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Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

February 24th, 2011

Civil Resistance to the Wars Continues

"We should not think that the destruction and suffering unleashed by war is limited to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Individuals and whole cities here at home have become 'collateral damage.'  Millions of people are thrown out of their jobs and then out of their homes.  Pressures cascade onto state and local governments as ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

October 4th, 2010

New York City Super-Elderly Take a Lead in Protesting the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Just because one is 80, 90 or older, don't think for one moment one doesn't still retain the power to effectively protest the wrongs committed by our Government. Many old people wished to go to Washington D.C. Saturday, October 2, to join the One Nation March to advocate an end ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

October 1st, 2010


Mission accomplished. No arrests made. We even got the banner back. Here's our press release:Today at 1:00pm eastern time, U.S. military veterans hung an enormous banner on the front of the Newseum, wrapping their message around the First Amendment chiseled in five stories of limestone.Opposed to the wars and occupations ... continue reading

September 23rd, 2010

VIDEO: Activists Demand Release of Army PFC Bradley Manning

SAN DIEGO, CA — More than 50 individuals from activist organizations and their supporters gathered at Horton Plaza on September 19 to demand the release of Army PFC Bradley Manning. The Army intelligence analyst was arrested and jailed for allegedly leaking video of U.S. Apache helicopter pilots killing innocent people ... continue reading

September 20th, 2010

Protesters rally behind imprisoned soldier

QUANTICO, Va.  - Chants of “Free Bradley Manning” filled the air Sunday afternoon at the Quantico Municipal Park during a rally in support of the Army private first class charged with the unauthorized use and disclosure of classified information.“We’re concerned because specifically we believe there are war crimes being committed ... continue reading

September 19th, 2010

VIDEO: Protesters demand release of soldier accused in Wikileaks case

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. - Protesters gathered just outside Joint Base Lewis McChord on Saturday to demand the release of a soldier accused of releasing sensitive information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The U.S. government has charged the soldier, Pfc. Bradley Manning, with passing classified information. They are ... continue reading

Mike Ferner

Veterans for Peace

August 31st, 2010

Veterans Respond to Obama's "Rebranded Occupation" Announcement

A veteran’s perspective makes it clear that two major points must be made in response to President Obama’s announcement regarding combat troops leaving Iraq.First, there is no such thing as “non combat troops.” It is a contradiction in terms. It is internally inconsistent. It is illogical. It is simply not ... continue reading

August 21st, 2010

Antiwar activists rally around suspected leaker

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Army private suspected in one of the largest unauthorized disclosures of classified information in U.S. history has become a hero to many anti-war activists who have joined an international effort to free him.At demonstrations this month in New York, Oklahoma City and Quantico, Va., where Army ... continue reading

August 15th, 2010

Army analyst linked to WikiLeaks hailed as antiwar hero

For antiwar campaigners from Seattle to Iceland, a new name has become a byword for anti-establishment heroism: Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning. Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst, is suspected of leaking thousands of classified documents about the Afghanistan war to the Web site WikiLeaks. The breach has elicited a furious ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

June 24th, 2010

Victims of Oiligarchy?

Maybe it was because June is "Torture Awareness Month", but when the wrenching image of an oil drenched pelican (taken by Associated Press Photographer Charlie Riedel) as a result of the BP oil spill appeared in our Star Tribune newspaper earlier this month, anti-torture activist Diane Steen-Hinderlie quickly spotted this ... continue reading

June 4th, 2010

Group tired of spending money on war

Drivers slowed down by the "bottleneck" on Route 4 near Belle Avenue, because a 40-foot banner hanging from the Garrison Avenue Bridge caught their eyes on Sunday.The banner, "$1 Trillion for War – No More!" marked the day U.S. taxpayers had spent $1 trillion since 2001 on the wars on ... continue reading

June 2nd, 2010

Middleton School Assembly Held Despite Protests

MIDDLETON, Wis. -- An assembly at Middleton High School that included skydiving by a group of U.S. Army paratroopers went on as planned Wednesday despite protests.Members of a local veterans group, who were concerned the event was recruiting students for the military, pushed for the assembly to be canceled.For the ... continue reading

June 2nd, 2010

VIDEO: Veterans protest Middleton High School parachute display

MIDDLETON, WI -- A scheduled parachute demonstration by the U.S. Army's Golden Knights draws the ire of a veterans' organization.Buzz Davis, a former infantry officer and member of Veterans for Peace, says the demonstration would glorify the military."The problem is that in real life these soldiers once they hit the ... continue reading

May 31st, 2010

Tombstones line 8th Avenue for war dead

GAINESVILLE, FL — The 5,473 plastic gravestones along Northwest Eighth Avenue for the Memorial Day weekend grew by several hundred from last year, reflecting the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Among the tombstones is one for Marine Lance Cpl. Philip Paul Clark, 19, of Gainesville, whose funeral was Friday at ... continue reading

May 30th, 2010

On Memorial Day, many families can't forget the wars

Memorial Day has a distinct meaning for the veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the families of the 5,400 Americans who have died in these wars.Just ask Carlos Arredondo, whose son Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo was one of seven Marines killed in the battle of Najaf in ... continue reading

May 28th, 2010

VIDEO: Slain Soldiers Honored in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. -- The meaning of Memorial Day is often overshadowed by celebrations, but a group aims to share why the holiday is here in the first place.The local Lane County chapter of Veterans For Peace is helping people remember the realities of war.In a patch of grass near Eugene's ... continue reading

March 1st, 2010

Turning Point: When Soldiers Have Had Enough

Stand up and repeat these words in marching cadence:"I went down to the market Where all the people shop I pulled out my machete And I began to chopI went down to the park Where all the children play I took out my machine gun And I began to spray"This ... continue reading

February 24th, 2010

War's death toll brings out protesters

Local anti-war protesters, marking what they count as the 1,000th American killed in action in Afghanistan, staged a demonstration Tuesday night in Daytona Beach. The death toll differs from the count of the U.S. Department of Defense, which reports 916 total soldiers have been killed in action in and around ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

February 24th, 2010

Rain-Drenched, Wind-Tossed NYC Peace Grannies Hold Memorial for 1,000 Dead G.I.s in Afghanistan

It seems as if most of our U.S. populace has forgotten that U.S. soldiers are dying in Afghanistan.  Focused on Tiger Woods' sex life and, more understandably, the seemingly endless, unresolvable health reform and jobs battles in Washington, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan appear to be ignored. However, a ... continue reading

November 9th, 2009

Condoleezza Rice speaks amid a crowd of torture protesters

Condoleezza Rice spoke at a synagogue in St. Louis Park Sunday, addressing issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, terrorism and the spread of democracy in the Middle East. Rice’s visit is part of Beth El Synagogue’s national speaker series, which has included the likes of Dan Rather, Colin Powell and ... continue reading

June 17th, 2009

In Congress: 32 Heroes, 21 Frauds David Swanson

After Downing Street"I want to support my president," said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who changed her no vote to a yes. The congressional elections of 2006 and 2008 were almost universally understood as shaped by public desire to end the war in Iraq. Last month, when a war supplemental spending ... continue reading

June 6th, 2009

We Don't Need the General Motors Corporation Mike Ferner

Times are anxious, indeed, but simultaneously we are face-to-face with an extremely rare chance to replace our transportation system with something we can literally live with. To take advantage of this uncommon opportunity we will have to do something far more profound, yet less costly, than a government bailout or ... continue reading

May 12th, 2009

Dear President Obama Veterans for Peace

Veterans for PeacePresident Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 May 12, 2009 Dear President Obama, We write to you again, this time to say we are saddened to see that you now clearly believe in the tired, inhumane and unworkable assumption that violence will ... continue reading

May 4th, 2009

Youth and veteran groups protest virtual army centers

A large group protested against a mall center's use of video games to get children interesting in enlisting in the army in Philadelphia over the weekend, leading to the arrest of seven masked individuals. By Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica A group of protesters marched on a virtual army experience ... continue reading

March 19th, 2009

Our Troops and Iraqis Are Still Dying: An Open Letter to the Peace/Anti-War Movement Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans For Peace

WASHINGTON - March 19 - After six years of war and the historic election of a new President, we as veterans, military and Gold Star families felt an urgent need to reach out to the larger peace/anti-war movements to make our position on Iraq clear during this time of political ... continue reading

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? Ray McGovern Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity Donna Smith The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
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