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The banners were even more aggressive. However, active-duty troops and veterans are not a homogeneous body. Notable shirts included: the old Texas War of Independence challenge “Come and Take It!” above the sort of AK-47 assault rifle long favored by America’s enemies; a riff on a classic Nixonian line, “The Silent Majority Is Coming”; and the slanderous “Go To Your Safe Space, Snowflake!”; not to mention a sprinkling of the purely conspiratorial like “Alex Jones Did Nothing Wrong” (with a small flag design on it, too). Hopping metal barriers and penetrating a sizable line of cops and National Guardsmen seemed to ensure a fruitless trip to jail, so into the under-attended indoor rally we went, to—successfully, it turned out—find a backdoor route to those flagpoles. That said, going undercover in Trumplandia means entering a universe in which it’s exceedingly clear that one political faction holds the flag hostage. A message in 100 faces of war veterans - … A message in 100 faces of war veterans - … They believe they are defending freedom and democracy. 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. About Face: Veterans Against The War is a Pennsylvania Domestic Non-Profit (Non Stock) filed on May 19, 2008. In order to comment, you must be logged in as a paid subscriber. Danny SjursenDanny Sjursen is a retired US Army officer, contributing editor at Antiwar.com, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, and director of the soon-to-launch Eisenhower Media Network. #DropTheMIC #VetsVsHate #VetsOrganize #EndTheWars #DecolonizeThisPlace. Veterans Against The War. 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. } 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. tn_ptype: 'article', “The deaths continue to occur,” Smith said. Cancel Accept. jQuery("#inline_cta_btn_356034 a").attr("href",inline_cta_url_356034); }else{ “Veterans from upstate New York drove to D.C. to be a part of this protest,” Smith said. 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That meant I got a long, close look at the MAGA crowd there in what turned out to be a more than half-empty arena. Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe 7.41K. tn_pos: 'rectangle_1', Yet, tellingly, the closest we came to outing ourselves—before later pulling off our disguises to expose black “About Face: Veterans Against The War” shirts—was during the national anthem. if( inline_cta_2_text_356034 !='' ){ The Registered Agent on file for this company is Northwest Registered Agent, LLC. targeting:{ They define its meaning, its symbolism, and its proper use, not to speak of whom it represents. In the month since George Floyd’s death, I’ve gotten nearly 100 messages from servicemen saying they were ready to quit. 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. 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. We were the only ones who did so—until, at mid-anthem, a few embarrassed passersby followed our example. inline_cta_2_button_text_356034 = ''; There were early signs of a shift among those post-9/11 boots-on-the-ground types. if( magazine_button_url_356034 !='' ){ From marching in the streets to forming human walls of protection around protesters, veterans are playing a quiet but important role in demanding racial justice. } }. } 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. inline_cta_2_button_text_356034 = ''; var inline_cta_2_bg_color_356034 = ''; McPhearson’s successor as VFP director, Garett Reppenhagen, was among those arrested for climbing the flagpoles at the BOK Center to raise a Black Lives Matter flag. You may unsubscribe or adjust your preferences at any time. Still, the intensity of the MAGA crowd’s vitriol—as suggested by the recent hate mail both About Face and I have received—is partly driven by a suspicion that Team Trump is losing the military’s loyalty. inline_cta_url_356034 = 'https://www.thenation.com/donate-website/?sourceid=1020084'; Long before other veterans mobilized, the 35-year-old organization Veterans For Peace, or VFP, has been wrestling with how they can best support Black lives. In August, Reppenhagen said that VFP still had a steep “learning curve” about the role of police and settler-colonialism in both policing and the military itself. var inline_cta_bg_color_356034 = ''; cta_2_check_356034 = true; Thousands of them participate in groups like Veterans for Peace and About Face: Veterans Against the War. 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. What I do know is what my favorite rock star, Bruce Springsteen, used to repeat before live renditions of his song “Born to Run”: Remember, in the end nobody wins, unless everybody wins. 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. 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. WHAS11 507 views. 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. if( inline_cta_text_356034 !='' ){ The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 3811097. Veterans Against The War. Schrader is excited to offer the inaugural Veterans’ Voices class to UCI students. It was June 20 and we anti-war vets had traveled all the way to Tulsa, Okla., in the midst of a pandemic to protest President Trump’s latest folly, an election 2020 rally where he was to parade his goods and pretend all was well with this country. 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. About Face: Veterans Against the War 995 views. magazine_button_url_356034 = 'https://subscribe.thenation.com/flex/NA/key/G0EECAT/'; Mass shootings in the US have risen sharply in 2020—why? 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. 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. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Over the years, I’ve received notes from distraught service members with some regularity. In fact, one reason local black and native communities undoubtedly requested our attendance was a vague (and not unreasonable) assumption that maleness, whiteness, and veteran’s status might offer their protests some semblance of protection. Veterans taking action against militarism and endless wars. They see it as theirs—and only theirs. Today’s rising doubt and opposition has three main components: retired senior officers, younger combat veterans, and—most disturbingly for national-security elites—rank-and-file serving soldiers and National Guardsmen. 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. 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. tn_keyword: ['donald-tru', 'george-flo', 'military-i', 'us-militar'], “Trump 2020: Fuck Your Feelings” was a fan favorite. P.O. var is_user_logged_in = getCookie('SESSname'); }else{ No one showed the slightest concern that many of the red-white-and-blue adaptations worn or waved strictly violated the statutes colloquially known as the US Flag Code (United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1). I couldn’t help but wonder how those artists would feel about the way the Trump campaign had co-opted their songs. Truthfully, America’s “thanks for your service” hyper-adulation culture has never been more than the thinnest of veneers. Box 3565 New York, NY 10008 +1 929-430-4988. Title About Face (New York, N.Y.) 1982-19?? Her work has appeared in The Nation, Guernica the Philadelphia Inquirer. Much to the concern of the rest of the team, I’d brought a notebook along and was already furtively scribbling. Soon after that march, a 29-year-old Black cyclist named Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed by L.A. County sheriffs. }. Conservatism has made 'social' a dirty word. 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. By signing up to receive emails, you agree to receive occasional promotional offers for programs that support The Nation's journalism. var inline_cta_2_button_text_356034 = ''; jQuery("#inline_cta_btn_356034").html(inline_cta_button_text_356034); And just how accurate that was became violently apparent the moment we “unmasked” at the base of those flagpoles. Furthermore, just before the president’s controversial West Point graduation speech, more than 1,000 military academy alumni signed an open letter addressed to the matriculating class and blatantly critical of Trump’s urge to militarily crack down on the Black Lives Matter protests. 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. inline_cta_2_text_356034 = '

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'; } var inline_cta_font_color_356034 = ''; For Reprints and Permissions, click here. 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. On Sept. 16, DeMarco spoke to Congress about that day under the protection of the Military Whistleblower Act. Please lift up our voices. jQuery("#inline_cta_356034").html(inline_cta_text_356034); — About Face: Veterans Against the War (@VetsAboutFace) March 4, 2020. Somewhere in the middle — in partisan affiliation and tactical approach — are VoteVets, Common Defense and Vets for Responsible Leadership. Portland veterans answered that call with some vigor. if( inline_cta_url_356034 !='' ){ About Face Veterans Against The War. 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.”. Their combined membership is in the tens of thousands. David Smith of Continue to Serve said that he and VFP share a common commitment. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urges career staffers to block Biden’s agenda when he steps... Nukes in space: Elon Musk’s push for nuclear propulsion. View our current issue tn_articleid: [356034], Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) would like to extend our congratulations to Chelsea Manning, as we anxiously await her release from military prison on May 17, 2017. He never expected such a warlike deployment in his front yard. Thousands of them participate in groups like Veterans for Peace and About Face: Veterans Against the War. About Face: Veterans Against the War, New York, New York. tn_subject: ['activism', 'armed-conf', 'global-jus', 'us-wars-an', 'war-and-pe'], 4:50. Remember, I went to West Point. In response to the “police-involved killing” of Deon Kay, David Smith said that Continue To Serve took the lead from other organizations in the D.C. area, such as DC Protests and The Palm Collective. var inline_cta_2_text_356034 = ''; if( cta_2_check_356034 ){ “And we will not stop in our support of the BLM movement until all citizens are treated equally.”. I am an aging veteran of the American War in Viet Nam and a co-founder of Veterans For Peace. Yet, tellingly, the closest we came to outing ourselves—before later pulling off our disguises to expose black “About Face: Veterans Against The War… 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. 72K likes. } inline_cta_bg_color_356034 = '#ffcf0d'; jQuery("#inline_cta_2_module_356034").addClass("tn-inline-cta-module"); magazine_text_356034 = '

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'; 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. 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. Trumpian patriotism only goes so far. Logged in as    The Wall of Vets was first imagined by Christopher David, the 53-year-old Navy veteran. if( magazine_text_356034 !='' ){ At the left end of the veterans’ community, the traditional heart of anti-war military dissent, the ranks of the organizations I belong to and with whom I “deployed” to Tulsa have also swelled. Since that day, we’ve learned about the vicious braid of federal law agencies tapped by Trump to “restore order” by stomping out protest. The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 5798617. The company's filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 3811097. 3:02. var inline_cta_2_font_color_356034 = ''; On March 25, 2020, World BEYOND War and About Face: Veterans Against the War hosted a discussion of “hybrid warfare” – a mix of disinformation, sanctions, and unconventional tactics. cta_1_check_356034 = true; Even as they joined other progressive campaigns, like actions against voter suppression, veterans always dialed back to Black Lives Matter — especially when the Kentucky grand jury failed to indict a single police officer for killing Breonna Taylor. And then, of course, there was the version of patriotism on display in the arena. As someone with veterans and service members in her family, she’s grateful for the chance to support About Face’s work day-to-day through operational upkeep, grassroots fundraising, and whatever needs doing. “Antifa!” one man yelled directly into a Marine vet’s face. A line of veterans formed and stood between the federal forces and protesters. } } 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. 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. Nervous joking then ensued about the absurdity of wearing the Trump “camouflage” that had eased our entrance. Log out? Box 3565 New York, NY 10008 +1 929-430-4988. Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy. magazine_button_url_356034 = 'https://www.thenation.com/email-signup-module-donate/'; Robin Wright of The New Yorker even interviewed and quoted a few outspoken signatories (myself included). He also sits on the board of directors for Veterans for Peace and About Face: Veterans Against the War. if( inline_cta_button_text_356034 !='' ){ On arrival, though, we found ourselves stymied by an 11th-hour change in the security picture: new gates and unexpected police deployments. VIDEO: People in Denmark Are a Lot Happier Than People in the United States. The Registered Agent on file for this company is About Face: Veterans Against The War and is located at 64 Fulton Street Room 403, New York, NY 10038. Cancel Accept. attach_money Donate. You can read our Privacy Policy here. Which brings us to the final (most fear-inducing) strand of such dissent: those in the serving military itself. Loading... Unsubscribe from The Peace Report? tweet; This past month ... formerly known as Iraq Veterans Against the War. jQuery("#magazine_button_356034 a").attr("href",magazine_button_url_356034); cta_1_check_356034 = true; 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. }); Our crew was, in fact, rather diverse, but mostly such vets groups remain disproportionately white and male. if( inline_cta_2_button_text_356034 !='' ){ N.Y.C. inline_cta_text_356034 = '

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Recall, for example, that Saint Mattis resigned his post not over his department’s complicity in the borderline genocide underway in Yemen or pointlessly escalatory drone strikes in Somalia, but in response to a mere presidential suggestion of pulling US troops out of the quicksand of the Syrian conflict. if( is_user_logged_in != null ){ inline_cta_url_356034 = 'https://www.thenation.com/donate-website/?sourceid=1020084'; Most of the folks, however, just continued to scamper along, often chomping on soft pretzels, and sometimes casting quizzical glances at us. cta_1_check_356034 = true; Once inside, we had time to kill. Most were careful to stay out of the limelight. 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’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. cta_1_check_356034 = true; About Face: Veterans Against the War, New York, New York. 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. if( inline_cta_font_color_356034 !='' ){ inline_cta_font_color_356034 = '#000000'; placementName: "thenation_article_indent", The Veterans of About Face speak for ourselves this Veterans Day. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Chris Lombardi is the author of "I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters and Objectors to America’s Wars." The Registered Agent on file for this company is About Face: Veterans Against The War and is located at 64 Fulton Street Room 403, New York, NY 10038. Still, the growth across generations of today’s anti-war veterans’ movement has, I suspect, value in itself—and part of that value lies in our recognition that the problem of American militarism isn’t restricted to the combat zones of this country’s forever wars. 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!”). (There were more people of color serving beers than cheering the president.). I don’t pretend to know whether such protests will last or military dissent will augur real change of any sort. inline_cta_2_bg_color_356034 = '#cc0e0e'; tn_pos: 'rectangle_4', 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. They believe they are defending freedom and democracy. “Today many will be asking you to take a moment of silence to honor our fallen brethren. About Face: Veterans Against the War, New York, New York. Continue To Serve is also the D.C.-area branch of the national group now known as Wall of Vets, born from the literal line formed by veterans at protests in Portland in August. magazine_button_text_356034 = ''; Postal Service” rally in upstate New York on Aug. 19, Army veteran Colleen Boland wore a “Wall of Vets” T-shirt and told the crowd: “I am here today to say [that] the nation’s veterans are here to fight for safe and secure voting for our black and brown brothers and sisters.” Wall of Vets now boasts 22 chapters across the country, and Dan Nisevich serves as its executive director. jQuery("#inline_cta_2_btn_356034").html(inline_cta_2_button_text_356034); Get it? 3:02. 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