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Bob Watada embarks on a national speaking tour

From Courage to Resist

Father of Iraq war refuser Lt. Ehren Watada, to organize support and raise funds for his son's courageous stand.

Bob Watada is embarking on a national speaking tour to raise awareness of his son's courageous actions, organize support, and raise money for his defense. Events are scheduled from Texas to New York!

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Kyle Snyder, AWOL Iraq veteran and war resister, to return from Canada and turn self in at Ft. Knox later this month

From Courage to Resist

"Going to Iraq meant I was going to reconstruct a city, not kill people. That’s what I believed I was going to do," explains Kyle Snyder, a 22-year-old Iraq War veteran.

After arriving in Iraq, the heavy construction equipment operator was reassigned to a security detail. Kyle quickly realized that no reconstruction was taking place with the exception of military bases. "I can’t take this anymore!’ That’s what I thought to myself." A survivor of string of foster homes since he was 13-years-old, Kyle joined the Army in 2004.

Sgt. Ricky Clousing sentenced to three months in the brig

From Courage to Resist

Clousing pled guilty to "absent without leave" and is currently being held at Camp LeJune, N.C. and needs your support!

“I’d rather spend a year in jail than participate in an illegal war and be part of the machine suppressing Iraq” -Sgt. Ricky Clousing

Sgt. Ricky Clousing, who served as a U.S. Army Interrogator in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, plead guilty to "absent without leave" on Thursday October 12 at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Clousing was sentenced to three months confinement, forfeiture of 2/3 pay while confined, and a bad conduct discharge. At his sentencing hearing, Sgt. Clousing continued to voice his concerns about the abuses of power that go without accountability and the everyday devastation of the occupation of Iraq. “My experiences in Iraq forced me to reevaluate my beliefs and ethics,” he told the judge. “Ultimately, I felt like I could not serve.”

Lt. Ehren Watada, and his courageous battle v. our War Machine.

From Bill Perry

Do you have 17 minutes to learn how this Army Officer is using the Nuremberg Accords, the Geneva Accords, the U.S. Constitution, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice {UCMJ} to refuse "An Unlawful Order"?

The Nuremberg Accords were a response to "Where were all the 'Good Germans' ?"

Someday, soon, children of the world will ask "Where were all the 'Good Americans'?"

Sit Down for Peace, Justice, and Accountability

By Cindy Sheehan

I usually end my articles with a call to action, but today, I begin with one. Maybe readers get bored with my pieces before the end and don't get to the action part, which is the most important part.

Gold Star Families for Peace is calling for an action in front of the White House on the days of November 6th to November 9th (due to the urgency of our situation, we are beginning the sit-in on Saturday, Nov. 4) to perform a Gandhi-like sit down for peace and justice. Join us to sit down for all or part of the time we will be there. We might as well face it, the White House is where the power is. Congress has spent 6 years invalidating themselves and creating a Unitary Executive Branch that pats Congress on the head for being obedient and circumvents the Supreme Court and goes whining to the same agreeable Congress when the Court (in rare cases) slaps Georgie on the wrist. The potential Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) has already said that if the Democrats take back the House, impeachment proceedings will not be forthcoming. Who's going to sit down with us to hold the war criminals in power accountable for their war crimes and crimes against humanity and peace?

Loyal to Country or Conscience?

By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

An Asian American soldier faces a court-martial for his refusal to serve in Iraq. His stand stirs anger and admiration among Japanese Americans who remember World War II.

The old veterans gather nearly every morning in Little Tokyo, where an American flag and black granite sculpture rise in honor of 16,000 Japanese Americans who served during World War II.

Don't Go

ONCE YOUTH REFUSES TO SLAUGHTER
AND BE SLAUGHTERED, HOSTILE
NATIONS MUST ABANDON THIS MAD
DESTRUCTION AND COME TO REASON.
click here for an animated version of wulf zendik's 1969 antiwar classic, "don't go."
http://zendik.org/Don't_Go/dontgo.html

this page also has links to a pdf version of the text and graphics for copying and distribution.

We the People Have the Power!

By Max Obuszewski

"Not to speak is to speak ... not to act is to act." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, hanged by the Nazis April 9, 1945

The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR] has organized numerous actions around the country aimed at ending U.S. military involvement in Iraq. More than 500 nonviolent activists have been arrested in actions sponsored by NCNR.

Because of its experience, NCNR was approached by the Declaration of Peace to organize a mass action on Sept. 26, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Most of the organizing was done by email and conference calls, and a decision was reached to target Congress, the funders of the war.

Ricky Clousing Stands Up for All of Us

Paratrooper gets three months confinement for going AWOL
Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - A Fort Bragg paratrooper who says he left his military base because he disagreed with the U.S. mission in Iraq was sentenced to three months of confinement after pleading guilty Thursday to going absent without leave.

Sgt. Ricky Clousing, 24, of Sumner, Wash., also will receive a reduction in rank and will forfeit two-thirds of his pay during the time of his confinement before getting a bad conduct discharge. His plea allowed him to avoid a more severe sentence for desertion.

RESISTANCE WHERE IT COUNTS

RESISTANCE WHERE IT COUNTS: Hear Soldiers Who Served In Iraq Report How They Organized Against the War on the Front Lines

There has to be a point when we reach a high enough number of troops in our peace effort that a unified boycott of all military action will have a desired effect
- Soldier X

Hear from Antiwar Soldiers
GARRET REPPENHAGEN, JEFF ENGLEHART and JOE PUBLIC
1st Infantry Division, Diyala Provice, Iraq, 2004 - 2005

Suzanne Swift Faces Court-Martial

By Associated Press

A soldier who said she was sexually harassed by noncommissioned officers and refused to return to Iraq will face a military trial.

Fort Lewis' commander referred Army Spc. Suzanne Swift's case to a special court-martial, Army officials said Wednesday.

Swift, 22, of Eugene, Ore., was charged Sept. 27 with missing movement and being absent without leave. She claimed she had been harassed or abused by three noncommissioned officers — two in Iraq and one at Fort Lewis. She alleged that her supervisor in Iraq coerced her into a sexual relationship.

US Army Lt. stands up against illegal war in Iraq

Lt. Watada refuses to commit war crimes on the orders of President Bush.
This video combines Lt. Watada's points as well as supporting evidence from respected others to show that we all must do something to stop the madness currently in control of our Country, Congress and White House.
http://www.chimpeach.info/ltwatadavideo.html

AWOL soldier surrenders in Ky.

By BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press

RADCLIFF, Ky. - An Army soldier who fled to Canada rather than redeploy to Iraq surrendered Tuesday to military officials after asking for leniency.

Spc. Darrell Anderson, 24, said he deserted the Army last year because he could no longer fight in what he believes is an illegal war.
"I feel that by resisting I made up for the things I did in Iraq," Anderson said during a press briefing shortly before he turned himself in at nearby Fort Knox. "I feel I made up for the sins I committed in this war."

War Resister Darrell Anderson Returns From Canada to Face Possible Charges

Specialist Darrell Anderson came back from Iraq nearly two years ago with a Purple Heart and an order for a second deployment. Instead, he fled to Canada where he's been until this week. Specialist Anderson returned to the United States where he could face charges. He'll be turning himself in to the military later today. He joins us on the line from Lexington, Kentucky.
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/03/142239

Army Military Escorts Coming to Fort Irwin Today to Bring Agustin Aguayo to Germany or Kuwait for Military Trial

September 29, 2006: According to Agustin Aguayo’s attorneys, two Army military escorts from his unit are on their way to California to Fort Irwin National Training Center, where he turned himself in on Tuesday. The escorts will immediately bring Aguayo either to Germany or to Kuwait, where he could be prosecuted for going AWOL (absent without leave) and for "missing movement" rather than submitting to a second deployment to Iraq. The home base of Aguayo’s unit, the First Infantry Division, is in Schweinfurt, Germany, but most of the unit has been serving in Iraq since the beginning of September.

The Day We Took Over the U.S. Senate

By Gordon Clark

Even for these now veteran activist eyes, it was a glorious and inspiring sight to see.
On Tuesday, September 26, more than 100 nonviolent activists took over the central lobby and atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building, and staged a protest of the war in Iraq while dozens and dozens of Senate staffers looked on. For one hour, at least, American opposition to the war in Iraq became the central focus for these offices of the U.S. Senate, and 71 individuals were arrested for making this happen.

Opposing War at Santorum's Office

By Beth Friedlan

14 peace activists were arrested, at senator santorum's local philadelphia
office building, the widner building ,on south penn. square, monday,
september25,2006. shortly, before 5 pm. after being taken to 39th and lancaster ave,
the 14, were transferred to 8th and race, the round house, and released the
following day,added to the original charge of aledgided , defiant trespassing,

Army Brings Charges Against Fort Lewis Soldier

By Associated Press

FORT LEWIS, WASH. - The U.S. Army brought charges Wednesday against Spc. Suzanne Swift, a military police officer who has become a rallying point for the antiwar movement after refusing to return to Iraq and alleging her supervisor there coerced her into a sexual relationship.

Swift, of the 54th Military Police Co. based at Fort Lewis, Wash., faces charges of being absent without leave and missing movement. The latter means she wasn't with her company when it left in January for a four-month tour of duty in Iraq, a military spokeswoman said.

Peace Activists Arrested on Grounds of U.S. Capitol

By David Swanson

216 Photos -- Photos by Joe Robbins. -- Video by William Hughes

Peace activists were arrested earlier today on the west grounds of the United States Capitol. The event was organized by the Declaration of Peace, and the plan was to march around the Capitol and then proceed to protest in Senators' offices (plans are to go to House Members' offices tomorrow)....

Defend The Charlotte Five & the Right to Dissent

Sign the petition www.petitiononline.com/thefive

Protesters call for charges to be dropped
People at Saturday's anti-war rally say police violated their rights
KYTJA WEIR
kweir@charlotteobserver.com
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/15609095.htm

An online petition with hundreds of names calls for police to drop charges against protesters arrested Saturday in a scuffle with police in uptown Charlotte.

Why We Fight; A Mother's Guide to Civil Disobedience

By Elaine Brower
http://www.opednews.com

While my son is fighting for his life in Fallujah, under some false pretense that we are "defending democracy" or "killing terrorists", I decided to take up the fight at home. Very few here are left defending our Constitutional rights. Those who are trying are getting exhausted. We have a march after a rally and, then, march again. Five years later, the war gets worse and the Middle East is on fire. There is extreme rendition, Hurricane Katrina "survivors", spying on U.S. citizens in the name of preserving our freedoms, domestic economic failures and disasters, higher gas prices, and the global cowboy foreign policies that we have to listen to and witness on a daily basis.

Students, parents unite to stop calls from military recruiters

DULUTH SCHOOLS: Few people know about a No Child Left Behind link to recruiters, they say.
BY SARAH HORNER, Duluth News Tribune

When East High School senior Jamie Payne hit her junior year, she started getting mail from colleges and other post-secondary institutions urging her to consider them after graduation. One agency even started calling her at home: the military.

"They were absolutely friendly," Payne said about the recruiters. "But that didn't make it any less annoying."

Lt. Ehren Watada Does His Duty

By David Howard
http://www.politicalaffairs.net

US Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada is facing an eight-year term in military prison for just doing his duty: serving our country and protecting the Constitution.

The charges against Lieutenant Watada are conduct unbecoming an officer, missing movement, and contempt toward President Bush. But they boil down to the “crimes” of thinking, speaking and following his conscience.

No War, No Cluster Bombs

Protest at Cluster Bomb Factory in Colleferro
In solidarity with the "Declaration of Peace"
http://www.peaceandjustice.it

The town of Colleferro, just outside of Rome, has a long history with the arms industry – it was, in fact, founded under Fascism as a factory town, the factory being a gunpowder concern. One of the streets, for example, is named via degli Esplosivi (Explosives Way). The town is currently home to a number of companies operating in the weapons industry, including Simmel Difesa, a munitions manufacturer and cluster bomb producer.

AWOL ARMY SPECIALIST AUGUSTIN AGUAYO TO TURN HIMSELF IN TOMORROW

American Voices Abroad (AVA) Military Project
a project of U.S. citizens living overseas supporting U.S. military personnel stationed overseas

CONTACTS: Elsa Rassbach - AVA Military Project; Elsa_Rassbach@compuserve.com;
Cell Phone: 1-646-400-9206.
Fernando Suarez del Solar - Guerrero Azteca Peace Project (also speaks Spanish); fernando@guerreroazteca.org; Phone: 1-760-746- 4568; Fax: 1-760-737-2334; Cell Phone: 1-858-774-0172.
Peter Goldberger & Jim Feldman – Aguayo attorneys ; Phone: 1-610-649-8200.
J.E. McNeil & Bill Galvin, Center on Conscience & War; Phone: 202-483-2220.

PRESS CONFERENCE
With Army Specialist AGUSTÍN AGUAYO, Family, and Supporters
Agustín Aguayo is a Conscientious Objector, a War Resister, and an AWOL U.S. Soldier;
on September 26, 2006, he will turn himself in to Fort Irwin Army Base near Barstow, CA.

AWOL Soldier Plans to Return From Canada

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23) - A soldier who fled to Canada two years ago after serving in Iraq said he would return home to face consequences from the U.S. Army.

Anderson's attorney missed a deadline for filing paperwork to have him declared a refugee, which would have allowed him to remain in Canada.

"I decided that I've got to go back and get this over with once and for all, instead of living in limbo up here forever," Darrell Anderson told the Lexington-Herald Leader for Saturday's edition from Toronto.

ANTI-BUSH PROTESTERS ASSAULTED BY POLICE; ONE FACES FELONY CHARGE

After being assaulted by police during Tuesday's non-violent protest at the
UN and then jailed overnight, Episcopal Minister Father Luis Barrios of NYC
has been charged with felony assault on a police officer, resisting arrest,
and disorderly conduct. Disabled Iraq war veteran Geoffrey Millard was also
held overnight and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Both were released Wednesday morning.

Two Civil Disobedience Protesters Still in Jail! 14 Released

Call to demand the release of the two protesters!

As George W. Bush was laying down his diktats to the world in the UN General Assembly, sixteen activists staged a non-violent civil disobedience protest directly in front of the United Nations.

Stung by the fact that the protesters got through intense police security and that they were calling out Bush as a war criminal, several of the demonstrators were hit serious bogus charges:

Hip Hop Caucus President to Use Civil Disobedience at White House

By Abena Agyeman-Fisher

Giving Congress up to September 21 to stop the invasion of Iraq, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus of Washington D.C., and Church of God and Christ minister, plans to lead a press conference in front of the White House to protest the war in Iraq on Thursday (Sept. 21).

Yearwood, citing a moral obligation, says that he, along with 270 cities and 350 organizations nationwide, will no longer be passive observers of Bush's War on Terror. "We are in a time of peril in which people of morals have to stand up. We are willing to do whatever it takes-all on peace-to urge Congress and the administration to take a new course on Iraq, including a timely and responsible withdrawal of troops," he stated.

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