gather for Winter Soldier today
Hundreds of Iraq Veterans Against the War
near DC to disclose the
realities of US war policy in a historic public investigation.
Afghan vet, Iraq resister to be
Audio interview with
recently AWOL Iraq War resister James Morriss—pending discharge
after surrendering to military.
Canada vote on sanctuary
expected in April
The House of Commons in Ottawa is in session, and is likely to take up the
question of allowing US war resisters to remain as early as April 2008. Download
our updated Canada Action leaflet and sign the letter online if you
have not already do so.
Hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans gather in
Washington DC for Winter Soldier
Iraq Veterans Against the War
To mark five years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Iraq Veterans
Against the War
(IVAW) will gather beginning today through
Sunday at the National Labor College near Washington, D.C. to disclose the
realities of U.S. war policy in a public investigation called
Iraq and Afghanistan”.
Veterans and civilian survivors of both
conflicts will give public testimony and share the eyewitness stories that
been censored from the American public about the true human cost of these
occupations. This testimony also will reveal how the Iraq occupation is
un-winnable, morally wrong, and has brought our military to its breaking
Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan aims to:
- Motivate veterans and active duty
service members to get involved in today’s growing GI resistance
- Awaken America to the real human costs of
war that have not been exposed sufficiently by the American media; and
- Hold both Democrats and
Republicans accountable for the illegal Iraq occupation they have jointly
The term, Winter Soldier, is a play
on the words of Thomas Paine who wrote in
“The Crisis” (1776) that summer
soldiers, “shrink from the service of their country” in times
of crisis. In
contrast, Winter Soldiers are those who stand up for the soul of their
in its darkest hours.
America’s democracy is in crisis today, motivated
by an economic addiction to oil and empire, engaged in ongoing illegal
that has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands, and stymied by a
process that values moneyed interests more than the majority of the
Over 35 years after the first Winter
Soldier investigation conducted by Vietnam Veterans Against the War,
Winter Soldiers again. Continuing
in this tradition, IVAW’s Winter Soldiers are performing a difficult
essential service to our country.
For the past five years, Americans
have heard from generals, pundits, and politicians about the occupations
in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they haven't heard
enough from those who have first-hand experience.
From incidents like Fallujah and Abu
Ghraib to the awarding of no-bid contracts,
Winter Soldier will show that
wrongdoings and failures in Iraq
are part and parcel of war policy set at the highest levels of power.
are being ordered to do things that violate their conscience and the rules
As hundreds gather to hear the Winter
Soldier testimony in Silver Spring,
Maryland, thousands will gather
simultaneously in their homes, houses of worship, on college campuses, and
military bases around the globe to bear witness to these stories via live
broadcast. The Winter Soldier: Iraq &
Afghanistan proceedings will be carried via
satellite on the Deep Dish network,
Speech and Link T.V., public access television stations, the Pacifica
and via web streaming on www.ivaw.org.
Afghan vet, Iraq resister
James Morriss to be discharged!
Courage to Resist audio interview
19:20 min. March 12, 2008
James Morriss deployed from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan with the
Army’s 82nd Airborne in 2005. James discusses refusing orders to
young boy carrying a rifle, indiscriminate shooting, and other
instances that led him to conclude that “we are not doing the right
thing over there.” In 2007 James went AWOL and lived in Canada for a
year in order to resist deployment to Iraq. With the help of Courage to
Resist, he recently surrendered to the Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and
has since accepted an Other Than Honorable discharge.
Listen to interview here
Message from James to
"I’m really grateful for everything Courage to Resist has
done for me and all the other soldiers. Thank you for your support, help
my legal fees, and everything else. Also, I wanted to say “thank
everyone that donates money to Courage to Resist because without you none
this would be possible. To everyone who has contributed in some way to the
members of the military who refuse to fight in Bush's War—thank
Donate to Courage to
House of Commons likely to vote
on sanctuary in April
Iraq War resister Pablo Paredes speaks outside of
Canadian Consulate in SF 1/25/08. Photo: Jeff Paterson for Courage to
It is crucial that we act now in support of U.S. war resisters in
Canada. The House of Commons in Canada is in session, and is likely
to take up this question as early as April 2008.
With Courage to Resist members in attendance, the Standing Immigration
Committee of the Canadian Parliament voted on December 6, 2007 to recommend
that the Canadian government immediately implement a program to allow Iraq
War resisters (and resisters of any war not sanctioned by the United
Nations) and their families to stay in Canada.
taking the steps outlined in this leaflet we can pressure Parliament to
accept this committee’s recommendation, which would essentially
create a political sanctuary for the courageous men and women who are
resisting an illegal war by seeking refuge in Canada.
the appeal—we'll mail the letters for you!
"I am writing from the United States to ask you to make a
provision for sanctuary
for the scores of U.S. military servicemembers currently in Canada,
most of whom have traveled to your country in order to resist fighting
in the Iraq War. Please let them stay in Canada..."
Also: For information about the War Resisters Support Campaign
(Canada), visit resisters.ca