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On organizing with the American Serviceman’s Union: “I thought, what could I be doing that’s more effective than helping the GIs organize to stay out of this war.”
“Four of us from the same platoon desert[ed] together, which is the ultimate military crime,” shares Ward Reilly, US Army Vietnam era GI resister
“It’s very hard for people to believe that their country would try to kill them,” explains former National Guard member Zels Johnson.
“I told my command officer that I wasn’t going to, I was refusing my orders [to Vietnam] … In his rage, he thought if he court-martialed me, he’d have to stay in the Army past his discharge date.”
Berkeley, California: Report and photos from the 13th Annual “Berkeley C.O. and War Resisters’ Day” and Peace Flag raising.
Air Force vet, intel analyst turned anti-war activist arrested and charged with violating the Espionage Act.
Emergency support needed at the Venezuela Embassy in DC – “Their coups failed in Venezuela so they are trying one here.”
Michael Uhl led a combat intelligence team with the 11th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam during 1968-69. Afterwards, he helped expose the Phoenix Program.
“Nothing that will convince me to testify before this or any other grand jury for that matter.” – Chelsea Manning
The Boys Who Said NO! is an upcoming documentary profiling the young people who actively opposed conscription in order to end the draft and the Vietnam War.
Podcast (VN-E09): “I was part of a war that I came to see as unjust, immoral, illegal” – David Cortright
“Speaking out against [the war], as an active-duty GI, would incur some risks. I might have to pay a price, but I had to do it because business as usual was not an option.”
Former Selective Service director says the program no longer works, the database is hopelessly inaccurate, and that it should be shut down entirely.
“We were holding demonstrations, and sometimes the demonstrations became very militant. Yet, the war kept on going.”
By Randy Rowland. Don’t blame Venezuela for the US economic war being waged against it. We are witnessing a US siege.
“The My Lai Massacre hit the front pages…. I went and turned myself in to the Presidio stockade, and refused orders to Vietnam.”
“Why didn’t I intervene and stop this guy from smacking around this papasan or these guys from gang raping this 16-year-old villager? Why didn’t I stop that? I didn’t.”
“… and they asked my friend and I did we want to go to Chicago the next day for a Black Panther rally. That was the night I became a revolutionary.”
“You know what Commander, I’m not going to be doing that … I don’t know if you’ve noticed it over here, but we’re not the good guys,” declared Lt. Gene Marx to his XO in Vietnam.
“There was a lot of guilt that I didn’t have the courage to stand up on the day that we killed those people,” explains Paul Cox.
“Before You Enlist!” (2018), a short video that provides a rational voice to counter often deceptive US military recruiting practices.
“It wasn’t like I planned to be a resister or a troublemaker or anything of the sort,” explains Randy Rowland, an organizer of the “Presidio 27 Mutiny.”
Jailed for refusing to collaborate with the WikiLeaks grand jury, Chelsea declared “I will not comply with this, or any other grand jury.”
We’re seeking individuals who took a stand of some kind against war in general, or a specific war, while in uniform, or who refused to be drafted.
Now that a federal court has ruled unconstitutional the current men-only draft, the system will either have to expanded to women or ended for all.