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Podcast: “I’m requesting discharge-not noncombatant status” – Kyle Toon
“Kyle, everything that you’re telling me right now, you fit the mold of a conscientious objector,” and I was speechless.
Podcast (GW-E06): Erik Larsen – Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience
“Wow, that was shocking. What is my response as a Christian to the US support of this sort of stuff?” Threatened with death penalty for refusing to kill.
Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale needs your support
Updates and how to help: Write to Daniel at the detention center in Alexandria, ask President Biden to pardon Daniel, donate, and more.
Podcast (GW-E05): “Well, You’re a Conscientious Objector” – Dan Fahey
“I was shocked that he got…a whole group of guys to chant, ‘Kill’. But after that, it made me see…I don’t really want to kill anyone.” Gulf War 30 years.
NSA whistleblower Reality Winner released from prison!
Reality Winner, a former intelligence contractor convicted of leaking a report about Russian interference in the US election in 2016, has finally been released from prison.
Podcast (VN-E42): “They did it of their own volition” – Dissenting POWs
Featuring Tom Wilber & Jerry Lembcke — “The POWs who came out against the war … as far as anything they said … they did so as a matter of conscience.”
House holds hearing on draft registration
A House Armed Service Committee hearing heard from witnesses on only one side of the debate over whether to end draft registration or extend it to women.
Podcast (VN-E41): “I was trying to put the army on trial” – Steve Morse
“I challenged the army … This time I did dissent and went to the stockade,” shared Steve who joined the Army to organize against the war from within.
Celebrate International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, May 15th
For International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, Celebrate the 15th Annual Berkeley C.O. and War Resisters’ Day on May 15th, wherever you are! Friends, below is the resolution passed by the Berkeley City Council, in 2007, designating May 15th, every year, as Berkeley...
Podcast: “Falsely accused of being a spy” – former Chaplain James Yee
“I was objecting to the abuse of prisoners [and] forwarding complaints … I had issues with how prisoners were being tortured at Guantanamo.”
Feminists Against the Draft panel discussion
Intersectional Feminist Perspectives on the Draft Discussion – Politics of Inclusion, Compulsion, or Progress? Organized by Dartmouth College activists.
Support the ‘Selective Service Repeal Act’ introduced in Congress
Support the Selective Service Repeal Act of 2021 (HR 2509 & S 139) introduced in Congress with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.
Podcast (GW-E04): “It was a real snarl” – David Wiggins
Capt. David Wiggins went on a hunger strike, publicly resigned his commission, and eventually stopped obeying all orders while deployed for the Gulf War.
Former U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug on Women and Draft Registration
Today, forcing women to register for the draft is again in front of congress. This statement on behalf of a group of feminist leaders is again urgent.
Petition to free Daniel Hale; Pled to one charge of drone whistleblowing
Daniel entered a guilty plea yesterday for whistleblowing and exposing extrajudicial assassinations by US drones. Facing decades in prison.
Podcast (VN-E40): “We started to unite” – Cleve Andrew Pulley
“We did not renounce the use of those constitutional rights simply because we were soldiers” – Andrew Pulley of the “Fort Jackson 8” anti-war GI defendants.
‘Full & Fair’ Hearing Needed Before Expanding Draft Reg to Women – or End It
Military conscription is a bad idea that just won’t die – and right now it’s under active consideration in Congress. Update from Edward Hasbrouck.
To Climate Envoy John Kerry: Center Militarism in Climate Talks
We ask, “How do we ask millions of people to die as a result of a climate catastrophe fueled by endless war and militarism?”
Podcast: “What we could do to harness our power” – Jonathan Hutto
Inspired by the Vietnam Era GI Resistance Movement, Jonathan co-founded Appeal for Redress so that active duty US military personnel could speak out.
Podcast (GW-E03): “Still remember it like it was an hour ago” – Charles Sheehan-Miles
His traumatic experiences in heavy fighting in Iraq during Desert Storm led Charles Sheehan-Miles to become a conscientious objector.
January 2021 National Newsletter now available!
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Opportunities and challenges after Trump coup fail
Year end fundraising campaign. Will you support the troops who refuse illegal orders? Our January 2021 Newsletter PDF.
Biden transition leans toward expanding required military draft registration
Biden transition likely includes planning for the expansion of Selective Service (mediatory military draft) registration to women.
Ending the War on Afghanistan: The U.S. war on Afghanistan is in its 19th year
A World Beyond War webinar recording featuring US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.) as moderator. Panelists: Kathy Kelly, Matthew Hoh, Rory Fanning, Danny Sjursen, and Arash Azizzada.