United States of America

Brandon Toy

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América

I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.

I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.

I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down. At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.

Brandon Toy

País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Tipo de activista:
  • objector/a de conciencia
Estatus:
  • Objetor declarado

Declaraciones de OC:

Tobin Dana Jacobrown

País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Tipo de activista:
  • Tax resister


USA: Kimberly Rivera imprisoned - punished for speaking out

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Alert:

Kimberly Rivera in CanadaKimberly Rivera in CanadaKimberly Rivera, who was a member of the US military before developing a conscientious objection between deployments to Iraq, has been sentenced to 14 months in military prison for desertion. This sentence is much harsher than others in a similar situation who have not publicly declared their opposition to the war in Iraq.

Kimberly is pregnant and is the mother of four children under 10.

Release conscientious objector Kimberly Rivera

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Not sent after:
  • 31 Jul 2013
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (President Barack Obama). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objector Kimberly Rivera

Dear President Obama,

On Monday afternoon, during a court-martial hearing at Fort Carson, Colorado, conscientious objector Kimberly Rivera was sentenced to 14 months in military prison after publicly expressing her conscientious objection to the Iraq War while in Canada.

She has repeatedly spoken out against the Iraq War. As her lawyer says, "Because she spoke out against the Iraq War, Kim’s sentence is harsher than the punishment given to 94 percent of deserters who are not punished but administratively discharged." Kimberly is pregnant and the mother of four children.

USA: War resister Justin Colby imprisoned

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Alert:

Justin ColbyJustin Colby

Justin Colby - a member of the US military who developed a conscientious objection during a deployment in Iraq - has been sentenced to 15 months in prison (reduced to 9 months as a result of a plea agreement).

You can send an email asking for Justin to be released immediately here.

Background information

Release conscientious objector Justin Colby

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Not sent after:
  • 31 May 2013
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the Fort Carson Public Affairs Officer. You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objector Justin Colby

Dear friend,

Justin Colby is a conscientious objector who is currently detained by the US Military. He was sentenced to 15 months in confinement (reduced to 9 through a pre-trial agreement), a bad conduct discharge, reduction to the lowest rank (E-1) and loss of all pay allowances. Justin Colby was humiliated and punished by a commanding officer when he asked to apply for conscientious objector status. He went AWOL because he refused to be deployed a second time to Iraq, and fled to Canada in 2006.

North Korea developments

'North Korea: It's Dangerous To Play with Fire' (Statement from the Federation of Social Defence, Germany)

Minden, 5 April 2013

The conflict of the Korean Peninsula is currently met with a measure of realpolitic, alongside the old approach of deterrence. But the price of failure is too high. Therefore, it is time to take steps towards sustainable understanding and reconciliation.

Release conscientious objector Kimberly Rivera

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Not sent after:
  • 29 Apr 2013
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (President Barack Obama). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objector Kimberly Rivera

Dear President Obama,

Kimberly Rivera has been detained by the US military authorities since 20 September 2012, when she was arrested for desertion from the army. Kimberly travelled to Canada between deployments in Iraq in 2007, having developed a conscientious objection. I have learned that she will be sentenced on 29 April, at Fort Carson.

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