Ithaca, NY: Marchers encouraged as they near goal

May 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Veterans and Active Duty | Leave a comment

By Linda Stout
Journal Staff

WATERTOWN — Since New York Marches for Peace — a group marching in protest of the Iraq war and for better treatment of veterans of Iraq — left Ithaca last week, they’ve walked up Route 11 through a series of small Central New York towns and villages, joining up with marchers from Rochester and Utica, getting understanding and a few boos along the way. Continue Reading Ithaca, NY: Marchers encouraged as they near goal…

No Peace, No Work: ILWU Shuts Down West Coast Ports on May Day

May 16, 2008 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Labor, Reportbacks | Leave a comment

by Michael Steinberg

On International Workers Day, 25,000 rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union took the day off–and shut down every US West Coast port to call for an end to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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–>San Francisco, May 1-Inside the headquarters of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 at 400 North Point Street, near Fisherman’s Wharf, the old labor saw, “An Injury To One Is An Injury To All,” is prominently displayed.
Continue Reading No Peace, No Work: ILWU Shuts Down West Coast Ports on May Day…

IVAW Newsletter: IVAW Congressional Testimony, IVAW member to refuse deployment

May 16, 2008 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Call for Solidarity, Veterans and Active Duty | Leave a comment

This morning, nine IVAW members testified before Congress for the first time, giving our representatives a picture of the Iraq occupation that has been missing from the debate for too long.

C-SPAN covered the hearing live, and you can watch video of the entire proceedings online or listen to audio from KPFA. Visit the Winter Soldier on the Hill page for links to video and audio files.

IVAW member refuses deployment to Iraq – show your support!

Immediately after this morning’s hearings, IVAW member Sgt. Matthis Chiroux held a press conference where he publicly refused his deployment to Iraq. Sgt. Chiroux had been honorably discharged last summer after four years of service, and had been scheduled to deploy to Iraq in June.

You can read Sgt. Chiroux’s statement on refusing his orders and find links to video of the announcement on our website.

To donate to IVAW’s Legal Fund to support Matthis and other servicemembers who are refusing to support the occupation of Iraq, use our online donation form and select “Legal Fund” under special projects.

If you would like to send a message of support to Sgt Matthis Chiroux, email thankyoumatthis@ivaw.org.

From IVAW.org

DC: Planning Convergence for the RNC/DNC Protests

May 16, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Announcements, RNC/DNC | Leave a comment

Come to DC in June 13-15 to join us for an East Coast Unconventional Convergence. Months before the Republican and Democratic National Conventions we will be hosting a massive training, convergence, and platform for regional consultas for any anti-authoritarian organizers planning to attend the DNC/RNC.
Continue Reading DC: Planning Convergence for the RNC/DNC Protests…

San Francisco: M19: The (Re)Construction of an Antiwar Movement

April 27, 2008 at 11:28 pm | Posted in Movement Commentary, Strategy and Praxis, War Profiteers | Leave a comment

written by David Zlutnick and Ian Paul of the Friendly Fire Collective, 4/25/08

As an anti-war movement, we find ourselves pouring our energy and time into mobilizations which result in isolated days of spectacular actions. We attempt to achieve short-term goals but without the necessary collectively developed long-term vision needed for a sustainable anti-war movement. At times these actions may be able to accomplish goals of their own, yet we must ensure that they are being carried out in the most effective manner possible and at the same time advance us in the achievement of our broader objectives. If our strategy is to build a movement—a movement capable of destroying the state’s capacity to wage wars—then we must be critical of our organizing and gauge its effectiveness by its capacity to build a successful antiwar movement. What follows is our perspective of the actions of M19, our experience of organizing within DASW, what mistakes we feel were made, and how we think we can best move forward to continue to create a radical space for radical action. Continue Reading San Francisco: M19: The (Re)Construction of an Antiwar Movement…

DC: Convergence to Organize Against the RNC and DNC

April 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Announcements, Pro-War Politicians, RNC/DNC, Training | Leave a comment

Unconventional East Coast Convergence Announced
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20080425144123989

Come to DC in June 13-15 to join us for an East Coast Unconventional
Convergence. Months before the Republican and Democratic National
Conventions we will be hosting a massive training, convergence, and
platform for regional consultas for any anti-authoritarian organizers
planning to attend the DNC/RNC. Continue Reading DC: Convergence to Organize Against the RNC and DNC…

CA: Military and FBI Recruiting Protested at UCSC “Career” Fair

April 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Counter-recruitment, Reportbacks, Students | Leave a comment

by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2008 3:21 PM

The tradition of students un-welcoming the military to UC Santa Cruz and disrupting their attempts to recruit is alive and well, as demonstrated during the “Career” Fair on April 22nd. Students Against War rallied in the Baytree Plaza and marched to the “Career” Fair held in the multipurpose rooms for Colleges 9/10. Campus police, administrators, faculty, other staff and students collected backpacks and identification cards from the students who entered the “Career” Fair. Colorful helium balloons arched over steel barricades at the entrance to the “Career” Fair featured signs that boldly proclaimed “Part-time Jobs!!!” Indeed, the future is very bleak for the generations growing up during Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. and whoever comes next. Continue Reading CA: Military and FBI Recruiting Protested at UCSC “Career” Fair…

DC: Compilation of March 19th Media Coverage and such

April 25, 2008 at 5:46 pm | Posted in News, Reportbacks, Students, Veterans and Active Duty | Leave a comment

Admin’s note: Thanks to Lisa Fithian for sending this out.

Continue Reading DC: Compilation of March 19th Media Coverage and such…

Santa Cruz, CA: Students Confront Military Recruiters at Career Fair

April 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm | Posted in Counter-recruitment, Students | Leave a comment

Admin’s note: Students Against War (SAW) is a fantastic organization with a solid track record. SDS and the rest of the antiwar movement would do well to strive to live up to their example.

Students protest military recruiters at UCSC career fair

By J.M. BROWN – Sentinel Staff Writer

SANTA CRUZ – Performing a spoof on TV award shows, a dozen students opposed to military recruiters disrupted a UC Santa Cruz career fair Tuesday, giving Marine and Army officers certificates for being “the best manipulator of sexuality” and telling “the most lies in advertising.”

The Students Against War demonstration, which followed a rally and march of 100 activists, was tame compared to a 2005 clash that led UCSC to close the event. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made Tuesday. Continue Reading Santa Cruz, CA: Students Confront Military Recruiters at Career Fair…

Feedback from Attendees of my Direct Action Workshop

April 21, 2008 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Reportbacks, Students, Training | Leave a comment

Ok, so this may be a little vain, but I’m awfully proud and happy to have been of help to so many great people who attended the COW student conference on April 12th. Click here to find the feedback stats which show my workshop on direct action, named for this blog, which by far got the best feedback of any workshop at the conference (and it was so much fun!). If reading this makes you want to have me come and do the workshop in your locality, or if you want to do the workshop yourself, please drop me a line via the “Announcement Listserv/Feedback” page, which can be found on the right-hand side bar of this page. We’ll work something out!

COMMENTS:

1.

Yay for participatory time–for a Banner Drop! It was great to be hands-on and learn through an activity that was fun & also useful.

2.

This kid Matt seemed like he could easily take on a two hour workshop. He was full of information and got everyone involved. This was the best workshop I attended.

3.

Stick to schedule a bit more.

4.

Definitely my favorite of the day. Matt was incredibly knowledgeable and he showed us a lot of interesting information and videos. I could tell he could have gone on talking for hours and hours about this stuff, and he kept referencing things and saying “write that down” or “look that up” – which I did, and I’m glad I did. I especially loved that instead of just talking about doing something, we actually did get up as a group and did a banner drop.

5.

Lots of content on the history of direct action and why we need direct action. Could do a better role play and more if there where my time

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