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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.

Nearing 3,000 U.S. troop deaths in Iraq - your help needed

Plan now for vigils after the "official" 3000th death of US service members in Iraq...

Register to organize a memorial event in your community >
The political tide is turning. But we need your passion, commitment, and organizing skills more than ever to end the war in Iraq.

We're approaching another grim milestone in the war and occupation of Iraq. As I write, at least 2,937 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq. Soon, the count will reach 3,000. At the current rate, this could happen early in the new year.

Granny Peace Brigade TO DESCEND ON THE SENATE

Granny Peace Brigade TO DESCEND ON THE SENATE TO DEMAND A TROOP WITHDRAWAL NOW
The Granny Peace Brigade, the legendary group of senior women who were arrested and jailed when they tried to enlist in the military at New York City's Times Square Recruiting Center in October 2005 to replace America's grandchildren, will descend on the new Senate Thursday, January 18, 2007. They will be joined by grandmothers from all over the United States, and will visit all 100 Senators or their staff members to demand an immediate end of the occupation of Iraq...

Watada states his case in Moiliili

Standing ovations greet a soldier facing a court-martial for refusing to go to Iraq
By Leila Fujimori, http://starbulletin.com

A highly sympathetic crowd of a few hundred people gave Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada standing ovations before, during and after a speech at the Church of the Crossroads in Moiliili.

Watada, a Honolulu native, faces court-martial in Fort Lewis, Wash., next month on six counts for refusing to deploy to Iraq and for conduct unbecoming an officer, charges that carry a maximum six years' imprisonment. He was back in Honolulu to meet with his attorney and visit with family.

Watada acknowledged that his actions have divided the community. "That was not my intent," he said. But upon learning the facts of the war, he said he was in turmoil.

International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantanamo

In the work to shut down Guantanamo, there is a part to be played by lawyers and human rights advocates. What is the role of the citizen? To stand up on behalf of the victims of the war on terrorism. On January 11, many of us will do that through nonviolent direct action, creatively challenging a system of laws that offer no justice.

CALL TO ACTION

We declare January 11, 2007, five years after the first prisoners arrived at Guantanamo, an International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo. In Washington, DC we will hold a permitted march from the Supreme Court to the U.S. Federal Court; some may risk arrest they attempt to submit Habeas petitions on the behalf of the prisoners of Guantánamo. There will also be solidarity demonstrations from Amsterdam to Boise, Idaho and a National Call-In Day to Congress. We invite you to come to Washington and participate, or else join or plan an action in your own community.

US ARMY INTERROGATOR sgt ricky clousing freed

Supporters welcome him home

For more information: Laurel Albina (206) 419 3811

US Army Interrogator Sgt. Ricky Clousing returns home to Washington State on Saturday, December 23rd after three months in a military prison.

Family, friends and supporters will welcome Sgt. Clousing at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 10:15PM on Saturday, December 23rd, Concourse B, Baggage Claim 11. Sgt. Clousing will also be speaking at a reception January 6th at a location to be announced.

IVAW Deployed Call To Action Camp Resistance

Every generation who lives through a war bares heroes and martyrs. When a generation lives through an illegal, imperial war, it is not the frontline soldiers, brave as they are, who are the heroes. It is those who resist immoral wars who are the heroes of this generation. As many of his comrades sit in jail, LT Watada will face a pre-trial hearing on January 4, 2007. Fellow war resistors and Iraq Veterans Against the War will start Camp Resistance to fight for the first officer in the United States military to perform his duties and resist illegal war.

The Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War

From Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Voices for Creative Nonviolence is initiating the Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War. The campaign begins on February 5, 2007 and will run for eight weeks. The campaign challenges Representatives and Senators to publicly declare that they will vote against any further funding for the war in and occupation of Iraq.

About Face: Soldiers Call for Iraq Withdrawal

By MARC COOPER, The Nation

For the first time since Vietnam, an organized, robust movement of active-duty US military personnel has publicly surfaced to oppose a war in which they are serving. Those involved plan to petition Congress to withdraw American troops from Iraq. (Note: A complete version of this report will appear next week in the print and online editions of The Nation.)

TO THE CHOIR: If they vote for war, occupy 'em!

By Mike Ferner

After nearly four years of war I'd wager that a few million Americans have held a candle at a vigil, carried a sign at a rally, passed out a flyer, forwarded an email to friends, or gone to a demonstration in a distant city. If you, Dear Reader, are one of these stout souls, this letter is to you.

But first, may I ask a favor? For the rest of this letter please forget that at least once during these years of protest you, no doubt, mourned that "only the choir" participated. The choir -- people who actually do something for peace -- is precisely who I'm writing to.

Suzanne Swift Sentenced to 30-Days for Being Sexually Assaulted

By Sara Rich

A short update with a longer one to follow.
Suzanne faced her court martial with strength and respect.
I was more than proud of her.
She was sentenced to 30 days in prison and was stripped of all her rank.
Being stripped of her rank was the most devastating thing for her.
She is being held at the prison at Bangor Naval base in Washington.
She can have visitors on Sundays from 1-3 PM. Because of her sister

40,000 Deserters

Thousands of troops say they won’t fight
By Ana Radelat, Gannett News Service

Swept up by a wave of patriotism after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Chris Magaoay joined the Marine Corps in November 2004.

The newly married Magaoay thought a military career would allow him to continue his college education, help his country and set his life on the right path.

Army Targets Truthout for Subpoenas in Watada Case

By Jason Leopold, www.truthout.org

In a case that cuts right at the heart of the First Amendment, a US Army prosecutor has indicated he intends to subpoena Truthout Executive Director Marc Ash, a Truthout reporter, and two of the nonprofit news organization's regular contributors, to authenticate news reports they produced and edited earlier this year that quoted an Army officer criticizing President Bush and the White House's rationale for the Iraq War.

Suzanne Swift Faces Court Martial Today

By Sara Rich, M.S.W, http://suzanneswift.org

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 9 AM my daughter, Suzanne Swift, will be facing a summary court martial at Ft. Lewis Washington.

She could face up to 30 days in jail. Please think good thoughts for her from 9-11 AM tomorrow. Let's see the person who is presiding over this being compassionate and just. I will be speaking on her behalf and pleading for her to receive no punishment.

Peace Women, Convicted of Trespassing, Teach the US Government a Lesson in Diplomacy

By Medea Benjamin, www.CommonDreams.org

It must sound absurd, perhaps even unbelievable, that four peace women were arrested and put on trial for attempting to deliver a peace petition to the US Mission to the United Nations. But while our arrests reflect the “shoot first, ask questions later” style of George Bush and outgoing UN Ambassador John Bolton, we ended up teaching the government a lesson in diplomacy.

Project For New American Values General Progress Report

Iraq Veterans Against the War held its first election at the Veterans For Peace National Convention in

Seattle on August 10, 2006. Since then several members have joined forces to do a national project of a

magnitude never before seen. At Camp Democracy from Septemer 2-21 in Washington, D.C., several

IVAW members participated in events such as educating the public on effects of depleted uranium. Four

Update on Our Trial

By Medea Benjamin

This morning the verdict came down in the trial of myself, Cindy Sheehan, Missy Beattie and Patricia Ackerman stemming from an attempt last March to deliver a peace petition to the US Mission to the UN. We were acquitted on four of the more serious misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration, but were convicted of trespassing, a violation akin to a parking ticket. While the prosecutor requested that we be required to do community service—an irony given the fact that all four of us spend most days doing community service—the judge decided we should each simply pay a $95.00 court fee.

Trespassing for Peace

In Search of Peace with Cindy Sheehan

As the foreperson of our jury stood to read our verdicts in the NYC criminal court this morning, we Pink 4, also stood holding hands awaiting the jury’s decision. I looked back at the packed courtroom and many of our supporters (IVAW, VFP, Granny Peace Brigade, Code Pink, World Can’t Wait, and other peace activists), flashed up peace signs, and/or thumbs up. I smiled back. Whatever happened was going to be okay, I could feel the love, respect, and encouragement emanating from everyone who was present there; (Except the prosecutor and prosecutrix who were distinctly out-numbered and looked sheepish and a little nervous).

Antiwar Vietnam Vets Mentor Next Generation of Resisters

By Jessica Pupovac, AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/story/45194

The way AWOL Iraq vet Kyle Snyder sees it, "The GI resistance was one of the main things that ended the Vietnam war, and it's going to be a very important part of ending the one we're in now."

That's why he and others like him, who oppose the war in Iraq, are welcoming the help of their predecessors in their present-day struggle.

Iraq Protester Sheehan Cleared of Most NY Charges

By Jeanne King, Reuters

NEW YORK - Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan and three co-defendants were found guilty of a minor violation and cleared of more serious charges on Monday for blocking the entrance to the U.S. mission to the United Nations during a protest in March.

The four women, who were fined and told to stay out of trouble with the law, said they would return to the New York City building to deliver a petition calling for an end to the Iraq war.

Support Suzanne Swift

She faces Court Martial at 9 a.m. tomorrow:
http://www.suzanneswift.org

War Resister Considers Himself a Soldier as He Builds New Life

By Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press

Toronto - He was on his way to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., he'd told his military higher-ups, to see if the Bills' unproven quarterback, J.P. Losman, was "the real deal."

But on that long bus ride from Clarksville, Tenn., last year, the soldier vomited twice, maybe three times - and it wasn't football that had him so unnerved.

As he rolled north, Army Sgt. Patrick Hart was veering off a road he'd been on for nearly 10 years.

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