to end the war. Our unique power as veterans and military members is our ability to reach out and connect with other veterans and active duty men and women. A key to ending the carnage in Iraq is to organize within the ranks to resist this illegal, immoral war.
SOA Watch Update
January 24, 2007
Support the SOA 16
Updates from Latin America
Upcoming SOA Watch Events & Campaigns
Support the SOA 16
January 28-30, 2007 - SOA 16 Trial and Festival of Hope
On January 29, 2007 sixteen human rights activists will appear in federal court in Columbus, Georgia to put the SOA/WHINSEC on trial. The 16 were arrested on November 19, 2006, after carrying the protest to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) onto the Fort Benning Military Reservation, publicly defying the laws which prevent political speech on military bases and making a bold call for justice and accountability.
A Timely Anti-War Effort-Support the Occupation Project
January 22, 2007 at 14:29:32 by Paul Rogat Loeb
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I rarely do on-line fundraising pitches, but there's a very timely project that I think can help make a significant difference in building pressure for withdrawal from Iraq. Stacy Bannerman is a long-time peace activist, wife of an Iraq War Veteran, and author of an excellent book on the impact on the war on the families of reservists, When the War Came Home. Together with other peace activists, Bannerman's been working on an effort called The Occupation Project, that will bring Iraqi vets and their families to Washington DC for a combination of civil disobedience and testimony at congressional hearings and public events. This could make a significant difference because no one carries more credibility with the general public than the returning vets and their families...
Refusing to deploy was his duty, they say
By MICHAEL GILBERT; Tacoma News Tribune
More than 400 people turned out Saturday for a forum on the legality of the Iraq war that felt like part congressional hearing, part teach-in and part religious tent revival.
Speakers were sworn in while placing their hands on the U.S. Constitution. They quoted Henry David Thoreau, playwright Berthold Brecht, President Ulysses S. Grant and the prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trial. There were standing ovations, impassioned speeches and appeals to leave a few bucks in the collection basket.