Resources for Soldiers & Their Families
See additional resources in "A Duty to Disobey All Unlawful Orders" by Larry Mosqueda.
Advocacy: Getting Help
A Matter of Conscience: GI Resistance during the Vietnam War
Bring Them Home Now! is a campaign of military families, veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and others opposed to the ongoing war in Iraq, galvanized to action by George W. Bush's reckless "Bring 'em on" challenge to the Iraqi resistance. "Our mission is to mobilize military families, veterans, and GIs themselves to demand: an end to the occupation of Iraq and other misguided military adventures; and an immediate return of all US troops to their home duty stations."
Center on Conscience and War
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors supports and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war.
Citizen Soldier is a GI/veterans rights advocacy group founded during the Vietnam war. They have recently provided legal defense and public advocacy for Gulf War refusers.
Courage to Resist
Department of Defense Directive on dissident activities
G.I. Rights Hotline is answered by a coalition of nonprofit, non-governmental organizations who provide information to members of the military about discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, and other civil rights. Toll-free Hotline 800-394-9544.
Gold Star Families Speak Out
Kevin Benderman Defense Committee
Kevin Benderman Timeline
Know All You Can Know: Student privacy & alternatives to militarism
Military Families Speak Out is an organization of people who have relatives or loved ones in the military and who are opposed to war in Iraq. "We were formed in November of 2002 and have contacts with military families throughout the United States, and in other countries around the world."
Military Families Speak Out (Washington chapter)
Military Law Task Force, National Lawyers Guild assists those working on military law issues as well as military law counselors working directly with GIs. It trains and mentors counselors and beginning military law attorneys in all aspects of military law through training materials and direct communication. Its Web site also includes comprehensive links to legal and other resources of interest to military personnel.
Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq
National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force
Not In Our Name
Not Your Soldier
Poll of troops in Iraq: 72% for withdrawal
Seattle Draft & Military Counseling Center
"Sir! No Sir!" Film and Library
Soldiers for the Truth
Thank You, 1st Lieutenant Watada
U.S. Heros of the Iraq War
U.S. Military Interventions Since 1890 by Zoltan Grossman
U.S. Military Base Network Expansion by Zoltan Grossman
Veterans Against the Iraq War is "a coalition of American veterans who support our troops but oppose war with Iraq or any other nation that does not pose a clear and present danger to our people and nation."
Veterans Call to Conscience
Veterans for Common Sense Resource Guide: Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Veterans For Peace includes men and women veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, other conflicts and peacetime veterans. "Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary."
Veterans for Peace Rachel Corrie Chapter 109, Olympia, WA.
Vietnam Veterans Against the War was founded in 1967. Today, "we will continue to oppose senseless military adventures and to teach the real lessons of the Vietnam War. We will do all we can to prevent another generation from being put through a similar tragedy and we will continue to demand dignity and respect for veterans of all eras. This is real patriotism and we remain true to our mission."
Anderson, Glen. "Opposing the Draft."
Grossman, Zoltan. "A History of Military Resistance," June 2006.
McMichael, William H. "Doing the right thing: What to do if you're issued an unlawful order," Army Times, 24 May 2004. Companion article in the Navy Times.
Mosqueda, Lawrence. "A Duty to Disobey All Unlawful Orders," Counterpunch, 26 February 2003. [Summary].
Yellow Bird, Michael. "Why are American Indian soldiers serving in Iraq?" Indian Country Today, 04 August 2006.
Charter of the United Nations
Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nürnberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal: Personal responsibility, impunity, crimes against peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity.
Uniform Code of Military Justice
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