By Mike Ferner, president of Veterans for Peace. May 20, 2010
Dear Brother Glenton,
Speaking for over 7,000 members of Veterans For Peace, I heartily join in the sentiment expressed by a policeman in front of your wife and her mother as you were going to court for a hearing, “This boy makes us proud.”
Send letters of support to: Joe Glenton; Military Corrective Training Center; Berechurch Hallcamp; Colchester C02 9NU; England
By Josh Stieber and Ethan McCord, former US Army specialists, www.lettertoiraq.com. April 20, 2010
Yes, we did it! To the hundreds who wrote letters and donated to his defense, Marc shared via phone from Kuwait, "Thank you, thank you for all of your love and support!" Supporters donated over $9,000 that covered Marc's defense, including his upcoming discharge upgrade appeal.
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout. April 18, 2010
Until April 17, US Army Spc. Marc Hall sat in a military brig at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, facing an imminent court-martial for challenging the US military’s stop-loss policy in a song. Saturday morning, Spc. Hall was granted a discharge by the military.
By Courage to Resist. April 13, 2010
The Truth Commission on Conscience in War was held last month at the Riverside Church in New York City. The two-day event was an attempt to start a national conversation among community and religious leaders, veterans, and others about “just war”, international law, and greater freedom of conscience for service members. Currently, military regulations do not allow troops to conscientiously object only to certain wars, such as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, these “selective objectors” make up the majority of service members that Courage to Resist works with daily. A commissioner of the hearings, Courage to Resist project director Jeff Paterson noted, “Without recognized selective objection, the all-volunteer military is not all that voluntary. A renewed effort to offer some legal protections to these war resisters is overdue.”
By Sarah Lazare, Courage to Resist, and Clare Bayard, Catalyst Project. March 19, 2010
Think back seven years ago to this day. Where were you on March 19th, 2003, when the invasion began? Did you see “Shock and Awe” footage of the orange explosions in the clear Baghdad sky, piped in grainy TV shows, lit at night with the green glow of CNN cameras? Did you read the tickertapes under these images of neighborhoods lit on fire? Over those next days, did you, like many of us, collapse in overwhelmed grief and rage, frantic at not knowing how we could stop our government's onslaught?
“Thank you for all your help. Without Courage to Resist, I would be in jail.”
April 6, 2010
With the help of about 1,500 donors last year, we were able to wage a number of successful campaigns. I need to ask for your help now going forward: couragetoresist.org/donate
For example, Ft. Stewart officials backed off from court martialing single-mom Spc. Alexis Hutchinson (photo above with year-old Kamani) for refusing deployment to Afghanistan, objector Sgt. Travis Bishop was released three months early from the Ft. Lewis stockade a week ago, Spc. Dustin Stevens was discharged and the Echo “punishment” Platoon at Ft. Bragg disbanded, and former Canada refuge seeker Spc. Cliff Cornell walked out of the brig at Camp Lejeune a month early. Each of these victories was directly related to political and/or legal appeals funded by Courage to Resist supporters in the last few months.
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By Harper Scott Clark, Temple Daily Telegram (Texas). April 1, 2010
A Fort Hood soldier who failed to deploy with his unit to Iraq in December 2007 will spend at least 27 days in the Bell County jail. Spc. Eric Jasinski pled guilty Wednesday to a charge of desertion at his court martial on Fort Hood, said his attorney James Branum. The sentence is 30 days in jail, 27 days for good behavior, Branum said. He also was reduced in rank to private first class and had pay and benefits docked for two-thirds of one month. (Photo: Robyn Schultz and Margaret Hayes rally in support of Eric at Fort Hood following the court martial.)
Berkeley City Council recommends universal and unconditional amnesty for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan war military resisters and veterans
Courage to Resist. March 30, 2010
On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, the Berkeley (California) City Council passed Resolution No. 64,803 N.S. recommending “Universal and Unconditional Amnesty for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan War Military Resisters and Veterans Who Acted In Opposition to the War for Matters of Conscience.”
War objector with PTSD jailed and ‘extradited’ to Kuwait for secret trial
After filing an official complaint over inadequate mental health services at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, Army Spc Marc Hall was jailed on December 12, 2009 on the pretext of an angry song about “Stop-loss” he produced in July 2009. The Army has recently shipped Spc Hall to Kuwait where he remains jailed awaiting a virtually secret trial.
By Army Spc Marc Hall. February 20, 1010
I never thought that I would join the Army only to one day be incarcerated by the Army. I have never been to jail in my life, until now. The Army is charging me with Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, “communicating threats” towards my chain of command. Yet I was only communicating how I felt about what I have experienced in the Army and how I felt about the Army’s “Stop-loss” policy. That policy meant that I could not leave the Army when I was supposed to, and after I had already served in Iraq for 14 months.
In short, we win! Alexis did not go to Afghanistan, will not go to jail, will not be separated from her baby Kamani, and will get out of the Army. To everyone who signed the petition or donated to her legal defense, thank you.
By Friends and Family of Alexis Hutchinson.
Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, the single-mother in the Army who missed deployment last year when her childcare plans fell through at the last minute was today granted an administrative discharge from the Army. Hutchinson and her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, are happy with the results. Spc. Hutchinson says that she is “excited to know what will happen to me, and that I am not facing jail. This means I can still be with my son, which is the most important thing.” (Photo: James Dao, NY Times. 2/12/10)
By Sarah Lazare, Courage to Resist for ZNet. January 24, 2010.
As Haiti asks the world for help turning around the destruction wrought by the January 12th earthquake, the U.S. is funding destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama is expected to ask for another $33 billion for the military budget this year, on top of the $1 trillion that has come out of U.S. taxpayers' pockets since 2001, to fund the so-called War on Terror.
In contrast, the president has pledged $100 million in aid to Haiti, amounting to not much more than the mortgage on a rich person's house.
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