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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.
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.
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.
PAULA ZAHN NOW
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
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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
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
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.
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
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.
1100 hours, 11 November 1918
The moment when the Great War, the Great World War, now the First World War or simply WW I, and almost never "the war to end all wars" came to an end.
A gathering in Jordan gives peacemakers in the region new cause for hope.
By Helena Cobban
It was an extraordinary gathering. For four days at the end of October, 60 people, most from the Middle East, came together here to discuss how concerted nonviolent action might defuse tensions and help bring peace to this war-blighted part of the world.
Pete Perry, 571-271-1313
WASHINGTON – Three peace and justice protestors tasted victory today when a District of Columbia jury of 12 men and women failed to reach a verdict in their trial stemming from a nonviolent action on May 18 th at the residence of Donald Rumsfeld, the former secretary of defense.
The defendants were surprised by the deadlocked jury. After more than four hours of deliberation the six men, six women jury informed Associate Judge Harold Cushenberry Jr. of the D.C. Superior Court that they held strong opinions and could not reach a unanimous verdict. The charge leveled against David Barrows, Pete Perry and Mari Blome is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $100 fine.
Courage to Resist
Contact: David Solnit 510 967-7377
Washington, DC - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Ivan Brobeck, 20, of Arlington, Virginia, will return to the United States on election day to ask President Bush and Congress to bring the troops home now. During a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004 Brobeck witnessed regular instances of abuse of Iraqi detainees and the killing of Iraqi civilians at military checkpoints. He chose Canada over a second tour in a war that he came to see as illegal and contrary to the interests and moral standards of most Americans.
Contact: Pete Perry, 571-271-1313
WASHINGTON – Four peace and anti-torture activists will appear in court Monday, November 6 th in a jury trial stemming from a protest against a war with Iran, at Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's home in May.
The four nonviolent protestors were arrested on May 18th by the Secret Service when they entered the front yard of Rumsfeld's mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of northwest Washington. They are charged with unlawful entry and face a maximum sentence of six months in prison, and $100 in fines.
One Day After Surrender, AWOL Iraq War Resister Flees Again; Says Military Reneged on Deal to Turn Himself In
An Iraq war resister who fled to Canada rather than return to the
battlefield has gone into hiding again, a day after turning himself in to
the military. Army Private Kyle Snyder says he had a deal with the military
that he would be discharged once he turned himself in. Instead, military
officials ordered him back to his original unit where his outcome would be
decided. Kyle Snyder joins us from Kentucky. We are also joined by his
Protests at White House Aim to Prevent War on Iran, End War on Iraq, and Reverse Stolen Elections (Should There Be Any)
Cindy Sheehan has called for a protest at the White House from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from November 6-9. The protest is in opposition to the war in Iraq and the possible war in Iran, but will develop into a protest of stolen elections should evidence of election fraud emerge. More information: http://www.gsfp.org
On the evening of November 7, citizens will turn Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House into a Blue Revolution, one of many events around the country. Crowds dressed in blue will be holding vigils outside election offices to demand an accurate counting of votes in at least these locations: AZ-Maricopa, AZ-Yavapai, CA-Kern, CA-Orange, CA-Santa Barbara, CA-San Luis Obispo, CO-Adams, DC-District of Columbia, IN-La Porte, IN-Lake, IN-Porter, MD-Baltimore, MD-Howard, MN-Waseca, MO-St. Louis, OR-Washington, NY-Onondaga, TX-Lamar, WA-Clark, WA-King. More information: http://www.bluerevolution.us
From Courage to Resist
Kyle's future is uncertain and your phone call can make a difference. Forward this action alert to your friends!
Kyle Snyder, Iraq veteran and war resister, returned from Canada to turn himself in to Army authorities on October 31, 2006 at Fort Knox. Now he is once again AWOL after officials at Ft. Knox have reneged on a previously arranged deal with his attorney, Jim Fennerty, to discharge Kyle.
By Joy First
Eight people were arrested today by Madison Police in a dramatic action that blocked traffic for 20 minutes in front of Senator Kohl’s office on the Capital Square. Peace activists, wearing red gloves symbolizing the blood that is on all of our hands, laid in the street blocking traffic and chanting “We have blood on our hands! We are killing innocent people! Stop the war!”
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq
Contact in Tucson: Jack or Felice Cohen-Joppa: 323-8697
Gretchen Nielsen: 319-2281
Four Tucson residents were each sentenced this afternoon to
eight hours of community service for their part in a nonviolent
protest at the Raytheon Missile Systems Plant south of Tucson last
March 20, the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation
By Sara Rich
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
I know it has been very difficult for you to watch me work night and day to protect your sister, Suzanne, and the hundreds of other people sexually abused and harassed in the military. It has been hard, but nothing compares to the stress we went through when Suzanne was in Iraq for that very long year. I watch your face as Suzanne tells her stories of being in Iraq and being shot at more times that she can count. You have been so strong and loving through this all. For a 12-year-old boy, you are very compassionate and intelligent. I was so proud of you for wearing your "Impeach Bush and Cheney" shirt today and that you want to be V from "V for Vendetta" for halloween. It makes me smile to know you have a mind to see what has to be done in our nation to begin to regain some national pride.
U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY GRADUATES UNITE AGAINST ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR; JOIN ANTI-WAR WEST POINTERS IN NEW ORGANIZATION
New York -- The overwhelming response by alumni of United States service academies to the anti-war efforts of West Point Graduates Against the War ( http://www.westpointgradsagainstthewar.org ) has resulted in a combined arms organization of former and current land, sea, and air officers united against the war in Iraq.
The new organization, Service Academy Graduates Against the War (http://www.sagaw.org), was established by three West Pointers, William Cross, James Ryan, and Joseph Wojcik, all 1962 USMA graduates and cofounders of the former organization. They were joined in the new endeavor by Dud Hendrick, a 1963 United States Naval Academy graduate and Terry Symens-Bucher, an alumnus of the United States Air Force Academy, class of 1975.
VETERANS FOR PEACE
Chapter 034, NYC, PO Box 8150, New York, NY 10106 Voice Mail: 212-726-0557
Contact: Thomas Brinson, 631.889.0203 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Events for First Officer War Resister Nov. 10-11
Patriot Refuses Illegal War
“We all have a duty as American citizens for civil disobedience, and to do anything we can within the law to stop an illegal war.”
- LT Ehren Watada
Military resisters, their families, veterans and concerned community members call for public action Dec. 8-10th!
"All my fellow resisters in Canada and the U.S...We have to stay strong and stand our ground. Because if we keep speaking the truth and stand up for what's right we will always be free inside." -Darrell Anderson
It's time for us to escalate public pressure and action in support of the growing movement of thousands of courageous men and women GI’s who have in many different ways followed the their conscience, upholding international law, taking a principled stand against unjust, illegal war and occupation and stood up for their rights.
Out-spoken war resister will turn himself in Tue. Oct. 31 and needs your support.
From Courage to Resist
“At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if this is something you can live with. It’s your life and the choice is ultimately yours to make. I said NO and I will never regret it.”-Kyle Snyder
Kyle Snyder plans to present himself to Army authorities at Fort Knox, KY, Tuesday, October 31. Before turning himself in he will hold a press conference at 10am in nearby Louisville at Central Presbyterian Church, (4th and Kentucky St.) He will arrive at Fort Knox at approximately 2:30 pm.
Through November 17, Veterans For Peace, a member of UFPJ’s Steering Committee, is sponsoring a 24-city national tour of Bob Watada, Father of LT Ehren Watada, and his step-mother, Rosa Sakanishi. They are making this tour in support of and to raise funds for LT Watada, who is being court-martialed for refusing to deploy to Iraq. As the first commissioned officer War Resister, LT Watada believes that the Iraq Invasion and subsequent occupation is an illegal, unjust, immoral war of aggression in violation of the UN Charter, the Geneva Accords, and the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court.
By Elizabeth de la Vega, www.TomDispatch.com
I look forward to the day when Mattel makes a Sgt. Ricky Clousing action figure.
As the mother of sons born eight years apart, I spent nearly half my adult life surrounded by - and stepping on - action figures. They were everywhere: a phalanx of tiny knights in shining armor on the windowsill; Batman and Robin frozen in an ice tray; and GI Joe guys in camouflage among the hosta. One Christmas, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo even ended up in the manger scene along with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, two cows, three sheep, and several Ewoks. My kids spent hours and hours in a fantasy world populated by villains and heroes of every description except one; there were no peace heroes.