Update and appeal for continued support
June 8, 2009
From Adam Szyper-Seibert
In the past few months we
have heard that war is ending, that change has come and that we can all relax
and have faith that there is peace on the horizon. With over 125,000 troops already
participating in the wars and occupation of Iraq
all the peoples of these countries are affected by the violence and devastation
of unlawful occupation, and our troops continue to live in harm's way with no
end in sight.
With even more troops
being readied for deployment to these regions, these "changes" toward
a peaceful solution are neither evident nor relevant to either the troops or
the native citizens of these occupied nations who face the reality of a
"no change agenda". For those
soldiers of conscience who choose to resist this continuation of war and
occupation against all laws and moral reasoning - Courage to Resist is there
However, even as we take
more and more phone calls and receive increasing amounts of emails and other
forms of contact from resisting service members, Courage to Resist is having
difficulty raising the funds to continue our vital mission to support the
troops who refuse to fight.
harsh economic times, the number of people assisting us to continue the work of
providing legal council, moral support and aid to resisters has not diminished. However, donations have been reduced in amount - be it the economy, the belief
that change has come or a combination for the two, people are providing less
If you have never given to
Courage to Resist, or if you can afford to give just a little bit more, we can
continue to aid the brave men and women who make that stand to refuse deployment,
to question orders that lead to an unending occupation, to say to themselves,
to their government and to the American public "No More War!". These women and men need our help, and for as
long as we can continue to give it, we will.
We are currently engaged in
a wide spectrum of activities aimed at increasing the number of resisters and
aiding those resisters in many ways:
- Courage to Resist has
published and widely distributed a unique and telling article on resisting the
Individual Ready Reserve.
- We have aided over 250 questioning and resisting
service members; assisting them through the legal and bureaucratic tangle that
is the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
- We have provided civilian
legal support and resources to every resister that has requested legal
- We have visited bases to
begin outreach to active duty military personnel, educating them to our
presence and the alternatives that they have upon choosing to resist.
- We are building alliances
with many organizations to aid service members who have been recalled through
the Individual Ready Reserve or kept in the service via the Stop-Loss program.
- We continue work on a book
that will provide a medium for resisting service members to speak out against
what they have experienced, while giving them a venue for their personal
- We continue to work with
allies in Canada to provide
a safe haven for the women and men that have been persecuted by the U.S.
government for daring to listen to their conscience.
- On a daily basis we
continue to receive phone calls and e-mails from service members whose
consciences are troubled by what they are called upon to do and who wish to
resist illegal war and occupation.
And in order to do the best
job we can, we need your help.
A donation of $100 aids a
resister by helping pay for one third of their civilian legal assessment. A donation of $250 allows us to create all of
the materials for a base outreach action, where we distribute flyers and engage
active duty service members in conversations about their legal rights and the
alternatives to service.
A donation of $35 aids us in
getting articles published to independent media, allowing the public to hear
about a specific resister and their struggles, while educating the readership
to the reality of the growing resistance within the G.I. community.
Thank you so much for you
help, past, present and future!
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Adam Szyper-Seibert, Courage
Adam Szyper-Seibert is a
former United States Marine who resisted deployment in the mid 1990's. He came to
Courage to Resist after assisting refugee and immigrant families in starting up small businesses. Adam is the Courage to Resist office manager and volunteer coordinator, and a GI Rights Hotline councilor.