Federal judge halts Lt. Watada retrial!
Federal judge in Tacoma delays court-martial of Lt. Watada so that double jeopardy issues can be addressed. If a retrial is allowed to go forward, it could be held as soon as October 26.

Robin Long released after Canada hearing!
U.S. war resister in Canada released Wednesday after a hearing at the Vancouver offices of Immigration. Robin was facing immediate deportation—thanks to everybody who took action!

Army of None - The Book, The Tour
"An Army of None: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End War, and Build a Better World" by Courage to Resist's David Solnit and objector Aimee Allison. National tour underway!

Message from Carlos Arredondo
Gold Star Father : "After Alex was killed in Iraq, my ex-wife told me that he didn't want to go back ... If I had known about Courage to Resist, Alex might be alive today." Donate


Federal judge halts Lt. Watada court martial!

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Lt. Watada with father Bob and step-mother Rosa during first pre-trial hearing on Ft. Lewis, Aug 2006

By Mike Barber, Seattle Post-Intelligencer. October 5, 2007

A federal judge in Tacoma has delayed the court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, a Fort Lewis Army officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq.

In a rare intervention of a civilian court in the military justice system, U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle granted the emergency stay (PDF) shortly before close of business Friday. Watada's trial, slated to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, is now postponed until at least Oct. 26, the judge ruled.

In granting the stay at 4:48 p.m., Settle determined that he has jurisdiction under federal law to grant the stay and that Watada's claim that a second-trial amounts to double jeopardy is not frivolous and "has merit" for consideration.

Also: Editorial Board of the Seattle Post Intelligencer has called for Ehren's release from the Army today "without further ado," and Amnesty International declares conviction would be a violation of rights.

"The irreparable harm suffered by being put to a trial a second time in violation of the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment stems not just from being subjected to double punishment but also from undergoing a second trial proceeding," Settle wrote in quoting case law.

watadaWatada's lawyers, Jim Lobsenz and Ken Kagan of the Seattle firm Carney Badley Spellman, have argued that the circumstances of a mistrial declared in Watada's court-martial in February result in double jeopardy -- being tried twice for the same charge.

The mistrial was declared over Watada's objections and after a panel of military officers acting as a jury had heard evidence but not begun deliberations.

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Robin Long released after Canada hearing!

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US Iraq War resister Robin Long

By War Resisters Support Campaign and Courage to Resist. October 3, 2007 Update

U.S. war resister Robin Long was released Wednesday, October 3rd after a hearing at the Vancouver offices of Immigration Canada.

Thank you to everybody who faxed, phoned and emailed in support of Robin! [October 2nd Action Alert: Stop the Deportation of Robin Long]

He still faces a pre-removal risk assessment which could lead to deportation at a later time so the fight is not over yet. But the enormous public pressure in support of Robin's release undoubtedly helped ensure that he was not deported immediately.

We need to keep up the pressure on Canadian politicians for a political solution to the plight of US war resisters. Canada should make a provision for them all to be allowed to stay.

It is urgent that everyone who supports the right of US war resisters to stay in Canada immediately contact Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Diane Finley and Leader of the Liberal Party Stéphane Dion and request that they make a provision to allow U.S. war resisters to stay in Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
80 Wellington Street, Ottawa K1A 0A2, CANADA
Fax: 613-941-6900 | Email: pm@pm.gc.ca

Minister of Citizenship & Immigration Diane Finley
Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1, CANADA
Phone: 613-954-1064 (between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.)
Email: Minister@cic.gc.ca

Stéphane Dion, leader of the Liberal Party
81 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6M8, CANADA
Phone: 613-996-5789 | Email: dion.s@parl.gc.ca

Note that a once ounce First Class International letter from the U.S. to Canada requires 69 cents postage. For more information and to donate in support of our U.S. war resisters in Canada: War Resisters Support Campaign


"Army of None" The book, the tour

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An Army of None: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End War, and Build a Better World

A new book by Courage to Resist organizer David Solnit and Gulf War objector and Gulf War objector Aimee Allison from Seven Stories Press.

Available now from Courage to Resist for a $20 donation—that's $5 more than the cover price, but without any additional charges like shipping and handling.

Every day in the United States, military recruiters enter the halls of high schools equipped with a goodie bag of promises and free copies of the US Army's official new video game, America's Army. Assurances of non-combat positions and college money made largely to teens of color and low-income communities rarely materialize upon real-life service.

An Army of None is a comprehensive guide to counter-recruitment campaigns-from personal counseling to legislative change to direct action. More hands-on and sustainable than other antiwar activities, the counter-recruitment movement offers a provocative vision for the future and has the potential to create deep positive social change and de-militarize our schools, country, and the world at large.

army on noneAn Army of None is an unprecedented and practical resource for activists, containing compelling photos and artwork, spoken word, sample fact sheets, how-to guides, lobbying directions, resource lists, and ideas for direct action. It provides a frightening look into the world of military recruitment that everyone in the United States should know about, and the hopeful stories, inspiration, and tools necessary to do something about it.

Anti-war, global justice and arts organizer DAVID SOLNIT was a main organizer in the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999 and in San Francisco the day after Iraq was invaded in 2003. He is the editor of "Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World" and a member of the Courage to Resist organizing collective. After serving four years as a combat medic in the Army Reserves, AIMEE ALLISON earned an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector during the Persian Gulf War. She now serves on the steering committee of San Francisco’s College Not Combat Initiative.

Upcoming tour dates include: Mon Oct 8 - Richmond, VA * Tue Oct 9 - College Park, MD * Wed Oct 10 - Swarthmore, PA * Fri Oct 12 - New York, NY * Sat Oct 13 - New Haven and Hartford, CT * Tue Oct 16  - Rochester, NY * Wed Oct 17 - Troy NY * Thu Oct 18 - Syracuse, NY



A message from Carlos Arredondo

Carlos Arredondo publicly expresses his grief

Gold Star Father

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.

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