David Swanson and Charles Lenchner: Refusing Military “Service”

Don't Enlist - Resist

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Jan. 4, 2022
January 5, 2022

This week on Talk World Radio we’re talking about refusing military “service.” Our guest Charles Lenchner is a veteran peace activist, organizer, and political campaigner. Born in the United States, he grew up in Israel where he became an anti-occupation activist at a young age. In 1987, he was drafted into the Israeli Army and subsequently refused orders and spent time in military prison. More recently he was a co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders and today is part of the RootsAction team that publishes ProgressiveHub. I also work for RootsAction.

Read articles by Charles Lenchner at https://progressivehub.net/?s=charles+lenchner

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David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include Leaving World War II Behind (2020), Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Support David’s work.

From the archives:

The U.S. Military Is Registering 15-Year-Olds for the Draft, by David Swanson

They’re About to Add Women to Military Draft in the Name of Feminism, by David Swanson

Defending the Shame of Apartheid, by Kenn Orphan

Truth in Recruiting

They Went to Jail for Justice by David Swanson

Chris Hedges: A Socialist Soldier’s Tale of Resisting the American Empire

Resistance Against Military Recruiters at Schools by Pat Elder

Military Recruiting and How To Confront It by Pat Elder

Israeli Refusnik, Maya Yechieli Wind: Israel is a Nation of Soldiers

Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo (repost)

Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo

One thought on “David Swanson and Charles Lenchner: Refusing Military “Service”

  1. Pingback: U.S. Army: 0 — Internet: 1, by Swanson – Dandelion Salad

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