March Forward!

The newsletter of March Forward! is written and published by veterans and active-duty service members.

The staff for the March 2009 issue of the newsletter includes:

John Acevedo
Specialist, U.S. Army
Los Angeles, CA

James Circello
Sergeant, U.S. Army
2001-2008, AWOL April-Nov 2007
“Operation: Iraqi Freedom” veteran
Washington, D.C.

Bill Hackwell
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force
Vietnam War veteran ('68-'69)
San Francisco, CA

Priscilla Lounds
Specialist, U.S. Army
New London, CT

Eddie Pages 
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
1998-2002 and 2004-2008
New York City, NY

Michael Prysner
Corporal, U.S. Army
“Operation: Iraqi Freedom” veteran
Los Angeles, CA

Forrest Schmidt
Specialist, U.S. Army National Guard
1994-2000, AWOL 1997-2000
San Francisco, CA

Matt Wedemeyer
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force
Washington, D.C.

March Forward! is an affiliate of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). Along with others in the Coalition, we are organizing against the Iraq and Afghanistan war while fighting for social and economic justice at home—including the struggle against racism and all forms of discrimination and bigotry. March Forward! operates based on the belief that real change comes through struggle and mass action.

In 2008, veterans and active-duty service members who had been seasoned activists and leaders in the movement against the Iraq war joined together to form March Forward! Our aim is to unite all those who have served and who currently serve in the U.S. military, and who want to stand up for our rights and for that which is right!

March Forward! was formed because of the pressing issues facing veterans and service members: the forced participation in these horrible imperialist wars, as well as economic hardship, sexism, racism, homophobia, inadequate care, and a lack of access to resources before, during and after military service. These issues can only be resolved through grassroots organizing and unified action by veterans and service members in alliance with others across the country: unions, civil rights and anti-war organizations, and student and youth activists. These issues affect working-class veterans and service members, and all people in the United States who do not profit from the Pentagon’s wars.

March Forward! members are also active supporters and/or members of other progressive veterans’ organizations, including Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. We are actively building a multinational, multigenerational group of veterans and service members who will stand up and fight back against the injustice perpetrated by the Pentagon against our sisters and brothers throughout the developing world, against working and poor people in the United States, and against those still serving in the U.S. military.