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Hope, Support, and Pathways to Possible Impossibilities

Hope, Support, and Pathways to Possible Impossibilities

Recently Lenore described our work with the GI Rights Hotline to a Guatemalan immigrant friend.  “The government must not like you,” he said.  “Once you’re in the US military, they make it almost impossible to get out.”  Not everyone with whom we talk grasps so...

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The Selective Service’s Selective Hearing

The Selective Service System is currently being scrutinized, hopefully with an element of discernment involved.  That’s where you come in.  We depend on you to comment during this short window of time during which decisions are being made about future drafts. As we...

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“You Will Never Touch Me Again”

This is about a past client, but I hope that all current and future clients of domestic violence have her attitude.  She was married to an active duty soldier for several years, and then he retired from the military.  He did not handle his transition to civilian life...

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The Violence We Give Away

The violence we give will always come home to us. A bomb dropped in Cambodia will explode in a classroom in Colorado. The bodies of Guatemalan mental patients, mangled by the experiments of American researchers, will be cremated in the fires of Ferguson, Missouri. The...

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War, Artificial Intelligence, and Humanity

War, Artificial Intelligence, and Humanity

Artificial intelligence in war weapons rarely makes it into the news.  Yet, it requires our careful attention because it is already part of international and national lawmaking.  The United Nations (UN) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on the Convention on Certain...

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Victims are Both Hard to Recognize and Easy to Spot

You might think I made a mistake with the title of this article, as it contradicts itself, but read on, and I will explain.  Many people have a preconceived notion of what a “battered woman” looks like—poor, several children, high school education or GED, submissive,...

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Coming Full Circle to Gratitude

Coming Full Circle to Gratitude

Last week we received this email from Gary, one of the conscientious objectors we helped apply for discharge when he could no longer reconcile his Christian faith with being in the military. “One year ago I gave you a call. Today I got a call from my Company...

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Desensitization and Apathy to the Realities of War

Desensitization and Apathy to the Realities of War

Thoughts about a war culture after reading the text of the speech given at the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act on August 13, 2018, at Fort Drum, in Jefferson, New York. The following quotes are from that speech (emphasis added by me). Words following...

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In Memoriam: The Legacy of Bill Carothers and Quaker House

You could say that Quaker House underwent a kind of trial by fire in 1970, and Bill Carothers was one of the firefighters who stepped in to help. Specialist William Carothers, as he was officially known, was serving with the 612th Quartermaster Company at Fort Bragg...

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