Ruling Conservative government may try to ignore will of people
Courage to Resist. June 4, 2008.
Yesterday the Canadian Parliament made an historic vote in favor of U.S. war resisters seeking refuge from fighting in the unjust and illegal occupation of Iraq. While this is an amazing victory, the motion is non-binding. The minority Conservative government led by Stephen Harper—a close ally of the Bush-Cheney endless war agenda—has indicated that it is prepared to defy the resolution by proceeding with deportations of war resisters. Creative resistance will likely be required on both sides of the border.
We need to act now to make sure that the will of many people living in the U.S., the Canadian people, and now Parliament can not be ignored. Please contact Ministers Harper and Finley to request that they fully implement the resolution in support of U.S. Iraq War objectors and allow them to stay in Canada.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley.
Following community vigil, war objector who faced year in brig will be out in 29 days! Thank you to the 50 Courage to Resist supporters who contriubted the $2,000 to cover Ryan's legal expenses.
By James Branum, lawyer for Ryan Jackson. May 30, 2008
At the hearing, we argued that Ryan's actions were an act of civil disobedience that stemmed from his belief that all war is wrong and Ryan himself gave a moving statement in which he expressed his own views on the immorality of war and the necessity of breaking the law for the sake of conscience.
At today's court-martial hearing at Ft. Gordon, GA, Conscientious Objector Ryan Jackson was given a sentence of 100 days in prison. With time already served, he has only 29 days remaining!
November 9, 2008 update - Robert Weiss was released this morning from the military prison at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany. More info.
By the Military Counseling Network and Connection eV. May 14, 2008
VILSECK, Germany – U.S. Army conscientious objector Robert Weiss was sentenced to seven months confinement during a court martial Tuesday at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany. Weiss pled guilty to charges of desertion and missing movement, which reduced the court martial's proceedings mostly to the sentencing phase.
In early December of 2007, Weiss learned his application to be classified a conscientious objector and receive an honorable discharge was denied.
On April 30, 2008 Courage to Resist and SF Bay Area allies gathered to appreciate our staff organizer Lori Hurlebaus who recently resigned. She is in Philadelphia for the Summer working as an interim Organizer in the national office of Iraq Veterans Against the War while their Organizing Director is out on paternity leave.
Sara Rich, Courage to Resist
It is with mixed emotions that Courage to Resist says goodbye to Lori Hurlebaus. Lori's passion and expertise around supporting war resisters has been invaluable. From a collective point of view she was a leader and an amazing organizer. She has a vision for what we all have to do to end this war.
Courage to Resist. April 5, 2008
Iraq veteran David James Cortelyou suffered severe symptoms of PTSD when he returned to his base in Germany from a tour in Iraq. Failing to get the help he needed, David went AWOL twice rather than return to Iraq. He turned himself in recently, expecting to go to military prison, but was given a discharge instead.
Select "Read more..." for part 2 of the Courage to Resist audio interview, and David's written statement.
By Courage to Resist, 19:20 min. March 12, 2008
James Morriss deployed from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan with the Army’s 82nd Airborne in 2005. James discusses refusing orders to shot a young boy carrying a rifle, indiscriminate shooting, and other instances that led him to conclude that “we are not doing the right thing over there.” In 2007 James went AWOL and lived in Canada for a year in order to resist deployment to Iraq. With the help of Courage to Resist, he recently surrendered to the Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. While he's technically still in the Army, he's in the process of being discharged and no longer has to report. He anticipates accepting an Other Than Honorable discharge.
Colonel Ann Wright, US Army (ret.)
What’s it going to take to end the illegal and unjust war and occupation of Iraq? I believe a critical part of the answer is support for the troops who refuse. That’s why I’m asking you to support and contribute to Courage to Resist. [donation info]
I served 29 years in the US Army/Army Reserves. When my government attacked Iraq, I was one of three US diplomats to resign in protest. I resigned my career on principle. Today, I fully support US military personnel who, in acts of conscience, refuse to fight in wars of aggression.
Berkeley students put pro-war, right-wing mob on defensive
Courage to Resist. February 19, 2008
For months, the anti-war women’s group CodePink staged near-daily protests outside of a Marine recruiting station in downtown Berkeley, California. These gatherings became a part of the local landscape. However, vigil-as-usual ended when the Berkeley City Council voted to officially endorse these ongoing protests and to send a letter to the Marine recruiters asking them to leave town. Right-wing radio rallied their listeners to “punish” the city, and anti-military recruiting advocates rallied to defend the council’s actions.
Cindy Sheehan and Daniel Ellsberg joined former diplomat Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.) for a Courage to Resist event in Oakland, California on January 17, 2008. This 7:05 min. highlight video features Ann Wright discussing her new book "Dissent: Voices of Conscience - Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq"—now available for a $20 donation. Select "Read more..." below to watch the video.
"Talk about an organization that is really helping the men and women who are in our military. They are there when these men and women take their stands of conscience," says Ann Wright of Courage to Resist.
By Courage to Resist, 23:24 min. January 31, 2008
Pfc. Robin Long went to Canada rather than deploy to Iraq. Last October he narrowly—and temporarily —avoided being deported. Now his deportation may be imminent. Long spoke on the phone with Courage to Resist from Ontario.
By Courage to Resist, 18:58 min. January 31, 2008
Marine reservist Matt Mishler speaks about his deeply-held religious belief that killing is wrong and his efforts to be discharged from the Marines as a conscientious objector.
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