Today I received the following email from Iraq Veterans Against War .
“Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will return our medals in protest of the NATO Summit May 20 in Chicago. Help us make sure that the Illinois National Guard is not deployed against us.
Iraq Veterans Against the War and our Afghanistan Veterans Against the War Committee will lead a unity march with the Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda. At the end of the march, we will ceremoniously return our NATO service medals to denounce the disastrous 11-year war in Afghanistan.
The Illinois National Guard Deputy Director of Domestic Operations recently stated publicly that he stands ready to deploy National Guard troops on peaceful NATO protesters.
This is going to be a peaceful demonstration to show that U.S. veterans and the American people say no more endless wars that destroy hundreds of thousands of lives, strip the humanity of all involved, and drain trillions of dollars from our communities that could be used for schools, health clinics, housing, and to create jobs.
But we are concerned that the National Guard may be used against us and other marchers. Help ensure that no service member is mobilized against fellow veterans, the people of Chicago, and peaceful people demonstrating against the failed policies of NATO’s generals.
Respectfully urge him him to refuse to activate Illinois National Guard members against those exercising their first amendment right to peacefully demonstrate against NATO’s war in Afghanistan.
IVAW NATO Action Team
Almost as soon as I clicked ‘send’, the following email appeared in my inbox.
“Symantec Mail Security detected prohibited content in a message sent from your address (SYM:13657982411663453303)
Subject of the message: Stand with the people of Chicago and your fellow veterans.
Wanting to reopen the message from IVAW, I saw that it had disappeared from my inbox. It had been remotely moved to the trash.