Antiwar/Antimilitarism

Maryland "Bring the Guard Home" does its homework

The week of March 8 was an important one for activists in two states working to reform federal use of their states' National Guards, with hearings scheduled before both the Maryland and Wisconsin legislatures on "Safeguard the Guard" legislation.

New Zealand Peace protesters win acquittal on charges of damaging U.S. spy base

Protesters in 2008 punctured a cover at the Waihopai satellite station in New Zealand. Photo: New Zealand Herald

In New Zealand, three peace activists have been found not guilty of breaking into and damaging a spy base used in the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. In April 2008, the three activists entered the Waihopai facility and deflated a plastic dome used to cover a satellite dish.

After the verdict, one of the three acquitted activists, Dominican friar Peter Murnane, said they acted to help mitigate the human suffering caused by the Iraq war.

Nineteen Wisconsin communities plan events on seventh anniversary of Iraq invasion

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March of 2003, Wisconsin has often led states many times its size in the number and variety of pro-peace events held on the invasion's anniversary. 2010, which marks the seventh year of the Iraq war and occupation, is no exception. Nineteen Wisconsin communities, from Chippewa Falls to Waupaca, have plans for events that call for peace and mark the seventh anniversary, with roadside vigils, teach-ins, marches and public prayers. There are more than 150 events planned nationwide.

Report from Palestine: The long, rough road to school

Cassandra Dixon of WNPJ member group Mary House reports from Palestine:

Friends, greetings from Tuwani, where it is now hot and sunny every day.

For much  of the school year internationals working inTuwani have been accompanying a driver from Tuwani who picks up children who attend AlFakheit school, south of Tuwani.  
 

Testimony in support of Safeguard the Guard by Steve Books - Mt. Horeb

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. Below is the written testimony of one of the participants, Steve Books of Mt. Horeb, who served in the Wisconsin National Guard from 1980-1985.

 

Testimony in support of Safeguard the Guard by Jane Kavaloski - Janesville

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. Below is the written testimony of one of the participants, Jane Kavaloski of Dodgeville.

 

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.

From Wisconsin to Vermont, Safeguard the Guard is news

The March 9 hearing on the Safeguard the Guard bill, before the Wisconsin State Assembly's Committee on Veterans and Military Affiars attracted notice from TV and newspapers across the state of Wisconsin, and even a report from Vermont, the home state of State Rep. Michael Fisher, the author of the nation's first law challeging federal call-ups of a state guard. Photo: WKOW-TV News, Madison

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