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Punishing Her for Opposing War, Speaking Out, And Being a Woman

 

By William Boardman    

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PFC Kimberly Rivera, war resister
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What Do You Call a Woman Who Goes to Prison for Her Beliefs? 

 

A Texan married to a Texan, Private First Class Kimberly Rivera, 30, is a poor, pregnant mother of four who was sentenced to 10 months in jail on April 29 by the United States Army. 

 

Her crime, after serving a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006, was seeking help from her military chaplain about her growing conscientious objection to the American war in Iraq, getting dishonest advice from her superiors, and thinking as a result that she had no realistic options other than returning to Iraq or emigrating to Canada.   She and her husband and two children went to Canada in 2007. 

 

Her story illustrates some of the chronic injustices of American life, not least the extra vengeance the society likes to visit on those who resist, and make that resistance public. 

 

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