By Courage to Resist. March 26, 2014
Our tri-annual print newsletter, April 2014 edition, is now available to view, print, and share! (PDF)
We’ve found these newsletters to be very helpful in communicating with supporters who don’t follow every Facebook post, or read every article we publish, but want to stay up-to-date with our work in support of military resisters. The articles printed in the newsletter are often condensed versions of stories first published online here at couragetoresist.org.
This edition includes:
By Chelsea Manning. March 17, 2014
In preparing for the appeals phase of my legal proceedings, I have worked with Courage to Resist and the Chelsea Manning Support Network to hire excellent civilian defense council, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward of...Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I would like to thank all of you for your support. Without your efforts–including organizing, fundraising, and public education–my court martial would not have been nearly as visible to the public, and many of the serious issues in my case would have gone unnoticed.
Currently I’m doing well. I spend most of my time working, but when I’m not working I’m either at the library doing legal research and drafting, reading books, magazines, newspapers, and your mail, or working out–running, calisthenics, and various cardio regimens.
RT interview. March 19, 2014. Iraq War veteran Ryan Endicott, discussing the lasting legacy of the war on the 11th anniversary of the US invasion.
By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. March 17, 2014
“I could see that it disturbed some of them [who had been deployed]. Some showed emotions when they told their stories. Some didn’t show any emotion..."
Army Conscientious Objector Chris Munoz told me that after high school, he, “worked full time at a group home for mentally disabled kids” and that after a short time in the Army, “I realized that my conscience wouldn’t let me participate in war. My CO claim was not based on any particular religion.”
Chris’ dad was in the marines. Chris had a friend who was on HRAP [Home Recruiting Activity Program]. That friend told Chris that the pay in the Army was “very good” and that he could “go to college for free.”
By Mike Mckee, Courage to Resist. March 17, 2014
A recently circulated academic paper from a U.S. Army War College research fellow demonstrates that organizations like Courage to Resist are having a substantive effect on the military’s ability to recruit and retain soldiers.
The paper, titled “Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to US Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead (PDF),” singles out Courage to Resist as a key example of its most formidable opponents that “aim to hinder, deter, or prevent United States Army Recruiters from presenting information and providing opportunities to their target market.”
Writing in 2010, its author, Lt. Col. Todd Jacobus of the US Army National Guard, outlines the opposition faced by the military’s “11,000-strong recruiting force” combing schools, neighborhoods and public areas (including some 3,000 recruiting stations).
War resister Kimberly Rivera struggles with privacy and proper care for her family
By Bob Meola and Michael McKee, Courage to Resist. March 10, 2014
It was her maternal instincts that first landed Kimberly Rivera at odds with her role serving in Iraq. Six years later, the army used her most basic human right as an expecting mother to make an example of other soldiers who might fall out of line.
After returning to the United States after five years in Canadian exile with her family (husband Mario and four children), Kimberly, then pregnant with their fifth, was arrested and sentenced to 10 months in brig. Despite public pressure for leniency and Amnesty International recognizing her as a prisoner of conscience, Kimberly was denied even a meager 45-day early release to give birth and bond with her new son outside of prison.
In a campaign reminiscent of Vietnam War days, military veterans and family members will travel to ten west coast cities promoting GI outreach centers in Texas, Washington state, and Germany. The GI Coffeehouse Tour will begin in San Diego on Thursday, February 13 and end in Seattle on Saturday, March 1. Visit gicoffeehousetour.org for tour dates, locations, and times.
Local communities will welcome the GI Coffeehouse Tour with special events featuring poets, artists and musicians. Participants at tour stops will learn about GI coffeehouse history, find out what current-day coffeehouses do to support the troops, and join in conversations about the current state of the military and what that means for service members and their families.
The GI Coffeehouse Tour will feature the work of Under The Hood Cafe and Outreach Center near Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, Coffee Strong near Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood, Washington, and The Clearing Barrel GI Bar and Coffeehouse in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the center for U.S. military installations in Europe.
The tour will raise much needed funds for the three GI outreach centers, which provide counseling on military discharges, veterans benefits and conscientious objection to war, as well as safe spaces for soldiers to share their experiences and begin healing the psychological wounds of war.
Campaign to raise $7,500 for Sara's legal assistance underway!
By Sara Beining. February 4, 2014
After deploying to Iraq in 2006 and spending a year as an analyst in Baghdad, my (now EX) husband and I went AWOL, suffering from PTSD. My ex-husband received an other than honorable discharge after he was apprehended in 2010. I am now facing charges and General Court Martial - the highest level of court martial and the harshest penalties received for going AWOL. I am a mother, a college student, and a organic gardener. I need help raising money for my lawyer to fly in for the pre-trial hearing as well as the trial, as well as funds for purchasing the "dress blues" - Army service uniform - for trial.
Let's come together as a community to meet Sara's modest needs at this important time. Stay tuned for additional actions that you might take to support Sara and her child. Recently she shared on her public IVAW profile page:
I enlisted in the Army at 17, I think, as part of the D.E.P. I spent a year messing around, getting in trouble, and realizing that I was not making good decisions before I decided to go through with heading on to Basic Training and then AIT to become an intelligence analyst (96B).
Video of a presentation by attorney David Coombs, Seattle, Washington on December 11, 2013. Transcript of presentation by Mr. Coombs, Oakland, California on December 9, 2013 below.
By Courage to Resist. December 13, 2013
Yesterday, Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera stepped out of the Miramar military confinement facility in San Diego, California, to the embrace of her husband Mario and their newborn son Matthew. "Kim is officially released and here with me. God bless all of you for your help and support. Love you all," exclaimed Mario last night. Courage to Resist, Amnesty International, and tens of thousands of individuals worldwide unsuccessfully appealed to Fort Carson Senior Commander Brig. Gen. Michael Bills last month to use his clemency authority to grant Kim an early release. Shortening her sentence by only a couple of weeks would have allowed Kim to have her baby in a civilian hospital, and not be separated from her newborn. Kimberly served a ten month military prison sentence for having taken her family to Canada in order to refuse redeployment to Iraq in the early days of the illegal and immoral invasion. The Rivera Family now faces significant fiscal challenges getting their lives back on track.
David Coombs, attorney for American prisoner of conscience US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, will speak at three upcoming West Coast events hosted by the Private Manning Support Network. Mr. Coombs continues to represent the heroic WikiLeaks whistle-blower recently sentenced to 35-years in military prison.
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:00pm -- Los Angeles CA
Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30pm -- Oakland CA
Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00pm -- Seattle WA
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