July 2009

Ex-envoy Warns Against US Plan for Guam


By Jude Lizama
Marianas Variety
July 22, 2009

A former U.S. diplomat turned peace activist advised Guam residents to be wary of the American government’s military buildup plan for the island.

“We need to be looking very carefully at what our federal government does to us,”  said Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel who spoke to a small crowd on the implications of the relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam during a presentation held Monday night at the University of Guam.

“While we all want to be safe and secure in the world, sometimes our federal government uses this issue of national security to do things to us that we normally wouldn’t put up with,” she added.

Wright accompanied members of the Code Pink Japan, a peace activist group, who visited Guam to discuss the impact of the military buildup with local activists. The group left Guam yesterday.

To read the full story in the Marianas Variety, click here.

On July 16, 2009 Anuradha Bhagwati, SWAN Executive Director, testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the challenges faced by women in accessing health care and benefits, while also focusing on issues surrounding the processing of Military Sexual Trauma claims.

For the complete text of her remarks to the committee, click on the link below.

SWAN Executive Director Testifies Before House Committee on Veterans Affairs

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Is There an Army Cover Up of Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers? 

by Ann Wright
April 28, 2008


The Department of Defense statistics are alarming — one in three women who join the US military will be sexually assaulted or raped by men in the military. The warnings to women should begin above the doors of the military recruiting stations, as that is where assaults on women in the military begins — before they are even recruited.

Click here to read more on the CommonDreams.org web site