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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 GuantÃ¡namo. 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 GuantÃ¡namo. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.