This Friday, Veteran's Day, be sure to pack an extra couple of bucks to buy the ubiquitous Veteran's Day poppy. Then head over to the Boise State Student Union building to hear a very different kind of perspective on war, via Iraq War vet Aidan Delgado's lecture "War, Peace and Transformation." Delgado, who enlisted on the morning of September 11, 2001 (before he saw the headlines), served for a year in Iraq, including six months at the now-infamous Abu Ghraib prison. What he saw there, combined with his burgeoning Buddhist beliefs, prompted him to surrender his rifle and declare himself a conscientious objector. After being honorably discharged--and facing harassment and abuse from his fellow soldiers and commanding officers--Delgado has toured extensively to share his harrowing story and brutal photographs with audiences across the country. His lecture, presented by the Idaho Peace Coalition, runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public, with free parking at the Student Union Building.
The following Thursday, November 17, the Idaho Peace coalition will hold a two-hour conscientious objector workshop. If you fear the draft, know someone who does, or just wonder what all the fuss is about, head over to 1520 N. 12th St. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information about military conscription and conscientious objection:
Selective Service System--The Selective Service Web site features the official government line on military registration: Who must register, who doesn't need to, how to do it, the state-by-state punishments for not registering, who would be eligible for the draft and who wouldn't, what the official definition of a conscientious objector is and just about anything else you need to know to inform your fellow refusniks. (703) 605-4100, www.sss.gov
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors-- (510) 465-1617, www.objector.org.
Center for Conscience and War-- (800) 379-2679, www.nisbco.org.
Idaho veterans for peace--(208) 562-1463, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans for peace national headquarters--(314) 725-6005, www.veteransforpeace.org.
Gi Rights HOTLINE--(800) 394-9544, www.girights.org.
iraq veterans against the war--(215) 241-7123, www.ivaw.net.
Military Families SPeak out--(617) 983-0710, www.mfso.org.
National Lawyers guild military law task force--(415) 566-3732, www.nlg.org/mltf.
Bring them home now--www.bringthemhomenow.org.