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Blow Your Whistle! Truth and Freedom Win Over Lies and Slavery

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:03 PM

The Supreme Court will decide whether to expand whistleblower protections, and along with their scheduled decisions regarding marriage inequality, I hope they decide to give people more rights and more protections. Whistle blowing should not be a crime, and corporations and institutions should not have free rein to...

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10 Years and Another World Later

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Ten years ago, I was a 20-year-old Marine who was about to cause a world of trouble by becoming the first person in the military to publicly speak out against the Iraq War. I'd end up court-martialed, fined, demoted to Private, given a Bad-Conduct discharge, and sentenced to...

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They Say 'Court-Martial'? We Say 'Grand Marshal'!

(16) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 4:10 PM

This week I was proud to read a statement of support for Bradley Manning before his court-martial and protest the San Francisco Pride board for rescinding his community grand marshal status after he was democratically elected by former San Francisco Pride grand marshals. Below is my statement.

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Make Drag, Not War!

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Veteran Artists and Iraq Veterans Against the War are pleased to present the 3rd annual "Make Drag, Not War!" Sunday December 4th at Dance Mission Theater.

Make Drag, Not War! is an annual benefit for Veteran Artists that pairs San Francisco's most theatrically talented...

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Updates from Dialogues Against Militarism

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 2:47 PM

Although not specifically a project of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Dialogues Against Militarism (DAM) is composed of several IVAW members from San Francisco; Eddie Falcon, Matt Edwards, and myself. While you can follow the DAM delegation at www.againstmilitarism/blog I thought I would post the contributions...

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Dialogues Against Militarism Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 1:20 PM

Dialogues Against Militarism (DAM) is working on report backs for the first few days of our delegation. We've already held several meetings with groups like New Profile, Council of Unrecognized Villages of the Negev, the Shministim, and Coalition of Women for Peace, Breaking the...

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Introducing Dialogues Against Militarism

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 12:23 AM

It has been a while since my last post -- I have been incredibly busy on an amazing project called Dialogues Against Militarism (DAM). We are a group of US war resisters, conscientious objectors, and anti-militarist organizers travelling through Israel and Palestine over the next few weeks. I came...

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Unmasking Your Power

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 11:14 AM

The efforts of New Organizing Institute's BootCamp participants - 60 young organizers chosen for a crash course in utilizing new media for progressive campaigning - will be tested today in an interactive online mock campaign.

We've spent all week receiving technological training and getting drilled by expert instructors in...

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The Bad Apples Were at the Top

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 3:38 PM

Inspired after reading a piece by Huffpo contributor Gregg Mitchell. Go read it!

Alyssa Peterson was one of the first female U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq -- a 27 year old whose suicide is made more tragic with the release of these memos on torture. She objected to...

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Veterans Bring The Truth Home

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 3:15 PM

As hundreds of consumers crowded downtown San Francisco this Black Friday, local veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan interrupted shopping as usual with a reminder that men and women in uniform are still stationed overseas in harm's way this holiday season.

I was one of several members of Iraq Veterans...

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Tiny American Flags

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2008 | 10:33 AM

Today I visited the San Francisco National Cemetery on the decommissioned military base known as the Presidio. Over 30,000 men and women are buried there, and today each grave was marked with a tiny American flag. Tomorrow, millions of these flags from across the country will be put into storage...

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Independent Thoughts

(4) Comments | Posted July 4, 2007 | 5:28 PM

During the past 14 years, the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy has resulted in over 10,000 discharges from the United States military. It has been estimated that Don't Ask Don't Tell has cost American taxpayers $363.8 million dollars. This estimate, of course, does not include the psychological...

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A True Patriot Act

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2007 | 10:13 AM

Iraq veteran and honorably discharged Marine Sgt. Adam Kokesh was brought before a military hearing last Monday after being accused of misconduct. Officially, his crime was wearing his military uniform without authorization. But unlike many of the estimated 200,000 homeless veterans also wearing their uniforms without permission, Kokesh...

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Losing Some Humanity

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2007 | 9:35 AM

As the much too familiar saying goes: "In war there are no winners, only losers". This is plain to see as we have all witnessed incredible loss due to the war in Iraq: the lives of over 3,400 American troops, of over 63,000 Iraqi civilians, and the projected...

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