Support Army Private Ryan Johnson, Imprisoned a decade after refusing crimes of his country

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Please support US military war resister Ryan by making a tax-deductible donation to his support fund, hosted by Courage to Resist. Doing so will help Ryan through the remainder of his prison sentence, and help Ryan and his wife Jennifer relocate after his release. Donate today:
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We at Courage to Resist are reaching out to you to help imprisoned Army soldier Ryan Johnson and his wife Jenna. We’re helping them get on their feet upon Ryan’s expected May release from Miramar Brig in Southern California. Your support is critical to help them begin their next chapter.

Ryan Johnson hasn’t gotten many easy breaks. He lost his father at the age of three. Growing up he would face years of abuse at the hands of a new stepfather. As a teen Ryan escaped into patterns of drug abuse, self-harm, and finally dropped out of high school. Now he endures insult of military imprisonment after literal injury serving the US armed forces. This pall of unfortunate circumstances doesn’t mean there isn’t light in Ryan’s life. He has persevered, with his compassion, kindness, and conscience intact.

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National Guard to roundup immigrants? Resist!

national guard border patrolCourage to Resist. February 27, 2017

If implemented, a National Guard proposal — contained in an 11-page memo (http://apne.ws/2l1Dj0k ) obtained by the Associated Press last week — would lead to enforcement action against millions of immigrants living nowhere near the Mexican border. Four states that border on Mexico were included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompassed seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Administration officials said the proposal, which called for mobilizing up to 100,000 troops in 11 states, has been rejected for the time being. The Administration believes that President Donald Trump’s draconian immigration policy can be carried out with the National Guard’s help, for now.

Order drops protection for families of deployed military

keep families togetherFrom Nathan Fletcher’s op-ed published in the San Diego Union-Tribune. February 24, 2017

In 2013, the Department of Homeland Security, at the request of the Defense Department, issue a policy memorandum aimed at preventing the deportation of spouses, parents and children of active-duty service members through a program called “Parole in Place.” Put simply, the program allowed immigration authorities to give the immediate family of military service members a temporary reprieve from enforcement actions based on their immigration status. It specifically barred those with criminal convictions from these protections. … [the new Executive Order] casually dispenses with exercises of executive discretion based on a “specified class or category of aliens.” The administration either did not know or did not care that one of these specified classes included military families. Read the op-ed at the San Diego UT

Chelsea Manning news and updates

Chelsea ManningIt’s still hard to believe that we won Chelsea’s (upcoming) freedom. Chelsea remains imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, until May 17th. While she doesn’t have Internet, she remains in touch with supporters via phone—she usually takes time to hear about her Twitter account (@xychelsea), and dictate new posts.

Chelsea’s attorney Chase Strangio has created the official Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund to support Chelsea in the months after her release from prison. The fund has raised over $100,000! Please consider making a contribution.

The final fiscal report of the Chelsea Manning Support Network is now available here [PDF].

In wake of the Chelsea Manning Support Network coming to an end, leading organizer Rainey Reitman shared, “Looking back on 6 year of fighting for Chelsea Manning.” The former chelseamanning.org domain now forwards to luminairity.com Continue reading

Chelsea Manning Support Network comes to an end

Courage to Resist is proud to have served as fiscal manager for the Chelsea Manning Defense Fund for nearly seven years. Those funds provided Chelsea a legal defense team at trial, funded most of her appeals, supported hundreds of events worldwide, and was immensely important to winning Chelsea’s freedom.

A message from the Chelsea Manning Support Network Steering Committee, originally titled “Chelsea Manning Support Network coming to an end”

December 1, 2016

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing the Chelsea Manning Support Network to an end. We will be transferring the ChelseaManning.org domain to representatives of Chelsea Manning on February 1, 2017, and a new website that will launch early in 2017.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many thousands of supporters worldwide who joined together to support this campaign, going all the way back to the days following Chelsea’s arrest in Iraq, June 2010. With your help, we were able to successfully cover 100% of Chelsea Manning’s legal fees throughout her court martial (nearly $400,000) and mount a huge publicity campaign to raise awareness about her situation. We are also deeply proud to have contributed toward the ongoing legal fees associated with Chelsea’s appeal (over $400,000). Continue reading

President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence!

Chelsea Manning Support Network
January 17, 2017

President Obama has commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US Army Intelligence Analyst serving 35-years for releasing classified information. Chelsea’s attorney Nancy Hollander, who spoke with President Obama’s counsel earlier today, confirms that “Chelsea will walk out of Fort Leavenworth a free woman in four months, on May 17th.”

The Chelsea Manning Support Network applauds this decision by outgoing President Barack Obama, and extends our heartfelt gratitude. A commutation can not be reversed by a future president.

“Today’s fantastic news goes a long way to making amends for the brutal treatment Chelsea was illegally subjected to while awaiting trial at the Quantico Marine Brig. It’s tragic that Chelsea had to spend 7-years imprisoned for releasing documents that should never have been classified in the first place, and were clearly in the public interest,” stated Courage to Resist Project Director and Chelsea Manning Support Network co-founder Jeff Paterson. “All of us who worked on Chelsea’s behalf are overjoyed.” Continue reading

‘It’s hard to show the world I exist’

Manning Vice

Chelsea Manning’s Final Plea to Be Seen

By Diana Tourjee, Broadly (Vice). December 29, 2016

In 2010, Chelsea Manning leaked thousands of classified documents in an attempt to shed light on the “true cost of war” in the Middle East. But while other whistleblowers continue to attract media attention and concern, Manning is locked in a maximum-security prison, six years into a 35-year sentence. On the heels of a last appeal to President Obama for clemency, Manning tells Broadly about her struggle for visibility and justice. Continue reading at Broadly (Vice)

Remembering the soldier who stopped the My Lai Massacre

my lai photoDemocracy Now!. December 19, 2016

U.S. military veteran Larry Colburn died on Tuesday of liver cancer at his home in Georgia at the age of 67. He was best known for intervening to stop the 1968 , during the Vietnam War. Colburn was part of a three-person helicopter crew that confronted fellow U.S. soldiers who were slaughtering hundreds of innocent Vietnamese villages. Colburn was 18 years old when he agreed to stand alongside his crew members, Hugh Thompson and Glenn Andreotta. The three threatened to fire on U.S. troops if they continued the massacre.
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An appeal to support the resistance!

trump-dump-550Please consider a year-end, tax-deductible donation today to support the resistance!

We’ll need to come together in 2017, to collectively find the courage to resist the endless torrent of horrendous policies, proposals, and nominations spewing forth daily from the Trump regime. History demands of us a movement of resistance to beat back these horrific attacks on the earth, women, religious and ethnic minorities, immigrants and refugees, LGBT loved ones, the disabled, organized labor, and generally speaking, human decency.

With your help, Courage to Resist will continue to support the troops who refuse to fight. Meanwhile, we’ll be look for ways to expand our mission in order to defend military and government whistle-blowers and conscientious truth-tellers, while opposing the criminalization of dissent and the militarization of police, here in the United States.

resistance-bottom550The undisputed majority of people did not vote for the snake-oil-salesman-in-chief with fascist tendencies. The overwhelming majority of people favor a better world. It’s now painfully clear that it’ll be up to us—a people-powered movement—to make that better world a reality.

Thank you again for your support last year. We hope that you’ll renew your pledge to resist!

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Congress drops draft registration plans for women

November 29, 2016

Lawmakers have officially dropped plans to make women register for the draft, instead opting for a review of the ongoing need for the Selective Service System.

The controversial provision had been part of early drafts of the annual defense authorization bill, and narrowly passed a House Armed Services Committee vote last spring. A Senate panel followed suit a few months later.
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