Law and Disorder Radio – Upcoming Antiwar Conference in Albany – Iraq War Veteran, Conscientious Objector and Musician Clifton Hicks – Hosts: Heidi Boghosian, Michael Steven Smith & Michael Ratner – Produced by Geoff Brady

 

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Anti-War Conference in Albany

Co-host Michael Smith talks with attorney Jim Lafferty about the upcoming anti-war conference in Albany, New York, July 23-25. Noam Chomsky, internationally renowned political activist, author, and critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, is the keynote speaker. Click here for flyer (PDF) Groups sponsoring the event: After Downing Street, Arab American Union Members Council, Bail Out the People MovementBlack Agenda Report, Campus Antiwar Network, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Citizen Soldier,  Code Pink, Grandmothers Against the WarGranny Peace BrigadeInternational Action CenterIraq Veterans Against the WarMilitary Families Speak OutMay 1st Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, National Lawyers GuildOffice of the AmericasPeace Action, Peace of the Action, Progressive Democrats of AmericaProject SalamSeptember Eleventh Families for Peaceful TomorrowsThe Fellowship of ReconciliationU.S. Labor Against the WarVeterans for PeaceVoices for Creative NonviolenceVoters for Peace,Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomWorld Can’t Wait.

 

 

 

 Iraq War Veteran, Conscientious Objector and Musician Clifton Hicks

Clifton Hicks is an activist with Iraq Veterans Against the War. Hicks is disabled and enrolled as an Anthropology student at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Appalachian State is a center for old-time music, and Hicks is also an accomplished musician and banjo player. Cliff Hicks is psychologically disabled and got out of the Army as a conscientious objector several years ago. In the spring issue of The Veteran, published by Vietnam Veterans Against the War, there’s printed the following chant, that is repeated by soldiers in training to go to Iraq. “I went down to the market where all the people shop, I pulled out my machete, and I began to chop. I went down to the park where all the children play, I took out my machine gun and I began to spray.” This is the kind of psychological brutalization that our young men are forced to endure that turn them into creatures they never thought they’d become.

Clifton Hicks:

I was in 9th grade when 9/11 happened. I called the recruiter when I was 16, to try and get in.

I saw Muslim and Arab people and thought they were all out to get us.

I listened to a lot of daytime AM right-wing radio. I had the old cliche patriotic notions going.

I wanted to go into combat from the start, I figured if I was going into the Army, I wanted to fight.

My feet were on the ground in Iraq in October 2003. The guys I was with that had already been there for a while had gotten pretty nasty. Guys get nasty, because their friends get killed and you realized you can’t trust anybody.

We were the first division in combat to be out there for more than 13 months.

They would literally give us candy and toys to give out to Iraqi kids at schools, the next day you’re riding around and you see a bunch of kids get shot.

I became an anti-war activist while I was still in the Army. We started an IVAW chapter in Gainesville, Florida.

Guest – Clifton Hicks. Branch of service: United States Army (USA) / Unit: C Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment / Rank: PFC / Home: North Carolina / Served in: Ft. Knox, OIF 1, Germany. Hicks a musician and is currently a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.