A Decade of Supporting Resisters
Since 2007, Courage to Resist has supported the troops who refused to fight, or who faced consequences for acting on conscience, in opposition to illegal wars, occupations, the policies of empire abroad and martial law at home. Our People Power strategy weakens the pillars that perpetuate these causes of immense violence. By supporting military resistance, counter-recruitment, and draft resistance, we intend to cut off the supply of troops for war, while pledging resistance to the policies of hate, repression, and the militarization of policing domestically. We are autonomous from and independent of any political organization, party or group.
Please consider a end-of-year tax-deductible donation to support our next decade.
"Courage to Resist is an amazing organization that has really helped my wife and I in our time of need. Please consider donating so they can continue doing this great work."
Ryan was recently released from the US Army after having been AWOL for a decade, after refusing to deploy to Iraq.
"I've had the Honor to work with Courage to Resist for many years, and on many successful campaigns. As a former member of the Active-Duty GI Resistance during the Viet Nam era, I only wish that there had been an organization such as Courage to Resist when I deserted with three of my fellow infantry-platoon members. Until this nation ends its criminal invasions, occupations, and militarism in general, which destroy EVERYONE that they touch, we will always need such outstanding organizations as Courage to Resist.
Please support them in any way that you can.
Few things are more important than supporting military resistance, especially today."
Ward lives in Baton Rouge. During the US war in Vietnam, he was attached to 1st Bn.,16th Infantry–1st I.D.
"There is no question in my mind that Chelsea Manning is free today directly because of the tireless work of the amazing people at Courage to Resist!
Their work is critical.
Our freedom and democracy depend on the witness of war resisters and whistleblowers, and Courage to Resist has shown time and time again that war resisters and whistleblowers can depend on them."
Maria is the Exec. Dir. of the Center on Conscience & War.
"Let us celebrate the liberation of Chelsea Manning, who will have served seven years in prison for courageously revealing evidence of war crimes. And a shout out to Courage to Resist and so many others across the country who were instrumental in gaining Chelsea's freedom."
Marjorie is a Veterans for Peace Advisory Board Member and co-author of "Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent" (with Kathleen Gilberd). She is an emerita professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego.
ANN WRIGHT, COL., US ARMY (RET.)
"I was one of three US diplomats who resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. As I resigned my career on principle against an illegal war, I fully support the right of US military personnel who, in acts of conscience, refuse to go to a war of aggression, a war crime.
While I could resign my career with no consequences other than not having a job, military personnel who take their stand of conscience face certain imprisonment. Taking a stand of conscience against an illegal war while in the US military requires courage and bravery.
I proudly support those who take such a stand."
Ann received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997 after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone. She was a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara, was part of the Gaza flotilla. Ann currently travels the world as a peace advocate.
"Thank you to Courage to Resist for working long-term on supporting some of the bravest and most effective resistance to war we have seen.
You've worked strategically and morally. As difficult as many Americans find it to speak out publicly against a war that is constantly promoted by their televisions and supported by their neighbors, that difficulty is as nothing beside the onslaught faced by military service men and women who obey the law, the law that requires them to disobey illegal orders. Courage to Resist is well-named.
Resistance from within the military requires tremendous courage.
Organizing in support of resisters requires courage and hard work, and it is some of the most valuable work being done today by anyone anywhere.
Ending the current US policy of waging aggressive wars is the key moral issue facing the globe, and the key impediment to it is the pretense that the wars are being waged on behalf of the men and women sent to kill and die and be wounded.
When some of those men and women speak up, it gives the world hope."
David is an author, activist, journalist and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org.
"I have the utmost respect and gratitude for the work of Courage to Resist: providing unwavering and unconditional support for Chelsea Manning, in both words and deeds, long before that became 'fashionable' or widespread; conveying and amplifying the messages of resisters in their own words, not trying to speak for them; and calling attention to and providing support for other less-publicized resisters.
Courage to Resist is a model for what support of resistance can and should be, and of the ways that collective and individual actions can reinforce each other in a common cause."
Edward was imprisoned from 1983-1984 for organizing resistance to Selective Service registration and support for other draft registration resisters.
S BRIAN WILLSON
"In a society like the US where virtually every foreign intervention, everywhere, is grotesquely illegal and criminal, the most effective resistance is from the soldiers themselves, those who choose to refuse to follow the illegal orders at great personal risk to themselves.
To nourish and sustain this noble disobedience requires solidarity with and awareness of other soldiers thinking the same way, and supporters outside the military, who will cover your back in a variety of ways. Courage to Resist serves this function well, and is indispensable to continued, and expanded resistance within the military to the egregious military polices of the United States."
Brian is a Vietnam veteran, peace activist, and attorney-at-law. Brian served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970, including several months as a combat security officer in Vietnam.
"I've worked with Courage now for six years.
One of the best decisions Chelsea Manning Support Network ever made was hooking up with them.
They are amazing.
I can't sing their praises enough.
I became a regular donor."
Rainey is a writer and privacy advocate. She leads the advocacy team for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization, and works as a nonprofit consultant.
"I continue to be so impressed by the leadership of Courage to Resist in building a broad movement to free Chelsea Manning. I am also thankful to the many members of Veterans For Peace who stood solidly with Private Manning, barely blinking an eye when Bradley became Chelsea.
We wish her the best possible life.
We will continue to support war resisters and whistleblowers."
Gerry serves on the Veterans for Peace Board of Directors. He has been a leading advocate for military war resisters since the US war in Vietnam.
"After Alex was killed in Iraq, my ex-wife told me that he didn't want to go back.
Alex never shared that with me even though I guess I sensed it.
I wouldn't have known what to tell him.
If I had known about Courage to Resist, Alex might be alive today."
Carlos' son Marine L/Cpl Alex Arredondo was killed in action on August 25, 2004 in An Najaf, Iraq.
"Meeting Courage to Resist late December 2014, early January 2015, feels like that may have—there are a lot of turning points in my life—but that was a turning point during my conscientious objection process.
Because up until then I didn't know that I was going to make it.
But I met Courage to Resist and things turned around and my networks broadened tremendously and I got thing incredible love and support that I was missing."
Jacob was recently discharged from the US Marine Corps as a Conscientious Objector.
HOWARD ZINN (1922-2010)
"I would urge people to support Courage to Resist in whatever way they can.
I can think of nothing more important in stopping the war in Iraq than for the soldiers themselves to refuse to fight.
As a veteran myself I know how difficult it is to break out of the stranglehold the military has on one's mind, and how much courage that takes.
Those who make such a decision need all the support we can give them, and Courage to Resist does just that."
Howard was an American historian, playwright, and social activist.
He was a political science professor at Boston University who wrote more than twenty books, including his best-selling and influential "A People's History of the United States."