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Mike Ferner Gets House Arrest and Fines for Spraypainting "TROOPS OUT NOW!" on a Highway Overpass

By Mike Ferner


lucas county common pleas judge charles wittenberg sentenced me this morning for the two felonies i was convicted of last month for spraypainting "TROOPS OUT NOW!" on a highway overpass near toledo. here's the "box score," as they say in baseball:

2 months electronically monitored house arrest.
18 months probation
court costs, plus cost of prosecution
1/2 of cost of ohio dept. of transp.'s (total ripoff, in my humble opinion) estimate for repainting the overpass (my brother is paying the other half).

Resistance Within the Israeli Army

The Yesh Gvul movement reported in this regard that it is currently
in touch with more than 10 soldiers and officers who have been called
up to serve in Lebanon and decline taking part in the fighting.


3 AUGUST 2006

1/ First Sergeant Omri Zeid

SFC ZEID, An Artilleryman from Tzfat, refused to shell Mjadara a Lebanese village.
Zeid, serving in an artillery battery in the North Golan Heights, was ordered to shoot 150 shells at the village. Zeid took up his backpack and told his fellow soldiers:

Weapons of Mass Destruction Discovered Here: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and North Dakota

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

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, the US dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. These nuclear weapons killed over 100,000 people, almost all civilians, and injured many tens of thousands more.

Fr. Carl Kabat, 72, Greg Boertje-Obed, 51, and Michael Walli, 57, sit in jail in North Dakota awaiting a federal criminal trial because of weapons of mass destruction and because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I visited them last week.

The first Israeli soldier to refuse to bomb civilians leaves the front line

Bethlehem - Ma'an - In an unprecedented incident, an Israeli artillery officer has refused to bomb Lebanese villages.

Israeli press sources have stated that Corporal 'Umri Zaid, from the Israeli city of Safad, who serves as an artillery soldier in the occupied Golan Heights, had refused orders to launch more than 150 shells onto the Lebanese village of Al-Jdairah.

The sources have reported that the soldier told his comrades that he wasn't ready to serve in an army that is professional in shelling civilians in their villages and cities. He packed his belongings and headed to his home.

Leading Members of Iraqi Parliament Call for Meeting with Anti-War Hunger Strikers

CONTACT: Troops Home Fast
Medea Benjamin (202)422-8624
Gael Murphy (202) 412-6700

US Fasters on 30th Day of Hunger Strike travel to Jordan on Wednesday to meet with MPs about Peace Plan and Break Fast, then on to Lebanon Delegation leaving August 2, Available for Interviews in DC, NY, LA and San Francisco

WASHINGTON - August 1 - After 28 days of fasting, anti-war hunger strikers received a breakthrough victory for their sacrifice: Leading members of the Iraqi Parliament invited fasters to join them to discuss their plans for peace in Iraq. On Wednesday, August 2, hunger strikers will travel to Amman, Jordan to meet with these Iraqi MPs and break their fast. The group includes:

Diane Wilson in 24th Day of Anti-War Hunger Strike

By Brian Westly, Associated Press

Washington - About 150 yards from the White House, away from a swarm of tourists, Diane Wilson sat under an expansive oak tree today, keeping a quiet vigil.

For 24 days, the 58-year-old shrimper from Seadrift, Texas, said she has been coming to Lafayette Park and going without food to protest the war in Iraq and to pressure President Bush to bring home the troops.

Suzanne Swift Story Reaching Even Twisted Corporate Media Columnists

Abuse of women GIs: Good men must check bad ones
Claims of sexual abuse in the military by a US Army specialist show a need for progress.
By Erin Solaro, Christian Science Monitor

In January 2006, US Army Specialist Suzanne Swift went absent without leave (AWOL) from her unit, the 54th MP Company, rather than return to Iraq.

She claimed to have suffered repeated sexual harassment and abuse, and blamed a chain of command whose members variously refused to stop it, participated in it, and accused her of bringing it on herself. She was arrested on June 11.

Support from Iraq Combat Veterans Continues to Mount for Lt. Ehren Watada

On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada will face a pre-trial hearing for refusing to deploy to Iraq. “It is my conclusion as an officer of the armed forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. The war and what we’re doing over there is illegal,” explained the first military officer to publicly take such a stand.

"No Blood for Oil 12" Sentenced in Colorado

On July 28th, 12 Colorado activists referred to as the “No Blood for Oil 12” were found guilty of trespassing for blocking the entrance to a Lakewood, CO recruiting center on November 18th, 2005.

The demonstration was held as part of “National Stand Down Day,” a day of demonstrations and non-violent resistance at recruiting stations across the country, demanding an end to the Iraq war.

Over 100 Supporters of Spc. Suzanne Swift Rallied at the Gates of Ft. Lewis on July 15

On July 15th, PFC Suzanne Swift’s birthday, support actions around the country were held for Suzanne, who is confined to Ft. Lewis in Washington, as she seeks a discharge from the military.

Suzanne has completed one tour of duty in Iraq, where she was sexually harassed and assaulted by her commanding officers.

Over 100 supporters rallied at the gates of Fort Lewis, demanding an immediate honorable discharge for Suzanne and solidarity with all women and men who have suffered similar abuse.

Free Speech Threatned in New Haven, CT by Marine with a Bat

Activists in New Haven, CT were confronted with a bat-wielding Marine as they expressed their support for war resisters in conjunction with nationwide actions in support of Lt. Ehren Watada in late June.

The story began on June 27th when members of the New Haven community rallied in front of the downtown recruiting station in support of Lt. Watada, the first officer to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq.

CHICAGO: CPTers urge halt on U.S. funding of Israeli aggression in Lebanon and Gaza


On Monday 24 July, Chicago police arrested six CPT members as they appealed
for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel in the office of U.S. Senator Dick

More than forty-five CPTers, CPT training participants and supporters
gathered for prayer outside the Israeli Consulate, then walked a mile
through downtown Chicago to the Federal Building, making the connection
between Israel's military actions and U.S. military aid to Israel.

VIDEO | Five Fasters Arrested During Blair Visit to White House

"Don't be a poodle anymore!"

A Report by Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez

On the 25th day of the "Troops Home Fast," four fasters and one supporter, ranging in age from 58 to 74, were arrested attempting to block British prime minister Tony Blair from exiting the White House. Diane Wilson, one of the arrestees, said their goal was to "keep To

Not Guilty!

On Feb 3rd. 2003, the Pit Stop Ploughshares(Deirdre Clancy, Nuin Dunlop,
Karen fallon, Damien Moran & Ciaron O'Reilly) disarmed a U.S. Navy war
plane at Shannon Airport, County Clare, Ireland. The five were arrested &
charged with $US 2.5million "criminal damage without lawful excuse" & �100
criminal damage without lawful excuse" for the window of the hangar.

The first trial collpased on the 6th. day of trial-March '05. The second

Activists Pose Fresh Challenges to New Recruiter Tactics

By Catherine Komp

As the military develops increasingly sophisticated approaches to roping in America’s youth, a renewed counter-recruitment movement is fighting back with its own fresh strategies.

July 28 – Raymond Cyrille thought about joining the military throughout junior high. The 18-year-old New Yorker said the Navy did well by two of his uncles, who lead lifestyles in retirement that Cyrille finds appealing.

Troops Home FAST Breakthrough


We have exciting news to share with you today! After being rebuffed in our numerous attempts to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, including setting up "Camp Al-Maliki" across from the Iraqi Embassy and publishing an open letter to him in one of the largest Iraqi newspapers, we received an amazing invitation: Five members of the Iraqi Parliament who are working on a Reconciliation Plan to end the violence in their country contacted us. Moved by the commitment of the long-term fasters and dismayed by their prime minister’s refusal to meet with us, these parliamentarians asked us to join them in Amman, Jordan next week to discuss their Reconciliation Plan, on condition that we break our long-term fast with them!

Update on Suzanne Swift from Her Mom

By Sara Rich

Things continue to move forward for Suzanne. The Army has not yet
disclosed the results of the commander-directed investigations. The
investigator took statements from witnesses, including Suzanne, and
forwarded his report to the command. The command now has to decide
whether Suzanne's allegations require the Army to take action, and
whether they have any bearing on Suzanne's own case. We expect to learn

Peace On Trial

By Kathy Kelly,

This July in Dublin, five peace activists were put on trial for disarming a U.S. warplane parked on the tarmac of Ireland's Shannon airport.

In February, 2003, with the U.S. completing its build-up for "Shock and Awe," these five activists broke into an airport hangar which the U.S. was using as a "pit stop" for planes en route to the war zone. They had dubbed themselves the "Pitstop Ploughshares" and, following the biblical injunction to hammer their weapons into plowshares, they took a hammer to the nosecone of a C48 U.S. Navy supply plane and disabled it. You'll find full details at

Personal Statement: Why I am Fasting

My name is Joseph (Jody) McCord. I arrived in Washington, D.C. on July 23rd to begin my participation in the Troops Home Fast, sponsored by Code Pink and the Gold Star Families for Peace. The Troops Home Fast is an effort to compel the Federal Government to remove U.S. troops from Iraq immediately. Over 5,000 people from the U.S. and around the world have signed up to fast for at least one day. They can fast at home, or come to Washington D.C., where the fast has been organized. We are also in need of non-fasting volunteers, and of equipment, transportation, office space and lodging; the Troops Home Fast is also accepting cash donations. Sooner or later, several of us will need wheelchairs.

Join the Aug. 16 "National Day of Education" to question:

"Is the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq illegal?"

On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada will face a pre-trial hearing for refusing to deploy to Iraq. “It is my conclusion as an officer of the armed forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. The war and what we’re doing over there is illegal,” explained the first military officer to publicly take such a stand.


Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 325 East 25 Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-323-7200, ext. 31; Fax: 410-323-7292

On March 20, 2006, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], affiliated with United For Peace & Justice, organized From Mourning to Resistance – March on the Pentagon. After a rally near the Lincoln Memorial, some two hundred antiwar activists marched across the Arlington Memorial Bridge to LBJ Grove across from the Pentagon.

Arrested Bush Dissenters Eye Courts

By Todd Dvorak, Associated Press

Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- When school was canceled to accommodate a campaign visit by President Bush, the two 55-year-old teachers reckoned the time was ripe to voice their simmering discontent with the administration's policies.

Christine Nelson showed up at the Cedar Rapids rally with a Kerry-Edwards button pinned on her T-shirt; Alice McCabe clutched a small, paper sign stating "No More War." What could be more American, they thought, than mixing a little dissent with the bunting and buzz of a get-out-the-vote rally headlined by the president?

Watada Forces NY Times to Mention Downing Street Memo; No Word on When Nuremberg Principles Will Be Fit to Print

Officer Faces Court-Martial for Refusing to Deploy to Iraq

SEATTLE — When First Lt. Ehren K. Watada of the Army shipped out for a tour of duty in South Korea two years ago, he was a promising young officer rated among the best by his superiors. Like many young men after Sept. 11, he had volunteered “out of a desire to protect our country,” he said, even paying $800 for a medical test to prove he qualified despite childhood asthma.

Canadian Asylum Seekers Project

By Judy Homanich

There are 24 U.S. war resisters who are seeking asylum in Canada
( rather than take part in this illegal, immoral war
-- and dozens more who are living underground. All of these courageous
men and women need -- deserve! -- our support and encouragement. The
best way to do that (besides sending a monetary donation) is by
writing a short note to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and

UPDATE on Brian Haw and the right to protest near Parliament


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

Welcome to those you have recently joined this list. Since I last wrote
to everyone there has been much activity in the Square. Supporters
continued to stay there with Brian for some weeks and still a few

Peace Felon Report

below is an article that describes my day in court yesterday, plus an unusual editorial that appeared in today's paper, by toledo blade editor and vice pres., tom walton.
if this story touches your heart, write me if you must, but better yet, do something for peace today that you never thought you could do. you will have my heartfelt thanks and the thanks of those people who desperately need your committment.

Articles about Actions by FASTERS of TROOPS HOME FAST in the US Congress July 11-14

"Policy Rewrite Reveals Rift in Administration" Washington Post, July 14 -- With color photo of Father Louie and Toby Blom with signs “Stop Supporting Torture” and “Humane Treatment for all Prisoners” at the Senate Armed Services committee hearing on July 13, 2006

"White House Prods Congress to Curb Detainee Rights" NY Times, July 13, 2006 -- With photo of Ann Wright and intern Zac in Git’mo orange jumpsuits with Father Louis and Toby waiting to go into House Armed Services committee hearing on July 12, 2006


On Saturday, July 15th, concerned citizens throughout the world will
join together to Shut Down Guantánamo, and end illegal and indefinite
detention. Called by CagePrisoners.Com, a British organization
supporting Guantánamo prisoners, this day of action includes events in
a dozen countries, and at least six demonstrations in the United

As one of the New York organizers, Reverend Earl Kooperkamp of

Help My Daughter Please

By Sara Rich, mother of Suzanne Swift

My daughter, Suzanne, went AWOL from the Army three days before her
second deployment to Iraq. She suffers from Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder due to the consistent sexual harassment and the sexual assault
she endured during her first deployment to Iraq. She was arrested after
six months of being AWOL and taken to Ft Lewis where she was returned
to active duty. She is asking for an honorable discharge so she can get


By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services

"The question that remains is: Are we who want the killing to stop as committed to peace as those who are committed to war?"

Ouch, this is a devilishly tough question, unless you're content to answer it in the negative. Then, of course, no problem. A bitter grimace and a stiff drink or whatever (name your poison) will get you through the day. Watch the opinion polls plummet - Gallup this week finds two-thirds of Americans opposed to the war in Iraq - and shrug in wonder that it doesn't seem to matter, but exercise patience. When three-quarters of Americans oppose the war, then the politicians - surely the Democrats at least, surely Hillary - will lip-sync a different tune . . .

Speaking Events

Jan 19-22: Washington, D.C.: Non-Violent Protest Anti War/Anti Nuke on Inauguration Day and on Facebook

January 29: David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.

February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.

April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

May or June: UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va. April 29: possible multi-issue protest in DC.

August 2-6: Democracy Convention in Minneapolis.

Find more events here.


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