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Drop the MIC

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Raised by 168 people in 9 months
Created November 8, 2018



We are post-9/11 veterans and service members organizing to challenge the politics of: 1) using endless war as the foundation of our foreign policy; and 2) embedding military weapons, tactics, and culture in US society. As people intimately familiar with the inner workings of the world's largest military, we use our knowledge and experience to expose the truth about overseas conflicts and the military tactics used on communities across the United States.
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It’s getting closer and closer to a new year. Can we please kick this crowdfunder up and over the top before 2019 opens her eyes. Let’s be ready and in shape to go for the winning in 2019.

By winning I mean wrenching away from the MIC the obscene amount of dollars that are spent on warfare (and lining the pockets of those that profit from war.) i mean spending it instead on human needs, on the needs of our communities. By winning I mean turning the tide towards responsible stewardship of our environment and honoring the resources this land provides for all of us. By winning I mean uplifting the voices of the many and holding power in our hands instead of leaving it in the hands of the entitled few. By winning I mean no walls, no wars, no racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and yes, no more putting capital before humanity. I mean healthcare for all.

So to do all that can we please fund this campaign? Can put our drops together in this bucket to keep About Face rolling in 2019?

I will see your donation and I will match it (to the best of my ability, I am not a one %er, although I think I would be hell of good at it) from now until 2019 begins on the West Coast. So give and get your family and friends, whoever you can convince, to donate now. Let’s wrap this up together and go strong into the new year.

Love, Siri
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My name is Julian McBride and I am a former United States Marine and the director of the Reflections of War Initiative. My NGO, The R.O.W Initiative (Reflections of War) is an anthropological NGO that has a mission of establishing a philanthropic wing for the victims of human conflict. I was inspired to create this NGO and use art as therapy based on my real-life experiences reveal to viewers how powerful and devastating war can be, and to show that all life on this earth is equal.

I joined About Face several weeks ago. I wanna say early December. I found out about About Face through college professors of mine who showed me anti-war movements during my studies. My hope is to learn from professionals who have more experience in the anti-war movement and be with a community of people and veterans who understand the plight of the less fortunate.

My process in drawing is to focus on the incident and plight of the victim at hand. My philosophy is that most of the general public will see a story on the news and forget about it as soon as the next incident pops up or just because it has no background. With artistic reflections, it tells a story and get people to know more about what happened and propels the public to hold more conversations on it.

Throughout our history, we have seen various conflicts and the catastrophic and devastating effects they have had on the surrounding populations, both past, present, and future. We plan on leading expeditionary field teams around the globe to complete several tasks: excavate or examine the victims of war, identify the individuals, their wounds of infliction and causes of death, and to create reflections through drawings of their traumatic experiences to show the world just how we’ve become so distant or desensitized from these conflicts. The central focus of this non-government organization is to reveal to viewers how powerful and devastating war can be, and to show that all life on this earth is precious. We do this through artistic reflections, which I am in charge of.


Over the past year, I have completed a series of drawings on Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians who were slaughtered during the Ottoman genocides against them during WW1 and even had a major presentation on it.

Below is the website on my artwork:
https://www.rowinitiative.org/work/
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My name is Ryan Keen, I am a disabled Iraq War veteran, stay at home dad, Ohio native and proud member of About Face: Veterans Against the War (formerly Iraq Veterans Against the War.)

I served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2002-2008 including a 12 month deployment to Camp Cropper (HVD Detainee site) in Baghdad, Iraq with TF-134 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2005 until December 2005.

During my time in Iraq doing Detainee Operations under Task Force 134 I witnessed war crimes and atrocities, to include illegal detentions of U.S. citizens including Navy veteran Cyrus Kar. As a member of Task Force 134, I witness and participated in immoral, unethical and dehumanizing acts of terror under the irrational guise of “freedom.” I quickly realized the Military Industrial Complex, to include the private corporations with their lobbyists and Super PACs control Republicans and Democrats alike with profits over people. These unjust endless wars of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as countless other secret operations spreading terror and oppression to all reaches of the globe, are facades for neo imperialism, hyper nationalism, and methods of cultural genocide orchestrated by the rich and powerful of the United States, their corporate overlords and the global elites. I refuse to be apathetic or silent on the Military Industrial Complex and the elite imperialists.
I have seen first-hand death, dehumanization, degradation and demoralization of Iraqis, Arabs, Muslims civilians to include children. I have witnessed and personally experienced the everlasting moral injury and impacts to mental health as a result of war. The suicide epidemic among veterans is at epic rates. The substance abuse and drug overdose rates of veterans is at epidemic proportions. The incarceration rate among veterans is at epic proportions. It is extremely critical that About Face: Veterans Against the War and our allies are logistically able to continue spreading truth, first hand experiences, and direct actions in this critical time on the geopolitical stage. Part of my personal journey of healing from my moral injuries (PTSD) is making sure my story and the stories of the Iraqi people are not silenced, forgotten or never heard. These personal stories, no matter how graphic, taboo or unnerving to listen to, are the only way that change can be possible. History seems to keep repeating itself and being retold by the Military Industrial Complex and its propaganda machines. If we don’t share our story it is bound to repeat itself. It is critical to my healing and the healing of humanity to share the truth and realities of war and the Military Industrial Complex machine. Please share our stories and donate in any way that is feasible. For Veterans Day (Armistice Day) in Philadelphia I had the honor to be involved with a direct action at the Liberty Medal Award ceremony for war criminals George W Bush and Laura Bush, presented by Joe Biden an attempt to rewrite and revision the history of the Bush family and their lineage as war mongers and promoters of global genocide. While our numbers were only in the dozens, we had the passion and energy of hundreds. Direct actions like these are critical to force society and mainstream media to acknowledge the realities of war directly from veterans and civilian allies and the necer ending struggles that are the aftermath of militarism and war. Please help, change is long overdue and time for the people to drop the MIC. #DroptheMIC

PS the best way to “thank a veteran for their service” is to share their stories, listen to their stories, and never vote or support any politician that votes to send our soldiers to war in any way shape or form.
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My name is Jaime Kwebetchou I was in the Maryland Air National Guard. I was discharged this May for medical reasons. I found the GI rights hotline and they help me with my discharge. Ever since I found About Face my life has changed they have given me so much hope and strength. Organizations like this are so important for veterans who need safe spaces where like minded veterans can come together and organize. About Face has changed my life and I’m looking forward to doing more work with them in the future.
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Raised by 168 people in 9 months
Created November 8, 2018
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