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Twelve True Patriots for July 4

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U.S. Army Private Kimberly Rivera is in military prison in Colorado after she refused to participate further in the illegal war in Iraq and moved to Canada where she spoke out publicly against the war.  Rivera has been described as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.


Sister Megan Rice is an 83 year old catholic nun who is in a Georgia jail facing up to thirty five years in prison.  Sr. Rice was convicted of federal sabotage for peacefully protesting against US nuclear weapons by walking onto the Oak Ridge Nuclear Production facility outside Knoxville TN.  Two who walked with her, Greg Bortje-Obed, 57, and Michael Walli, 63, both veterans of the US military, are also jailed awaiting sentencing.  The three cut through several fences and painted peace slogans on the supposedly secure building storing hundreds of metric tons of nuclear weapon materials to expose and symbolically disarm the thousands of nuclear weapons the US is upgrading, each of which would end life as we know it.   


Glenn Greenwald is a hard charging journalist who has been challenging US misdeeds around the world for years.  People in Congress and the media are calling for his arrest on criminal charges for helping expose the truth about crimes by government.


Joy First is a Wisconsin grandmother of five who has been arrested over 30 times for protesting against the Iraq invasion, the war in Afghanistan, the US drone assassinations. 


Rafil Dhafir is a NY doctor who is in federal prison after being convicted of providing humanitarian and financial aid to people in Iraq in violation of US sanctions.


Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Code Pink, has been arrested numerous times for challenging injustices by the US and other governments.  Most recently she was thrown out of President Obama's speech on National Defense after interrupting him by shouting questions about Guantanamo prisoners and drones.


Robert Chantal, 60, is in prison in Georgia for jumping over the fence outside Fort Benning GA to protest the extensive human rights abuses by graduates of the US Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) formerly the US Army School of the Americas, located on that base.  Over 240 resisters have been sentenced to over a hundred years in prison and dozens of others have served federal probation for federal crimes in GA for protesting there with School of Americas Watch and many more have been arrested in DC.


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