Revolution #220, December 19, 2010

December 16: Veterans for Peace Call for Action to "Stop These Wars"

"I am shamed by the actions of my government and I will do everything in my power to make it stop killing innocent people in my name," said Leah Bolger, a leader of Veterans for Peace. Veterans plan to chain themselves to the White House fence on December 16 to deliver the message, "Mr. Obama: End These Wars. Not tomorrow. Not next year. Now!"

Daniel Ellsberg, a vocal defender of Wikileaks' Julian Assange and of Bradley Manning, who the U.S. military has charged with leaking documents, will speak and participate. Chris Hedges, author of Death of the Liberal Class, called on his readers to join him in going to the D.C. jail for the protest.

Debra Sweet of World Can't Wait told Revolution that World Can't Wait is supporting this protest. "Since Veterans for Peace began planning this protest, Obama announced that U.S. troops will not be withdrawn from Afghanistan beginning in 2011, but beginning in 2014. The Obama administration responded to Wikileaks' revelations of U.S. domination through diplomacy with serious threats to prosecute Julian Assange, yet the Department of Justice refuses to prosecute a single U.S. war crime in those leaks."

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