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[17 Oct 2008|09:16pm]

wallynotorious
Ha! Sorry about not bahleeting the troll yesterday, for those of you still here.

Or is there anyone still here?
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Operation First Casualty-IVAW [21 Aug 2007|11:22pm]

meadeivaw

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Howard Zinn to Speak at Northwestern U. (IL) on 10/17 [06 Oct 2006|10:04am]

e_morgan
Oct 17: Howard Zinn to speak at Northwestern

Howard Zinn is most famous for telling history from the bottom up, replacing the focus on powerful white men to people from all segments of society. He has written numerous books, including the national best-seller A People's History of the United States. He has been a tireless advocate for social justice for decades, playing especially important roles in the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movements. (For more information on the amazing things Howard Zinn has done in his life, visit howardzinn.org and wikipedia's Howard Zinn article.)

On October 17th, come see Zinn speak at Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University. Cahn is at the corner of Emerson and Sheridan in Evanston, IL.

The event starts at 7:30PM and is open to the public. Students get first access.

If necessary, contact nuprotest@gmail.com with specific questions.

Sponsored by Peace Project, a Northwestern student umbrella organization consisting of Northwestern Opposing War and Racism, Students for Economic Justice, and The Protest magazine. Funded by Student Activities Fee.

x-posted to various communities...

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A message from war resister Ricky Clousing [17 Sep 2006|02:30am]

wallynotorious
Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters,

My name is Ricky Clousing. I am a Sergeant in the United States Army and one of the many soldiers who are beginning to speak out about the appalling conditions of occupation in Iraq. I am writing to you today to tell you my story and ask for your support.

I joined the army soon after the September 11th attacks and in November of 2004 I deployed to Iraq. While there I was an interrogator attached to tactical infantry units during daily patrol operations. In the course of my work, I witnessed abuses of power that ranged from daily physical and psychological harassment to baseless incarceration of innocent civilians, including children. I spoke out about what I saw but was told to stay quiet.

After I returned from Iraq, I struggled with my objections concerning what I had seen and experienced in Iraq. Ultimately, I decided that staying in the military was a contradiction to my personal, moral and spiritual beliefs. I left the military without official authorization in June of 2005. In the following months I deeply considered my moral obligation to speak publicly about what I saw while in Iraq. After holding a press conference I returned to military custody on Friday, August 11th, 2006. On August 31st 2006, I was charged with desertion, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

Although my story is personal, I am part of a larger movement of soldiers who are speaking out and resisting this war by refusing to participate in the military under the false pretense of fighting for freedom. Collectively, we are beginning to have an effect. For instance, because of the coverage during my surrender, the United States Army has opened two parallel investigations into my allegation of abuse of power.

Please support me and my stand against this war by donating to my campaign defense fund. Your tax deductible donation will go towards my legal fees and other expenses.

For more information or to donate online please go to www.sdmcc.org/rickyclousing. Checks can be mailed to: Seattle Draft and Military Counseling Center - P.O. Box 25681, Seattle, WA 98165-1181
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Camp Suzanne - A Call To Action [15 Aug 2006|06:01pm]

wallynotorious
Camp Suzanne - A Call to Action
Help us make a stand against sexual assault in the military


Enough is enough! Sexual assault in the military is intolerable and inexcusable. The military's response of indifference is incomprehensible. The failure of us, as citizens, to hold them accountable for their sex crimes stops now.

Starting Wednesday, August 16th 2006, the Swift Action Network, a Suzanne Swift support group, will pitch up tent outside Fort Lewis in Washington State, where Swift is stationed. The camp will begin at 7pm Wednesday, at Exit 119 on Interstate 5. Our goal is to show solidarity with Suzanne Swift's ongoing plight, and to bring awareness to the epidemic level of sexual assault in the military.

Our demands are as follows:
1) Suzanne Swift be given a full honorable discharge.
2) She be given full medical care for life, as a minor restitution for her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the trauma she has received at the hands of her superiors and the military.
3) The military start bringing the perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment to justice, beginning with the Sergeants that assaulted Swift.
We will not leave until all our demands are met. This has gone on long enough. The time to take a stand against this injustice is right now!

---Sexual Assault in the Military---

From www.suzanneswift.org
"It is estimated that 45% of the women in the US Armed Forces have been sexually assaulted. Another report, in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, states that of the 79% who have been harassed, one third have been assaulted and at least 14% have been gang-raped by co-workers. Many reports from the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan authenticate this data.

While many, many women and men in the Armed Forces suffer sexual assault and harassment in silence, there are a few brave individuals who refuse to be silent any longer. Specialist Suzanne Swift is one of those people.

---Suzanne's Story---

Not long after Suzanne Swift deployed to Iraq in February 2004, two of her Sergeants began propositioning her for sex. They forced her into what is referred to as "command rape," which is rape by a superior officer under the threat of punitive action. In the combat zone, both of these Sergeants have life and death authority over the people under their command. Both of these Sergeants are married. The harrassment continued upon her return to Fort Lewis in February, 2005. This harassment culminated with a statement made by her direct superior, a third perpetrator. When Swift asked him, "Where do I report in the morning?", he responded by saying, "In my bed, naked."

When her unit set to redeploy to Iraq in January, 2006, she refused to return, and went AWOL. She stayed with her mother in Eugene, Oregon, until she was found and arrested on June 11, 2006. She was brought back to Fort Lewis, and placed back under the supervision of one of the Sergeants who assaulted her. At first, she was confined to barracks with that individual, though now she is able to leave the base.

---Our Message---

Sexual harassment and assault in the military will no longer be tolerated. The military's long-standing refusal to take responsibility for crimes committed under its watch ends now.

The demonstration will focus on freeing Suzanne Swift, and on raising awareness of the military's continued tolerance of sexual assault. The demonstration is not anti-war in itself, although war certainly exacerbates the problem.

---How Can I Help?---
*Donate money (A donation account is being set up, contact suzanneswiftaction@yahoo.com for more information).
*Bring supplies for us. Food, water, sunscreen, art, sign making supplies, anything you think we might need.
*NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL!
*Bring a tent, and pitch up with us. Food and entertainment will be provided as aid and donations come in.
*Tell others about the crime of sexual assault and harassment in the Armed Forces.

For any other questions, please e-mail us at suzanneswiftaction@yahoo.com
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Urgent: Court solidarity needed for Port of Olympia arrestees [10 Aug 2006|11:43am]

wallynotorious
[ mood | Tear it down ]

This is it! The big, final pre-trial hearing! Either they take over 20 of us to trial, or we all walk. It'll all be decided Friday morning, and we need your solidarity!

History

On May 30th, 2006, 22 people were arrested at the Port of Olympia front gate for non-violent civil disobedience, in an attempt to stop war shipments bound for Iraq.

The courts have tried to scare us. They've tried to intimidate us. They've tried to break our solidarity. They've thrown around such ludicrous threats as a $29,000 fine to cover the port's costs incurred during our demonstration. They've threatened jail time. They've offered "deals" with such stipulations as not being able to be arrested for the same offense again within a year, not being able to be in the secured area of the Port of Olympia, and having to pay $200 restitution per person to that very port. Not one of these terms is acceptable.

Now, I can't speak on behalf of everyone else in our tight-knit, highly communicative group. Only myself. But the way I see it, they can go to Hell with their "deals." I can spend ninety days in jail. I can work $1000 worth of community service. But I don't back down from nobody.

But none of that will be necessary. We have the prosecution on the ropes. They're reeling. The original prosecutor upped and disappeared, and the new prosecutor simply cannot handle this kind of caseload in such short order. All we need is one strong show of presence in the courtroom, to show the prosecution that they'll never scare us, and we will win.

Did you say "party?"

I sure did! We're hosting a party, right there in our courtroom! Thurston County Courthouse (a three minute bus ride from downtown Oly), this Friday morning at 9 am. If you live anywhere near Olympia and support a swift, non-violent end to the brutal occupation of Iraq, come on down and hang out with the Olympia 22 in a show of solidarity! There'll be fun, music, dancing. The party begins tonight, will move to the courthouse in the morning, and will go on even after the prosecution throws our cases out the window.

Wear something that identifies you as a supporter of the arrestees. (For instance, a bandana around your neck.) Let's show the world that immoral war can and will be resisted, not just by highly recognized nationwide activist groups, but by dedicated individuals, inspired into doing good on the ground level.

If you need any more info, drop me a line at ersatzcats@yahoo.com.

Tear it down!

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C D at Bangor [08 Aug 2006|07:16am]

wallynotorious
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
16159 Clear Creek Road NW Poulsbo, WA 98370
Website: www.gzcenter.org, E-mail: info@gzcenter.org

AUGUST 7, 2006--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

10 people arrested marking the 61st Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing at the Trident submarine base at Bangor, WA--3 demonstrators held in jail for arraignment at 1 PM Tuesday, August 8, in Port Orchard.

Peace activists joined at confirmed site of weapons of mass destruction to declare Hiroshima and Nagasaki Never Again.

50 people walked at early dawn to the demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor base. 10 demonstrators blocked the highway entrance into the base, carrying individual signs and photos concerning nuclear weapons.

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Call to Action - June 27 [20 Jun 2006|05:46pm]

wallynotorious
June 27th (a week from today) is a national day of action to support Lieutenant Watada, in his commitment to disobey the order he has been given to deploy to Iraq and participate in the illegal occupation. Actions are to be held across the country in support of him, ranging from vigils to civil disobedience.

Communities are encouraged to organize their own events. There is a planning meeting for the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia region this Thursday. I will post the when and where of that meeting, and the action that meeting decides on, when they are available.

I realize this is short notice, but everything surrounding Lt. Watada has been moving at light speed. We, especially those of us in the Pacific Northwest who are working directly with Watada, are hoping the peace movement will come together, just as it came together a year ago to show immense nationwide solidarity with Camp Casey in Texas.

Thank you, and Peace.

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Blockade [12 Jun 2006|08:52am]

wallycuddeford
An untold story from the Port of Olympia protests

On Wednesday, May 23, eleven peace activists formed a blockade in the streets of Olympia, to stop the Stryker vehicles from entering the Port of Olympia (at which point, there would be no stopping them from being shipped off), and hence cut off material support for the war in Iraq.

The Olympia police did their standard deal and arrested nine people, without pepper spray or anything on this occasion. In the end, all the people were arrested except for these two:


The police made no attempt to arrest either of them. After stalling for an hour or so, the police told the Stryker brigade there was no way they were getting any farther. The vehicles backed up and went back the way they came.

(The vehicles did end up taking the long road to the far end of the port, where the police were able to successfully break up another street blockade and get the vehicles inside).

Why was this street blockade a success? Why did the police make no attempt to break up this blockade of two?

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Tear It Down [06 Jun 2006|03:22pm]

wallynotorious
[ mood | incarcerated ]

Tear It Down
One person's account of the Port of Olympia demonstration on Tuesday, May 30th, 2006.


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Kevin Benderman [28 May 2006|04:56pm]

wallynotorious
[ mood | amused ]

I went to the "Free Kevin Benderman" rally yesterday, on the I-5 overpass outside Ft. Lewis. There were about 15 of us, and about 15 of the pro-war peeps.

Here's the Daily-O's story about it: http://www.theolympian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060528/NEWS01/60528007/1006

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Icon for April 29 UFPJ March [12 Apr 2006|11:29pm]

e_morgan
Thought some of you might be interested in this. If it is not welcome, feel free to delete it.

My first foray into animated .gif making:



Made this to promote the upcoming march on April 29 organized by United For Peace and Justice.

Feel free to steal for your own use or post to communities who may be interested.
X-posted to antiwar, activistcaravan, angry_hippy, and chicagoforpeace.
(My apologies to those of you on multiple lists!)

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Two years ago today [04 Apr 2006|03:39am]

wallycuddeford
[ mood | pensive ]

In Memory of Casey Sheehan


May 29, 1979 - April 4, 2004

He was a hero of the highest order. I regret not being able to shake his hand and thank him for his dedication to others.

Please remember his sacrifice on this day, and remember that there are thousands more heroes with equal sacrifices to be remembered.



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Cindy Sheehan returning to Crawford [31 Mar 2006|07:19pm]

wallycuddeford
[ mood | awake ]

http://crawfordpeace.nfshost.com/easter

With President Bush planning to take his usual Easter vacation at his ranch, the peace activists from around the country, including Cindy Sheehan and other Gold Star Families for Peace, will return to Camp Casey for four days of rallies, performances, teach-ins and more. Also at the heart of this event: Vets for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Code Pink and more.

We welcome all who would like to join us for these days of action, as the calls to stop the war and the Bush policies of torture, secrecy, and lies, are directed at the Western White House.

Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, plan your route, but find your way to Crawford for the Spring excitement, April 13 - 16. The March to Redeem the Soul of America will provide a lead in to the Crawford events, starting in Dallas on April 1 and arriving in Crawford on the 14th.

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