| Support Winter Soldier: Iraq &
From March 13-16, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War members will gather
near Washington DC to disclose the realities of U.S. war policy. They need
There are many ways to help.
Students rally against recruiting
Berkeley, California students put pro-war, right-wing mob on defensive.
City Council refuses to back down from
anti-military recruiting position. Courage to
Resist report, photos, and video from the front.
(ret.) event video, book
Cindy Sheehan and Daniel Ellsberg recently joined former diplomat Col. Ann
at an Oakland event—here's the 7 min. highlight
video. Also: Col. Wright's new book "Dissent: Voices of
Conscience" now available from Courage to Resist.
resisters in military brig
Andrew Hegerty and Jeffrey Gauntt with the Army's 173rd Airborne remain
imprisoned in Mannheim Prison (Germany) for refusing Afghanistan
Canada: Let U.S. War Resisters Stay" (link only)
If you have not already done so, please sign the letter online today.
Support Winter Soldier: Iraq
End the war. Support the troops who oppose
From March 13-16, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
members will gather near Washington DC to disclose the realities of
U.S. war policy in a public investigation called "Winter Soldier:
and Afghanistan." Continuing in a long tradition of courage, veterans
and civilian survivors of both occupations will give public testimony
and share eyewitness stories that have been censored from the American
public about the true human cost of these occupations.
Sign the Statement of support
“We Support the Troops Who Oppose the War: Truth, honesty and
integrity are essential components to a functioning democracy.
Concerned veterans are taking it upon themselves to make their
experiences available to everyone who cares about the direction of our
country. Soldiers and Marines are not to blame for the suffering of the
people of Iraq and Afghanistan. These veterans stories will indicate
that responsibility belongs to those in the seat of power and the
problem goes much deeper than the atrocities of Abu Ghraib and
—from the Winter Soldier Statement of Support
Read and sign
the Winter Soldier Statement of Support
here, and encourage friends, family, coworkers and members of your
group to sign it as well.
Order free promotional postcards
Winter Soldier promotional postcards are now available without
charge. As part of Courage to Resist's efforts to support Winter
Soldier, we are working with IVAW to facilitate the production and
distribution of two-sided, full-color 6" x 4" promotional cards
(pictured above right). We suggest ordering between 25 and 250 to start
with. Please order only as many as you can actually distribute, but
hurry as supplies are limited and the hearings are only days away. Order postcards
Attend or organize a local Winter Soldier
Check the Winter Soldier events
calendar for events near you.
If nothing is yet scheduled locally, think about organizing the local
event yourself! If you do, make sure to post your
event on the calendar so others can find it and so that you get
additional information as it becomes available.
There will be a number of ways to get a live audio/video feeds
from the Washington DC hearings to present at your local event. Live
television broadcasts via satellite tv will be accessible via Dish
Network as well as public access stations that choose to carry the
broadcast (Friday and Saturday only). Contact your local public access
stations and encourage them to broadcast Winter Soldier (satellite
details available soon). A live video stream will be available from the
IVAW website Thursday through Sunday. Live radio broadcasts will be
aired on KPFA in Northern California and other Pacifica member stations
nationwide Friday through Sunday. A live internet audio stream will be
available via KPFA's website Friday
through Sunday. For up-to-date technical information regarding live feeds,
visit IVAW's Winter Soldier
Many other ways to support Winter Soldier
hear for more information from Courage to Resist about how to:
- Donate to Iraq Veterans Against the War and Winter Soldier
- Help spread the word
- Tell your elected officials to bear witness to Winter Soldier
- Make this a story covered by your local media
- Provide emotional support for veterans and GI's
- Use Winter Soldier testimonies to help end the war
- Attending the Washington DC hearings
students rally against recruiting
Berkeley students put pro-war, right-wing mob on
Berkeley CA military recruiting protests February
12, 2008. Photos: Jeff Paterson for Courage to Resist
Courage to Resist. February 19, 2008
For months, the anti-war women’s group CodePink staged near-daily
protests outside of a Marine recruiting station in downtown Berkeley,
California. These gatherings became a part of the local landscape.
However, vigil-as-usual ended when the Berkeley City Council voted to
officially endorse these ongoing protests and to send a letter to the
Marine recruiters asking them to leave town. Right-wing radio rallied
their listeners to “punish” the city, and anti-military
advocates rallied to defend the council’s actions.
National right-wing groups such as Move America Forward and their
media outlets attacked the council vote. U.S. Senator Jim DeMint
(R-South Carolina) and five other Republican senators moved to
introduce the “Semper Fi Act” that would cut off over $2
federal funds to Berkeley, including a public school lunch program. A
Republican State Assemblyman pledged to try to deny Berkeley over $3
million in state funds for road repairs. While these moves have little
chance of succeeding, they effectively placed the council on notice
that "the powers that be" were not happy.
A showdown of epic proportions (even for Berkeley) ensued around
Berkeley City Hall February 12. With out-of-town pro-war individuals
descending on Berkeley to intimidate the City Council for its anti-war
position, Courage to Resist joined CodePink, ANSWER Coalition, World
Can’t Wait, Veterans for Peace and other community groups to
over a thousand people to support the council’s opposition to the
War and military recruiting—and continue the struggle to oppose
military recruiting in our community. Knowing that pro-war,
pro-recruiting people intended to begin their rally before dawn,
anti-war groups set up a 24-hour encampment on the City Hall lawn
beginning the night before.
Beginning at 5:00 am sharp, the two sides squared off against each
other with opposing arguments, chants and signage. Anti-war,
pro-impeachment, anti-torture, and GI resistance pickets on one side;
slogans such as “waterboard liberals”, "try burning this
asshole", and “free speech for Marines” on the other.
Pro-war supporters had to clarify that they were not actually
advocating for an expansion of GI rights, but only that Marine
recruiters and commanders should have limitless “free speech”
recruit and advocate for endless war and occupation. Indeed, the
Pentagon purchases $6 billion of “free speech” advertising on
These supporters of “the troops AND THEIR MISSIONS”
as far away as Georgia and Colorado to force a retreat by the council.
Their numbers grew to a few hundred by the end of the day. However, it
was hundreds of Berkeley High students that left their campus down the
street to courageously and defiantly surround and hound the pro-war
mobilization that really set the tone and put the right-wing
mobilization on the defensive.
Throughout the day and into the evening, groups of anti-war,
anti-recruiting students loudly debated intimidating-looking motorcycle
clubbers, right-war ideologs, and a handful of young
with riot police moving in to push back the students.
Dissent: Voices of Conscience
Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in
A new book by former diplomat and Army Colonel
(ret.) Ann Wright features the stories of a number of
Iraq War GI resisters. Published by Koa Books (paperback, 278 pages) with
a forward by Daniel Ellsberg, this important book government insiders
to the Constitution ultimately transcended partisan politics.
Now available from
Courage to Resist for a $20 donation.
"Talk about an organization that is really helping the men and
who are in our military. They are there when these men and women take
their stands of conscience," says Col. Wright (ret.) of Courage to