Iraq war veterans hold 50-foot banner outside the gate of Fort Lewis, WA this past October.
Two veterans’ and service members’ organizations, March Forward! and Veterans For Peace, have partnered to bring the message of the Our Lives Our Rights campaign to thousands of U.S. service members throughout the military.
This coming May, thousands of soldiers from Fort Hood's III Corps will deploy to Afghanistan.
Starting April 1, the Our Lives Our Rights campaign will deploy a team of Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans, active-duty soldiers and military families to engage in an outreach and visibility campaign to Fort Hood soldiers with a simple message: “You don’t have to go to Afghanistan.”
With this powerful and bold action, combat veterans who have turned against the war based on their own personal experiences will reach out to other soldiers with information about how they can avoid making the same mistake.
Soldiers will receive information from other veterans about how they can:
-Become Conscientious Objectors and exempt themselves from deployment on moral grounds
-Demand better treatment and non-deployment status for PTSD
-Learn their legal rights if they feel they must go AWOL or seek asylum in another country
-Learn from other service members who have successfully resisted deployment
This is the second such Our Lives Our Rights deployment to help soldiers resist the Afghanistan war. Click here to read about our deployment to Fort Lewis this past October.
Thousands of Our Lives Our Rights leaflets
were distributed all over Ft. Lewis this past
October. Support the next trip to Ft. Hood!
The politicians and the generals know their military objectives and goals are up in smoke but they don’t want to shoulder the responsibility for a perceived “military defeat” on their watch.
We are dying—and killing Afghans—only so rich and protected politicians and generals can keep pretending in the media that “all is going according to plan.” People are dying so they can avoid being embarrassed.
Our elected officials are literally throwing our lives away—that will only change if we exercise our rights.
We do have a way out
Service members have a variety of options available to them that exempts them from deployment to Afghanistan.
Most service members do not know these rights. For those who do, the chain of command actively blocks service members from exercising them.
Our Lives Our Rights seeks to turn that situation around.
On this deployment to Fort Hood, veterans and active-duty soldiers will engage in a heavy outreach and visability campaign to fellow soldiers. We will distribute thousands of leaflets and educational pamphlets to service members to ensure that they know their rights and options. We will assist those who need information about their rights and legal support, and help in successfully navigating the maze of paperwork. We will give a voice to those who want to take a stand and tell their stories to build a movement for the rights of their sisters and brothers in uniform.
Our deployment to Fort Hood to reach out to our brothers and sisters in uniform before their impending deployment is just the first of many. We plan to deploy veteran outreach teams to military bases around the country.
Alone, we are powerless against the will of the politicians and generals. However, when service members and veterans unite and organize together for our rights, we can challenge their callous disregard for our lives.