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Special Report | March 19 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance to Wars, for Bradley Manning

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  • Vets lead DC march against war, for Bradley Manning
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  • Veterans Demand Peace: 113 Arrested at White House
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Photo Essay: Vets lead DC march against war, for Bradley Manning, Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle
US Military veterans led march and rally at the White House on the 8th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq under the banner "Stop these wars. Expose the lies. Free Bradley Manning." Following a rally, nearly two thousand people joined a silent march. At the end of the march, 110 people participated in a civil disobedience action and were arrested at the White House fence.

March 19 Veteran-Led Civil Resistance to Wars, photography by Ellen Rachel Davidson
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Nate Goldshlag for this contribution.

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Photos: 400 March on Quantico gate to support Bradley Manning, Photos by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Gerry Condon for this contribution.
400 march on Quantico VA Main Gate to support Bradley Manning; 35 arrested in act of civil disobedience


Veterans Demand Peace: 113 Arrested at White House
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Nate Goldshlag for this contribution.

Chris Hedges at Anti-War Rally
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Nate Goldshlag for this contribution.
Chris Hedges' brilliant speech

Photo Album: Twin Cities March for Peace, photograph by Toni Radmann
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Toni Radmann for this contribution

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America's Not Broke, Wisconsin's Not Broke; We're Just Wasting Money on War

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  • “Continuing our involvement in Afghanistan is not affordable, it's not just, and it hurts American foreign policy interests. It's time to go." Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
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  • End the Afghan war, bring our troops home
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  • Occupy Washington to End the Wars
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John Nichols, Nation Magazine/Common Dreams

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks in favor of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan last week at a Capitol Hill press conference. (Sabrina Eaton/Plain Dealer | OH)

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“There is simply no rationale for continuing American involvement with no end in sight, rising deaths for civilians and our brave soldiers, declining public sentiment, and serious economic pain at home,” Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich explained to his fellow House members during Thursday’s (March 17) debate on ending the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. “Continuing our involvement in Afghanistan is not affordable, it's not just, and it hurts American foreign policy interests. It's time to go."

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That message, long true but truer now than ever, resonated with 92 other members of the House, who joined Kucinich in voting for a new bill to bring an end to the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

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At a time when President Obama and Republican congressional leaders are both peddling different versions of the fantasy that America is broke, an when Republican governors are claiming that states are facing such hard times that only busting unions will balance budgets, Kucinich and his colleagues have found the missing money. It’s being wasted on a war of whim in Afghanistan.

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End the Afghan war, bring our troops home, Seattle Times | WA
Leave Afghanistan sooner than later. Heed the advice, Mr. President, from two important sources of counsel: the U.S. public and a top military adviser.

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Occupy Washington to End the Wars, Nicholas Kramer, Anti-War.com

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  • As our troops invade and occupy foreign lands—contrary to our true national security interests, economic well-being, and morality—I see no other option but for the American antiwar community to invade and occupy the United States Congress.
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  • The Immorality of Empire
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The Two Roads out of Recession

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  • There are only two ways out of this recession, the path sought by corporations and the one that will benefit working people. The two roads cannot be traveled on simultaneously. Nor can working people expect leaders of national labor unions or national liberal organizations to pick the correct path, let alone make one concrete step in any progressive direction.
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  • Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression
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Shamus Cooke, Workers Compass

Recent events in Washington, D.C. should provoke fear and outrage in the average American worker. As the jobs recession staggers on, politicians and labor leaders alike seem bizarrely distanced from reality, unable to advance any ideas that remotely correspond to the basic demands of those tens of millions of unemployed, under-employed, or poorly paid workers.

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Instead, what we get is President Obama's recent groveling to the corporate-dominated Chamber of Commerce, pleading with them to hire workers. The President's recent speech to the Chamber implied many dangers, which neither labor federation — AFL-CIO and Change to Win — bothered to point out. In fact, the AFL-CIO applauded sections of the speech, rather than condemning its sinister motives. If labor unions align themselves with the President's and the Chamber's pro-corporate path out of the recession, a workers’ road to recovery will be bypassed.

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Stop the Austerity Craze! Massive Budget Slashing Can Lead to Economic Disaster, Violence and Repression, Mark Ames,  AlterNet

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  • The DC-Wall Street power circuit, with a big assist from the corporate media, is blindly pushing an agenda that could lead to massive social upheaval.
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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  • Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic option
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  • Anti-Austerity Alliance Wins in Illinois
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Occupy Washington to End the Wars

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  • As our troops invade and occupy foreign lands—contrary to our true national security interests, economic well-being, and morality—I see no other option but for the American antiwar community to invade and occupy the United States Congress.
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  • The Immorality of Empire
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Nicholas Kramer, Anti-War.com

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Ward Reilly for this contribution

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Dear American antiwar community:

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As I wrote previously, I am a former congressional aide. I worked for a United States senator from 2006 to 2008. During that time, as an employee of the legislative branch of the U.S. empire, I directly contributed to the oppression, torture, and murder of people I never met. While I can never atone for the past and present horrors committed in my name, I believe that we have the power to stop the empire here and now; moreover, we have the duty to exercise that power. As our troops invade and occupy foreign lands—contrary to our true national security interests, economic well-being, and morality—I see no other option but for the American antiwar community to invade and occupy the United States Congress.

During my time in Washington, D.C., I observed the effects of several antiwar protests. The largest of these protests were the typical Iraq war “anniversary” marches held around March 19 every year. I attended one of these marches, which was held on a Saturday. The march began at the National Mall with a variety of speakers espousing antiwar messages, after which the protesters peaceably made their way through the pre-approved parade route around the Capitol building and White House. Although I had a good time, as an antiwar activist I could not help but thinking that all we accomplished that day was to gather a bunch of people who already agreed with each other and talk about how much we all agreed. This may be great for morale and networking, but it does nothing to stop war.

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The Immorality of Empire, Nicholas Kramer, Anti-War.com
As I watch the popular uprisings unfold against brutal dictatorships supported by my own government, I cannot help but reflect upon the moral implications of my participation in the American empire. My crimes began almost before I can remember, but I will address only the most immediately pertinent of them here. I am a citizen of the United States of America; I pay local, state, and federal taxes; and I vote.

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The Embarrassments of Empire

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David Bromwich's longish piece on why and how the Obama Administration suffers repeated embarrassment. Maybe because they've lost their moral compass? (Or never had one?)

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David Bromwich, Huffington Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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From Egypt to Pakistan, February 2011 will be remembered as a month unusually full of the embarrassments of empire. Americans were enthralled by a spectacle of liberty in which we felt we should somehow be playing a part. Here were popular movements toward self-government, which might once have looked to the United States as an exemplar, springing up all across North Africa and the Middle East.  Why did they not look up to us now?

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The answer became clearer with every equivocal word of the Obama administration, and every false step it took in trying to manage the crisis. A person suffers embarrassment when something true about himself emerges in spite of reasonable efforts to conceal it. It is the same with nations. Sovereign nations are abstract entities, of course -- they cannot have feelings as people do -- but there are times when they would blush if they could.

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Special Report | The GOP's War on Women

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Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.

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  • One Thing You Won't Find in WikiLeaks Cables: Concern for Women
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  • Anti-Choice Bills Will Send Women to the Back Alleys
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Jimmy Margulies

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One Thing You Won't Find in WikiLeaks Cables: Concern for Women, Corinna Barnard, Women's eNews/AlterNet
The staff at a women's news service have been poring through the WikiLeaks cables looking for government concern for women's rights. They've found nothing.

Anti-Choice Bills Will Send Women to the Back Alleys, Cathy Levy, BlogHer

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  • In a perfect world, no woman would ever choose abortion.  But we’re not in a perfect world yet.  Let’s not pretend we are.
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  • 9 New Laws in the GOP's War Against Women
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Anti-Life—When It’s a Woman’s Life, Sharon Lerner, Nation Magazine

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  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
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  • The South Dakota Bill That Could Legitimize Murder of Abortion Providers
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Scott Walker’s Budget Bans Birth Control Coverage And Eliminates Access To Health Care Services For Women, Think Progress
Walker's budget proposal seeks repeal of a mandate that had been fought by anti-abortion groups and Catholics but supported by Planned Parenthood and public health groups.

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House Bars Planned Parenthood From Federal Funding, I Stand with Planned Parenthood.org
Join me in signing this open letter to the reps who voted to bar Planned Parenthood from federal funding -- including funding for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, and HIV testing -- and to the senators who still have chance to stop it.

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This Is What Class War Looks Like

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This chart puts the class war in simple, visual terms. On the left you have the "shared sacrifices" and "painful cuts" that the Republicans claim we must make to get our fiscal house in order. On the right, you can plainly see why these cuts are "necessary."

Jack Dean, Posterous.com

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Billy Wharton

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Maggie Griffitt for this contribution

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The Must See Chart (This Is What Class War Looks Like), Daily Kos
It's good to see that an aggressive Middle-Class Defense is already under way in Wisconsin.  Following the chart is my video tribute to those courageous men and women who have woken up, smelled the coffee, and started to roll!

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