War resisters persisting and winning

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Everybody is supposed to forget

that the United States is still at war – in Iraq, and Afghanistan and Pakistan. But from Illinois to Washington state war resistance presses on. Peace warriors with Port Militarization Resistance in the Pacific Northwest have already stopped the military from using the city of Olympia’s civilian port to transport combat materiel. Now they’re aiming their street and highway blockades toward Tacoma’s port. Arrests, no doubt, will climb. And so will the numbers of bold blockaders disgusted with U.S. militarization.

Thousands of miles away

in Chicago, the jury just acquitted gay liberation and anti-war organizer Andy Thayer of phony felony charges. Last year, he and others greeted ex-president Bush in the Windy City with a big, bold anti-war banner. After the court victory, Thayer said, “These wars, orchestrated by leading politicians of both parties, have killed one million plus and robbed whole nations of their right to self-determination.”

In another courtroom struggle, the Army has finally dropped most charges against 1st Lt. Ehren Watada. He has been a beacon for the anti-war movement ever since he refused to go to Iraq because “it is an illegal and unjust war.” Watada was charged with “refusing to deploy” and felonious “conduct unbecoming an officer.” We consider his actions exceedingly becoming!

 

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