• Army War College says Courage to Resist impedes recruiting!
  • Kimberly Rivera: Giving birth behind bars

US Army War College says Courage to Resist impedes recruiting

liesBy Mike Mckee, Courage to Resist. March 17, 2014

A recently circulated academic paper from a U.S. Army War College research fellow demonstrates that organizations like Courage to Resist are having a substantive effect on the military’s ability to recruit and retain soldiers.

The paper, titled “Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to US Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead (PDF),” singles out Courage to Resist as a key example of its most formidable opponents that “aim to hinder, deter, or prevent United States Army Recruiters from presenting information and providing opportunities to their target market.”...

Alongside a handful of historic veterans and religious groups, Courage to Resist is singled out as the representative of independent and unaffiliated organizations nationally that “have a negative affect on potential Soldiers in our formations, and the centers of influence in our schools, communities, and religious institutions.”

The War College research goes on to identify ways in which Courage to Resist amplifies the voice of veterans and their often emotional testimony; builds support for dissatisfied members of the armed forces; and assists those in active service in securing release from the military through legal assistance, publicity and referrals.


Giving birth behind bars

kimWar resister Kimberly Rivera struggles with privacy and proper care for her family

By Bob Meola and Michael McKee, Courage to Resist. March 10, 2014

It was her maternal instincts that first landed Kimberly Rivera at odds with her role serving in Iraq. Six years later, the army used her most basic human right as an expecting mother to make an example of other soldiers who might fall out of line.

After returning to the United States after five years in Canadian exile with her family (husband Mario and four children), Kimberly, then pregnant with their fifth, was arrested and sentenced to 10 months in brig. Despite public pressure for leniency and Amnesty International recognizing her as a prisoner of conscience, Kimberly was denied even a meager 45-day early release to give birth and bond with her new son outside of prison.

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