Category Archives: rebels

‘I Wasn’t Down With Shooting Innocent People’

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Accused Army deserter: ‘I won’t shoot people’

Instead of fighting for his country in Iraq, a Charlotte County teenager is in jail accused of deserting the military during basic training. He said it was a risk he was willing to take to avoid the horrors of war.

Lawrence Henson says he walked away from basic training in Fort Banning, Georgia back in 2007.

“If you’re voluntarily signing up for something, then you should be able to voluntarily leave,” Henson said. “I mean if it’s a draft I understand, but I volunteered.”

Unfortunately for Henson, the U.S. Army doesn’t see it that way.

During a weekend traffic stop of his friend, Charlotte deputies arrested Henson on an outstanding Army desertion warrant. He’s being held at Charlotte County Jail awaiting the Army’s next move.

Henson spoke Monday about his situation. He says he left the Army because “it wasn’t for me,” and says he’s opposed to the war in Iraq.

“I had my station in Texas and then I was going to Iraq within a month,” Henson said. “Me, I don’t even think we should be there, not in a war, and I don’t care, and I wasn’t down with shooting innocent people. I’m just not like that. I won’t shoot people.”

Henson says he’s been working a tree-trimming job while trying to stay out of trouble, something he says originally lured him to the promise of a better future in the service.

“Because I was getting into so much trouble around here, fighting, hanging around with the wrong crowd. They waved $20,000 in front of my face, and I’m a minor. I took that.”

This is the second time Henson says he’s been behind bars with the desertion charge. The first time was about a year ago in Gainesville.

“They released me pretty much on my own terms to make it to the airport without directions anywhere to stay overnight, and I missed that and just came home,” Henson said.

Despite his second time in jail, Henson says he isn’t ready to apologize for his decision to walk away.

“I don’t want to go back in so I’m not going,” Henson said. “I won’t go to Iraq. They can dishonorably discharge me all they want.”

Ohio Representative Advocates Squatter Rebellion

Rep Marcy Kapture: SQUAT your own homes!

To Make a Point, Throw a Shoe

Who Throws a Shoe?

John&Yoko’s rEvolution of Peace and Love

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it. -John Lennon

“Listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me, it was not an accident.” — John Lennon

Awaken the Power in the People – We are the Government

Lennon – They’re after us because we talk about, want Peace:

GIve Peace a Chance at the Montreal Bed-in:

On Revolution:

On the enslavement of Women:

John and Yoko on Overpopulation:

Victory for Ousted Employees of Republic Windows and Doors!

Will the actions of this small group of disgruntled, unemployed workers send a clear message that we the people do have the power to make our voices heard, even over the rumbling of the machine? Bravo to those who have the audacity and tenacity to stand up to the system. May this group be an inspiration that paves the path for those who will endure similar fates in these uncertain economic times. The question remains, what does the future hold for these workers who’ve lost their jobs, with families to feed and bills to pay?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead

Workers in sit-in win $1.75M deal

Workers at a closing window and door factory have approved a $1.75 million agreement that will give them two months salary and benefits, ending a sit-in protest that lasted six days.

The 240 displaced workers and their protest grabbed national attention as a symbol of the plight of employees put out of work at a time when banks and financial institutions have been receiving federal bailouts.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said late Wednesday that each former Republic Windows & Door employee will get eight weeks’ salary, all accrued vacation pay and two months’ paid health care under the agreement.

The settlement will average about $7,000 for each worker, he said.

Read the story in it’s entirety HERE

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Tribute to John Lennon

i wrote this back in 2001, posted it to portland.indymedia:

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simple reminder

just a simple reminder of the powerful message of brother john ~ love is the answer.

be it
spread it
give it
share it
sing it
dance it
feel it
be it

Imagine…

Power to the People!