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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 could this be part of the reason why the National Guard was withdrawn from Ferguson?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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