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By Rosemarie Jackowski
On March 20, 2003, I participated in a peaceful protest against the war. I was arrested, incarcerated, handcuffed, booked, fingerprinted, photographed, tried, convicted and sentenced. My conviction is currently under Appeal in the Vermont State Supreme Court. Courtroom procedure allows the condemned the Right of Allocution. This was the first time that I was allowed to speak freely and openly to the court. Below are my words, as I spoke them, to Judge David Suntag, in Vermont District Court, in Bennington, Vt., on October 7, 2004.
By Deanna Taylor
See links to photos below each heading. See link to Salt Lake solidarity vigil here.
As reported via phone post, the Stop the Divine Strake Action is over and is considered to have been a highly productive and successful event. People came from as far away as Pennsylvania to attend the action.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has ballooned from three to about 75, the U.S. military said Monday, revealing growing defiance among prisoners held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba for up to 4½ years with no end in sight.
Guantanamo Bay, April 2006. The U.S. military says the number of detainees on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay has jumped from three to 75. (AFP/POOL/File)
New Hampshire CONGRESSIONAL "READ-INS" MAY 31: NH TELLS ITS DELEGATION: NOT ONE MORE DEATH, NOT ONE MORE DOLLAR
NEW HAMPSHIRE - On Wednesday, May 31, activists from around the state
plan to peacefully occupy the New Hampshire offices of the
congressional delegation from 12 noon to 5 pm. New Hampshire Peace
Action has announced that there are going to be demonstrations
-"read-ins" - at the New Hampshire congressional offices of Senators
Sununu and Gregg, and Representatives Bass and Bradley on Wednesday,
Tulsa Peace Fellowship, http://www.tulsapeace.org
Hearing At: Stephens County District Court
Duncan, OK 73533
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
DUNCAN- Sixteen people from all over the Heartland attempted a citizens’ arrest of David Lesar at the Halliburton Shareholders’ meeting in Duncan Oklahoma. Hiram Myers, an attorney with a nephew deployed in Iraq, who felt compelled by his conscience to prepare a legal document outlining Halliburton’s violations, led them.
OLYMPIA, Washington — Nine more people were arrested in protests against the delivery of Iraq-bound military vehicles to the Port of Olympia, bringing the total arrested to 16 in three days, police said.
Demonstrators blocked a street to prevent a convoy from reaching the port Wednesday. In contrast to the quiet arrests of six people Tuesday and one Monday, scuffling, shouting and screaming arose as some protesters were carried to a van.
By Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Seven people have been arrested while protesting the delivery of military vehicles to the Port of Olympia for shipment to Iraq, authorities said.
Five people were arrested Tuesday for blocking the convoys at a crosswalk, police said. Another man was arrested and accused of trespassing after police said he tried to put a bicycle lock on one of the gates to the port Tuesday.
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post
Usually, "Sir! No Sir!" is the perfect negative response on a military base. But retired Army colonel and antiwar activist Ann Wright was detained for two hours at Fort McNair Monday when she tried to pass out postcards for "Sir! No Sir!" -- a documentary about military opposition to the Vietnam War.
A 29-year veteran of the Army and Reserves, Wright quit the State Department in 2003 over White House policies and now travels the country protesting the Iraq war. On Monday, Wright and other activists headed to Fort McNair to demonstrate during the Abu Ghraib court-martial. As a retired military officer with ID, Wright was allowed on base only to learn the trial had been moved to Fort Meade in Maryland -- so she decided to leave promotional postcards for the film on the base.
Times Herald-Record, NY
A group of peace activists arrested for wearing anti-Iraq war T-shirts to an Army basketball game two years ago say President Bush's presence at the U.S. Military Academy graduation this weekend amounts to a double standard.
If the so-called West Point 8 couldn't express their views about the war in 2004, why can Bush do it in 2006?
"Mr. Bush's very presence at West Point this Saturday will force all the military people at West Point, regardless of their views, to appear to be in support of him and his conduct of the war," said activist Nick Mottern during a brief protest outside the military academy today.
Army Spc. Katherine Jashinski will face will face court martial proceedings Tuesday May 23rd at 9:00AM for refusing to train with weapons for potential deployment
Katherine has been on hold, waiting for this day, since November of last year when she publicly declared her conscientious objection belief. Part of the Texas National Guard, she applied for CO status in 2004; her claim was denied on frivolous grounds after an 18-month wait. While her court appeal was pending she was given an order to train with weapons potentially to be deployed, but she refused.
By Darla Shelden - OKC Halluburton event organizer
Back row from left: ?Mary Francis, Will Covert, James ?, Josh ?, Diane Baker, Huti Reynolds, Hiram Myers, Jon Cantrell and Ivan Hutchcroft Seated from left:? ? ?Trent Goss, Joni LeViness, Maureen Haver, Chris McMullen, Katie Heim and Jennifer Rooks. Darla Shelden - OKC Halluburton event organizer
A Report by Scott Galindez
On Thursday, May 18th, over 40,000 petition signatures were delivered to the White House against war with Iran. Following the delivery of the petitions a march to Donald Rumsfeld's house was led by Ray McGovern and Cindy Sheehan. Four people were arrested trying to deliver a message to the Secretary of Defense.
By Nathaniel Batchelder, www.peacehouseok.org
From Nigeria, Peru, and at least six of the United States, objectors to Halliburton's global operations travelled to Duncan, Oklahoma, to protest at the corporation's annual stockholders' meeting, Wednesday, May 17.
Some 150-200 protesters gathered outside the Simmons Center where Halliburton's meetings were held, holding signs and chanting "Shame" while stockholders filed in, and later left the meeting. All morning, a stream of Duncan citizens drove past the protest location to see the protest to the Duncan-based corporation. Many responded to the prominent "Honk For Peace" signs.
By Ted Roelofs, The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS -- Grand Rapids resident Lori Freye realizes one small protest at a military recruiting station won't stop the Iraq war in its tracks.
But Freye, 20, believes she must stand up against a war she believes has nothing to do with terrorism.
"We feel that this war would not be possible without the military and without recruiters. We feel that the only motivation behind this war is oil and money.
By Pete Perry
It was a long and exhausting 24 hours in the D.C. prison system. I will probably share a lot more soon. I was honored to have done this action at Rumsfeld's with David Barrows and two very strong, intelligent and courageous women from Code Pink -- Toby and Katie. Remarkably Katie actually made it to the door and slipped a letter through the mail slot!
I was often worn down and stressed about losing employment. But I took joy in the fact that the action seemed meaningful, and that many people knew about it. We do face unlawful entry, which is a fairly serious charge. Our court date is June 1st at 9 a.m. Solidarity would be greatly appreciated!
Published on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 by OneWorld.net
by Haider Rizvi
NEW YORK - Peace groups in the United States are testing new ways to stop the U.S. war machinery in Iraq, Afghanistan, and places that might become new targets in the new future.
Peace advocates in New York and Washington, DC have held a series of meetings with their counterparts from other countries to discuss how they could strengthen an international movement to support those who refuse to join the military or choose to stay away from taking part in combat operations.
You are cordially invited to the War Resisters League Annual Dinner and Peace Award Ceremony honoring WOMEN RESISTING WAR FROM WITHIN THE U.S. MILITARY
represented by Diedra Cobb, Anita Cole, Kelly Dougherty & Katherine Jashinski.
Friday, June 9, 2006 * 6:30 pm
Cyril & Methodius Hall
502 West 41st Street (at 10th Avenue)
Tickets are $45 ($25 low-income, students, unemployed, or workshift
Conscientious Objectors from Around the World Gather in Washington DC and New York to Oppose Global War
CONTACT: Operation Refuse War
Steve Theberge, 212.228.0450 / email@example.com
NEW YORK - May 11 - From May 11th to 16th, US conscientious objectors (CO's) and CO's from around the world will gather in New York City and Washington DC for Operation Refuse War, a week of conferences, demonstrations, and actions in celebration of International Conscientious Objectors Day, May 15th.
Operation Refuse War will be an opportunity for conscientious objectors, anti-war activists, and military families to come together to share strategies and build community. Participants are coming from South Korea, Eritrea, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Canada, Britain, Israel, Macedonia, Bosnia, Germany, and across the United States. This week of action will highlight the difficulties that current conscientious objectors face as well as help build relationships and connections between the various communities within the anti-war movement. In addition, Operation Refuse War will bring together international and American conscientious objectors to share their experiences and ideas with the public.
A week of action uniting resisters
In Celebration of International Conscientious Objectors' Day
May 11-16 2006
New York City and Washington DC
By Bruce Taub
Friends - Last night I went to the AIPAC fundraising dinner here in Boston, specifically intending to speak out on behalf of the Palestinian people. This was not intended by me as an act of civil disobedience, but as an act of conscience. When I was in the Occupied Territories/Palestine about a month ago and asked the wonderful people I met there what I could do to help end their oppression by the Israeli state, to a person they said, "change US policy, expose AIPAC."
Increased attacks and harassment by Israeli settlers from Hill 833 (a Ma'on
settlement outpost), on schoolchildren from the village of Tuba have drawn a
confused response from the Israeli police and military. These actions by
settlers include the following:
- Settlers placed large rocks blocking the short road from Tuba to At-Tuwani
that goes between Ma'on and Hill 833. (The Israeli Knesset Committee for
Create peace. Create alternatives. Create hope.
End the US war in Iraq.
Take steps to bring the troops home now --
And engage in nationwide nonviolent action
If a concrete withdrawal plan is not established and activated
The Declaration of Peace --
A Commitment to Take Nonviolent Action to:
• End the US War in Iraq
• Bring the Troops Home Now, and
• Establish a Concrete Deadline and Timetable for a Comprehensive Withdrawal
May 2, 2006
The Ann Arbor News
Ann Arbor Council calls for end to Iraq war
Saying the Iraq war had become a disaster for both countries, the Ann Arbor City Council passed a resolution calling for the end of combat operations and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The resolution passed by a 10-1 vote at the Monday night meeting.
Council Member Marcia Higgins, D-4th Ward, cast the lone vote against the resolution. Higgins said she agreed with everything in the resolution, but she didn’t think the council should pass a resolution that represents the entire city when she knows there are people in her ward who disagreed with it.
By CLYDE HABERMAN
NO ageism is intended, but we're willing to lay heavy
odds that it has been a long while since the Manhattan
district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, found someone
older than he is to take to court.
Betty Coqui Brassell, 76, one of the defendants in the
Granny Peace Brigade, returning to Manhattan Criminal
Court Thursday after lunch.
The Arizona Republic
About 300 war protesters on Saturday brandished signs, beat drums and encouraged passing motorists to honk if they wanted to end U.S. involvement in Iraq.
The Arizona End the War Now Coalition held the march and picket at 24th Street and Camelback Road near the office of Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl to protest the third anniversary of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech.
By Sarah Breitenbach and David Simon, News-Post
FREDERICK -- Five students at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School were suspended Wednesday pending parent conferences after a protest during a career fair, according to one of the students.
Junior Bob Hayes said he and four other students staged a "die-in" in front of a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting booth at the school about 10:30 a.m. The students pretended to die by falling down in front of the booth and then passed out leaflets protesting the war in Iraq and the presence of military recruiters on school grounds.
By Lynn Robinson
[Please note that this was intended testimony, but was not delivered because the judge granted our motion for judgment of acquittal.]
I am Lynn Robinson, defendant pro se. Thank you for letting me speak to
you today. I feel we are not guilty of demonstrating without a permit, for
First, I feel that our right to free speech was denied on October 26. We
Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.
David Swanson just called from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office to report that he and a group of women activists are occupying the office to demand a meeting with Senator Frist to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
The activists include three Iraqi women who testified at this morning's Out of Iraq hearing:
- Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
- Aseel Albanna
- Faiva Al-araji (right)
They are joined in the protest by:
- Cindy Sheehan
- Ann Wright
- Medea Benjamin
- Gael Murphy
The Iraqi women want to meet with Frist today because they are leaving the U.S. tomorrow. They represent the 82% of Iraqis who want the U.S. out of Iraq.
Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.
BEGINNING JUNE 7TH IN SPRINGFIELD, IL
CONCLUDING JULY 5TH IN NORTH CHICAGO
Join with social justice advocates this summer as we challenge the
wars in Iraq and Israel-Palestine and the criminal injustice system in
For 30 days we will walk through our country's heartland, calling for:
* An end to the U.S. occupation of and war in Iraq, with the immediate
withdrawal of all members of the U.S. military from Iraq.