Building the GI Resistance Movement

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Thu, 06/24/2010 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Event Location: 
WSU Student Center: Hilberry C
Full Description: 

Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) who have refused deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan will give testimony to the struggle and the value of resisting modern day militarism. Additionally, they will argue that empowering, strengthening, and building the GI Resistance movement is the most effective way to end the occupations - for every soldier that withdraws their consent for the continued occupations is one less gear in the war machine. Furthermore, to build and empower GI Resistance IVAW is focused on fighting for GI and Veteran Rights, to include the right to refuse orders and to Conscientious Objection at any time if they so declare, based on moral, religious, ethical or political reasons. We hope to begin a discussion of what type of long haul commitment and support it will take to build the GI and Veterans Movement.
Participants will be engaged through testimony and a question and answer session with the panel following the presentations. Testifiers will include Camilo Mejia (the first combat veteran to publicly refuse re-deployment to Iraq), Travis Bishop and Victor Agosto (Iraq veterans who publicly refused deployment to Afghanistan), and Robin Long (the first soldier to ever be deported from Canada after seeking political asylum).

Organizer Name: 
Aaron Hughes
Organizer Email: 
aarhughes@ivaw.org
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Language(s): 
English
Tracks: 
Endless War: militarization, criminalization and human rights
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