Sarah Lazare lives in Portland, Maine where she is an assistant news producer for Common Dreams. Sarah is an independent journalist and organizer in U.S. anti-war and anti-militarist movements, as a member of War Times and The Civilian-Soldier Alliance, an organization that supports veteran and G.I. movements against U.S.-led wars. Sarah has organized around issues of Palestine solidarity, economic justice, and migrant rights, and she is co-editor of the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War.
Despite the Memorial Day “celebrations,” claims that the Afghanistan War is coming to an end, and talk of “humanitarian” military deployments to Nigeria, the naked violence of the U.S. role in the world showed through the verbal fog this month. President Obama tried to argue that an indefinite military presence is "how war ends in the 21st century." We argue instead that building movements for rehumanization and solidarity, against U.S. military power in its overt and covert forms, is how we can bring a real end to war in the 21st century.
One year ago I embarked on an investigative story about how the U.S. military makes invisible and denies the wounds of war that spouses and families of service members bear and abandons them when they need mental health care.
California prisoners announced the suspension of their most recent hunger strike September 5th, yet the fight to end solitary confinement and other forms of torture, inhumanity, and injustice continues. Meanwhile, the bonds of solidarity built during this struggle with people and organizations around the U.S.
In a month filled with the killing of innocents from Boston to West, Texas and from Baghdad to Yemen, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Sarah Lazare calls attention to what we all have to learn from the Palestinian people's resistance to brutality and dispossession.
The 13th World Social Forum concluded last Saturday with a massive Land Day march, marking the anniversary of the deadly 1976 Palestinian protests against Israeli plans to displace Palestinians in the Galilee region. Tens of thousands marched through Tunis’s streets, boisterously closing this global gathering that boasts over 4,500 participating organizations from five continents.
As the U.S. pledges $250 million more in aid to Mohamad Morsi’s military-run Egyptian government, journalist and anti-war/anti-militarist organizer Sarah Lazare returns to Tahrir Square to learn about the revolution still underway, witness the challenges and obstacles organizers face, and have conversations about building international solidarity at a difficult moment.
As the war in Afghanistan drags through its eleventh year, discussion of U.S. occupation has been forgotten in election cycle discourse.