Courage To Resist (5:21)

Cover of Berkeley Calling

From Berkeley Calling

Courage To Resist, by Vic Sadot, is a tribute to GI Resistance and whistle-blowers in 2011. The title is taken from the name of the civilian organization called “Courage To Resist” that supports troops in service who become anti-war. The songwriter says “The song was inspired especially by Private Bradley Manning and wikileaks for exposing the lies, war crimes, and cover-ups of the corporate empire”.

The song has two verses about Bradley Manning, wikileaks, and the release of a video showing US helicopter pilots joking about killing 11 unarmed Iraqi civilians. Two of the murdered civilians were Reuters reporters. Two small children where maimed in the bullet spraying. Nichol Mitchell was in Iraq when she became a conscientious objector and refused to serve in the occupation. Marc Hall had already served his enlistment time when the US Army ordered him to continue in combat operations in Iraq by using “stop loss” legislation that attempts to rescind the contract that an enlisted soldier made at the time of enlistment in order to force him or her to remain in military service. The Courage To Resist organization states, “According to the Pentagon, more than 120,000 soldiers have been affected by stop-loss since 2001”. Hall wrote an angry hip hop song and posted it on the internet. The song made people all over the world aware of the little known and reported use of the “stop loss draft” to keep enlisted service men and women in the military beyond the time that they had agreed to serve in the military.

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