Last year Fort Bragg military commanders hosted a conservative religious concert by Billy Graham Ministries. When atheist soldier Sgt. Justin Griffith complained about the official support granted to the evangelistic concert, base officials denied favoritism. Sgt. Griffith has already overcome huge obstacles placed in his way and is well on his way to making Fort Bragg officials live up to their promise of hosting a comparable atheist event. The Rock Beyond Belief concert and rally is set for March 31, 2012.
By Sgt. Justin Griffith, Rock Beyond Belief. October 6, 2011
Foxhole Atheists are on the cusp of real change. We need your help. We need you to care.
We are the 20+%. We’ve been silenced, threatened, intimidated, and treated as ‘un-American’ for too long. The non-religious military community is the DoD’s second largest religious demographic, outnumbering the next largest group by two orders of magnitude.
By attorney James Branum. October 5, 2011
An updated overview of the issues of being AWOL in the US Army, including resolution. Download, view, and/or print the PDF
Excerpt from AWOL in the Army version 3:
The biggest concern for most AWOL soldiers is whether the Army will try to find them while AWOL. In most cases, the Army will call the home of record of the soldier, the cell phone of the soldier (in my experience this is very common), and any numbers the command has of friends and family of the soldier. The best advice to give a soldier with regards to these calls is to remind family and friends that it potentially is a crime to lie to the military or law enforcement, but that it is not against the law to refuse to talk. One typical scenario that illustrates this: An AWOL soldier is staying at her parent’s house. Her drill sergeant calls the house and the soldier’s mother answers. If the mother says “My child isn't here,” she may have broken the law. However, if the mother says, “I have nothing to say to you and will not answer your questions,” she has not broken the law.
By Daniel Birmingham. September 9, 2011
Daniel is a 21-year-old active-duty soldier with 1st Battalion, 377 Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. He deployed to Iraq in 2009-10, and is now speaking out against war. Sign the "March Forword!" petition here to support Daniel.
My name is Daniel Birmingham. I am a specialist in the United States Army and I am a conscientious objector. A lot of you may not know what that is. Neither did I six months ago. It is something the military does not want you to know about, something they will never tell you about, so I will. This may save your life and save you a lot of trouble and finally let you be proud of something you are doing.
Over 50 fundraising dinner parties and BBQ's for Bradley Manning, accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower, are planned for Sept. 9th and 10th around the world. It's not to late to gather your friends and host your own!
We are at an important crossroads. In a couple months, we expect the prosecution of Bradley Manning to begin in earnest with his first pre-trial hearing. To help us keep up the pressure, we are asking supporters around the world to host dinner parties, the weekend of September 9th-10th. Please Click here to register as a host, get materials and recipes, and get started. Or contact Emma for more info and assistance:
By Courage to Resist. August 9, 2011
A new book by Courage to Resist, About Face from PM Press features the voices from our audio project with exclusive interviews with Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg discussing the history of GI resistance from the Vietnam War to Bradley Manning and the current WikiLeaks revelations.
Donors of $100 here will receive a special preview copy of About Face.
Contact us to help host a bookstore or community event in your city! Events calendar coming soon.
How does a young person who volunteers to serve in the U.S. military become a war-resister who risks ostracism, humiliation, and prison rather than fight? Although it is not well publicized, the long tradition of refusing to fight in unjust wars continues today within the American military.
Courage to Resist. August 9, 2011
We were excited to be a part of the LA Rising music festival last Saturday, July 30. As part of the festival's "Re-Education Camp"--a collection of 30+ nonprofit organizations--we were able to highlight the international campaign to support accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning. The festival was presented by Rage Against The Machine and also featured Lauryn Hill, Muse, and Rise Against, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hundreds of folks, mainly between the ages of 16 and 26, signed up to be remain informed about our ongoing work in support of Bradley and all GI resisters. Tens of thousands of festival goers watched our Bradley Manning 100 second video on the massive video screens between set changes!
By Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist. July 28, 2011
This morning we were shocked to learn of the arrest of Army PFC Naser Abdo (photo right), whom we supported in a bid to be released from the Army as a Conscientious Objector in August 2010. PFC Abdo was arrested in Killeen, Texas, yesterday for possessing firearms, ammunition, and bomb-making materials, in what media reports describe as a plan to “attack Fort Hood.”
By Courage to Resist. July 18, 2011
Courage to Resist would like to extend support for those prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison and all prisoners who are suffering unjust and atrocious confinement conditions. As you may or may not know, accused WikiLeaks whistle blower, Private First Class Bradley Manning, was held in similar solitary confinement conditions for nearly a year. Bradley Manning was subject to complete isolation 23 hours a day in a 6ft by 12ft windowless cell. Despite the recommendations of military psychiatrists, Bradley Manning was arbitrarily placed on suicide watch in which he was stripped of his clothing and bedding, made to stand at attention nude in the morning and evening, forced to wear an uncomfortable suicide smock and subject to many other humiliations and torments. These conditions amounted to physical and psychological torture. For years prisoners throughout the California and United States prison system have been subject to similar unjust and atrocious confinement conditions.
Hayes Carll performs his new song "KMAG YOYO" (a military acronym for "Kiss My Ass Guys, You're On Your Own") from his new album also called KMAG YOYO on SiriusXM Outlaw Country.
By Rebecca Solnit and David Solnit. July 14, 2011
Please join us in supporting Courage to Resist’s work—an amazingly effective grassroots organization. Let’s make a positive example of Bradley Manning and other soldiers who stand up for truth. Donate online.
There’s a small lake shaped like a wishbone you’ve probably never heard of near the Canadian border that’s considered to be the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The river flows 2,340 miles from this point to the Gulf of Mexico, gathering in more waters as it becomes the great artery that drains and waters and sometimes floods the heart of our continent. Headwaters are often like that, a little-known spring or lake in an obscure place, the places where even the biggest rivers begin.
By James Ball, UK Guardian. July 5, 2011
Michael Lyons sentenced to seven months' detention after developing moral objections to Afghanistan conflict
A Royal Navy medic has been sentenced to seven months' detention for refusing rifle training prior to deployment in Afghanistan after developing moral objections, following revelations made by WikiLeaks.
Michael Lyons, 25, was found guilty of wilful disobedience of a lawful order at a military hearing on Tuesday. He had served since 2005 as a medical assistant submariner. He was demoted and dismissed from the navy.
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