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IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

By Mike Ferner

Passing the grim marker of 3,000 U.S. troops killed in Iraq briefly focused Americans’ attention on the war. But we live in a big country with lots of malls.

To be sure, the death of 3,000 soldiers is tragic and sickening, yet we are a nation of over 300 million and most families have not lost a loved one. Even with some 32,000 G.I.’s requiring medical evacuation for wounds, most Americans still do not personally know a casualty of this war.

Mother fights for son who said no to war

By Linton Weeks, Washington Post

Carolyn Ho is a mother on a mission.

She came to Washington, D.C., in mid-December to build support for her son, Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq.

Barring some kind of miracle, he will be court-martialed Feb. 5 at Fort Lewis. If convicted, he could be sent to military prison for six years.

Like many Americans, she believed she could come to the capital and change the world. Or at least her small part of it.

Winter Work Schedule for Spring Peace and Impeachment

The coming weeks and months are our window of opportunity to end the war and impeach Bush and Cheney. Our best moments for action may be improvised in response to changing events. But planning out our schedule will help. You can find local events in your area, or post them yourself for others to sign up and attend at:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

Here are some national events to plan for:

Case tests officers' right to dissent

1st Lt. Ehren Watada's lawyer likens his client's comments against the war and the administration to those of retired military officials.
By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

Do military officers have the right to publicly voice dissent about their commander in chief and U.S. war policy?

That question highlighted last week's pretrial hearing at Ft. Lewis Army base near Seattle for 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the nation's first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. Watada faces a court-martial and six years in prison for failing to deploy with his Stryker Brigade last year and for making four public statements criticizing President Bush and the Iraq war.

Camp RESISTANCE!!!

By Dennis Kyne, www.denniskyne.com

www.ivawdeployed.org has arrived at the gates of Fort Lewis.

Please support this move....as troops are gathering to support Ehren Watada in his stand against the lies that have gained our nation nothing more than death and despise.

Purple Heart, 'Winner' Darrell Anderson returned from 18 months in hiding when he heard that Lt. Watada had refused to deploy. Anderson would have deployed to his third tour had he not gone north. Anderson asked me to get on the www.ivawdeployed.org with him and get to Fort Lewis to open up Camp RESISTANCE!!!

Interview of Lt. Watada

By Jeeni Criscenzo

I was surprised to see this interview with Lt. Watada on “Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone on Yahoo! News today. It was a fair and thoughtful interview and Watada’s responses are intelligent and exceptionally brave. Then to read the comments just breaks my heart that there are so many people out there who don’t have any idea what true courage of convictions is all about. See: http://hotzone.yahoo.com/b/hotzone/blogs19056

Two More "Unrepentant" Raytheon Protesters Sentenced

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

A retired school teacher and a seminary student were each
sentenced this afternoon to eight hours of community service for
their part in a nonviolent protest at the Raytheon Missile Systems
Plant south of Tucson last March 20, the third anniversary of the
U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Pima County Justice Court
Judge Maria Felix accepted their pleas of no contest to a charge of

Conduct Charges Might Help Watada's Defense

By Christian Hill, The Olympian

Fort Lewis - Army prosecutors might have unwittingly aided the defense of the Fort Lewis officer they're trying for his refusal to deploy to Iraq.

Attorneys for 1st Lt. Ehren Watada want his jury to hear next month from experts that the war violated U.S. and international law in their effort to win his acquittal.

During a four-hour pretrial hearing Thursday, one of Watada's attorneys, Eric Seitz, requested that the judge hold an evidentiary hearing about allowing that defense.

Stand with Lt. Ehren Watada Against Illegal and Immoral War in Iraq

"My fellow soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq and their families are suffering because of the lies and deceptions crafted by the Bush Administration. The Iraq war is not only a crime against domestic and international law but [it] is a terrible moral injustice against the Iraqi people." - Lt. Ehren Watada

As the first Army officer to publicly speak out against the war and refuse deployment to Iraq, Lt Watada will be punished by the U.S. Army with a maximum six years in prison. The military's intention IS to SILENCE VOICES OF RESISTANCE and make an example out of Lt. Watada.

U.S. Army Tries to Force Sarah Olson and Dahr Jamail to Testify Against Ehren Watada

http://dahrjamailiraq.com

January 2, 2007 - Democracy Now! Interview: U.S. Army Tries to Force Sarah Olson and Dahr Jamail to Testify Against Ehren Watada

Lt. Ehren Watada, for those who don't already know, became the first
commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the unlawful war
and occupation in Iraq. While doing this on June 22, 2006, Watada said,
"As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as

Make your 2007 New Year's Resolution to Stand with Lt. Watada Against Illegal and Immoral War

PLEASE do YOUR part in supporting the courageous stance of Lt. Ehren Watada against this illegal and immoral war.
The time is now!!!!

"The war in Iraq is in fact illegal. It is my obligation and my duty to refuse any orders to participate in this war. An order to take part in an illegal war is unlawful in itself. So my obligation is not to follow the order to go to Iraq." - Lt. Ehren Watada

Nonviolence Works in Palestine

Umm Salamuna Villagers face the bulldozers
By Najib Farag, Palestine News Network

Twenty Israeli military vehicles stormed Umm Salamuna Village south of
Bethlehem to protect four military bulldozers. The bulldozers were
massive and there to bulldoze Palestinian land for Wall construction.
What they needed protecting from was the nonviolent demonstration that
farmers and residents began in order to save their land.

The Court-Martial of Ehren Watada Begins

By Jason Leopold, www.truthout.org

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled to take place Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, in the court-martial of Ehren Watada, the 28-year-old Army lieutenant who is the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq on the basis that the war is illegal.

Watada's court appearance comes on the same day the new Democratic-controlled Congress returns to work and begins to investigate one of the lingering questions surrounding the nearly four-year-old war. It's the same question that Watada said led to his decision to publicly challenge the legality of the war and refuse deployment - whether the intelligence that led to the US-led invasion was cooked by Bush administration officials.

Supporting US Troops by Putting the Iraq War on Trial

Interview with the Citizens’ Hearing on the Legality of U.S. Actions in Iraq
“Civilian citizen's have an obligation to do more especially so in time of 'war'”
By Kevin Zeese

Below is an interview of Dr. Zoltan Grossman who is a Member of the Faculty in Geography/Native Studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. For more information on Dr. Grossman see http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz. Also interviewed is Lietta Ruger who is the coordinator of the Washington State Chapter of Military Families Speaks Out. Her blog, Dying to Preserve the Lies, is located at: http://dyingwarriors.blogspot.com

IMPORTANT: Scenario & Legal info for Jan 11th

Dear Friends and fellow Guantanamo activists,

Last year at this time, Witness Against Torture had just ended its march
and vigil at the gates of Guantanamo and the US military reported that a
long-running hunger strike among detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison
underwent a “very significant increase.” Now, as January 11th -- the
fifth anniversary of the arrival of prisoners in Guantanamo,

Arrested on the Golden Gate Bridge for the 3,000 US Dead

By Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright

On New Year’s Day, sixty peace activists organized by Codepink Women for Peace gathered on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge to walk across one of America’s great landmarks in vigil for the 3,000 US servicemen and women killed in Iraq and for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died since the US invasion and occupation.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers blocked the pedestrian walkway on the San Francisco side of the bridge saying that we did not have a permit for a demonstration. We responded that we were not demonstrating but only wanted to walk peacefully across the bridge to commemorate the 3,000 deaths. Initially the CHP allowed tourists to pass through our group and begin their walk on the bridge. We complained that this was our bridge and we could not be denied access. The CHP then stopped all walkers.

Commemorating 3,000 U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

Commemorating 3,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq

Dear supporter of peace,

I'm sorry to announce that 3,000 U.S. service members have died in Iraq.

Every life counts, whether it's one of 3,000 U.S military deaths or one of the 500,000+ Iraqi deaths estimated by the Johns Hopkins/MIT study. So, while the 3,000th death is no more or less important than the 2,999th or the 3001st, it is only natural to pause and think about the human cost of war when we reach such a grim milestone.

But we cannot give into despair. There is hope for peace in Iraq -- and together we can turn our hopes into a change for the better.

Please join with thousands of people across the country in a memorial vigil or other event tomorrow to commemorate those lost and call for peace in Iraq. A calendar of "Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar" memorial events is on our web site at www.afsc.org/3000 to help you find or list an event near you.

American Death Toll in Iraq Hits 3,000 - Not One More Death - Not One More Dollar

Plan now for vigils after the "official" 3000th death of US service members in Iraq... Register to organize a memorial event in your community or find one near you. Visit AFSC's "Not one more Death - Not One More Dollar"...

American Death Toll in Iraq Hits 3,000
Dec 31, 5:47 PM (ET)
By STEVEN R. HURST
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. military announced Sunday the deaths of two soldiers, pushing the number of Americans who have died in the Iraq war to the grim milestone of at least 3,000. On the final day of an exceedingly bloody year, Saddam Hussein was also buried in the town where he was born. The White House said the resident mourned each death but would not issue a statement in reaction to the 3,000th in a war now 46 months old...

Camp Resistance Day 1: January 4, 2007

"Lt. Watada Support Campaign" action@thankyoult.org

"The war in Iraq is in fact illegal. It is my obligation and my duty to refuse any orders to participate in this war. An order to take part in an illegal war is unlawful in itself. So my obligation is not to follow the order to go to Iraq." - Lt. Ehren Watada

Stand Against Illegal and Immoral War
Lt. Watada Pre-Trial Hearing
Thurs. Jan. 4, 8-11am

The Ethics of Palestinian Resistance

By David Swanson

With Jimmy Carter's book a best seller and the Iraq War a top political concern, many Americans may have an interest right now in thinking about Israel and Palestine. I'd like to recommend to anyone with that interest picking up a copy of a short and brilliant book by the British philosopher Ted Honderich called "Right and Wrong and Palestine, 9-11, Iraq, 7-7."

"7-7," for Americans who haven't memorized that number, is the date of the terrorist attack in London's subway. Honderich addresses ethical questions raised by the four topics in his title, but does so after laying out a general understanding of the philosophy of ethics. In fact, it is on page 114 of a 247-page book that he finally gets around to a preliminary discussion of the definition of terrorism and on page 131 that he first touches on the four topics named. The preceding pages may, however, be the most valuable portion of his book.

US Death Toll in Iraq Seen Spurring Anti-War Protests

via truthout...

US Death Toll in Iraq Seen Spurring Anti-War Protests
By Carey Gillam - Reuters
Thursday 28 December 2006

Kansas City, Missouri - In Kansas City, they will light candles and lay out more than 80 pairs of empty combat boots. In Chicago, anti-war activists will hand out black ribbons, each bearing the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. And in New Haven, Connecticut, opponents of the war plan to read aloud the names of 3,000 dead U.S. soldiers.

In all, organizers say some 140 demonstrations in 37 states are planned to mark the 3,000th U.S. military death in Iraq, a milestone that is likely only days away.

Peace Mom Aims to Ramp Up "Peace Surge" After Arrest Thursday

By Erin Quinn, Waco Tribune-Herald

Crawford - Minutes before the "Peace Mom" was arrested Thursday for blocking a road near President Bush's ranch, Cindy Sheehan said she plans to become more "confrontational" and that it's time to "ramp up" peace efforts.

"We're the only people that can stop Bush now," she said, standing with about 30 other peace protesters at a barricaded Secret Service checkpoint outside the Crawford-area ranch.

Sheehan arrested outside Bush's ranch

Crawford, Texas (AP) -- Peace activist Cindy Sheehan and four other protesters [including Cindy's sister Dede] were arrested Thursday for blocking a road near President Bush's ranch, authorities said, snagging Vice President Dick Cheney's motorcade in the backup.

Sheehan and the others lay or sat in the road about 20 minutes and didn't heed requests to move, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. R.T. King said.

Third time's the harm

After two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Steven Henderson says his latest callup 'not to exceed 545 days' in Iraq is asking too much.
BY DAVE NEWBART, Chicago Sun-Times

Steven Henderson served his country during two tours of duty as an Army sergeant in Afghanistan -- repeatedly coming under enemy fire and seeing fellow soldiers maimed and U.S. helicopters gunned down.

The Chicago native is back home now after being honorably discharged 20 months ago. He's married and working toward a college degree -- but the Army has called upon him again.

Changes Have Begun

By Lawanda Boddie-Slack

I want to thank you for posting my story. In case you have not had a chance to go back and look at it, my chain of command got word that I had a blog and basically it went to hell from there. I have been called everything but a child of God. To try to make up for their failures, they have tried to smear my name. However, it got people talking. It got my chain of command up off of their tales and changes have began. It really took a lot for you to post my story. Regardless of what anyone says about me, I know the truth, and that is something that cannot be taken away from me.

Journalists say free press threatened by Army subpoena

San Francisco, CA – In a move which threatens the First Amendment rights of journalists, the U.S. Army has subpoenaed journalist Sarah Olson to testify at the January 4 pre-trial hearing in the court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada. The Army placed another journalist, Dahr Jamail, on the prosecution witness list.

Book Review: Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to the War in Iraq

By Joel Wendland, Political Affairs

Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to the War in Iraq
By Peter Laufer
White River Junction, Vermont, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006

Some 6,000 members of the armed forces, according to the Pentagon, have refused to remain at their posts since the Iraq war began in 2003. A few high profile cases such as that of Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada, sailor Pablo Paredes, Army Specialist Jeremy Hinzman, and Army Sergeant Camilo Mejía have brought to the public's attention a growing movement against the war within the ranks of the military itself.

Wear 3000th Death Arm-Bands


Wear 3000th death armbands to the vigils planned to commemorate the "official" 3000th death of US servicemembers in Iraq...

Hundreds join Minneapolis protest to “send an anti-war message for the holidays – U.S. out of Iraq!”


Over 300 people participated in an anti-war protest in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis between 1 and 2 pm on Saturday, December 23. Text by IPAC: Photos by Bert Kayakbiker

While news reports indicate the Bush Administration is planning to send additional troops to Iraq and the U.S. combat death toll in Iraq nears 3,000, many Twin Citians welcomed the opportunity to make their anti-war views visible.

Participants lined up along busy Hennepin Avenue with signs and banners calling for an end to the war and the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Anti-war holiday songs where led by singers from the Counter-Propaganda Coalition.

During the hour-long event there was a constant stream of people honking in support as they drove their cars past the event. Several passersby took signs and joined in the protest. One organizer said that the turnout was much larger than had been expected.

Mike Perkins, a member of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of people with family members and loved ones in the U.S. military, spoke to the crowd as the event wrapped up. “Bush wants to escalate this war, but most rationale people know that sending more troops will not resolve the problems in Iraq,” Perkins said. “The surge that Bush is planning will solve nothing.”

VVAW Anniversary-Dec 26th 1971-Statue of Liberty, Liberation

Six Vietnam veterans founded the VVAW in New York City in 1967 when they marched in a peace demonstration. Organized for returning troops to voice their opposition to the war that was still taking place in Indochina, the VVAW continues to grow, with over 30,000 members, according to the VVAW web Site.

The VVAW {Vietnam Veterans Against the War} focuses mainly on achieving better benefits for all veterans.

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