Taking a Stand ~ Not in My Name!

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This is what real courage looks like.

This amazing post on the blog, 4justpeace, reports the story of 50 young Israeli “refuseniks” who are likely to go to prison for refusing conscription in the Israel “Defense” Force.

These brave citizens of the World refuse to support a system which routinely violates human rights of the Palestinian people and Israelis alike. Their statement quoted on the blog is very moving.

Bravo to the “Refuseniks!”

If you can find a way to support this movement, please do so. Here’s their website: http://www.yeshgvul.org.il/en/about-2/. “There is a limit !”

And please follow 4justpeace.wordpress.com.

Originally posted on 4justpeace:

Soldier at Nonviolent Demonstration Photo Credit: Dawn

Soldier at Palestinian Nonviolent Demonstration
Photo Credit: Dawn

We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army! It is not easy to take an unpopular stand for what we know is right! And I am proud of the 50 Jewish Israeli teenagers who on March 8th published an open letter to Netanyahu declaring their decision to refuse conscription because of the military occupation of Palestinian territories ~ “In these territories, human rights are violated and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis.” ~ For having the courage to follow their conscience, these 50 teenagers will likely be imprisoned.

Soldiers Patrolling the Old City of Hebron Photo Credit: Dawn

Soldiers Patrolling the Old City of Hebron
Photo Credit: Dawn

According to Ruth Hiller from New Profile, a feminist Jewish Israeli organization that supports conscientious objectors, “These youth are also protesting the way in which the army influences civilian life, deepening the sexism, militarism…

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GDAMS ! … It’s tax day

For this year’s Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

The Linus Pauling Chapter of VFP will join other peace and justice folks in a public information appearance at the Corvallis-Benton County Library on Tax Day, April 15, from 4pm – 7pm. Please join us for some or all of the event.

We will be tabling on the sidewalk in front of the library with information, including the 2014 edition of the War Resisters League “Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes” flier with pie chart.

We will also have our dry-erase board on hand and will ask folks to write down what they would rather have their tax dollars spent on. See the photo gallery from the GDAMS event in 2011.2015 pie chart.indd

The Corvallis-area elementary and middle schools let out between three and four, so that guarantees some parents passing by with little ones.
Also, the Corvallis League of Women Voters is showing “The Healthcare Movie” at 7pm. So there is a good chance to connect on the message of lost “opportunity costs” from money that goes to the Pentagon.

Uncle Sam will be joining us, so that should draw some attention as well.

For more information about GDAMS, please see:  http://demilitarize.org/gdams-2014/gdams-us

Please join us and bring a sign if you like.

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Labor says: WI must shift from military spending to sustainable economy

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The myth that labor blindly supports ridiculously high Pentagon spending has been debunked repeatedly. Most of the rank and file understand that Congress doesn’t fund the Pentagon to support home district jobs. They do it to “earn” defense contractor campaign contributions. Two solutions: 1) Get corporate money out of politics (e.g., MoveToAmend.org; publicly financed elections) and get Congress to begin shifting budget dollars to more sustainable jobs.

Originally posted on Peace Action Blog:

By Judith Le Blanc, Peace Action Field Director MOVE circle

A great way to end the year is to toast yet another step forward in the Move the Money Campaign.

Peace Action, national and WI are working with WAND/WILL state legislators, National Priorities Project and the WI Network for Peace and Justice to introduce a CT style state bill to create a commission to explore ways for the local economy to move from dependence on defense contracts for good paying manufacturing jobs to producing for civilian needs.

The South Central Federation of Labor in WI  passed a resolution in support of such a bill, following in the steps of the CT State Federation of AFL-CIO and the MD-DC Federation in support of the bill being worked on in MD.

The introduction of bills in other states are being explored by WAND/WILL state legislators with the support of Peace Action and National Priorities…

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Nukes are nuts, 2014 edition

Please call your senators and congressperson today. Proposed congressional legislation will help reduce wasteful spending on nuclear weapons and their delivery platforms.

Photo: DoD

Ohio-class Trident submarine with missile tubes open. Photo: DoD

The president’s budget request for 2015 shows that his priorities are still dangerously backwards, asking for yet another increase for nuclear weapons while crucial domestic spending continues to be slashed.

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Army Makes Case Against Enlisting

photo: Michael S. Gordon, The Republican

photo: Michael S. Gordon, The Republican

[ed. note:  We had read various reports about this paper from the Army War College, but none included the detail of analysis that David offers here. We were especially interested in this piece because some of us prepared papers for the Naval War College a few years back. Ours were a bit more critical of  current government operations, to wit, our fickle foreign policy, but that's a discussion for another day. Given the swarming attention it has garnered from across the internet, we're guessing this lad's paper was graded more harshly than ours. Now on to David Swanson's fine article.]

Army Makes Case Against Enlisting

by David Swanson

 Full article at warisacrime.org.

Remarkably, the U.S. Army War College has published a report (PDF) that makes an overwhelming case against enlisting in the U.S. Army.  The report, called “Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to U.S. Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead,” identifies counter-recruitment organizations that effectively discourage young people from joining the military.

This is the highest honor the Army could give these groups, including Quaker House, the Mennonite Central Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Courage to Resist.  Activists often disbelieve in the effectiveness of their own work until the government admits it explicitly.  Well, here is that admission.  And counter-recruitment activists really do seem to appreciate it.

Read the full article here: http://warisacrime.org/content/army-makes-case-against-enlisting

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April 15 Tax Day: Global Day of Action on Military Spending!

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Veterans for Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter, Corvallis is planning a local event to increase public awareness on the issue of Pentagon spending. Stay tuned.

Originally posted on Peace Action Blog:

VA Organizing at teh Richmond, VA post office on April 15, 2013

VA Organizing at teh Richmond, VA post office on April 15, 2013

By Judith Le Blanc, Peace Action Field Director

The International Peace Bureau’s Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) is April 15, US Tax Day. Peace Action is convening a cross section of peace and community, faith-based national groups who are supporting local actions across the country on Tax Day. Tax Day will be a day to shine a light on the Pentagon budget and how it drains the resources needed for our communities.

Not only does our government allocate a majority of the discretionary spending every year on the Pentagon at the expense of human needs and diplomacy, it also is one of the world’s biggest arms dealers.

The Tax Day actions are a call for changing national spending priorities, it is also a day of solidarity with all those who suffer from US wars past…

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VFP Linus Pauling Chapter joins World Beyond War

Why work to oppose only the “wrong” wars?

Why not go after the whole enchilada?  Why not oppose ALL wars?

VFP Linus Pauling Chapter is proud to have joined a rapidly growing coalition called World Beyond War, due to roll out officially on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2014.

Our Corvallis VFP chapter has signed on for all of the supporting actions you will see at the World Beyond War website when you sign on, so we will be calling on our members and friends to fill support roles on this. No matter what your talents or interests…If you support peace, we’re certain we can find a valuable contribution for you to make.

Here is some information from their website and a short video describing the situation.

World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to fully end the institution of war and establish a just and sustainable peace.
We’re officially launching on September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace in the centennial of the war to end all wars. We believe the time as come to use peace to end all wars.
To be posted here will be a surprisingly large, international, and diverse list of organizations and individuals. Thousands of people and groups have already signed the declaration of peace in dozens of countries. We’ll make the list public in good time.
Here are quotes from some of us. [You may recognize the names of some Oregon supporters.]
Please consider signing on too, if you haven’t already.
Signing on is the way to get involved and help shape the planning of this movement before it is launched.
You can write to us at World Beyond War, P.O. Box 1484, Charlottesville VA 22902 USA
To donate tax-deductibly through our fiscal sponsor until our own 501(c)3 exists: Make the check out to World Beyond War – NI. Send it to: Nonviolence International, 4000 Albemarle Street, NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20016, USA.

Please watch this video and sign the pledge TODAY!

WBW Video

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