Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan
Lt. Ehren Watada, first US officer to refuse to go to Iraq
US veterans, military families & civilian survivors will testify about their experiences in "Winter Soldier" hearings organized by IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR (IVAW).
Dozens of public viewings are planned in the US. So far in Europe, there are events in Rome, Berlin & Ansbach – where US army bases will be leafleted.
COME & WATCH IT LIVE AT THE GLOBAL WOMEN’S STRIKE 2008 EVENT
organised with Payday men’s network
== Saturday 15 March, 6.30pm ==
at the CROSSROADS WOMEN’S CENTRE 230a Kentish Town Rd
(door on Caversham Rd) Kentish Town – wheelchair accessible
80% of the casualties of war are women & children. $1 trillion a year is spent on the military worldwide, more than half by the US. 10% of this would provide the essentials of life for all: water, sanitation, housing, healthcare, nutrition, literacy . . . The Global Women's Strike and Payday men’s network are demanding the return of military budgets to the community, beginning with women, the main carers of people and the planet.
INVEST IN CARING NOT KILLING!
"To stop this war, for the soldiers to stop fighting it, they must have the unconditional support of the people.
“How do you support the troops but not the war? By supporting those who can truly stop it; let them know that resistance to participate in an illegal war is not futile and not without a future."
Lt. Ehren Watada, first US officer to refuse to go to Iraq - facing 7 years in prison. His court-martial ended in a mistrial but he is still in legal limbo.
The Winter Soldier hearings are modeled on the 1971 event of the same name organized by anti-war veterans who galvanized the movement that ended the Vietnam war.
Wherever we are, we all suffer from war: the utter theft of our lives and resources. Our survival often depends on soldiers saying “No”!
Soldiers – women and men – who refuse to kill, maim, rape and torture are jailed, assaulted and forced underground. But they have the right and the duty to obey their conscience rather than military orders. With supporters and campaigns, so often organized by women, more and more are determined not to be commanded into killing.
* Tune in, come to our public showing or organize yours in houses, community centres, places of worship, trade-union branches, Post your event on IVAW’s website and tell us so we can put it on our website too.
* Write a statement of support for the hearings on IVAW’s website. Send a copy to Payday for our website. If you are a conscientious objector/refusenik or relative of someone in the military tell about your experience. Let Winter Soldier know that the world supports them!
* Details on Winter Soldier on IVAW's website: http://www.ivaw.org.
Global Women’s Strike http://www.globalwomenstrike.net
Payday men’s network http://www.refusingtokill.net
PO Box 287 London NW6 5QU Tel 020 7482 2496
REFUSING TO KILL IS NOT A CRIME!