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Outreach To Australian Soldiers:
“A Highly Successful Speak-Out In Front Of Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks, One Of The Australian Army’s Largest Bases”
“Stand Fast Has Built Important Contacts With People Who Are Able To Get Stand Fast’s Message Directly To Soldiers In One Of Australia’s Largest Garrison Towns”
[Late but worth it: Thanks to Max Watts, Australia, who sent this in. 13 August 2010 Stand Fast Stand Fast’s Graeme Dunstan organised a highly successful speak-out in front of Townsville’s Lavarack Barracks, one of the Australian Army’s largest bases. There was a good turn out of local supporters, 14 in total including a British veteran of Cyprus, Jenny Stirling from the Greens and David Lowe from the Socialist Alliance. The speak-out had a good media response with all local news media was represented. Media included ABC Radio Townsville (12.30 pm Friday news plus a drive time interview), extensive coverage WIN and Seven TV news (long, maybe 2 minute segments) and page 4 of the Townsville Bulletin (see photo). The speak-out did not receive any abuse from troops entering/leaving the barracks and from the speak-out Stand Fast has built important contacts with people who are able to get Stand Fast’s message directly to soldiers in one of Australia’s largest garrison towns. Stand Fast is a group of veterans and former military personnel who oppose the current wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan. MORE:
“A Military Adventure Of Dubious Value To Australia Instigated By War Criminals”
September 09, 2010 By Stephen Fugate via Max Watts, Australia Thursday afternoon often sees me near the Enoggera Army Base where alongside the main road we of the ‘Vigil’ hold posters protesting Australia’s involvement in the criminal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Today was a bit different with the appearance before the Army Camp’s main gate with Stand Fast who held a Speak Out event that was covered by the media.
This is a fairly poignant time as Australian soldiers have recently been dropping like flies owing to the increase in hostilities where they are operating in Afghanistan. Many of those who have died were Queenslanders. Honour guards, flag-draped caskets and tearful funerals attended by somber politicians are becoming all too frequent. And it is all totally unnecessary. We could stop anytime we wanted rather than ‘finish the job’ and ‘stay the distance’ in a military adventure of dubious value to Australia instigated by war criminals against sovereign non-aggressive nations. I’m reminded of a quote by Mohammed Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) who refused to serve with the US Army in Vietnam as saying “No Vietnamese ever called me Nigger!”
Veterans’ Day Outreach To New York National Guard
From: Alan S, Military Resistance Organization To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: November 11, 2010 Subject: Veterans Day Outreach 11/11/10 OUTREACH: WHAT BETTER DAY TO HEAR “NO SOLDIER LIKES WAR” THAN THIS? What better day for troop outreach than Veterans Day? Since I couldn’t answer the question at home I made my way to commuter terminals looking for soldiers to talk to. The troops were out and my first stop found 2 National Guard privates. One knew me and took a contact card [see below] saying he couldn’t accept a handout (Military Resistance Newsletter, contact card, GI Rights Pamphlet and double sided Military Resistance/IVAW info). The other, took the handout paying close attention to my description of our activities then folding the zip locked handout into squares that fit conveniently into a trouser pocket. The inconsistency of those unable to take and those taking handouts continues to intrigue me. Another encounter wasn’t at a transportation terminal but a department store where a member of the 82nd Airborne was shopping. Surprised to be approached, he listened and took a handout, thanking me. The next encounter was with a private and sergeant standing guard at a terminal entrance. The private, having recognized me from New York City armory outreaches, wanted to know why there weren’t any cookies at the 11/5 Armory outreach.
When told there was, he paused then realized he entered the northern armory entrance while 3 of us were outreaching on the southern side. I felt angry and ashamed at his story since had there been just one more Military Resistance member or outreach volunteer we could have split into two groups of two and covered both sides, outreaching to 15-20 more soldiers we missed because of there were only three present, one less than required for two posts. (For personal safety, Military Resistance procedure for contact with groups of troops requires at least two people at each outreach station; no one distributes alone.) We know the next armory event is 2/25/11. Let’s hope we can field at least four. The cookieless private took a handout and extra cards. He also reported indifference at (some time ago) receiving a copy of the “Querido Camilo” DVD. When asked if he’d received “Sir! No Sir!” he said yes but hadn’t seen it yet. He was urged to do so soon as it is quite different in political message than “Querido Camilo.” The sergeant (a first time receiver) took the last handout with interest, having observed the private’s dialogue with me. Finally, a group of five soldiers were found in the same terminal, one being a Lieutenant Colonel. Not having anymore handouts, just cards, and a bit hesitant to outreach an officer, a conversation followed nonetheless. All were friendly as I mentioned Military Resistance’s anti-war position and as I was about to offer cards they began moving on but not before the colonel and another soldier said, almost in unison, “no soldier likes war.” What better day to hear that than this one?
ACTION REPORTS WANTED: FROM YOU!
An effective way to encourage others to support members of the armed forces organizing to resist the Imperial war is to report what you do. If you’ve carried out organized contact with troops on active duty, at base gates, airports, or anywhere else, send a report in to Military Resistance for the Action Reports section. Same for contact with National Guard and/or Reserve components. They don’t have to be long. Just clear, and direct action reports about what work was done and how. If there were favorable responses, say so. If there were unfavorable responses or problems, don’t leave them out. Reporting what went wrong and/or got screwed up is especially important, so that others may learn from you what to expect, and how to avoid similar problems if possible. If you are not planning or engaging in outreach to the troops, you have nothing to report.
Do not make public any information that could compromise the work. Identifying information – locations, personnel – will be omitted from the reports. Whether you are serving in the armed forces or not, do not identify members of the armed forces organizing to stop the wars. If accidentally included, that information will not be published. The sole exception: occasions when a member of the armed services explicitly directs identifying information be published in reporting on the action.
[Cards designed by Richie M, Military Resistance Organization]
The Military Resistance Organization:
Military Resistance Mission Statement:
1. The mission of Military Resistance is to bring together in one organization members of the armed forces and civilians in order to give aid and comfort to members of the armed forces who are organizing to end the wars of empire in Afghanistan and Iraq. The long term objective is to assist in eliminating all wars of empire by eliminating all empires.
2. Military Resistance does not advocate individual disobedience to orders or desertion from the armed forces. The most effective resistance is organized by members of the armed forces working together. However, Military Resistance respects and will assist in the defense of troops who see individual desertion or refusal of orders as the only course of action open to them for reasons of conscience.
3. Military Resistance stands for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and other occupation troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Occupied nations have the right to independence and the right to resist Imperial invasion and occupation by force of arms.
4. Efforts to increase democratic rights in every society, organization, movement, and within the armed forces itself will receive encouragement and support. Members of the armed forces, whether those of the United States or any other nation, have the right and duty to act against dictatorships commanding their services, and to assist civilian movements against dictatorship. This applies whether a political dictatorship is imposed by force of arms or a political dictatorship is imposed by those in command of the resources of society using their wealth to purchase the political leadership.
5. Military Resistance uses organizational democracy. This means control of the organization by the membership, through elected delegates to any coordinating bodies that may be formed, whether at local, regional, or national levels. Any member may run for any job in the organization. All persons elected are subject to immediate recall, by majority vote of the membership. Coordinating bodies report their actions, decisions and votes to the membership who elected them, and may be overruled by a majority of the membership.
6. It is not necessary for Military Resistance to be in political agreement with other organizations in order to work together towards specific common objectives. It is productive for organizations working together on common projects to discuss differences about the best way forward for the movement. Debate is necessary to arrive at the best course of action.
7. It is a condition of membership that each member prioritize and participate in organized action to reach out to active duty armed forces, Reserve and/or National Guard units. 8. Military Resistance or individual members may choose to support candidates for elective office who are for immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, but do not support a candidate opposed to immediate, unconditional withdrawal. 9. Members may not be active duty or drilling reserve commissioned officers, or employed in any capacity by any police or intelligence agency, local, state, or national. 10. I understand and am in agreement with the above statement. I pledge to defend my brothers and sisters, and the democratic rights of the citizens of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. ----------------------------(Signed (Date) ----------------------------- (Application taken by) Military Resistance: Contact@militaryproject.org Box 126, 2576 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10025-5657 888-711-2550
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AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Foreign Occupation “Service Member” Killed Somewhere Or Other In Afghanistan: Nationality Not Announced
November 12, 2010 Associated Press In eastern Afghanistan, a foreign service member was killed in an insurgent attack. Neither the nationality of the service member nor any other details were released. So far this year, 626 U.S. and international troops have died in Afghanistan, according to a count by The Associated Press.
Father Of Slain Soldier Says Son ‘Loved Life’
Spc. Brett W. Land, 24, of Wasco, Calif., died Oct. 30 in the Zhari district, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Nov 02 2010 BY JASON KOTOWSKI, Californian staff writer Kenneth Land said his son probably would have returned to wrestling after serving in the U.S. Army. “He was a good kid,” Land said of 24-year-old Brett W. Land, who was killed Saturday in Afghanistan. “He just loved life and he loved to wrestle.” Brett Land was good at other sports, but by high school -- he attended Bakersfield High - he put all his focus toward wrestling and traveled to competitions around the country, Kenneth Land said Tuesday. Brett Land was a three-time Central Section Grand Masters champion and placed twice in state championships.
He was due home Nov. 15 for a short leave, Kenneth Land said. It would have been his son’s first chance to see his newborn daughter, Rileigh, after spending the past six months overseas. Kenneth Land, who lives in Porterville, said he supported his son’s decision to join the Army. “We talked and I thought it was a good idea, it seemed like what he wanted to do,” he said. “I was fine with it.” Brett Land had planned on serving a couple of tours of duty, then maybe wrestle for Army and one day coach the sport, Kenneth Land said. Brett Land was fatally wounded by an improvised explosive device, according to a Department of Defense news release. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Kenneth Land said he’s heard there were four other soldiers injured in the explosion, but he hasn’t been able to find out about the extent of their injuries. They were in an armored Humvee than ran over the IED, he said. Brett’s body has been shipped back to the United States, but Kenneth Land said he’s not sure when it will be turned over to the family, and services had not yet been planned. In addition to his father, Brett Land is survived by wife Sarah Land, mother Gretchen Land, brothers Ryan and Rocky, and sister Julie, Kenneth Land said.
Attack On Kabul Military Convoy Kabul Wounds A Foreign Soldier
A U.S. military vehicle targeted by a bomber in Kabul November 12, 2010. One U.S. soldier was wounded. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Nov 12 Reuters A car bomber attacked a military convoy near the new parliament building in the Afghan capital on Friday, police and the coalition said, the first attack in Kabul in three months after security was increased. Police said an Afghan soldier and one foreign servicemember were wounded in the attack on the city’s outskirts. A Reuters witness said the mangled remains of the car used in the bombing lay in the middle of the main road near the new parliament on Kabul’s outskirts, with debris strewn over a wide area. A damaged Humvee vehicle was pulled off to the side. A military base is near the site of the blast. The Hizb-i-Islami group that operates under the leadership of warlord and former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claimed responsibility for the attack. “The bombing has been carried out by one of our men,” Harun Zarghun, a spokesman for Hizb-i-Islami, told The Associated Press. “The attack is part of our campaign to oust American forces from Afghanistan.”
FUTILE EXERCISE: ALL HOME NOW!
A U.S. Marine from Eighth Marines Alpha Company on a patrol through the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly
A U.S. Marine from the Eighth Marines searching for an improvised explosive device during patrol in the town of Nabuk in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly
U.S. Marines from Eighth Marines patrol in the town of Deh Zore in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province, November 4, 2010. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly
U.S. Marines, First Marine Division, call in mortar support as their patrol comes under fire, Nov. 7, 2010 in Sangin, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE END THE OCCUPATION
HOW MANY MORE FOR OBAMA’S WARS?
The casket containing the body of Army Cpl. Chad Young, 25, of Rochester, Ill., who was killed in Afghanistan, arrives at the 183rd Fighter Wing at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010. Young, who was promoted to corporal posthumously, was killed when insurgents attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Nov. 3. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Obama To Gay Troops: ‘Stay In The Closet ‘For Now’”
“I Was Against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Before I Was For It!”
[Thanks to Pham Binh, Military Resistance Organization, for the headline.] Although President Obama has said he is opposed to the antigay military policy, his administration has argued in court that repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” should be undertaken by Congress rather than by judicial decision, and that the military be given enough time for a gradual transition. November 12, 2010 By Warren Richey, Staff writer, Christian Science Monitor The Supreme Court refused Friday to take up a request by the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, asking the justices to reinstate a federal judge’s order blocking enforcement of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The action means the Defense Department can continue to enforce the disputed policy banning openly gay individuals from serving in the military pending the outcome of an ongoing legal battle over the measure’s constitutionality.
US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled in September that the 17-year policy violated the rights of gay and lesbian service members to be treated equally by the military. In October, the Riverside, Calif.-based judge issued a worldwide injunction blocking Pentagon enforcement of the policy. The injunction was in place for a week before an appeals court panel ordered that it be lifted. That action effectively reinstated the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” for the period of time necessary for the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to hear the government’s appeal of Judge Phillips’s decision in the underlying case. Oral arguments in the appeal are set for February. Although President Obama has said he is opposed to the antigay military policy, his administration has argued in court that repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” should be undertaken by Congress rather than by judicial decision, and that the military be given enough time for a gradual transition. In a brief filed at the Supreme Court on Friday, the Log Cabin Republicans urged the high court to reinstate Judge Phillips’s injunction. “The government pretends to this court that legislative repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is assured and that an orderly, ‘deliberate’ implementation of that repeal – on the military’s timetable – must be conducted,” Mr. Woods wrote. But repeal is far from assured and, according to press reports, increasingly unlikely, he said. “Because legislative repeal is dubious,” Woods wrote, “it cannot be relied on to remedy the constitutional harms that service members are sustaining every day.”
“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” Frederick Douglass, 1852
“The Nixon administration claimed and received great credit for withdrawing the Army from Vietnam, but it was the rebellion of low-ranking GIs that forced the government to abandon a hopeless suicidal policy” -- David Cortright; Soldiers In Revolt
It is a two class world and the wrong class is running it. -- Larry Christensen, Soldiers Of Solidarity & United Auto Workers
Set The Night On Fire (Armistice Day 2010)
From: Mike Hastie To: Military Resistance Sent: November 11, 2010 Subject: Set The Night On Fire ( Armistice Day 2010 ) Set The Night On Fire (Armistice Day 2010) While the so-called “hippies” were dropping drugs in the 60s, the United States Government was dropping Napalm on innocent Vietnamese villages throughout America’s terrorist war on Vietnam. As a veteran, I am constantly reminded that war is beyond evil, and that 58,000 American soldiers did not die for some glorious act called freedom. 300,000 American soldiers were wounded in this war. Tens of thousands of American veterans committed suicide. Our nation was torn apart. The Vietnamese culture was absolutely decimated. The death toll was in the millions. 90% of those killed were innocent civilians. Vietnam’s pain and suffering as a country is far beyond anything that has ever been experienced in American history. It is often stated that it takes seven generations to heal from a war. Since the end of World War II, the United States has bombed 28 countries. Lying is the most powerful weapon in war. I did not serve in Vietnam for the cause of freedom, I served Big Business in America for the cause of profit. The only glory in war, is in the imagination of those who were never there. Just remember that W A R stands for: Wealthy Are Richer. Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71 November 11, 2010 In memory of : Bobby Drew Willie Hemphill Sean Daley They did not die in Vietnam, but as a result of being there. Photo and caption from the I-R-A-Q (I Remember Another Quagmire) portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his outstanding work, contact at: (firstname.lastname@example.org) T)
One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions. Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71 December 13, 2004
NEED SOME TRUTH? CHECK OUT TRAVELING SOLDIER
Traveling Soldier is the publication of the Military Resistance Organization. Telling the truth - about the occupations or the criminals running the government in Washington - is the first reason for Traveling Soldier. But we want to do more than tell the truth; we want to report on the resistance to Imperial wars inside the armed forces. Our goal is for Traveling Soldier to become the thread that ties working-class people inside the armed services together. We want this newsletter to be a weapon to help you organize resistance within the armed forces. If you like what you've read, we hope that you'll join with us in building a network of active duty organizers. http://www.traveling-soldier.org/ And join with Iraq Veterans Against the War to end the occupations and bring all troops home now! (www.ivaw.org/)
How To Stop A War:
“On April 27  A Group Of Forty Active-Duty People Marched At The Head Of An Anti-War Demonstration In San Francisco, The First Time GIs Led A Civilian Peace Rally”
“On February 16, 1969, The Alliance Sponsored A Peace Rally In Downtown Seattle, With Two Hundred Active- Duty People Leading A Crowd Of Several Thousand”
[No, they didn’t go to DC begging the Imperial Congress to stop the war. They weren’t fools. They knew that when the army rebelled, the war would end. They did, and it did. Duh. T] Excerpts from: SOLDIERS IN REVOLT: DAVID CORTRIGHT, Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, New York, 1975. [Reprint available from Haymarket Books] ******************************** The young people forced into the ranks by the Vietnam build-up expressed a sometimes articulate, sometimes desperate, opposition to an unwanted mission. The GI movement imbued the military with the voice of a troubled citizenry, providing a measure of democratic restraint on though otherwise unresponsive and imperious institutions of war.
The appearance of coffeehouses and a burgeoning GI press, in an atmosphere of mounting disillusionment over stalemate in Vietnam, set the stage for the first significant GI action. The Army’s huge armored training center at Fort Hood experienced a particularly rapid deterioration of troop morale, especially among combat returnees, and throughout the Vietnam period witnessed extensive unrest and drug use (the base’s copious marijuana supplies earned it the sobriquet “Fort Head”). The civilians who opened the Oleo Strut in the summer of 1968 thus met with an enthusiastic response; with the founding of Fatigue Press, a long history of successful GI activism began. The first political gathering of Fort Hood soldiers occurred in Killeen on July 5, 1968. A “Love-ln” and countercultural festival was held in Condor Park, featuring rock music and anti-war speeches; approximately two hundred soldiers attended, most of them white. The atmosphere at the base grew considerably tenser in the following weeks, however, as thousands of troops were prepared for possible use against civilian demonstrators at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago — culminating in a dramatic and important act of political defiance among black troops. On the evening of August 23, over one hundred black soldiers from the 1st Armored Cavalry Division gathered on base to discuss their opposition to Army racism and the use of troops against civilians. After a lengthy, all-night assembly, which included a visit from commanding general Powell, forty-three of the blacks were arrested for refusal to follow orders. The action of the blacks was spontaneous and unrelated to the work of the white soldiers (reflecting a common pattern of parallel but separate development of dissent among blacks and whites), but the Oleo Strut GIs supported the brothers and helped with their legal defense. Because of widespread support for the resisters, especially among blacks, the Army’s treatment of the Fort Hood 43 was not as harsh as it might have been; most received only light jail sentences. The San Francisco Bay Area has been in the vanguard of most of the radical movements in the United States during the past decade, and the GI movement was no exception. With the support of two local GI newspapers, The Ally and Task Force, area servicepeople were among the first to speak out in 1968. On April 27 a group of forty active-duty people marched at the head of an anti-war demonstration in San Francisco, the first time GIs led a civilian peace rally.
Two months later, also in San Francisco, nine AWOL enlisted men (five soldiers, two sailors, one airman, and one Marine) publicly took sanctuary at Howard Presbyterian Church in moral opposition to the war. After a forty-eight-hour “service of celebration and communion,” they were arrested by MPs on July 17. *********************************************** In the fall, the growing network of GI activists in the area laid plans for the largest servicemen’s peace action to date — an active-duty contingent for the scheduled October is anti-war rally in downtown San Francisco. Among the efforts to mobilize area soldiers and distribute literature about the march was Navy nurse Susan Schnall’s daring feat of dropping leaflets from an airplane onto five area military bases (for which she was later court-martialed). As the demonstration date approached, military authorities became nervous that a large number of GIs might become involved, and, in a manner that became standard whenever protests were planned, sought to prevent servicemen from attending. A communication from the Military Airlift Command in Washington, later anonymously released to The Ally, depicted the military’s attitude toward even lawful dissent: it urged that ‘this demonstration be quashed if possible because of possible severe impact on military discipline throughout the services.” On the Saturday of the actual march, soldiers at the nearby Presidio were detained for mandatory company formations, while special maneuvers and other diversions were held at several West Coast bases. Despite such obstruction, two hundred active-duty GIs and some one hundred reservists marched at the head of the demonstration, in what was the largest gathering yet of the expanding GI movement. Two days later, in an incident partly inspired by the show of antiwar strength on October 12, twenty-seven inmates of the Presidio stockade held a sit-down strike to protest the shooting death a few days earlier of fellow prisoner Richard Bunch and to call attention to unbearable living conditions—what became known later as the Presidio mutiny. (For a sensitive and penetrating account of the Presidio incident see Fred Gardner’s Unlawful Concert.) As the GI movement emerged, civilian radical organizations played an important role in helping to sustain rank-and-file dissent. One of the first agencies to recognize the changes taking place within the Army was the Student Mobilization Committee (SMC) and its closely allied counterpart, the Young Socialist Alliance (YSA). One of the first examples of this co-operation was the Gl-Civilian Alliance for Peace (GlCAP) and the newspaper Counterpoint at Fort Lewis. Aided by SMC activists, Gl-CAP developed into one of the most successful early Gl-movement groups, with as many as fifty servicemen at regular weekly meetings.
On February 16, 1969, the Alliance sponsored a peace rally in downtown Seattle, with two hundred active- duty people leading a crowd of several thousand. A few months later, the servicemen formed their own organization apart from the civilians and continued their work as an all GI group.
Vietnam GI: Reprints Available
Vietnam: They Stopped An Imperial War
Not available from anybody else, anywhere Edited by Vietnam Veteran Jeff Sharlet from 1968 until his death, this newspaper rocked the world, attracting attention even from Time Magazine, and extremely hostile attention from the chain of command. The pages and pages of letters in the paper from troops in Vietnam condemning the war are lost to history, but you can find them here. The Military Project has copied complete sets of Vietnam GI. The originals were a bit rough, but every page is there. Over 100 pages, full 11x17 size. Free on request to active duty members of the armed forces. Cost for others: $15 if picked up in New York City. For mailing inside USA add $5 for bubble bag and postage. For outside USA, include extra for mailing 2.5 pounds to wherever you are. Checks, money orders payable to: The Military Project
Orders to: Military Resistance Box 126 2576 Broadway New York, N.Y. 10025-5657 All proceeds are used for projects giving aid and comfort to members of the armed forces opposed to today’s Imperial wars.
POLITICIANS CAN’T BE COUNTED ON TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WARS
November 13, 1933: American Working-Class Heroes
Carl Bunin, Peace History November 10-16 The first recorded “sit-down” strike in the U.S. was staged by workers at the Hormel Packing Company in Austin, Minnesota. The tactic worked: Hormel agreed to submit wage demands to binding arbitration. The success of this strike reinvigorated the labor movement, which had been in decline through the 1920s.
“Four hundred men, many of them armed with clubs, sticks and rocks, crashed through the plant entrance, shattering the glass doors and sweeping the guards before them. “The strikers quickly ran throughout the plant to chase out non-union workers. One . . . group crashed through the doors of a conference room where Jay Hormel and five company executives were meeting and declared “We’re taking possession. So move out!” (Larry Engelmann, “We Were the Poor -- The Hormel Strike of 1933,” Labor History, Fall, 1974.) The tactic worked: within four days Hormel agreed to submit wage demands to binding arbitration. The success of this strike reinvigorated the labor movement, which had been in decline throughout the 1920s.
Foreign Occupation Troops Attack Anti-Occupation Protest:
“Protests Against The UN Occupation Have Been On The Rise”
10/19/2010 Weekly News Update on the Americas, On Oct. 15 about 60 Haitians protested an extension of the mandate for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) by blocking the entrance to the mission’s main logistics base near the Port-au-Prince airport. The Associated Press reported that the protesters, many of them people left homeless by a major earthquake on Jan. 12, spray-painted slogans on cars and burned the Brazilian flag; Brazilian troops lead the joint military-police mission, which has occupied Haiti since June 2004. MINUSTAH security forces reacted violently to the protest, with a plainclothes guard striking a protester and a Jordanian soldier firing a warning shot. AP journalists said a Haitian police agent hit protesters with his rifle and a UN vehicle “push(ed) through the crowd, knocking over protesters and journalists.” The United Nations (UN) Security Council had voted unanimously on Oct. 14 to extend MINUSTAH’s mandate for one year, to Oct. 15, 2011. The council set the maximum number of soldiers for the force at 8,940 and the number of police agents at 4,391; in 2008 the maximum was 7,060 soldiers and 2,091 police agents. The UN has budgeted
$380 million for the mission this year. (AP, Oct. 15 via San Francisco Examiner; AlterPresse, Haiti, Oct. 14; Radio Kiskeya, Haiti, Oct. 14) Opposition to renewing the mandate is widespread among grassroots organizations, and protests against the UN occupation have been on the rise since the death of 16-year-old Gérald Jean Gilles at a MINUSTAH camp in CapHaïtien on Aug. 17. At an Oct. 15 press conference, economist Camille Chalmers, executive secretary of the nonprofit Haitian Platform Advocating an Alternative Development (PAPDA), denounced the mission as part of a “new offensive by American imperialism.” He cited a history of abuse, including a major case of sexual abuse that led to the removal of more than 100 Sri Lankan soldiers, and noted that MINUSTAH cost a total of $5 billion from 2004 to 2009. “Rather than serving to reinforce the institutional capabilities of the Haitian state, (these resources) have been squandered in the operational expenses of the UN mission,” Chalmers said. (AlterPresse, Oct. 15) On Oct. 14 the Haitian delegation to the third World March of Women conference, held in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, told the 1,000 representatives from 42 countries that “Haitian women are fighting against the presence of MINUSTAH in our country.” (AlterPresse, Oct. 16)
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How Zionists Terrorize A Child In Occupied Palestine:
Arrested, Detained, Beaten And Fined By The Occupation Army,
Palestinian Karam Daana, 13, Has Been Placed Under House Arrest For Five Months Without Trial:
“He Doesn’t Have The Right To Play”
“His Father Has Lost His Work Permit”
Karam with his father Khalid. A DCI spokesperson commented on the sentence, “It’s a very draconian punishment for someone who maintains his innocence and he has not yet had a trial. There are lots of other measures they could take without preventing him from going to school. Why deprive a 13-year-old from going to school?” October 25, 2010 Written and photographed by Charlotte Silver, Palestine Monitor After being arrested, detained, beaten and fined by the Israeli army, Karam Daana, 13, has been placed under house arrest for five months during which he cannot attend school. His father has lost his work permit. Karam is yet to receive a trial.
Entering a room full of adults and strangers, Karam Daana timidly says hello before immediately finding a seat and hanging his head down. At first his shy behavior seemed standard for a 13-year-old boy, bashful in front of so much attention. But quickly it became clear that there is nothing ordinary about Karam’s behavior. Karam’s father, Khalid Daana, explained, “He’s not normal, he doesn’t talk too much, he doesn’t pray too much. He was always talking, he was active and clever. But now he is another person.” On 28 September, the Ofer Military Court, located outside Ramallah, sentenced Karam Daana to five months house arrest at his uncle’s home and fined the family 2,000 NIS during his pre-trail hearing. During this time, Karam may not attend school or leave the parameters of this home. The charge was throwing rocks at a settler. Children are routinely picked up on similar charges: The Defence for Children International organisation estimates that 700 children are imprisoned every year, 300 of which are prosecuted in a military court. Typical sentences are approximately three months in prison, of which one month is served during pre-trial detention. Yet, this time the prosecutors sought a uniquely harsh punishment of five months confinement without school. The loss of this time in school will prevent Karam from moving onto the eighth grade with his peers; he will need to make up the seventh grade. A DCI spokesperson commented on the sentence, “It’s a very draconian punishment for someone who maintains his innocence and he has not yet had a trial. There are lots of other measures they could take without preventing him from going to school. Why deprive a 13-year-old from going to school?” After leaving the Offer court, Karam told his uncle, Basan Daana, “I only need this: I want to see my friends, to play with my friends, to go to school, to carry my bag, to go outside, to feel free, to move, to play.” Confounded, Basan repeats, “He doesn’t have the right to play.” Khalid describes Karam’s daily agony under house arrest, “Every morning he looks out the window and sees all of his friends, all of his cousins, they are going to the school and sometimes he wants to run away to go with them.” There are constant surveillance cameras monitoring the activities of Palestinians in the Old City of Hebron, if Karam is caught violating his sentence, his family will be charged 20,000 NIS. The punishment did not stop at 2,000 NIS and house arrest for Karam.
A few days after Karam returned from Ofer, the Israeli soldiers revoked Khalid’s permit to work in Israel while he was crossing a checkpoint in Hebron. “Now he doesn’t have work. Just because he’s the father,” a neighbour explained. Karam lives in the Old City of Hebron, 100 metres from the settlement of Kiryat Arba. On September 22, he was arrested after a settler accused him of throwing rocks at her car, causing her to crash. When the police picked Karam up, they blindfolded him as they took him to Ja’bara police station in Hebron. Once there, the police interrogated Karam, shouting at him and asking “Why do you throw rocks.” Karam told them that he did not throw rocks. After reviewing the surveillance cameras, the Israeli soldiers saw that Karam was nowhere near the accident and released him that same day. However, the next day during Karam’s sister’s wedding party, the Israeli soldiers returned to his home and took Karam back to Ja’bara police station, where they further interrogated him until 1:00 am. “They tied his hands, covered his eyes, and his legs also. They were shouting in his face,” said Basan. Karam broke his silence, and answered with a raspy voice, “They only asked who throws stones, who do you know that throws stones, do you know who throws stones.” In the middle of the night, the police transferred the boy to Ofer prison, where he remained for the week. A neighbour of Karam explained, “The Israelis want to do this: they want to make the kids scared, not to go to these streets, not to use it. They don’t want anyone to come here, to stay here. They want to make people leave.” The roads leading to Karam’s and many other Palestinian homes in the Old City are forbidden to non-settler cars. In order to get to Karam’s family’s house, one must park outside the village and walk along roads that settlers drive on freely. Karam is still awaiting trial, at which point the military court will hear from prosecuting and defence attorneys. It has become customary for children to plead guilty regardless of their culpability, as it ensures a shorter detention period. However, Karam will plead innocent. [To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves “Israeli.”]
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