New York City: No new U.S. war against Syria and Iraq! Times Square, September 12, 2014.
Andy Stapp, who expressed his opposition to the Vietnam War by joining the Army and proceeding to do a very unmilitary thing — form a union among soldiers that demanded, among other things, the right to elect officers and reject what they viewed as illegal orders — died on Sept. 3 in Manhattan. He was 70.
His wife, Deirdre Griswold, said the cause was complications of a lung infection.
At its peak in the early 1970s, the union that Mr. Stapp formed, the American Servicemen’s Union, claimed to have tens of thousands of members. It issued membership cards, published a newspaper and helped form chapters at military bases, on ships and in Vietnam.
Although the Army never came close to recognizing the union formally, it certainly recognized it as a problem. Mr. Stapp brought colorful idealism to his counterintuitive cause, and the Army did what it could to silence him.
Latest Bulletin: South Texas immigrant rights activists calling for a National Day Against the Militarization of the U.S. Border on day of arrival of the Caravan.
National Caravan to the Mexico & Texas borders in solidarity with Central America refugee children and all children & youth under attack. This caravan will take badly needed material aid to the migrant centers at the border. We will also carry out a National Educational Campaign.
Immigrant rights, labor union, faith-based community and many progressive and social justice activists are organizing a caravan to South Texas in support of migrant refugees. This caravan will take badly needed material aid to the children on the border as well as to organizations that are supporting immigrants. We will carry out a National Educational Campaign.
• Refugee status for all Central American children
• An end to the deportation of all immigrants
• Legalization for the over 12 million undocumented immigrants
• An end to U.S. Neo-liberal foreign policy, both economic & political, that leads to forced migration around the world
• An immediate end to the Prison Industrial Complex and mass incarcerations
• An end to the killing and abuse of children and youth from Ferguson to Gaza to the Mexico & Texas borders
How you can help:
• Attend our organizing meetings in NYC. For dates and locations, check our website.
• Make a monetary or material aid donation. Payable to:
IFCO/Solidarity Caravan 2014
• Participate in the Caravan as a driver or a passenger.
• Ask your church, mosque, synagogue, union or community organization to make a donation, send participants or collect material aid.
• Organize a local Caravan committee in your city.
• Volunteer to host the Caravan in your city.
For more info, call: 917.328.6470
Caravan leaves NYC around Oct. 11th!