Veterans’ appeal to National Guard: ‘Stand with Ferguson protesters, not the police!’

The following statement was initiated by the anti-war soldiers and veterans organization March Forward!

To our brothers and sisters in the Missouri National Guard:

We are writing to you as active-duty U.S. service members and veterans, most of us having served in the Iraq war.

You have a choice you can make right now.

The people have the right to protest. If we were truly honoring our oath, we would be in Ferguson to protect the protesters against the repression of their rights by the police.

Imagine the powerful impact it would have if you abandoned your posts and marched with the protesters.

That single action could have the biggest possible effect on the crisis in Ferguson and the larger issues it represents in the entire country. It could be a major turning point in the fight against racism, inequality and police abuse.

You wouldn’t be alone. There is a whole community of service members, veterans and civilian supporters who would defend your right to do so. And now, in this critical moment, we are urging you to exercise that right.

Justice for Mike Brown! Jail Darren Wilson!

reading this gave me goosebumps. the movement is gaining strength. i’m proud of these politicized soldiers, it gives me hope. could this be part of the reason why the National Guard was withdrawn from Ferguson? pressure from within….

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The commander of 13. Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS Handschar (kroatische Nr 1) SS-Oberführer Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig at a shooting range with his soldiers during their formation and training in southern France, summer of 1943.

anonymous said:

I'm American and I show no bias....how would you feel if countries invaded America, bombed and killed Americans, deployed armies, took our resources and expected us to adopt there form of government and if we didn't comply our country would be left in ruins and left to govern itself in a state of chaos with no police force, no army, no government.....we would be sitting ducks waiting to be claimed by one of the other world powers.

I would not like that one bit…and that is why we have the most powerful military in the world.  So that very thing does not happen.

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And if it were to happen still, I’d fight tooth and nail for freedom.

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Oh, and you are more biased than you think.

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