On February 1st in New York and February 2nd in Washington, DC, there will be screenings of This is Where We Take Our Stand to benefit Iraq Veterans Against the War. Continue reading
With the support of the Independent Television Fund (ITVS) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the story of Winter Soldier/Iraq & Afghanistan is now an hour-long documentary airing on PBS stations nationwide. See the full list for an upcoming broadcast near you.
“This is Where We Take Our Stand” is the story of hundreds of veterans who risked everything to publicly tell their accounts of the horrors they witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active-duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it.
Against tremendous odds, they brought the voices of the veterans themselves into the debate. “This is Where We Take Our Stand” is the inside story of those three days and the courageous men and women who testified-a story that’s as important to tell today as ever.
These brave soldiers and veterans are challenging a public silence that runs very deep, underscoring a willingness to accept unspeakable horrors-as long as we don’t know about them.
We are happy to announce the initial scheduled PBS broadcasts of This is Where We Take Our Stand. This isn’t the final schedule. New broadcasts are announced every week, and the process of getting the film onto PBS stations is still very much alive.
This is Where We Take Our Stand is not an easy film for PBS, and we are very grateful to the stations that have decided to air it. In that context, please note that so far, a relatively small number of cities are showing the film on their “main” PBS station. Most of the broadcasts to date are scheduled for secondary digital stations that are often very hard to find. For example, in New York the film will be shown on WLIWDT3. Continue reading
As we near the holidays, we want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you who responded to our urgent request to contact your local PBS station asking them to air “This is Where We Take Our Stand” in January and February.
If you haven’t yet contacted your local station, below is a list of contact links for the largest thirty stations. Just click on the one nearest you and send them a message. Do it this week, send it to your own lists, and let PBS know that you want this story and these veterans to be seen by millions. Continue reading
I have good news and bad news.
The good news is that This is Where We Take Our Stand, the film about the Iraq Veterans Against the War Winter Soldier/Iraq & Afghanistan Investigation, has now been distributed to every PBS station in the country for broadcast in January and February. Funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and distributed by the National Educational Television Association (NETA), the film finally has the chance to be seen by people all across the country. Continue reading
UCLA’S HAMMER MUSEUM
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Tuesday, November 22 – 7:00 PM
Join the film’s directors and subject
Geoff Millard for a Q&A after the screening.
Special guest Tom Morello is scheduled to perform.
The film about the historic 2008 Winter Soldier Iraq & Afghanistan Investigation, This is Where We Take Our Stand, is finally going to see the light of day! The Los Angeles premiere will be at the Hammer Museum on November 22, and it will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide in January/February 2012. Stay tuned for details of the broadcast.
The story of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) who risked everything to tell their stories is today more relevant than ever. As President Obama withdraws troops from a devastated Iraq (minus ten or twenty thousand “contractors” and the largest, most militarized American Embassy in the world), he sends more to Afghanistan and announces new deployments to other Gulf countries. Nothing is over.
This is Where We Take Our Stand brings you into the powerful, damning testimony of veterans and soldiers at the 2008 event. And it follows IVAW members Geoff Millard (National Guard), Selena Coppa (Army) and Jason Washburn (Marines) as they struggle through controversy, attacks, and their own and their friends’ demons to make this historic event happen.
This is Where We Take Our Stand was directed by Bestor Cram, Mike Majoros and David Zeiger.
Funding was provided by the Independent Television Service, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Fledgling Fund, The Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, and individual contributions from Michael Locker, Victor Wallis, Paul Lauter, Richard Ohmann, Carolyn Blackwood, Lenny Potash, Ann Wright, Richard Flacks, and hundreds more.
We are very happy to report that we have received funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) to create an hour-long documentary for Public Television. The film, also titled This is Where We Take Our Stand, will go beyond the web series, delving further into the lives of the soldiers and veterans who organized and testified at Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan in March of 2008, and reflecting on its impact two years later.The new film, which we hope will be broadcast on PBS early next year, brings the story of Winter Soldier and the veterans who testified to a huge audience nationwide at a time when it is, ironically and infuriatingly, more timely than ever.
So spread the word, watch the web series if you haven’t yet, and stay tuned!
By Audry McAvoy, Associated Press
September 25, 2009
The Army is allowing the first commissioned officer to be court-martialed for refusing to go to Iraq to resign from the service, his attorney said late Friday. First Lt. Ehren Watada will be granted a discharge Oct. 2, “under other than honorable conditions,” attorney Kenneth Kagan said. Watada told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin he was happy the matter has finally been closed. “The actual outcome is different from the outcome that I envisioned in the first place, but I am grateful of the outcome,” he said.
“There are no more authoritative voices to speak out about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than the people who have been there under fire,” declares singer Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against the Machine), as he leads an intense celebration of three days of intense, painful, and liberating testimony. And while James Gilligan reveals the deep similarities between the “bad war” (Iraq) and the “good war” (Afghanistan), Jon Turner declares for all, “I am sorry for the things that I did, I am no longer the monster that I once was.”
(NOTE: James Gilligan, whose testimony was originally in Episode 6, has requested that he not be included in the series at this point, and we have honored his request.)
This is Where We Take Our Stand – The Series
Where’s the debate?
Are we watching passively while Barack Obama carries out the same policies as George W. Bush?
When an American bombing raid this May killed over two hundred civilians in a village in Afghanistan, it was met with a deafening silence. When Obama’s promised “withdrawal” from Iraq leaves 130,000 troops there for at least two more years and 50,000 permanently, it’s hailed as an end to the occupation. And who is demanding to know just what the mission really is when 30,000 more troops are sent to Afghanistan?
Where’s the debate?
In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it. Against tremendous odds, they brought the voices of the veterans themselves into the debate. That was then.
This is now. Today, we present to you This is Where We Take Our Stand, the inside story of those three days and the courageous men and women who testified. And we present this story today, told in six episodes, because we believe it is as relevant now as it was one year ago. Maybe more.
Here is our challenge to you: Watch the series; spread it far and wide; and ask yourself is this about the past, or the present and future. Then add your voice.
If you are a veteran or active duty, present your own testimony. If you are not, but you are still a living, breathing member of the human race, then do whatever you can to join and fan the flames of debate.
David Zeiger, Director of Sir! No Sir!
By Courage to Resist. September 4, 2009 (updated regularly)
Consolidated and up-to-date list of easy action items
We have a lot of information about GI resistance and how to help objectors spread out over hundreds of pages on couragetoresist.org. However, sometimes folks just want to know what needs to be done and how to do it, including: