Antiwar/Antimilitarism

Vets for Peace turn out for "Safeguard the Guard"

Mark Foreman of Milwaukee Vets for Peace speaks at a press conference in support of AB203. From left to right, veterans Dennis Coyier, John Carey and Tom Contrestan Photo: Paul McMahon

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Vets for Peace members from Milwaukee, Madison, Sheboygan, Elkhorn, Belleville and Mt. Horeb converged on Madison March 9, to testify before the state Assembly's Veterans and Military Affairs committee in support of AB203, the Safeguard the Guard bill.

The bill would require the Governor to conduct a legal review of any federal request for troops from the Wisconsin National Guard, and to refuse any request determined to be unlawful.

Report from Palestine: Soldiers detain herb-gathering children at gunpoint

Cassandra Dixon, of WNPJ member group Mary House near Wisconsin Dells, reports from Tuwani, Palestine:

Hi Friends -- I hope you are well.  Life continues to be busy and challenging for everyone here in Tuwani.  Two days ago three boys from the village were detained by soldiers while they were trying to harvest herbs on the family land of one of the boys.  This is the season for many native plants here -- they're each available in a short window of time during the brief  spring season here, before everything becomes too dry to grow or be useful as food. 

2010/03/06: Capital Times: Jim Draeger & Ben Manski: Safeguard Wisconsin's Guard from needless deployment

An opinion column in the Capital Times by WNPJ Chair Jim Drager and Liberty Tree Foundation director Ben Manski: For the first time in recent history, citizens of Wisconsin have the opportunity to help answer the question “Who decides about war?” The column also ran in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Baldwin joins Kucinich to force debate on Afghanistan

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is one of 16 co-sponsors of a privileged resolution by Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (H. Con Res. 248), that will require the House of Representatives to debate whether to continue the war in Afghanistan. Debate on the resolution is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 10.  The Pentagon doesn't want Congress to debate Afghanistan. The Pentagon wants Congress to fork over $33 billion more to pay for the current military

Deer Isle, ME first in nation to vote "Bring Our War $ Home"

Last week, the citizens of Deer Isle, a town of about 1900 residents off the coast of Maine, voted at their annual town hall meeting in favor of a resolution that "commands Maine's member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the second Maine Congressional District to oppose all legislation brought before the U.S. House of Representatives that provides further funding of the U.S. warfare and U.S. military occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan." The resolution passed with a 67% "yes" vote.

Chances improve to block war funding

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made his formal request to Congress for $33 billion in "supplemental" money to fund the escalation of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. Many Republicans have announced that they will vote against the war funding, because the bill is also expected to include a provision funding the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to U.S. prisons. If all Republicans vote against the war funding, only 40 "no" votes from Democrats would be required to defeat the bill. Read more and see other WNPJ Action Alerts for this week below..

Cassandra Dixon reports on troubles in Tuwani, Palestine

Cassandra Dixon of WNPJ member Mary House in Wisconsin Dells reports from Palestine:

(Photo: On the way to school with soccer ball and military escort.)

Hi Friends -- The past few weeks have been filled with troubles here in Tuwani. We so frequently see settlers out practicing with slingshots and rocks, and chasing shepherds, that it is almost becoming normal. A few days ago the army arrested a shepherd in a very violent way,

WNPJ Blog: Dutch pull their finger out of the dike

On Sunday, the Dutch government announced it would resist intense U.S. pressure and stick to a promised withdrawal of 2000 Dutch soldiers from Afghanistan. This dangerous outbreak of democracy was viewed with grave concern by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who called the European reluctance to engage in war a threat to peace. Worrisome peace-threatening opposition to war has even spread to our neighbor to the north, as Canada announces its own withdrawal plans. And National Public Radio once again proves itself a reliable mouthpiece for pro-war elites.  Read more...

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