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A GI Rebellion: When Soldiers Said No to War

Steve Early Beyond Chron
In an era of “forever wars,” it may be hard to imagine organizing among active duty military personnel or newly-minted veterans. Let’s hope that the many examples of grassroots activism described in Waging Peace prove inspirational and instructiv

What Sanders' Political Revolution Looks Like in Real Life

Holly Otterbein Politico
He's enlisting his massive volunteer base to pressure companies to change their labor practices - and joining several protests himself. His moves serve to make clear to voters what Sanders means when he calls for a "political revolution."

The Stories War Tells Me

Rory Fanning TomDispatch.com
So many years later, fragmented memories from my time in Afghanistan still flood my head when I least expect them. Sometimes, I’ll push them out quickly; other times, particularly since my kids were born, they just won’t leave.

Who Is a Hero?

Lawrence Wittner History News Network
When soldiers are idolized, respect for militarism and war grow accordingly. Military training, military expenditures, military intervention, and military escalation become ways to “support the troops” or, at the least, take on a friendlier glow.

What to Black People is the National Anthem?

Lisa Brock Praxis Center
On Veterans day, the idea of the veteran was touted by POTUS and his supporters as an emotional counterweight to the protesting athletes. Dr. Lisa Brock reminds us that African Americans have historically had a conflictual relationship with US militarism.

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Veterans and the Minimum Wage

Elena Holodny Business Insider
Approximately 1.8 million veterans in payroll jobs across the US would get a raise if Congress raised the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024. Nearly two-thirds of the veterans who would get the raise are age 40 or older, over 60% have some college experience, and nearly 70% work full time. The real federal minimum wage peaked back in 1968.

Labor's Stake in the Fight for Veterans' Health Care

Suzanne Gordon and Ian Hoffmann Labor Notes
A grassroots resistance to Trump Administration VA privatization schemes is being mounted by AFGE union members many of whom, at the VA, are veterans themselves,
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