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By Maria Allwine
Did you know that protesting at the NSA was against "the law?" The members of the Iraq Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore certainly didn't when we went to the NSA for our annual demonstration on Saturday, July 8. We've been doing this since 1996 and went there yesterday with an increased sense of urgency, given the latest revelations of illegal activity by this secretive spy agency.
Letter from Suzanne Swift's Mom
Suzanne joined the Army with stars in her eyes. She was told she would see far away travel, be trained as a military police officer and when she got out she would be given money for college. Hell of a deal. Not once did the recruiter mention the deadly statistics for women in the military and how going to war dehumanizes many soldiers to a point where they think that raping and harassing women is acceptable behavior.
By Cindy Sheehan
I don't know Lt. Ehren Watada, but I know his mother and spoke at length with her back in May in Hawaii about how Ehren morally did not want to go to Iraq and how he was being harassed by other members of his unit for his beliefs that the war in Iraq was wrong and that he didn't want to kill innocent people for BushCo.
Ehren tried everything he could within regulations and legal means to be excused from going over to the war crime in Iraq and becoming a war criminal himself, nothing worked, so he refused to be deployed with his unit.
By Jeff Leys
On July 5, three of us entered the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM) to nonviolently resist the war in and occupation of Iraq. We sought to read the names of U.S. soldiers and Iraq citizens who have died in the war. Immediately upon entering MEPCOM's property, we were met by base security. We began to read the names of the dead and were quickly arrested. Charged with trespass and facing up to six months in prison, our first court appearance is scheduled for July 20th.
National education and action campaign responds
Lt. Watada's mother Carolyn Ho addresses supporters at the gates of Ft. Lewis, June 27, 2006, with step-mother Rosa and father Robert Watada left.
We are asking you and your organization to do what you can to make support for U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada a priority in the coming weeks and months.
We believe that Lt Watada’s stand offers a historic opportunity to assert our power to challenge and end the illegal war and occupation and to support the courageous soldiers and officers who fulfill their commitment to refuse illegal orders to participate in illegal war, occupation and war crimes. We intend to make Lt Watada’s stand count as a significant step towards a better, just and more peaceful world.
A Film by Scott Galindez
On July 4th, in Washington, participants in the "Troops Home Fast" took their message to the National July 4th Parade. Cindy Sheehan and Michael Berg, who both lost sons in the war, called on the fasters and their supporters to declare independence from war. Following a brief program in Lafayette Park, the group marched to join the national parade.
By David Swanson
Suzanne Swift's story begins in an all-too-familiar way. A dead-end job, a friendly military recruiter, a promise that signing-up as military police would mean no deployment to Iraq, a broken promise, and a trip to war. Then it takes a less commonly heard of turn, one involving a practice known as "command rape." Suzanne is back in the U.S. and is refusing to return to Iraq. Until a couple of days ago she was confined by the military and threatened with prosecution. The three superiors whom she has accused of various forms of harassment or assault have not yet been charged. Suzanne's mother, Sara Rich, spoke with me about her daughter's ordeal and recorded this 20-minute conversation. Here's a faster opening version, compressed by Peter Bricel.
Marine Calls War On Terrorism Medal 'Eye Candy' From Bush
AKRON, Ohio -- A local Marine who service in Iraq earned several medals for serving his country, but he's giving back one of the medals to the White House as a form of protest.
Sgt. Matthew Bee is a decorated Akron Marine who spent seven months in Hadeetha, serving with the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines Weapons Company based in Brook Park.
Friends and Family of Lt. Ehren Watada www.thankyoult.org
FIRST COMMISSIONED OFFICER TO REFUSE DEPLOYMENT TO UNLAWFUL IRAQ WAR OFFICIALLY CHARGED BY U.S. ARMY
Ft. Lewis, WA-Today, July 5, 2006, First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada was formally charged with three articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: missing movement (Article 87), contempt towards officials (Article 88), and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman (Article 133). If convicted of all charges by a general court-martial, Lt. Watada could be sentenced to four years in a military prison.
Lt. Watada was charged today with missing movement, making disrespectful statements, and conduct unbecoming an officer.
By National Organization for Women
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906
WASHINGTON - July 4 - Statement of NOW President Kim Gandy:
As people across the U.S. celebrate the nation's 230th birthday, families will be enjoying the holiday with picnics and backyard gatherings full of food and good spirit. Grills will be sizzling with hot dogs and barbecue chicken and buttered corn; plates will be piled with potato salad, coleslaw and apple pie. This year, however, thousands of soldiers serving in Iraq will not share in their families' festivities, and 2,539 women and men will never see another Fourth of July.
Washington - About 150 protesters sat in front of the White House on Monday to savor their last meal before starting a hunger strike that some said will continue until American troops return from Iraq.
The demonstration marking the Independence Day holiday was organized by CodePink, a women's anti-war group that called on volunteers to abstain from eating for 24 hours from midnight on Monday.
Today, U.S. activists will launch an open-ended hunger strike to end the American occupation.
By Medea Benjamin, Philadelphia Inquirer
As we celebrate the 230th anniversary of our nation's founding, we find ourselves in a tragic position: A nation born out of a longing for freedom from domination has now become the dominator.
THE National Security Agency HAS BEEN SPYING ON YOU, so it is time to demand an end to the lawbreaking by the Puzzle Palace. Join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, Jonah House and others on Sat., July 8 at 10 AM at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Some participants plan to depart from AFSC-Baltimore, 4806 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 at 9 AM to meet with others at the Guilford Business Park, just off Route 32. At 10 AM there will be a march to the NSA at Fort Meade. Call Max at 410-323-7200 x31.
By Stephen Collinson
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Star Hollywood actor-activists including Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and anti-war campaigners led by bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan plan to launch a hunger strike, demanding the immediate return of US troops from Iraq.
As Americans get set to fire up barbeques in patriotic celebration of US Independence Day on July 4, anti-war protestors planned to savour a last meal outside the White House, before embarking on a 'Troops Home Fast' at midnight.
On June 20, 2006, a Roman Catholic priest and two veterans of military service went onto the E-8 missile silo in North Dakota.
Greg Boertje-Obed, Michael Walli and Carl Kabat, O.M.I.
- used hammers to disable the lock on the personnel entry hatch that
provides access to the warhead;
- hammered on the silo lid that covers the 300 kiloton nuclear warhead
that is targeted and ready to launch;
Please take a moment to sign our petition calling on the U.S. Army to grant an Honorable Discharge to Suzanne Swift:
For more information read below, and go to www.suzanneswift.org, to learn more and see how you can further support our efforts.
Swift completed a tour of duty in Iraq, where she was sexually harassed and assaulted. Her efforts to report her treatment were met with disrespect and dismissed. When her unit was to be deployed to Iraq a second time, the 21-year-old Specialist Four Military Police Officer, who was being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, realized she could not return to Iraq and resume her duties in the same unit with the same commanding officer who sexually assaulted her.
By Mike Ferner
This afternoon, drinking a cup of coffee while sitting in the Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center on Chicago's south side, a Veterans Administration cop walked up to me and said, "OK, you've had your 15 minutes, it's time to go."
"Huh?", I asked intelligently, not quite sure what he was talking about.
"You can't be in here protesting," officer Adkins said, pointing to my Veterans For Peace shirt.
By Joann Loviglio, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Washington)
PHILADELPHIA - Police arrested ten elderly members of the anti-war group called the Granny Peace Brigade who refused to leave a military recruiting center Wednesday after they were told they were too old to enlist.
Granny Peace Brigade members and other anti-war demonstrators protest outside a military recruiting center Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Philadelphia. Ten elderly members of the Granny Peace Brigade were arrested Wednesday after refusing to leave the recruiting center, which shut down several hours early because of the demonstration. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
By Debbie Clark
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Delivered at a press conference at the King Center, Atlanta, Georgia, June 27, 2006.
It is my great honor and duty to be here today to share with others my support for the action of First Lieutenant Ehren Watada in disobeying an unlawful order to serve in a war that is both immoral and illegal, as well as to show my support for all military service members and their families who are now resisting this war.
Action Center For Justice
Contact: David Dixon, (704) 492-8527
On June 27, some 25 people got together in Charlotte in support of Lt Ehren Watada. Lt. Watada is the first commissioned US officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. The Lieutenant says the Iraq War is an illegal war, in violation of international and domestic law. (Full information at www.ThankYouLT.org ). Over three dozen cities took part in the action. They are listed at http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/96/27
The Shalom Report -- June 28, 2006
This is a copy of a letter I sent Tuesday, June 27, to Clyde Haberman, NY Times columnist, about his column on p. B1, column 1, that morning).]
I was one of the 120-plus people who gathered at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza yesterday to call for halting the use of torture by the present government of the United States, and for closing Guantanamo.
A Report by Geoffrey Millard and Sari Gelzer
The Department of Defense has recently reported that 8,000 members of the US military are listed as AWOL. Currently 24 war resisters are known to be in Canada trying to establish citizenship, with an estimated several hundred more living there underground. Truthout's Sari Gelzer and Geoffrey Millard report from Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, to bring you coverage of Peace Has No Borders, an event that brought US attention to political refugees in Canada. Geoffrey Millard interviews war resisters about their decision to refuse deployment to Iraq and seek asylum in Canada.
By Alex Fryer, Seattle Times (Washington)
Lt. Ehren Watada couldn't be called a media figure, but the Hawaii-born officer who refused to deploy with his Fort Lewis unit on Thursday has done his bit to court the press.
Part of the public exposure is designed to protect Watada from potentially harsh military justice. But Watada also has become the latest public face for a peace movement that has produced few leaders able to marshal public opinion, even though polls show the majority of Americans believe the Iraq war was a costly mistake.
By Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Two Iraq war protesters were arrested on Lake Minnetonka after they tried to paddle near shore, where Vice President Dick Cheney attended a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Michel Bachmann on Monday.
Robert Heberle, 71, of St. Anthony Roger Cuthbertson, 67, of Shorewood were cited for creating a public nuisance.
They were with eight other protesters on boats in Halsted's Bay. The two were arrested after being warned several times not to approach the site of the fundraiser.
By Ret. Col. Ann Wright, www.tompaine.com
Col. Ann Wright served in the U.S. Army for 13 years and in the U.S. Army Reserves for 16 years. She also served for 16 years in the U.S. diplomatic corps, and in that capacity helped reopen the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in December 2001. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism as the acting U.S. ambassador during the rebel takeover of Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1997.
OKLAHOMA VETERANS FOR PEACE
WHEN: TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2006 @ 10 AM
WHERE: OK STATE CAPITOL - SOUTH STEPS
WHO: VETERANS FOR PEACE, IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR, REP OPIO TOURE, DFA, CODEPINK, JOY MENNONITE CHURCH, MAYFLOWER CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, OK FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, CATHOLIC PEACE FELLOWSHIP, THE PEACE HOUSE, OK COMMITTEE FOR CONTIENTIOUS OBJECTORS, COURAGE TO RESIST AND MORE
(Oklahoma City, OK) On Tuesday June 27, people in dozens of US cities will demonstrate their support for US Army 1st Lt. Ehren K. Watada's public refusal to participate in the ‘illegal war’ and occupation of Iraq. Lt. Watada is the first US military officer to take this stand.
On Tuesday June 27, people in dozens of US cities will demonstrate their support for US Army 1st Lt. Ehren K. Watada's public refusal to participate in the "illegal war" and occupation of Iraq. Lt. Watada is the first US military officer to take this stand.
Public events will take place at Ft. Lewis (4-6pm at exit 119 overpass off I5), Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Ft. Lauderdale, Honolulu, New York City, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Toronto, and many other cities. Events are being coordinated by the Family and Friends of Lt. Watada through the website www.ThankYouLt.org. National organizations such as Veterans for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink, Campus Anti-War Network, Not in Our Name, Courage to Resist, and numerous other organizations will participate.