Madison: Vets, supporters, turn out for Safeguard the Guard

On March 9, 2010, more than 30 veterans and supporters turned out in support of Assembly Bill 203, a bill to give the Wisconsin Governor the authority to review all federal orders for Wisconsin Guard troops, and to refuse any deployment order determined to be unlawful. Many thanks to Paul McMahon of Heartland Images for the photographs below.

 Mark Foreman of Milwaukee Vets for Peace speaks in support of AB203. From left to right, Veteran Dennis Coyier, John Carey, Tom Contrestan
 Representative Spencer Black, author of AB203, testifies before the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
Vermont Legislator Michael Fisher, author of the nation's first state-level legislation challenging unlawful federal use of the National Guard, testifies.
 Steve Books of Mt. Horeb, who served in the Wisconsin National Guard from 1980-1985, testifies in support of AB203. Text of his testimony here...
 Ben Manski, Madison attorney and Executive Director of Liberty Tree Foundation, a national organization supporting state legislation challenging federal orders for Guard deployments in 20 states.
John Carey, Vietnam veteran and member of Vets for Peace Chapter 25 speaks in support of AB203
 Joy First, Elton Tylenda, Janet Parker, Darryl Sherman (all from Madison)
 Milwaukee resident Jim Draeger, co-chair of Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, manager of Milwaukee's People's Books, and teacher at Herzing College testifying before the committee.
 Veterans John Carey (Madison), Phil Fransen (Belleville), Dennis Coyier (Madison) Photo: Judy Miner
  Vets for Peace members LD Rockwell (left) of Elkhorn and Tom Contrestan of Sheboygan (front) prepare for the hearing Photo: Judy Miner