Antiwar/Antimilitarism

Majority want timeline to end Afghan war

The majority of Americans want the Obama Administration to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, CBS News reports. 54% think the U.S. should set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with 41% opposed.

2010/07/01: Madison Isthmus: Meeting the needs of returning soldiers

30,000 Wisconsin service members have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. How can we help those that have returned home with their readjustment? Todd Dennis (left of photo) of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Fran Wiedenhoeft of Veterans for Peace were featured in a Madison Isthmus report, "Coming Home," that sought to answer this question. Read more...

Think Outside the Bomb plans summer actions

As national nuclear policy heads toward a nuclear relapse, a diverse coalition of youth is stepping up to confront the madness. Think Outside the Bomb (TOTB)— the largest youth-led anti-nuclear network in the U.S. — is organizing their “Disarmament Summer” campaign, which will host a series of events across the country and culminate in a 10 day action encampment this summer in New Mexico.  Jennifer Nordstrom, who worked with WNPJ on its Carbon Free Nuclear Free campaign until April, is in New Mexico working with TOTB.

Peace is Patriotic - in the 4th of July Parades

The Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation participated once again this year in the Milton 4th of July parade.  There were eleven participants in the 'peace is patriotic' entry, seven of which were veterans.  Complete photos on our web site:  www.rockvalleyfor.org/Milton-2010.htm .

WNPJ Blog: Who cares about Afghanistan?

Have the American people tuned out the Afghanistan war? Frank Pauc, father of a soldier who may be called to serve in Afghanistan next spring, asks, "If the war in Afghanistan is such a waste, why isn't there more of an uproar in our country?" Frank wants us all to think about how we can reach the public, so that they "see that the war makes an impact on their lives", so even people who don't have a son or daughter in the military give more thought to - and take action against - the wars we are fighting. Read and comment here...

Witness Against Torture Trial: Broken Promises, Broken Laws, Broken Lives

 

Monona resident and WNPJ member Joy First (left, with Cindy Sheehan) reports on the website Common Dreams about the trial in Washington, D.C. that ended in acquittal for her and 23 other peaceful protesters. Joy writes: "When I talk about my work in nonviolent civil resistance, working for peace and social justice, I always tell people that we are never acquitted by a judge at a bench trial... I will not be able to say that anymore..." Is this a hopeful sign for those who resist war through nonviolent civil resistance?  Read more...

WNPJ Blog: No more "brilliant" Generals, please

Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter who published the story that was General Stanley McChrystal's undoing, describes the General as "brilliant." Among the General's "brilliant" observations: The presence of American soldiers in Afghanistan, and the Afghan casualties they cause, are fueling the insurgency. But what good are insights like these if you're not willing to draw the obvious conclusion? And why does President Obama share the same tendency to accurately analyze a problem, right before making it worse? Read and comment here...

WNPJ Blog: Security for Americans: What does Israel have to do with it?

On the WNPJ blog, Lou Recine says, "Rather than wage wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan, one thing that the United States CAN do to promote both its own security as well as justice in the Middle East is assert itself as an impartial broker of peace between Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, by exerting appropriate diplomatic and economic pressure on Israel."  Read and comment here...

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