By Courage to Resist. February 20, 2009
This past weekend, Courage to Resist organizers helped conduct training for Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) members who are currently on active duty. We focused on the practical legal (military law) aspects of GI resistance, including: speaking out from within the military, ramifications of going AWOL, refusing orders, and resisting the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Other sessions covered how to build IVAW chapters on military bases, often the most hostile places to organize GI resistance to the occupation of Iraq. Ten active duty members representing five military bases participated in the training held at the Coffee Strong G.I. coffeehouse and Internet café across the highway from Fort Lewis, 45 miles south of Seattle, Washington.