African-American soldier in Florida jail for anti-"Stop-Loss" hiphop track

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African-American soldier in Florida jail for anti-"Stop-Loss" hiphop track

"Stop-lossed Army Specialist Marc Hall (aka Hip Hop artist Marc Watercus) was placed in the Liberty County Jail Friday, December 11 for speaking out against the continuing policy that has barred him from exiting the military, including recording an angry and explicit song. Servicemembers do not completely give up their rights to free speech, and certainly not when they do so artistically while off duty. However, the military intends to hold Marc in the county jail for months of pre-trial punishment before court martial. This could become a precedent setting case for boundaries of dissent within the ranks. Free Marc! Free speech! Free the troops from Stop Loss!"

http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/content/view/800/1/

 

 

Unionist

I'm sure there's a story here, but after reading the link, for the life of me, I can't figure out what it is. Other than the fact that this chap feels he is "president of the world". War is hell, I guess.

 

 

old_bolshie

Can't exit the military?

All he needs to do is go AWOL for 2 weeks and then return looking like he's been on a bender/hasn't shaved or showered they'll kick him out RFQ.

The other sure-fire method an ex-US Marine told me about was to buy a small quantity of marijuana and fire up a joint in the barracks, this however has the disadvantage of a number of shit kickings administered in lockup/before Court-marial.

Of course both methods mean no ex-serviceman's benefits like free mediacal care/education/housing.

Stargazer

The US Military is desperate for people. They are taking "known felons" whatever that means in US speak. I highly doubt just going on a bender or buying dope will get him kicked out. It's a back door draft. Not voluntary anymore when you are sent on endless "tours of duty".

Unionist

Furthermore, I don't support "free speech" in the ranks of the U.S. military. What sort of bizarre movement is that? Whatever happened to good old-fashioned fragging?

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

There was a large "G.I. underground" movement among the Vietnam-era troops.  They helped organize resistance to the war from within the ranks.  People like Jane Fonda and Barbara Dane(the Sixties-era singer) performed at "soldiers coffeehouses", which were usually just a block or two away from military bases.  It was an imporant part of that antiwar movement, and will be important in building any future antimilitarist organizations.

Unionist

Ken, I fully agree with you - about Vietnam - but I saw absolutely nothing in your linked article that indicated resistance to the war, other than a vague reference to someone talking to someone about not wanting to re-deploy. There is indeed very organized and encouraging resistance in the U.S., mostly on the part of veterans (like IVAW), which is in stark contrast with Canada, where not one single active or recent member of the forces has spoken out publicly to condemn the war crimes. If such a movement is truly developing within the U.S. military, let me know where I can send congratulations and money!

 

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Stop loss is a major issue in the U.S. forces.  They've been making the troops continue their deployments indefinitely, like Colonel Cathcart in Catch-22, who kept forcing the bomber crews to fly more and more bombing runs in the hope that this might eventually get HIM a medal or a promotion.

And it's the kind of thing upon which troop resistance can be built.

This soldier made a hip-hop record about the stop-loss policy.  While he framed it in terms of his personal situation, he did so in a way that speaks to the troops.  It's the kind of thing that the high command would naturally consider destabilizing and threatening.

I'll research current military war resistance efforts and pass on informtion about them as I find it.