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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,

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,

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,

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

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:

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.

Cindy Sheehan Convicted of Trespassing

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...

Protesters Heckle Wolfowitz at World Bank Lecture in Atlanta

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.

Support Four Women for Peace

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.

Peace Mom Goes on Trial in Manhattan

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.

There Are Criminals, and Then There Are CRIMINALS

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.

1,000 Grandmothers, 80,000 Years of Wisdom

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!

15 Thousand March Peacefully Through Vicenza, Italy, Opposing New American Military Base

In 15 mila sfilano pacificamente

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.

Our duties to humankind: The Nuremberg Principles

Some things for any military personnel (and all of us) to contemplate in resisting Bush's illegal global wars of aggression... from

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)

Bush Pig Farm War Protesters Found Guilty in Jury Trial

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.”....

Guilty of Free Speech in Texas

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

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...

Iraq Veterans Against the War

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 (, 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

Trial starts for two protesters arrested near Bush ranch

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.

War Resisters -- Support the Troops Who Refuse to Fight

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.

Local Peace Activists Go to Court

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.

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