contentKimberly Rivera facing Canada deportation
Courage to Resist is preparing to do everything possible to support Iraq War veteran turned resister Kimberly Rivera and her family if deported as scheduled Sept. 20th.

In memory of Joshua Casteel
Joshua was a interrogator at the now-infamous Abu Ghraib prison when we told is command he intended to seek discharge as a conscientious objector. He was sent to work Abu Ghraib's toxic burn pit. It likely killed him.

Nationwide protests for Bradley Thursday!
Dozens of cities to hold events at Obama 2012 offices; Bradley's attorney formally files for dismissal of all charges based on illegal treatment--hearing scheduled for Nov. 27; court martial scheduled to begin Feb. 4th, 2013--by then, Bradley will have been jailed for nearly a thousand days.


Kimberly facing Sept. 20 Canada deportation

kimberlyBy Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press. August 31, 2012

TORONTO - An American soldier who fled to Canada after she became disillusioned with the Iraq war is weighing her legal options after a ruling that would have her deported to the U.S.

"My biggest fear is being separated from my children and having to sit in a prison for politically being against the war in Iraq," Kimberly Rivera (center of photo) told a news conference Friday.

Rivera was joined by a number of groups, including the War Resisters Support Campaign, Amnesty International and the Canadian Labour Congress, who urged Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to let Rivera, her husband and their four children stay in Canada.

More info from the War Resisters Support Campaign (Canada)

In memory of Joshua Casteel

joshuaBy Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist. August 31, 2012

An Arabic translator, Joshua Casteel (left in photo) deployed to Iraq with the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion in 2004. He served as an prisoner interrogator at the now-infamous Abu Ghraib prison from June 2004 to January 2005. During his deployment, Joshua told his command about his intention to apply for a conscientious objector discharge. His command at Abu Ghraib assigned him to the "non-combat" role of working at the massive and toxic burn pit. Into this burn pit went plastic, rubber, body parts and other medical waste, and all manner of other garbage. It burned 24/7. After his return stateside, Joshua was eventually honorably discharged as a conscientious objector in May 2005. Joshua was diagnosed less than a year ago with stage IV lung cancer. This cancer was already present in his liver, spine and adrenals. He died in New York City a few days ago on August 25, 2012. He was 32 years old. Joshua believed that the cancer was a direct result of his burn pit duty, yet he explained, "I have a certain sense of relief that I get to share in the sufferings of the Iraqis. We were conducting those burn pits in agricultural fields.... Americans are gaining awareness of the impacts of burn pits on soldiers, but not the impact they will have on Iraqi civilians." Joshua's courage to resist was unsurpassed.

Read more about Joshua at

Nationwide protests for Bradley Thursday!

manningDozens of cities have responded to the call made by the Bradley Manning Support Network, Afghans For Peace and SF Bay Iraq Veterans Against the War Call for Nationwide Actions at local Obama Campaign Offices this Thursday, September 6th 2012 in support of Bradley Manning during the Democratic National Convention! Read the original call-to-action here.

Meanwhile, Bradley's attorney David Coombs formally filed for dismissal of all charges based on Bradley's illegal mistreatment at the Quantico Marine Brig last year.

Based on the outcome of last week's hearing at Fort Meade, the new court martial schedule is as follows:

  • October 17-18: witness list to be argued for defense’s speedy trial motion
  • October 29 – November 2: defense’s motion to dismiss for lack of a speedy trial; witnesses for Article 13 unlawful pretrial punishment motion hearing
  • November 27 – December 2: defense’s motion to dismissed based on Bradley’s illegal treatment at Quantico
  • December 10 – 14: witnesses and evidentiary issues for trial
  • January 14 – 18: how the court will handle classified information during trial, likely either with closed sessions or coded language to avoid “spillages” of secret information
  • January 28 – 29: any remaining pretrial motions
  • January 30: questioning of potential jury members
  • February 4 – March 15: court martial trial