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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.
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
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.
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).
By Jessica Pupovac, AlterNet
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.
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.
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.
Sheehan Among Four Convicted of Trespassing
AP - Peace activist Cindy Sheehan and three other women were convicted of trespassing Monday for trying to delivery an anti-Iraq war petition to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and refusing to leave. A Manhattan Criminal Court judge sentenced them immediately to conditional discharge, which means they could face some form of penalty if they are arrested in the next six months, and ordered them to pay $95 in court surcharges...
By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News
(APN) ATLANTA – Paul Wolfowitz was interrupted four times by a total of five protesters tonight during his invited Leo and Berry Eizenstat Memorial lecture on the World Bank at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue. The title of his speech was “Why Africa Matters to Americans.”
One protester, Justin Carter, 20, who stood wearing an anti-Wolfowitz t-shirt, was punched in the stomach by an apparent member of the congregation who was dressed in a suit. Atlanta Progressive News witnessed the incident and took photos on a cell phone.
Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, Gold Star Aunt Missy Beattie, and Rev. Patricia Ackerman have been on trial all this past week for 5 charges (trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration) stemming from their arrests on March 6th, 2006 while trying to deliver a peace petition to the US Mission to the United Nations for International Womens Day.
The case was sent to the jury on Friday at 2:30 PM and there was no verdict by 6:30 PM so the case was extended until Monday at 9:30 am at the NYC criminal court at 100 Centre St, NYC on the 4th floor.
By SAMUEL MAULL, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who protested the Iraq war by camping outside President Bush's Texas ranch, went on trial with three other women Tuesday on charges of trespassing at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
The women tried to deliver an anti-war petition with 70,000-plus signatures to mission officials on March 6.
Prosecutors said they were arrested after they sat down in front of the mission building, ignored police orders to leave and locked arms and legs to make it hard for police to move them.
In Search of Peace
With Cindy Sheehan
(On the day John Bolton resigned, we four women who were arrested at the U.N. on March 6th went on trial here in NYC. We will be on trial this entire week. Our charges are resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and trespassing. The following is an article I wrote the day after our arrest.
Two leading neocons are out of government now and we must make sure that Rummy and Bolton are tried for war crimes and they are not allowed to go off and live comfortable civilian lives. The people whose lives they have ruined will never be comfortable again.
Greetings grandmothers and grandmother-supporters!
We want to thank everyone who participated in and/or supported the gathering of 1,000 Grandmothers at the School of the Americas/Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Georgia last month. Thousands of people in Georgia and in communities around the country helped make this effort a huge success! The power of grandmothers and supporters is coalescing and growing!
Otto chilometri per 15 mila persone. In tanti hanno sfilato ieri per le strade di Vicenza per dire no al progetto di costruire una nuova caserma americana al Dal Molin. La protesta è stata pacifica, nei gesti e nei toni: non ci sono state tensioni, né incidenti. Iniziata in viale della Pace, davanti a villa Tacchi, con puntualità quasi svizzera alle 14 e qualche minuto, la manifestazione si è conclusa alle 17 a Rettorgole con un concerto rock.
Nuremberg Principles - Individuals have International Duties which Transcend National Obligations of Obedience To choose to refuse orders, to not cooperate with established authority, carries legal and personal risk. For those in the military this is especially true. Such action should be done only after much careful reflection, and exploration of the consequences of a chosen path of resistance. We hope that people who are considering such actions take full advantage of the resources available to them... (more)
War protesters found guilty in jury trial over ordinance prohibiting tents on county roads
A six-person McLennan County jury Thursday convicted two Iraq war protesters charged with obstructing a street near the president’s ranch in Crawford. Hiram Myers, a 75-year-old retired Oklahoma lawyer, and Em Hardy, a 58-year-old Austin psychologist, set out on April 14 to be arrested under a McLennan County ordinance, which prohibits tents in the right of way of county roads. They were instead charged and have now been convicted for failing to obey an order to prevent obstruction of a street. “I think this was a waste of time,” Myers said after the three-day trial. “It was a waste of taxpayer’s money.”....
By David Swanson
The report I get from Waco is that the Sheriff admitted that the peace protesters arrested in Crawford were not blocking the road, but the test case for the group was just found guilty by a unanimous verdict. That means $2,000 or 6 months, but it is up to the judge.
The Occupation Project: A Campaign of Sustained Nonviolent Civil Disobedience to End the Iraq War
Commencing February 5, 2007
In early 2007, President Bush will once again submit an "emergency supplemental" spending bill to Congress, seeking tens of billions of dollars more to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the so-called Global War on Terror. The military services have already submitted requests to the Pentagon for up to an additional $160 billion in war funding for the current fiscal year. While continuing to fund the war, the U.S. still abdicates its responsibility to provide funds for the rebuilding and reconstruction of Iraq following 15 years of economic and military warfare...
Project For New American Values: West Coast Tour
Iraq Veterans Against the War is continuing to grow and move into the forefront of the peace movement. Since September when the organization was donated a tour bus, IVAW has started a new project: Project For New American Values. This project participated in the Uprise Counter-recruitment Tour (www.uprisetour.org), reaching thousands of youths in over twenty-six cities throughout America's forsaken rust belt from September 23- October 7. The next stop was a three-on-three basketball tournament organized by IVAW members and revolutionary hip-hop artist Son-of-Nun, at Frederick Douglas High School, a predominately
By Associated Press
WACO — Two war protesters went to court Tuesday on charges they obstructed a state highway with their makeshift protest camp near President Bush's Crawford ranch.
Emily Hardy, of Austin, and Hiram K. Myers, of Oklahoma, were among 14 people arrested during an Easter week protest after they refused to obey McLennan County deputies orders to remove tents off the road leading to Bush's ranch.
It takes courage to say that you will not fight -- especially if you are a soldier. As more members of the U.S. military step forward for peace, the peace movement must step forward to support them.
Large numbers are now refusing to serve: The Department of Defense estimates that there are about 8,000 AWOL service members. The GI Rights Hotline (800-394-9544) is currently receiving about 3,000 calls a month.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 28, 2006
Contact: Joy First 608 239-4327
Madison, WI – On November 2, 2006, 25 local peace activists gathered in front of Senator Kohl’s office at 14 W. Mifflin St. to demand an end to the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq. Eight of the activists wore red gloves, lay in the street, and chanted, “We have blood on our hands! We are killing innocent people! Stop the war!” in an attempt to draw attention to Senator Kohl’s refusal to take a strong stand against the war before the election. The eight were arrested by Madison Police.
By Pete Perry, http://beltwaybeast.blogspot.com
I was on a Declaration of Peace Conference Call last night. It was exciting to begin to hear the peace and justice movement getting ready to launch into its next phase following the midterm elections. The main thrust of the call was the campaign to defund the illegal and immoral war and occupation of Iraq.
As part of this campaign, and probably the most intense, will be what Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the National Campaign of Nonviolence Resistance will undertake beginning the first week of February and lasting the whole month -- visiting and probably sitting in at many congress people's offices. The Declaration of Peace Coalition has decided to join this effort. It is expected that during the month of February and into early March Congress will likely pass record-large supplemental budgets paying for the continued war and occupation. It is expected that the military requests will amount to somewhere between $100 Billion to $120 Billion.
AWOL Iraq veteran, Kyle Snyder, continues to publicly speak out against the Iraq war and takes action against the war at home
Kyle Snyder continues to remain AWOL from the U.S. Army. Calls to Ft. Leonard Wood from Snyder's attorney, Jim Fennerty, continue to go unanswered. Yet, at the risk of arrest, Kyle continues to publicly speak out against the war in Iraq. Kyle has been travelling the country, speaking to high school students, participating in the School of the America's Watch annual demonstration at Ft. Benning, GA and volunteering with Iraq Veterans Against the War in coordination with the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. He was among two-dozen volunteers from IVAW who spent the week in New Orlean's helping to gut houses that were flooded by hurricane Katrina in Aug 2005.
On November 21st, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard Agustin Aguayo's appeal in his case against the Secretary of the Army for refusing to recognize that he is a conscientious objector. About a dozen peace activists were in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to support Agustin Aguayo in his case. The judges at the Court of Appeals issued no decision but according to attorney Peter Goldberger, this is usual. We now must wait for their written decision, which may be issued in ten days, but could take up to six months .If Agustin wins his appeal, the Army may be required to release him and give him an honorable discharge!
Join military resisters, their families, veterans and concerned community members taking public action Dec. 8-10th! Events planned in San Francisco, New York, Portland, and more! Plan or attend an event in your community.
Decide on what type of activity to organize. Choose a date, time and place. Make a plan to get the word out and involve other groups, communities and people.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Graybill, Legal Director (512) 971-2927
WACO—The jury trial of two Iraq war protestors charged with obstructing a
street near President Bush’s Crawford ranch begins this Monday in Waco,
Texas. Em Hardy, an Austin psychologist, and Hiram Myers, a retired
attorney and veteran of the Korean War, were arrested along with twelve
other protestors on April 14, 2006 as they sat peacefully inside a shade