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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.

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

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.

Nonviolence can work wonders - even in the Middle East

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.

Defendants Receive Mistrial in Rumsfeld Protest

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.

AWOL Marine to Return on Election Day to Ask President, Congress to Bring the Troops Home

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.

Protesters at Rumsfeld's House Last May Going to Trial Monday

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:

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:

Tell Ft. Knox Commander "Discharge Kyle Snyder!"

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.

Eight Peace Activists Arrested in Madison, Wis.

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!”

"Raytheon Six" Defendants Get Community Service; Four of Five Charges Dismissed.

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

A Letter to My Son and to My Nation

By Sara Rich
t r u t h o u t |

Dear Jake,

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.


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