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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
By David Swanson
As long as there has been a U.S. military, people have been leaving it. That choice has never been more appropriate than today. Individuals who signed up to defend the United States are engaged in a war that was sold on the basis of lies, was entirely unnecessary, is making us less safe, has nothing to do with defending anyone, and which involves the horror of slaughtering men, women, and children by the hundreds of thousands. The majority of Americans want the war to end and just voted accordingly in the Congressional elections. The majority of Iraqis want the war to end. The majority of American service men and women in Iraq want the war to end. And taking part in this war is illegal, whether you are ordered to do so or not.
By ASHLEY M. HEHER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Malachi Ritscher holds up a sign during an antiwar protest in Chicago in this photo from April 2003. On Nov. 3, 2006, Ritscher set up a video camera, doused himself with gasoline and lit himself on fire on expressway off-ramp in downtown Chicago. War protesters are hailing him as a martyr. (AP Photo/Joeff Davis)
Published on Saturday, November 25, 2006 by the Associated Press
His group opposes U.S. action in Iraq
by Janet McConnaughey
NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. Army soldier who fled to Canada rather than return to Iraq spent Thanksgiving week gutting houses flooded more than a year ago by Hurricane Katrina.
"There are so many engineering units of the U.S. military - they should be here and not Iraq," Pvt. Kyle Snyder, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., said Friday.
View some movies of the Chain Gang in downtown Beantown.
Courtesy of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 9 (Smedley D. Butler).
By Scott Horton, AntiWar.com
With MySpace.com bulletins and a handful of homemade flyers, two teens have struck a blow against the American Warfare State, Lindale, Georgia Division.
On a Friday afternoon the 17th of November, 17-year-old high school seniors Robert Day and Samuel Parker decided to act after Day overheard some teachers at Pepperell High School saying that first thing Monday morning the school's juniors would be made to take the ASVAB military aptitude test.
December 2, 2006
On Saturday, December 2, 2006 there will be a national demonstration in Vicenza, Italy where yet another U.S. military base is in the works. Local groups have been working tirelessly against this new base and what was a local campaign has become a national cause, "No Military Bases, No War," with activists coming from all over Italy.
By Elsa Rassbach
Yesterday about a dozen peace activists were in the U.S. Court of Appeals
in Washington, D.C., to support Agustin Aguayo in his case against the
Secretary of the Army. Below is a brief report of what happened and the
current status of Agustin's case.
Meanwhile, here is the page with 38 links for stories (including the Washington
Post) -- all running the AP except Stars & Stripes, thanks to Google News: .
By Alex Massie, Telegraph (UK)
The first American army officer to face court-martial for refusing to serve in Iraq said yesterday that it was his duty to recognise and refuse "illegal" orders.
Lt Ehren Watada, 28, faces four charges of conduct unbecoming an officer for his refusal to join his unit in Iraq in the summer. Speaking ahead of a pre-trial hearing, the conscientious objector pledged that he would "fight with everything I have for my freedom and that of all Americans. I will face imprisonment to stand up for my beliefs."
A March of Unity & Peace: Thousands of Activist Rally at Fort Benning Unified to Protest The School of Americas
By Sabrina-Marie Wilson
"We are Fired Up & Fed Up!" shout crowd of 25,000
Thousands of activist & arganizations from all over the world peacefully rallied at the front gates of Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia over the weekend of November 17-19th. Many marched thru many states & cities to get to this annual event. They were united to send the message that the military base be shut down. The weekend of nonviolent protest was filled with songs of inspiration, passionate message against the killing of innocent civilians, of unity for all people. Many courageous citizens , grandmothers, veterans, civil rights activists willing to be arrested to strengthen their message.
By Joshua Mitnick, Christian Science Monitor
TEL AVIV -- In perhaps the most effective act of nonviolent protest in the six-year Palestinian uprising, hundreds of Gazans forced Israel over the weekend to call off airstrikes on the residence of a militant leader by swarming the house as human shields.
In recent months, Israeli security forces have used telephone calls to warn Palestinian militants and others near alleged militant safe houses and weapons caches, giving them up to a half hour to evacuate. When militia leader Mohammed Baroud got the call Saturday, he enlisted neighbors to protect his house from the Israeli military. They've now set up a system of shifts to protect the house around the clock.
By Christine Yorty
The yearly protest outside the gates at Fort Benning against what was called the School of the Americas (SOA) always occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving. Now it is the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Officially it is our combat training school for Latin America. On my way home, at the airport, a US Army Officer asked me why I objected to what he called, “Simply a Spanish version of our training program.”
By ALICE GOMSTYN
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: November 13, 2006)
UPPER NYACK - The father of an Army lieutenant who faces a military trial for refusing to go to Iraq yesterday asked local residents to support his son's legal defense.
Bob Watada of Honolulu told his son's story to about 100 people at the headquarters of the Fellowship of Reconciliation on North Broadway in Upper Nyack.
By School of the Americas Watch
This weekend’s vigil was a huge success and a major step in the campaign to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) and change U.S. foreign policy. The Sunday vigil drew a record attendance - the largest demonstration in front of a U.S. military base since the Vietnam War!
Click here to watch a Photo Slideshow and to listen to audio recordings from the vigil:
School of the Americas Watch
www.SOAW.org | 202-234-3440 |
Fort Benning, Georgia -- Over 22,000 people are marching here at the gates of Fort Benning in a beautiful and massive funeral procession led by Latin American torture survivors and social justice movement leaders, among them Renato Antonio Areiza from the Colombian Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. Last year, Renatos’s sister was murdered by troops under the command of an SOA graduate. This gathering, our largest and most diverse ever, stretches over the length of Fort Benning Road, with thousands holding crosses, stars of David and other symbols of hope and resistance. As musicians sing out “Deyanira Areiza” and the names of hundreds more victims of School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)-sponsored violence, the crowd responds, “Presente!”
Tuesday, November 21, 9:30AM, Vigil at *1 N. Broad Street!
(*by the Masonic Temple, Broad & JFK, across the street from the
NE corner of Phila. City Hall, a short block from the Criminal Justice
Center/Phila. Municipal Court, 1301 Filbert St.)
Stand with the "PHILA. DECLARE PEACE 14" in Vigil prior to their
10:30AM Phila. Municipal Court Status Hearing, where they will
receive their future court date.
School of the Americas Watch
www.SOAW.org | 202-234-3440
Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 4 PM
Fort Benning, Georgia
As you receive this email, tens of thousands are gathered to shut down the SOA once and for all! While record numbers are taking a stand for justice at the gates of Fort Benning, thousands more are gathered at protests and vigils throughout the Western Hemisphere. Coordinated actions in Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru and the United States are calling for the closure of the School of the Americas and for an end to U.S. militarism.
By Bill Quigley
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Three men protesting the presence of weapons of mass destruction in North Dakota were sentenced to federal prison terms of over three years and ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution by a federal judge in Bismarck. The three dressed as clowns and went to the Echo-9 launch site of the intercontinental Minuteman III nuclear missile in rural North Dakota in June 2006. They broke the lock off the fence and put up peace banners and posters. One said: "Swords into plowshares - Spears into pruning hooks." They poured some of their own blood on the site, hammered on the nuclear launching facility and waited to be arrested.