Thousands of Courage to Resist supporters are currently receiving our new tri-annual newsletter, August 2012, in their postal mailboxes across the United States. If you didn't get your copy, please view, print, and share the PDF version. We produce and distribute these 4-page newsletters every four months to provide a quick overview of our efforts on behalf of our donors and other supporters. This edition includes features on Bradley Manning, Sgt. Brook Lindsey ("AWOL to get PTSD help"), The Clearing Barrel GI coffeehouse in Germany, Brad McCall's return from Canada, Peace Flags over Berkeley for International Conscientious Objectors Day, and Rodney Watson ("US war resister in sanctuary of church").
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By Courage to Resist. July 14, 2012
Army PFC Bradley Manning is accused of releasing to the public tens of thousands of documents containing proof of war crimes, government corruption, and corporate influence on foreign policy, via the WikiLeaks website. For his courage, he is facing life plus 150 years in prison.
Bradley’s next public pre-trial hearings at Fort Meade, Maryland, are scheduled for July 16-20th and August 27-31st. Yet as Bradley’s court martial approaches, it has become apparent to observers that he will not get a fair trial by the US military court.
These are the reasons why justice demands that the charges be dropped, and Bradley be released now:
By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. July 8, 2012
Join us in helping Rodney with his monthly food and phone expenses. Please donate via our friends at vancouverwarresisters.org with a one-time or monthly PayPal contribution.
War Resister Rodney Watson wishes he could be with his parents and other family and friends in his home town of Kansas City, Missouri. He’d like to see his wife and four year old son more than just on weekends in Vancouver, B.C. too. He’d also like to take his young family home to the United States and have his wife and his son meet his parents. But he can’t. Rodney has been living in the sanctuary of United Church in Vancouver since September 18, 2009. He eats and sleeps there and still cannot leave the Church without the risk of being deported back to the United States and to a military brig. After a tour of Iraq, in which he witnessed the senseless brutality of the war and the same racism toward the Iraqi people by U.S. enlisted soldiers and American contractors that he knew so well from experiencing it as an African-American, growing up in the United States, Rodney was stop-lossed.
By Keegan Hamilton, Seattle Weekly. June 27, 2012
Courage to Resist is currently working with Seattle area supporters of Sgt. Lindsey in order to best channel support. More information forthcoming.
An Iraq War veteran stationed at Ft. Lewis says struggles with PTSD and a lack of responsiveness to his condition by Army doctors forced him to go AWOL.
The soldier, 26-year-old Sgt. Brook Thomas Lindsey, met with members of the media on Friday at Coffee Strong, a non-profit organization, headquartered across the street from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, that advocates for military mental health treatment reform. Lindsey recounted why he decided to leave the base without permission on March 26.
"Brad also asked me to specifically thank on his behalf the unflinching support of Courage to Resist..."
By David Coombs, attorney for PFC Bradley Manning. June 12, 2012
Over the past two years, thousands of individuals have either donated to the defense fund or given freely of their time to support PFC Bradley Manning. The support provided has come in many forms:
1) Signing petitions (standwithbrad.org);
By Courage to Resist. May 23, 2012
On May 20th, Iraq Veterans Against the War and Afghans for Peace lead a historic march on NATO in Chicago. Veterans threw their "Global War on Terror" medals towards the NATO Summit as thousands cheered. Courage to Resist organizer Michael Thurman is featured at 7:22 minutes into this video. He declared, "I was a conscientious objector from the US Air Force. I'm returning my "Global War on Terror" medal and military coins on behalf of Private First Class Bradley Manning who sacrificed everything to show us the truth about these wars!"
Sunday, June 24. Meet up at 9:30am. Howard and Main Streets, San Francisco CA.
Not in the SF Bay Area? Organizer your own Bradley Manning contingent in a city near you!
We welcome all supporters of Bradley Manning to join our official contingent to send a very large, powerful, fun and creative message of support to Bradley, the US government and the world. We aim to creatively, colorfully, musically and fabulously call for the freedom of one of the most influential gay whistle blowers of our generation. If you are a person or are part of a group that plays music, performs, dances, does artwork or anything fun and creative, we urge you to add to and come be a part of our fabulous and diverse contingent. We welcome all individuals, organizational and movement based supporters to endorse and join us! We only ask that all banners, signs and messaging in the parade contingent be that in support of Bradley Manning.
Descend upon Chicago for Bradley Manning!
By Courage to Resist. May 15, 2012
On International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, Courage to Resist activists helped celebrate the 6th annual Berkeley Conscientious Objectors' and War Resisters’ Day. This year, Courage to Resist had two new much larger Peace Flags produced, which we expect to use for years to come.
Events in the Washington DC area and internationally in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning’s next appearance in court will take place April 24-26 at Ft. Meade, MD. At the previous hearing on March 15th, Bradley’s lawyer filed a motion to dismiss all charges based on the government’s failure to present evidence as requested. Additionally, a broad coalition of media groups filed a complaint because documents from the court proceedings have been mostly shielded from the public’s view.
By Mike Wong, Vietnam War GI resister. March 20, 2012
Since the start of the Bush era, soldiers and veterans have been a core part of resisting America’s wars for empire. But what will happen to the young GIs who refused orders to war or directly resisted the military in other ways? In particular, what will life be like for them afterward? What will their lives be like long after these wars are over, and the country and the world moves on? The experience of the Viet Nam era GI resisters may be very relevant here.... Today’s GI resisters have a tough road of struggle ahead of them. But if my generation’s experience is any example, they will prevail, they will become successful, and they will grow to become leaders in their time. The very qualities that led them to resist the wars will also lead them to success in life. And that is how it should be.
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