Successful nationwide actions!
Vigils and delegations visited eight Canadian consulates across the
United States last Friday to ask that U.S. war resisters by
allowed to stay in Canada. Supporters
in Washington DC, NYC, SF, Seattle, LA, Dallas, Philadelphia,
and Minneapolis. Photos and reports
resisters in German prison
Germans launch international
campaign for U.S. war resisters confined in Mannheim Prison for refusing
Afghanistan deployment. Send
letters to Andrew Hegerty, Jeffrey Gauntt, and
James Blanks today—all with
Army's 173rd Airborne based in Italy.
war resister audio interviews
Courage to Resist presents three new interviews: Marine Reservist
Matt Mishler, Army PFC Robin Long facing
deportation from Canada, and victim of sexual harassment Jackie
Also: Portland's "Street Roots" reports on
tour with Courage to Resist organizer David Solnit and Iraq vet Chanan
Suarez Diaz. Disarming
Force—Opponents of military recruitment tactics and the Iraq war
organize to create an “army of none” by Joel Preston Smith
Successful actions at eight
Canadian Consulates nationwide
support war resisters
Los Angeles vigil outside of the Canadian Consulate. 1/25/08
"It's great that people all across Canada and the US are coming
show support for the war resisters," said Patrick Hart, a former
sergeant in the US Army who came to Canada in 2005 with his family.
family could be told we have to go back to the States anytime now. We
just want to be able to live here in peace and raise our son, Rian. We
hope that the politicians will let us do that."
Jose Vasquez speaks to the media outside of the Canadian Consulate in New
York City 1/25/08. Photo: Steve Theberge/War Resisters League
say, "Let War Resisters Stay"
Canadian Broadcast Corp.
January 26, 2007
The following day on Saturday, January 26, the War Resisters Support
Campaign (Canada) staged a Canada-wide mobilization to ensure that
deportation proceedings against U.S. war resisters cease immediately, and
to support a sanctuary provision.
If you have not already done so, please sign the letter,
Let U.S. War Resisters Stay" today. Although we delivered
thousands of petitions and letters to
Canadian Consulates across the country last Friday, it far from too late
to get involved. We still need to make our voices heard before the issue is
taken up by the full House of Commons in Ottawa—possibly within a few
Reports and photos from around the country
Solidarity campaign for GI
resisters in German prison
Lori Hurlebaus of Courage to Resist,
Chris Capps of IVAW, and Gulf War objector Aimee Allison, during October
2007 speaking tour of Germany
Germans launch international solidarity campaign for U.S. war
resisters confined in Mannheim Prison for refusing Afghanistan
BERLIN, GERMANY (January 30, 2008)—When Iraq veteran and
conscientious objector Agustín Aguayo was confined in the U.S.
military prison in Mannheim, Germany from October 2006 until April 2007, he
received hundreds of post cards and letters from German supporters. On
December 21, 2007, when Agustín was awarded a German peace prize in
Stuttgart, he told an audience of hundreds how much the letters and post
cards—many in broken English—will always mean to him.
Now Germans are launching a nationwide initiative to send postcards and
letters to three U.S. soldiers who have been confined in Mannheim since
this past fall for refusing deployment to Afghanistan: Andrew
Hegerty, Jeffrey Gauntt, and James Blanks. The
three GIs are all members of the 173rd Airborne, which is presently
deployed to Afghanistan and previously fought in Iraq. The 173rd Airborne
is headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, and has units in Schweinfurt and in
Bamberg, Germany. Vicenza has been the site of massive Italian and European
protest demonstrations against U.S. plans to enlarge the military
Andrew Hegerty, age 19, will be confined in the U.S.
prison in Mannheim, Germany, until about August 2008 and will receive a
dishonorable discharge for desertion and for failure to follow a lawful
order. Andrew was stationed in Vicenza, Italy, and was deployed to
Afghanistan from May to September 2007. In September, while on a leave
in Vicenza, he went absent without leave. He visited his family in
Wisconsin, then turned himself in at Fort Knox, Kentucky, hoping for a
discharge. However, the Army sent him back to Vicenza. There he refused
an order to take part in a meeting to prepare to return to Afghanistan.
At his court martial in November 2007, in Vicenza, Andrew pled guilty
to charges of desertion and failure to follow an order. He told the
court, “I’m not really able to pull the trigger and shoot
Andrew Hegerty, Unit 29723, Box LL, APO, AE 09028-9723,
Jeffrey Gauntt will be confined in the U.S. military
in Mannheim until about April 2008 for going AWOL and for missing
deployment. He pled guilty to the charges at a court martial in October
2007 in Vicenza. Jeffrey has not been in combat. He was stationed in
Vicenza and left his unit on May 21, 2007, the day before his unit
deployed to Afghanistan. On June 19, he turned himself in at the U.S.
military base in Rota, Spain. His punishment is ten months in jail,
loss of all pay and benefits, and a bad-conduct discharge.
Jeffrey Gauntt, Unit 29723, Box LL, APO, AE 09028-9723,
James Blanks will be confined in the U.S. military
Mannheim for about another month for going AWOL, missing his unit’s
deployment to Afghanistan, and disobeying orders. He pled guilty to the
charges at a court martial in September 2007 in Vicenza. James was
stationed in Bamberg, Germany and left his unit on April 20, 2007. His
battalion left for Afghanistan on May 17, but James did not return to
Bamberg until May 21. He briefly deployed to Afghanistan before
traveling to Vicenza to face charges. He will forfeit pay and receive a
James Blanks, Unit 29723, Box LL, APO, AE 09028-9723,
Read more, send letters online
Courage to Resist
presents three new
Marine reservist Matt Mishler (photo right)
speaks about his deeply-held religious
belief that killing is wrong and his efforts to be discharged from the
Marines as a conscientious objector.
Army Pfc. Robin Long (photo left) went to
Canada rather than deploy to Iraq. Last October
he narrowly—and temporarily —avoided being deported. Now his
deportation may be imminent. Long spoke on the phone with Courage to
Resist from Ontario.
When her son was being recruited by the U.S. Army, Jackie
became the target of military recruiters, who blatantly requested
sexual favors from her. She tells her story to Courage to Resist.
Listen online at couragetoresist.org/audio