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News :: Politics
Woman GI Publicly Stands Against War!
17 Nov 2005
Army National Guard Specialist Katherine
Jashinski, on active duty with the 111th ASG since January of this
year, will make a public statement against war as a conscientious
objector in the face of orders to participate in weapons training and
deploy to the Middle East
Very exciting news from Fort Benning Georgia!
As thousands gather to call for the closure of the notorious School
of the Americas(SOA/ WHINSEC),<img src="http://www.notinourname.net/graphics/k-jashinski-nosmile.jpg";
width="250" height="231" hspace="10" align="right">

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SPECIALIST KATHERINE JASHINSKI WILL THURSDAY
MORNING PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE HER REFUSAL TO BE DEPLOYED TO THE MIDDLE
EAST.

See press release below for more details and forward to your
contacts!

GI resisters, conscientious objectors, and dissent within the
military deserve our support as they stand up for human rights and
dignity,democratic rights, and international law.
Widespread public support and pressure can help protect these
courageous individuals from feelings of isolation and from repression
of them and their rights. The fact that soldiers, veterans and
military families have re-inspired the US antiwar movement and
successfully countered the story of the war on terror is incredibly
hopeful!

Be on the lookout for more from Courage to Resist on how to support
Katherine and all those who refuse to fight in illegal and immoral
wars.
http://www.CouragetoResist.org
For more on what’s happening at Fort Benning this week,
http://www.SOAW.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NOVEMBER 16, 2005

WOMAN GI PUBLICLY STANDS AGAINST WAR AS SHE FACES IMMEDIATE
DEPLOYMENT TO MIDDLE EAST

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 11:30 AM

WHERE: Front Gate Of Ft. Benning, Georgia On Fort Benning Road

WHAT: Public Statement Of Conscientious Objection By Female GI On Eve
Of Her Deployment To Middle East

Fort Benning, GA ­ Army National Guard Specialist Katherine
Jashinski, on active duty with the 111th ASG since January of this
year, will make a public statement against war as a conscientious
objector in the face of orders to participate in weapons training and
deploy to the Middle East.She will be joined by several members of
Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. Jashinski
applied for a discharge as a Conscientious Objector in 2004. The
Army recently denied her claim and ordered her to weapons training
and deployment this week.

Speakers at the press conference include Aidan Delgado, an Army
Conscientious Objector and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Iraq Veterans Against the War supports the right of every soldier to
follow their conscience. Today's revelation that chemical weapons
were used against citizens in Falluja is evidence that the war is
illegal and immoral.

Jashinski's counselor, Persian Gulf War Army Conscientious Objector
Aimee Allison, will speak at tomorrow's press conference. Speaking
today, Allison stated, "As the first woman GI to publicly take a
stand against this war and to declare herself a Conscientious
Objector, Katherine's actions are very significant. She is showing
remarkable courage."

Jashinski's lawyer, J.E. McNeil with the Center for Conscience and
War, will also discuss her legal status and the case. She comments,
"Denying Katherine CO status is yet another in a long line of actions
by the military to defy its own rules in order to get the numbers of
soldiers they need to continue this war."

Katherine is actively supported by Code Pink, a women-initiated
grassroots peace group. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink
adds, "I applaud Katherine's courageous stand against the continued
U.S. role in bringing violence to the Middle East."

Father Roy Bourgeois, a Vietnam War veteran and founder of School of
the Americas Watch will also speak. Jashinki's statement comes on
the eve of a national demonstration at the gates of Fort Benning
calling for the closure the U.S. Army School of the Americas. "U.S.
foreign policy as it exists today is fundamentally out of alignment
with Americans values of peace and justice."
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COURAGE TO RESIST
is a small all volunteer group of antiwar activists,veterans, and
military families who saw a need to build support for antiwar
resistance and dissent within the military. This newsletter and the
campaign to support GI resistance has incredible potential and is
urgently needed, but it's success depends on you, your group and your
community participating.

Please consider:
1) Signing up to participate on our GI Resistance Alert Network to
receive Action Alerts about GI resisters who need phonecalls, emails,
public education and demonstrations of support.

2) If you know of stories or needs for support of GI resisters and
objectors please let us know at courage (at) riseup.net. You can sign up
on our website as either an individual or for your organization.

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE,
COURAGE TO RESIST

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Re: Woman GI Publicly Stands Against War!
17 Nov 2005
Will her arrest be brought to us here in pictures?
I like how they out emphasis on the dreaded "weapons training". Considering that is something that is done by every single member of the armed forces every single day regardless of where they are going or where they came from. That is men and women alike! What about that brave female MP that was recently awarded the Silver Star for taking the fight to a group of terrorists that attacked her? Now there is a true American hero we can all be proud of.
Veteran
17 Nov 2005
"a group of terrorists that attacked her"

Terrorist don't fight wars, combatants fight wars. If some group of individuals is fighting in a way, they are not terrorists.

You've bought so deeply into the new-speak of the Bush Regime that you are no longer capable of thought.
Veteran
17 Nov 2005
"a group of terrorists that attacked her"

Terrorist don't fight wars, combatants fight wars. If some group of individuals is fighting in a war, they are not terrorists.

You've bought so deeply into the new-speak of the Bush Regime that you are no longer capable of thought.
Re: Woman GI Publicly Stands Against War!
18 Nov 2005
Again, will here arrest be brought to us in pictures or maybe a song and dance?