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Austin Rallies in Solidarity with Wisconsin

 

MoveOn joined with the following individuals/groups (Van Jones, USAction/ TrueMajority, Color of Change, PCCC, CREDO, Democracy for America, National People's Action, Center for Community Change, Courage Campaign, and Progressive Majority) across the country to show our solidarity with the workers in Wisconsin. Republican Governor Walker is attempting to break the unions there, and other states with Republican governors will... be attempting the same strong-arm tactics if we don't stand up now.

The country needs to stand behind these heroic individuals demonstrating in Madison.  Republicans have no use for unions, especially ones that have the best interests of children and aged at heart.

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After months of waiting, Fort Hood soldier will be discharged as a conscientious objector to war

February 18, 2011

Killeen, Texas –

Several months after returning from a combat tour in Iraq, Fort Hood soldier SPC Kyle Wesolowski submitted an application for a conscientious objector discharge based on his Buddhist faith. Since that time, SPC Wesolowski has completed a rigorous examination of his beliefs by military authorities, including required interviews by a psychiatrist, a chaplain and an independent investigating officer. All of these officials recommended that SPC Wesolowski be discharged based on the sincerity of his beliefs.

Today, we are pleased to announce that SPC Wesolowski’s Conscientious Objector claim was approved by the U.S. Army. Wesolowski’s discharge will likely occur in early March, 2011.  Kyle has received a great deal of encouragement from the community who helped to support him through this arduous process. 

Here is what a few of his supporters had to say about this news: 

"Kyle's decision to follow his conscience has required great patience and perseverance.  I admire his command and the Army administration for recognizing his sincerity, and choosing to honor him with a conscientious objector discharge." - Fran Clark, Board Member, Under the Hood Cafe and Outreach Center

"It has taken great courage for Kyle to follow his conscience.  He has diligently, respectfully and patiently pursued his conscientious objector status over the last several months.  I trust that the Army recognizes Kyle's sincerity and will move quickly to approve an honorable discharge."  Alice Embree, Board Member Fort Hood Support Network 

Wesolowski’s attorney, James Branum, had this to say:

"I am so proud of Kyle. He stood strong in a long and difficult process. Many other applicants would have given up, but Kyle stood firm. Thankfully the Army has now recognized what I've known all along --- Kyle is a sincere conscientious objector to war."

For more information:

http://freekylewesolowski.wordpress.com/

http://www.underthehoodcafe.org

SB1070-like Bill Introduced in Texas House

 Fascist/Racist politicians in Tomball are organizing against freedom of movement, and attempting to institutionalize racist policies:

Debbie Riddle, a republican state representative from Tomball has made good on her promises to introduce anti-immigrant legislation in advance of the 2011 legislative session.

This is something to worry about with the new state legislature consisting of 99 Republicans and 51 Democrats, one vote short of a two-thirds majority.

Read the bills here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?id=todayhousefiled

HB 17 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of the offense of criminal trespass by an illegal alien and to certain procedures for arresting illegal aliens for committing that criminal offense.

HB 18 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of laws governing immigration.

HB 19 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the penalty for operation of a motor vehicle without a license.

HB 21 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to reporting by state agencies on the financial effect of providing services to illegal immigrants.

HB 22 Author: Riddle

Last Action: 11/08/2010 H Filed

Caption: Relating to information regarding the citizenship and immigration status of public school students.

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