Military Recruitment

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These are the Veterans to Honor this Weekend - Free Films of Soldiers Who Resist

Through Memorial Day weekend, director David Zeiger is making three powerful films about the antiwar GI movement  - Sir! No Sir!;   Unfinished Symphony; and This is Where We Take Our Stand - available free on his youtube channel. Don't miss them - they'll come down after Monday!

If you haven't yet seen it, now is the time to watch the stirring, powerful, historic scenes of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans hurling their metals at the NATO summit in Chicago last Sunday. www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/no_nato_no_war_us_veterans

Nothing speaks more to the power and importance of soldiers and veterans condemning and opposing the criminal wars they were a part of. And nothing highlights the importance of history more than today's veterans mirroring one of the most powerful moments of the soldiers' and veterans' movements against the Vietnam War forty years ago.

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Secret Service Sex Scandal Not an Isolated Incident

I can personally attest to how widespread the practice of soliciting prostitution was and certainly still is for U.S. Servicemembers.

by Matthis Chiroux

As the Secret Service sex scandal continues to unfold, and implicates active duty military personnel, what comes as a surprise to me is not the details of the sex or the drunkenness, but that the American public would expect anything different from our men in uniform!

Having been in the Army for five years, and having spent more than four of them overseas, I can personally attest to how widespread the practice of soliciting prostitution was and certainly still is for U.S. Servicemembers. The fact that it seems many citizens seem not aware of this defies common sense to me.

 

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Speak out Against Military Recruiters

Video from the Occupy Military Recruiters protest in Manhattan on February 15, 2012, featuring Matthis Chiroux and Elaine Brower.

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Drones, Special Ops, and the U.S. Navy: Preserving an American Planet

By Tom Engelhardt 

Make no mistake: we’re entering a new world of military planning.  Admittedly, the latest proposed Pentagon budget manages to preserve just about every costly toy-cum-boondoggle from the good old days when MiGs still roamed the skies, including an uncut nuclear arsenal

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American Military Deaths in Afghanistan, and the Communities from Which These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Came

from Michael Zweig:

The Center for Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook released its report "American Military Deaths in Afghanistan, and the Communities from Which These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Came," by Michael Zweig, Michael Porter, and Yuxiang Huang on the tenth anniversary of the start of the current war in Afghanistan.

The study presents a detailed picture of the men and women who have died in the war, and the communities which have lost them.  It compares these findings with people and communities in the country as a whole.  The report is based on a reading of obituaries and tribute pages for each of the 1,446 U.S. military personnel who died in Afghanistan from the start of the war in October 2001 to the end of 2010, and analysis of Census and other data for the communities from which they came. The report addresses the racial and gender composition of the dead, their education levels and reasons for joining the military, and their position in the class structure of the economy.  The report also details the geographic origins of the dead and presents key economic data for their communities.  

The findings challenge a number of widely held assumptions about the identity and motivation of Americans who have died in Afghanistan and the economic conditions in their home communities.  Whatever one's views on the war, it is important to know who is dying from doing the work of it.  

See the full report and data appendixes.

In Memory of Our Friend Anthony D. Wagner: Truth Seeker and Truth Teller

Anthony Wagner

Anthony Wagner pictured with high school youth while on the
We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour

Chicago World Can't Wait | November 2, 2011

It is heart breaking when we lose someone who tried to change the world for the better, for all humanity. In his short time Anthony Wagner, World Can’t Wait activist and Iraq Veteran Against the War (served in Iraq March 2004-March 2005), tried to do just that. It is with profound sorrow that we of the Chicago World Can’t Wait chapter share that Anthony has died. He was truly another casualty of these murderous wars. And though our hearts ache at the loss of him, we can say with much joy and appreciation that Anthony touched not only our lives, but the lives of many youth who, because of him, did not and will not go and kill and die in U.S. wars and occupations.{jathumnail off}

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They Died in Vain (Deal With It)

"If they ask you why we died, tell them because our fathers lied."

By Ray McGovern

Many of those preaching at American church services Sunday extolled as "heroes" the 30 American and 8 Afghan troops killed Saturday west of Kabul, when a helicopter on a night mission crashed, apparently after taking fire from Taliban forces. This week, the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) can be expected to beat a steady drumbeat of "they shall not have died in vain."

But they did. I know it is a hard truth, but they did die in vain.

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Change You CAN Believe In!

By Elaine Brower

It's been over 10 years now that my son joined the U.S. Marine Corps.   From birth, at least it felt that way, he wanted to be a marine.   He wore G.I. Joe underwear, socks, and even carried the lunch box. At Halloween every year he was either a soldier or warrior of some sort.   It was definitely harrowing for me, an anti-war activist from way back since 1969.

I had begged, pleaded and even promised him a new car for him not to join when he turned 18, but hence, he did.   The recruiters showed up at our house the day after he had his high school diploma, and whisked him away to boot camp in Parris Island.   I felt as if someone had ripped my arm out of its socket!   When he graduated, the entire family went to watch as this young boy was supposedly turned into a "man."   I ran up to him after all the military hoopla on the Parris Island field, and he didn't even look at me.   He wouldn't hug or kiss me, told me that he was in his uniform and was not allowed to show emotion.   Needless to say I was crushed.

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We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour: On Both Coasts Last Weeks of High School

By Debra Sweet

Ethan McCord will be in southern California (Los Angeles and San Diego) June 9 - 11

Matthis Chiroux in Philadelphia, June 7.

James Brower, a Marine combat veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, made his first appearance with the tour Monday at an NYC high school. Read the report/watch the videos.

We still have more requests from schools than we can fill! NEEDED: more veterans to speak about their experiences in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan; funds for transportation, child care and materials.  Every time they speak, students re-think their intention of signing up; grapple with the need to speak out against the wars; and go on to take this message to other students, friends, family members.

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.