G.I. Resistance


Youth in LA to Recruiters: Get the hell away from me!

Flipping off the MarinesReport from We Are Not Your Soldiers organizers

Today Emma Kaplan, World Can’t Wait Youth & Student Coordinator, and Matthis Chiroux, Iraq War resister, took the We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour to a public high school in Los Angeles. Emma said it felt like a prison: one entrance, one exit, and lots of cops in uniform. "You feel like you’re viewed as a criminal just stepping through the doors," she said.

Most of the students won’t graduate. They are mainly Latino and Black, a lot of immigrants and children of immigrants.  Emma wore a shirt with “Bush Regime: WANTED for Illegally Crossing Borders," and got a lot of “I like that shirt!! Where did you get that shirt?"  The school has the highest number of foster kids in the county. But the teachers genuinely care about their students and want them to have a better future, even though they’re up against tough odds.

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Report back from We Are Not Your Soldiers in the Bay Area

Updated report originally posted at wearenotyoursoldiers.org

Today at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA: 100 students heard Emma, Matthis and Robin Long present We Are Not Your Soldiers. 2-3 classes came, brought by their teachers. The school is extremely diverse: white, Latino, Black and Asian. Some of the students are already doing projects about military recruiting. One of the students researched, and found that this high school is the most heavily recruited from school in the Bay Area. Other students were already working on a “counter-propaganda” campaign within the school against military recruitment using posters.

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I'm Not Your Hero


Originally posted on ivaw.org

I was at McDonald's the other day when something quite peculiar happened to me. I was standing in line waiting for my food when an older veteran, obvious by his Vietnam Veteran hat, and his wife approached me. He extended his hand and said he would like to shake my hand and thank me for my service.

He said that I and others like me were his hero. He said he was proud of me and all that I had done in service to my country. His wife looked at me and smiled broadly. She said "we are all so proud of you boys," and that "more young men should be just like you." Not wanting to be offensive, I shook the old vets hand and nodded my acknowledgment. The couple smiled and left knowing they had done their patriotic duty by thanking a veteran.

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Veteran of "Collateral Murder" Company Speaks Out

Statement from Josh Stieber 

Steiber

WASHINGTON - April 9 - Josh Stieber, who is a former soldier of the “Collateral Murder” Company, says that the acts of brutality caught on film and recently released via Wikileaks are not isolated instances, but were commonplace during his tour of duty.
 
“A lot of my friends are in that video,” says Stieber. “After watching the video, I would definitely say that that is, nine times out of ten, the way things ended up. Killing was following military protocol. It was going along with the rules as they are.”



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Beyond Flagatory

By Matthis Chiroux

Nearly 43 years ago to the day, Martin Luther King delivered one of his two most famous speeches: Beyond Vietnam. For the first time, King took a hard-line stance in opposition to the Vietnam War, drawing a connection between the struggle for civil rights and the struggle for peace.

While this speech is remembered as one of the most positive and defining moments of his life, at the time King made it, he was widely condemned, not just by the media and the American mainstream, but by his own colleagues in the civil rights movement.

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Soldier who Refused to Deploy to Afghanistan: Travis Bishop Released from Fort Lewis Stockade

By Alice Embree


War resister and conscientious objector Travis Bishop was released from the stockade at Fort Lewis, Washington Thursday morning.

During court-martial proceedings at Fort Hood, Texas, Bishop was sentenced to 12 months in prison for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan for reasons of conscience. He received a three-month reduction in sentence due to a successful clemency application to the Commanding General at Fort Hood, as well as receiving extra time off for good behavior.

Bishop served a total of seven months and 12 days of confinement. His rank was reduced from Sergeant to Private and a Bad Conduct Discharge is pending.

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Iraq Vet: It Would be Irresponsible Not to Speak Out

Anti-War Offensive:
Help Students Say No to Recruiters! 

 

 

March 19th-22nd Fundraising for We Are Not Your Soldiers, a project of World Can't Wait

Whether or not you'll be in the streets this weekend (find a protest near you), you can help bring the We Are Not Your Soldiers tour to students around the country.

We'll start the clock on Friday March 19th; so get ready, invite your friends via Facebook, and look forward to an effort that sucessfully raises the funds needed on worldcantwait.net
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March 18, 2010

By Anthony Wagner,
U.S. Army, Combat Veteran

The We Are Not Your Soldiers speaking tour is a crucial instrument in the counter military recruitment campaign being launched by the World Can’t Wait organization.
 
As a veteran of the Iraq war affected by PTSD, it’s difficult to talk about some of the abhorrent atrocities that are rife in combat, but I truly feel that it would be irresponsible of me to not speak out against the continuing crimes of our government. I didn’t serve this country for 6 years to sit back and watch as the atrocities continue to unfold. With the We Are Not Your Soldiers speaking tour I’m going into the high schools of my community and offering up an honest commentary on the realities of combat and military life.  
 
I myself was recruited out of high school. After spending a year in Baghdad with the First Cavalry Division in 2004, my life has never been the same. I was a Bradley Crewmember awarded the Combat Action Badge on the notorious and deadly Route Irish. A lot of our younger brothers and sisters are coaxed into propagating this senseless war with promises of a better life, good health care, and college money.
 
Of course, these benefits come at a cost that military recruiters are reluctant to talk about. And that’s where we need more of my fellow Veterans to come in. I know there are other veterans out there who can understand how critical it is to speak out against these illegal and immoral wars that are clearly being fought for EMPIRE and not “freedom”. I refuse to stand by, doing nothing, while military recruiters go into the high schools and recruit the youth in our communities to fuel this festival of ignorance called, the “War on Terror”.
 
We, as Military Veterans have certainly earned the right to redress grievances with our government, and right now my grievance is with the despicable “Poverty Draft” taking place in America. My fellow OIF/OEF Veterans, please, help out in this effort to stem the flow of bodies returning in flag-draped boxes and atrocities committed in our name. Speak out on a We Are Not Your Soldiers speaking tour in a city near you.

 

We Are Not Your Soldiers

If you want to stop the wars, bring the truth to your school and mobilize resistance against military recruiting. The U.S. military must have fresh bodies. Recruiters occupy our high schools, college campuses, and even come to our homes. They prey on kids as young as 5. They make war seem like a video game.

 
But its real life for the 1.2 million Iraqis killed since 2004. It's real life for Afghan civilians killed by US/NATO air strikes, or rounded up in the dead of night and held indefinitely in Bagram Prison. It’s real life for the 6,000 US soldiers killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and tens of thousands dead by suicide due to these unjust wars. Military recruitment must grow as Obama sends 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and calls for 92,000 more soldiers. 85% of new recruits will find themselves in a war zone.
 
PDF for leaflets
 

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We will be your Insurgency

By Mathis Chiroux 

So it’s come to this. Obama’s gotta wage his war, and I gotta sit in the street.
 
It’s not that I like blocking traffic or getting arrested or dealing with the fall-out when I could be reading a book. It’s that I can’t live with endless war and I must end it or surely die.
 
I’m not leaving this country. This is my mess, so help me, and I’ll scrub it till my fingers bleed. I will not compromise with genocide. I will not run from those behind it.
 

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Iraq War Resister Tony Anderson Released from Stockade

 

From Courage to Resist. October 21, 2009
Last week Army private Tony Anderson was released from the Ft. Sill stockade after serving a full year in prison for refusing to fight in Iraq. Tony, now 20-years-old, was court martialed last November and sentenced to 14 months of confinement and given a dishonorable discharge from the military for "desertion with intent to avoid hazardous duty" and "disobeying a lawful order." He was released two months early for good behavior. Tony refused to deploy to Iraq in July 2008 on the grounds of conscientious objection to war. Courage to Resist supporters contributed $2,200 to pay for Tony's civilian legal defense led by attorney James Branum of Oklahoma.
"I know in my heart that it is wrong to willfully hurt or kill another human being. I simply cannot do it. I don't regret following my conscience," he said at his trial as he struggled to compose himself. "I know there must be consequences for my actions and I must accept this fact."

 

Colonel to Troops: I’m Lying to You

 

By Joe Urgo 

On Oct 16, USA Today ran a story about low morale in the 10th Mounted Division’s Third Brigade Combat Team, a mountain warfare infantry unit that was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, staying till 2007.
 
It was then scheduled to deploy to Iraq but was rerouted back to eastern Afghanistan in Jan 2009, along the border with Pakistan. Their mission is to help the expansion of US bases in the region as the US prepares to vastly increase the deployment of US soldiers in Afghanistan. 
 

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