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A Tale of Two Campaigns

By Pete Perry,

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

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.

Court hears appeal of imprisoned conscientious objector Agustin Aguayo

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!

Support GI Resistance and GI Rights Dec.8-10th!

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

Be All That You Can Be: Leave the Army

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.

Activist's fiery death prompts questions


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)

AWOL Soldier Spent Week Helping Out in New Orleans

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.

Teens Frustrate Military Recruiter's ASVAB Scam

By Scott Horton,

With 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.

No to Military Bases, No to War

National Demonstration
Vicenza, Italy
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.

Update Aguayo - U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday

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: .

It Was My Duty to Refuse to Go to Iraq, Says First American Army Officer Facing Court Martial

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.

Palestinian human shields give Israel pause

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.

Visiting the School of Assassins

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.”

Father of Lt. Ehren Watada speaks in Upper Nyack

(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.

Vigil Success - Take action from home today

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:

22,000 at the gates of Fort Benning, human rights activists arrested

School of the Americas Watch | 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.

We are going to close the SOA!

School of the Americas Watch | 202-234-3440

Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 4 PM
Fort Benning, Georgia

Dear friends,

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.

Prison for Anti-Nuke Clowns, US WMDs Protected

By Bill Quigley
t r u t h o u t |

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.

Peace Activists Face Trial in Philadelphia

By Beth Friedlan

The Philadelphia Declare Peace14 Group, who were arrested in Sen. Santorum's Philadelphia office, will be having a Status Hearing, Tuesday, November 21st, 10:30 a.m. at the Criminal Justice Center, 13th and Filbert Street, Philadelphia, Penn.

Also, There will be a 9 a.m. vigil at City Hall, Market St. and JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, Penn.

San Francisco Schools to Become Demilitarized Zones with Phase-Out of JROTC

By Pat Gerber, IndyBay

The San Francisco Board of Education voted last night to phase out its JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) program over a two-tear period. It is believed that this is the first time any school district has eliminated an existing JROTC program.

This is a precious victory for the peace movement, and it provides a template for how activists in other parts of the country can demilitarize their schools.

Rumsfeld Trial and Watada on CNN -- Transcript [Dig Through the OJ Fluff, You'll Find It]


Donald Rumsfeld: War Criminal?; Al-Jazeera Headed to America?; U.S. Army Lieutenant Who Refused Deployment to Iraq Speaks Out; Outrage Over O.J. Simpson Book

Aired November 15, 2006 - 20:00 ET


PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: And thank you all for joining us.
There is some important news coming into CNN all the time. And, every night, we are choosing the top stories.

More students say 'No' to the military

Recruiters - The rate rises with the Iraq war of Portland high-schoolers who
opt out of giving data to the armed forces
By PAIGE PARKER, The Oregonian

Military recruiters wooing Grant High School students will find few Generals
willing to join their ranks -- 73 percent of this year's juniors and seniors
refused to provide their names, phone numbers and addresses to the military.

Districtwide, 61 percent of Portland Public Schools' juniors and seniors

Support the Right to Protest in London

Dear supporters of Brian and the right to protest near Parliament,

TWO EVENTS are coming up to which all are invited to attend and support.

The first is the first High Court appeal of convictions under the
Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 for demonstrating without
authorisation in the protest exclusion zone around Parliament. This is
an important case which will examine the compatibility of SOCPA with

Kyle Snyder remains AWOL, continues to speak out against the war

From Courage to Resist

Kyle Snyder, with Ehren Watada's father Bob, step-mother Rosa, and Iraq War resister Darrell Anderson, in Cincinnati, Ohio. November 2, 2006. Photo: Maleah Friesen
Kyle Snyder, Iraq veteran and war resister, remains AWOL after returning last week from Canada and attempting to be discharged from the Army.

At the risk of arrest, he is speaking out bravely on behalf of war resisters and active duty GI's. Kyle has been speaking to the media, in public forums, to university students, to military age youth and even to those in the military.

Army moves forward with court martial of Lt. Ehren Watada

From Courage to Resist

Lt. Watada, father Bob Watada, step-mother Rosa, and lawyer Eric Seitz during a pre-trial hearing break on Fort Lewis, August 17, 2006. Photo by Peter Haley, Associated Press.
November 11, 2006

After an unexpected delay, the Army has announced the forwarding of charges against Lt. Ehren Watada by Fort Lewis Commanding Officer Lt. General James Dubik. Lt. Watada is to be court martialed for missing movement (article 87 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice) and multiple counts of “Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman” for his public opposition to the illegal and immoral occupation war in Iraq.

Mothers Call for Peace in Front of the White House: Police Arrest Them and Refuse Access to the Press

By Linda Pershing

4 moms  

As night fell, four middle-aged women sat on the cold, wet cement of the Pennsylvania Avenue driveway, their backs supported by the steel gate surrounding the White House. They linked arms, unsure what would happen next. Across their chests a string of photographs, each labeled with the name and date of death, memorialized U.S. soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan held a picture of her son, Casey. Nancy Nahvi, one of the other dissident women, sat with the photo of her son Russell, who also died in Iraq.

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