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And thousands of veterans have formed a Frontline Election Defenders team to use skills honed in the military to protect polling stations and post offices. David Smith of Continue to Serve said that he and VFP share a common commitment. #DropTheMIC #VetsVsHate #VetsOrganize #EndTheWars #DecolonizeThisPlace. In a moment of crankiness this January, using a bullhorn pointed at the University of Kansas campus, I decried the pathetic student turnout at a post–Qasem Soleimani assassination rally against a possible war with Iran. Given that “Billie Jean” blatantly describes an out-of-wedlock paternity battle and that odds were this woman was a pro-life proponent of “family values,” there was something obscene about her carefree shimmy. While the majority of veterans were escorted out, four people were arrested attempting to raise flags that said “End the war on Black people” “Defund the police” and “Invest in Black communities.”. inline_cta_2_text_356034 = '

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'; } if( cta_2_check_356034 ){ Mainly ex-captains and colonels who spanned graduating classes from 1948 to 2019, they briefly grabbed mainstream headlines with their missive. Since the uprising began, the organization has commenced weekly “Stand Down” webinars to keep educating themselves and reach out to veterans and active-duty servicemembers about intersecting oppressions and opportunities for action. cta_1_check_356034 = true; Noting that organizers had formed a “Wall of Moms” between protesters and police, he said that there should be a similar wall of veterans supporting Black Lives Matter. The event, long planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1963 march, featured the families of those shot or killed by police officers, including relatives of George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor. inline_cta_2_url_356034 = 'https://ssl.drgnetwork.com/ecom/NAT/app/live/subscriptions?org=NAT&publ=NA&key_code=68F1CGS&type=S'; } The first crew, those senior officers, have received just about the only media attention, even though they may, in the end, prove the least important of the three. The Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) had at least 25,000 members — 80% were combat veterans –and the VVAW became leaders in the anti-war movement in the early 1970’s. inline_cta_2_bg_color_356034 = '#cc0e0e'; Tweet on Twitter. 72K likes. He described a largely peaceful protest aggressively disrupted by the Secret Service, the D.C. Park Police and other unidentified law enforcement agencies. Cassidy is a civilian who’s organized alongside About Face: Veterans Against the War members since 2012 and joined the staff in 2016. Who We Are Deeply informed by Vietnam Veterans Against the War before us, we are part of a legacy of service members organizing against the wars that we served in. “Their blood is on your hands. David was beaten by federal forces in Portland on Aug. 26, just three days after Jacob Blake was shot and nearly killed by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin in front of his children. Over the months that followed, multiple peaceful demonstrations were met with similar “nonlethal munitions,” tear gas and the so-called “kettling” of protesters, which involves surrounding them with large cordons of officers to control their movement. inline_cta_bg_color_356034 = '#ffcf0d'; By using this website, you consent to our use of cookies. var inline_cta_url_356034 = ''; Veterans have been involved in the movement since before June 1, when protesters were tear-gassed in multiple cities, including in front of the White House, where National Guard troops were deployed. inline_cta_font_color_356034 = '#000000'; jQuery("#inline_cta_2_btn_356034 a").attr("href",inline_cta_2_url_356034); tn_pos: 'rectangle_1', Korean War veterans reflect on the 'Forgotten War' - Duration: 4:50. They believe they are defending freedom and democracy. You can read our Privacy Policy here. The crowd, after all, was vanilla. } Still, a little caution is in order before canonizing a crew that, lest we forget, has neither won nor opposed a generation’s worth of unethical wars that shouldn’t have been fought. “Today many will be asking you to take a moment of silence to honor our fallen brethren. This summer’s uprising sparked the creation of new groups by veterans — some of whom had never thought of themselves as activists — such as Wall of Vets and Continue to Serve. And yes, it’s remarkable that such a who’s-who of former military leaders has spoken as if with one voice against Trump’s abhorrent and inflammatory recent behavior. Sign up for our free daily newsletter, along with occasional offers for programs that support our journalism. But veterans have also played an active role in the uprising led by the Movement for Black Lives. However, in the month-plus since George Floyd’s death, I’ve gotten nearly 100 such messages from serving strangers—as well as from several former West Point students turned lieutenants—more, that is, than in the preceding four years. if( inline_cta_button_text_356034 !='' ){ The banners were even more aggressive. jQuery("#magazine_button_356034").html(magazine_button_text_356034); Cancel Unsubscribe. Which brings us to the final (most fear-inducing) strand of such dissent: those in the serving military itself. tn_articleid: [356034], } var inline_cta_bg_color_356034 = ''; A line of veterans formed and stood between the federal forces and protesters. var inline_cta_font_color_356034 = ''; CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. For our small group of multi-war/multi-tour combat veterans, it was hard not to wonder whether many of these flag-and-weaponry enthusiasts had ever seen a shot fired in anger or sported Old Glory on a right-shoulder uniform sleeve. magazine_text_356034 = '

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'; var magazine_button_bg_color_356034 = ''; One of Biden’s promises, when he becomes president, is to forgive some of the student loan debt by providing $10,000 of student debt relief. Once inside, we had time to kill. It includes veterans groups on the left, like About Face and the Working Families Party-affiliated Vets For the People, as well as the Republican-leaning “Veterans Coalition” convened by the Lincoln Project. MOBILIZE DONATE JOIN The movement they were joining is nonpartisan. Portland veterans answered that call with some vigor. Holloway said that they knew that “the feds are more likely to talk to us than beat on us.” Some of the veterans involved believe their presence contributed to the withdrawal of the federal agents. In order to comment, you must be logged in as a paid subscriber. jQuery("#inline_cta_btn_356034 a input").css("color",inline_cta_font_color_356034); Michael Thur­man, 32, is an active mem­ber of the anti-war vet­er­ans’ orga­ni­za­tion About Face: Vet­er­ans Against The War (for­mer­ly called Iraq Vet­er­ans Against the War).   If Joe Biden ever takes the helm, expect these former flag officers to go mute on this country’s forever wars waged in Baghdad and Baltimore alike. And just how accurate that was became violently apparent the moment we “unmasked” at the base of those flagpoles. Current Issue tn_keyword: ['donald-tru', 'george-flo', 'military-i', 'us-militar'], Both in that joint operation and in the recent joint Veterans for Peace (largely Vietnam alumni) and About Face decision to launch a “Stand Down for Black Lives” campaign—encouraging and supporting serving soldiers and guardsmen to refuse mobilization orders—the two groups have taken real steps toward encouraging multigenerational opposition to systemic militarism. Meanwhile, individual members are connecting with local Black Lives Matter groups to see what’s needed on the ground. I am an aging veteran of the American War in Viet Nam and a co-founder of Veterans For Peace. Our struggle is, at least in part, over who gets to define patriotism. } var inline_cta_2_text_356034 = ''; inline_cta_url_356034 = 'https://www.thenation.com/donate-website/?sourceid=1020084'; More significant and unique is the recent wave of defiance from normally conservative low- to mid-level combat veterans, most, though not all, a generation junior to the attention-grabbing ex-Pentagon brass and suits. Frequently sharing space with Old Glory were images of (often military-grade) weaponry, skulls (one wearing an orange toupee), and anti-liberal slogans. At one point, we listened sequentially to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” and Queen’s “We Are the Champions” over the arena’s loudspeakers. }else{ I couldn’t help but wonder how those artists would feel about the way the Trump campaign had co-opted their songs. After the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, VFP changed its mission to “Peace Abroad, Peace at Home.” Michael McPhearson, who was VFP’s executive director at the time, still remembers some veterans asking “What does police brutality have to do with our mission?” Six years later, those who still did not understand the new focus have left the group, and the rest speak eloquently about the connection between racism and militarized police. In fact, there’s evidence that something is indeed astir in both the soldier and veteran communities the likes of which this country hasn’t seen since thetail endof the Vietnam War, almost half a century ago. Many of the 89 former defense officials who expressed “alarm” in a Washington Post op-ed over the president’s response to the nationwide George Floyd protests, as well as other retired senior military officers who decried President Trump’s martial threats at the time, had widespread name recognition. I was part of our impromptu reconnaissance team that called an audible at the last moment. inline_cta_2_font_color_356034 = '#ffffff'; (There were more people of color serving beers than cheering the president.). Our boots-on-the-ground coalition of two national anti-war veteran organizations—About Face and Veterans for Peace (VFP)—had thrown together a rather risky direct action event in coordination with the local activists who invited us. Tweet on Twitter. Title About Face (New York, N.Y.) 1982-19?? To submit a correction for our consideration, click here. They believe they are defending freedom and democracy. Nothing better exemplified the contrast between what I’ve come to think of as the “pageantry patriotism” of the crowd and the more complex “participatory patriotism” of the dissenting vets than that moment. Thousands of them participate in groups like Veterans for Peace and About Face: Veterans Against the War. Within 36 hours of that news spreading, a handful of other former students expressed interest in his case and wondered if I could put them in touch with him. About Face: Veterans Against the War, New York, New York. Korean War veterans reflect on the 'Forgotten War' - Duration: 4:50. At its first notes—we were still waiting in the arena’s encircling lobby—our whole team reflexively stood at attention, removed our hats, faced the nearest draped flags, and placed our hands upon our hearts. About Face: Veterans Against The War is a New York Foreign Not-For-Profit Corporation filed on July 28, 2020. African-American Navy veterans Leshan and Tessa Terry, had been protesting daily with the local Black Lives Matter. $5.00 attach_money Donate. } cta_2_check_356034 = true; inline_cta_font_color_356034 = '#000000'; Conservatism has made 'social' a dirty word. tn_pos: 'rectangle_4', Somewhere in the middle — in partisan affiliation and tactical approach — are VoteVets, Common Defense and Vets for Responsible Leadership. Last month, one of those former cadets of mine became the first West Point graduate in the last 15 years to be granted conscientious objector status. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Northwest Registered Agent, LLC. Soon after that march, a 29-year-old Black cyclist named Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed by L.A. County sheriffs. The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 5798617. cta_1_check_356034 = true; arrested this month in Michigan for plotting to kidnap the governor, to the “police-involved killing” of Deon Kay, North Dakota to spend $16 million in pandemic relief funds on fracking, UN report says up to 850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature, Let’s reframe individual action as political strategy, Time to grow up: Ending divisions creating peace, Inequality gone viral: The obscene numbers. inline_cta_bg_color_356034 = '#ffcf0d'; Approximately three dozen combat tours braved between us surely didn’t save our nonviolent team from the instant, distinctly physical rancor of the police—or four members of our group from arrest as the climbers shimmied those flagpoles. I don’t pretend to know whether such protests will last or military dissent will augur real change of any sort. 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Wall of Vets Los Angeles responded immediately, first exposing the fact that many L.A. sheriffs and police officers are members of cliques — often called gangs — with names like “Vikings” and “Executioners.” Using the #JusticeForDijon hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, Wall of Vets called on veterans to support protesters who were already filling the streets. inline_cta_2_button_text_356034 = ''; inline_cta_2_bg_color_356034 = '#cc0e0e'; “Then a buddy of mine called and said, ‘We have to get out there,’” referring to the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue now known as BLM Plaza. Quietly active in some of the latter groups are members of Veterans for Peace, which has been supportive of Black Lives Matter from the beginning. Loading... Unsubscribe from The Peace Report? He goes on to emphasize that Biden enabled the war and also awarded the “man who caused the war.” He is referring to the Veterans Day ceremony of 2018, when Biden presented President George W. Bush with the Liberty Medal for his “support of veterans,” according to About Face: Veterans Against the War. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Then there was the powerful visual statement of Marine Corps veteran Todd Winn, twice wounded in Iraq, who stood for hours outside the Utah state capitol in the sweltering heat in full dress uniform with the message “I Can’t Breathe” taped over his mouth. About Face: Veterans Against the War and the undersigned Veterans click here to add your name to this letter Veterans (895, updated 6/9) Devin Griffin, Air Force. They included former Secretary of Defense and retired Marine Corps General Jim (“Mad Dog”) Mattis and that perennial latecomer, former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell. Finally, there’s my own correspondence. 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'; } UPDATE: Almost 900 Veterans have signed this open letter and we are receiving messages from dozens of troops looking to refuse orders or know their options if they get them. Veterans taking action against militarism and endless wars. } attach_money Donate. slotId: "thenation_article_indent", We are Post-9/11 service members and veterans organizing to end a foreign policy of permanent war and the use of military weapons, tactics, and values in communities across the country. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. Copyright (c) 2020 The Nation Company LLC. The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 5798617. We are just wondering why we should vote for somebody who voted for a war and enabled a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters, countless Iraqi civilians. As police riots swamped cities from Portland to Rochester, New York, veteran volunteers continued to show up — documenting police misbehavior on video and sometimes serving as a liaison between protesters and police. Nevertheless, my old boss on West Point’s faculty, retired Colonel Gregory Daddis, summed up the limits of such protection in this phrase: “Patriotic” Veterans Only, Please. Their combined membership is in the tens of thousands. if( inline_cta_bg_color_356034 !='' ){ slotId: "thenation_right_rail_356034", I’ve never seen so many representations of the Stars and Stripes in my life, classic flags everywhere and flag designs plastered on all manner of attire. We suddenly decided to infiltrate not just the perimeter of that Tulsa rally but the BOK Center itself. By standing up for Black lives, pitching tents at Standing Rock Reservation to fight a community-threatening pipeline, and similar solidarity actions, this generation of anti-war veterans is beginning to set itself apart in its opposition to America’s wars abroad and at home. if( is_user_logged_in != null ){ P.O. He never expected such a warlike deployment in his front yard. That said, going undercover in Trumplandia means entering a universe in which it’s exceedingly clear that one political faction holds the flag hostage. cta_2_check_356034 = true; About Face: Veterans Against the War and the undersigned Veterans click here to add your name to this letter Veterans (895, updated 6/9) Devin Griffin, Air Force. Over the years, I’ve received notes from distraught service members with some regularity. tn_articleid: [356034], As vets were doing so in mid-September, the LA Wall’s main organizer put her own body between LAPD and protesters, suffering a leg wound from a rubber bullet. He goes on to emphasize that Biden enabled the war and also awarded the “man who caused the war.” He is referring to the Veterans Day ceremony of 2018, when Biden presented President George W. Bush with the Liberty Medal for his “support of veterans,” according to About Face: Veterans Against the War. This coverage portrays veterans as all on one side of the uprising that began on Memorial Day with the death of George Floyd. } var inline_cta_2_url_356034 = ''; var inline_cta_2_button_text_356034 = ''; About Face: Veterans Against The War is a New York Foreign Not-For-Profit Corporation filed on July 28, 2020. We planned to climb the three main flagpoles around that center and replace an Old Glory, an Oklahoma state flag, and a Tulsa one with Black Lives–themed banners. “Veterans from across the country have been messaging me this week, asking about the organization, who to contact, how to find people in their communities, what I am doing to organize a group here, how to donate, and on and on.”. Notably, such rates of anti-war sentiment exceed those of civilians, something for which there may be no precedent. Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe 7.41K. Watching the events that day was young Marine David Smith, a corpsman who’d deployed to Afghanistan before coming home and joining the reserves. tweet; This past month ... formerly known as Iraq Veterans Against the War. That line also attracted national press: Former Army infantryman Clint Hall told the New York Times that the federal response was “over the top,” and that what they sprayed “felt worse than the tear gas he recalled from his time in the Army.”. “Should American taxpayers from lower-income areas be subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous?". }. We can guess though, since the late Tom Petty’s family quickly denounced the use of his rock song “I Won’t Back Down” at the rally. Click here to log in or subscribe. if( is_user_logged_in != null ){ N.Y.C. Much to the concern of the rest of the team, I’d brought a notebook along and was already furtively scribbling. Logged in as  Cancel Accept. magazine_button_text_356034 = ''; The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 3811097. It includes veterans groups on the left, like About Face and the Working Families Party-affiliated Vets For the People, as well as the Republican-leaning “Veterans Coalition” convened by the Lincoln Project. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Guernica the Philadelphia Inquirer. About Face: Veterans Against The War is a Pennsylvania Domestic Non-Profit (Non Stock) filed on May 19, 2008. — Maggie Lee (@maggmountains) September 6, 2020 Not only does this guy think Joe is disqualified, he has no love for Dubya, either. I watched an older white woman in a “Joe Biden Sucks, Nancy Pelosi Swallows” T-shirt gleefully dancing to Michael Jackson’s falsetto (“But the kid is not my son!”). To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch. }else{ tn_author: ['danny-s'], MOBILIZE DONATE JOIN In Tulsa, Oklahoma during Trump’s June 20 visit, About Face and VFP were there to provide on the ground training for the local “Unify Tulsa” coalition — along with Grassroots Global Justice, Climate Justice Alliance, It Takes Roots, BlackOut Collective and the Ruckus Society. — About Face: Veterans Against the War (@VetsAboutFace) March 4, 2020 Rt.com reports: He continued, arguing that Biden had “enabled” the invasion of Iraq, noting that the former vice president had even awarded ex-president George W. Bush, who launched the war, a ‘Liberty Medal’ in 2018. To become a member of About Face: Veterans Against the War, valid proof of service is required. Nervous joking then ensued about the absurdity of wearing the Trump “camouflage” that had eased our entrance. For Reprints and Permissions, click here. if( inline_cta_2_bg_color_356034 !='' ){ Another popular one photoshopped The Donald’s puffy face onto Sylvester Stallone’s muscle-bound physique, a machine gun at his hip. For more information, visit our Privacy PolicyX, A military veteran against Trump in Washington, DC. var magazine_text_356034 = ''; However, active-duty troops and veterans are not a homogeneous body. } The true meaning of ‘Armistice Day’ — a commitment to peace Robin Wright of The New Yorker even interviewed and quoted a few outspoken signatories (myself included). Should the sudden wave of military and veteran dissent keep rising, it will invariably crash against the pageantry patriots of Chickenhawk America who attended that Tulsa rally and we’ll all face a new and critical theater in this nation’s culture wars. Koni Delgado , Air Force. 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