Courage to Resist. December 2, 2013
Since 1990, many thousands of people from all walks of life have gathered each November to protest the School of the Americas at Ft Benning, Georgia. The three-day convergence has served as a valuable time for educating, inspiring and mobilizing as well as a chance for people working on various social justice issues to network with one another.
Michael McKee, Courage to Resist. November 20, 2013
Members of the Courage to Resist collective and the Private Manning Support Network joined organizers and activists from across the country earlier this month at the Tear Down the Walls Conference hosted by the Alliance for Global Justice in Tucson, Az.
Campaign assistant Farah Muhsin and organizer Michael McKee facilitated a workshop on GI resistance and the Manning case, informing supporters of the next steps in the fight to win justice for Chelsea Manning.
By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. November 13, 2013
In February, 2014, Under the Hood Café and Outreach Center will be five years old. Under the Hood is a GI coffeehouse founded in the spirit of the Oleo Strut and the other GI coffeehouses of the Vietnam era. The Oleo Strut was just a few blocks away from Under the Hood’s current location at 17 North College Street in Killeen, Texas.
A lot of what goes on at Under the Hood has its parallels with Oleo Strut. Under the Hood has become more than just a coffeehouse and is now called Under the Hood Café and Outreach Center. “Then [the Vietnam War era] there was a coffeehouse at every base,” said Malachi Muncy (photo right), manager of Under the Hood.
“Many of them opened as places for soldiers to decompress but developed into other things. Between 1968 and 1972, the Oleo strut became a stronghold of veteran activism, setting up the organizing of boycotts of businesses that exploited soldiers, leading peace marchs, and even publishing an underground newspaper.”
Tucson, Arizona ~ November 1-3
This fall, Courage to Resist will be joining our fiscal sponsor, the Alliance for Global Justice -- and dozens of allied groups and a multitude of activists from around the United States -- for a three-day conference to network and strategize towards a more unified, effective movement for change. Titled "Tear Down the Walls," the gathering recognizes the many facets of social and economic justice transformation called for in our laws and policies, from literal walls such as the U.S. border and prison cell blocks, to divisive forces such as militarism, oppression by race, gender, the criminalization of the poor--the list goes on and on. But most of all, "Tear Down the Walls" will be geared towards erasing the artificial obstacles that prevent those interested in transformative change from working more closely together, across the issues.
Courage to Resist. September 11, 2013
In the past few years, tens of thousands of service members have resisted illegal war and occupation in a number of different ways—by going AWOL, seeking conscientious objector status and/or a discharge, asserting the right to speak out against injustice from within the military, and for a relative few, publicly refusing to fight. We're motivated by a "people power" strategy that we believe can weaken the pillars that maintain war and occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria.
By supporting GI resistance, we hope to diminish the number of troops available for unjust war and occupation. However, Courage to Resist believes in "informed resistance." It's important for service members contemplating public resistance to have a basic understanding of both the benefits and consequences of doing so.
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