“The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.” —Muhammad Ali on refusing to fight in Vietnam
The myth of American innocence is perpetually reinvented in the face of an unprecedented history of violence, upheld by bipartisan consensus and a pliant corporate media.
The US also has a long tradition of resistance to war and militarism—often including the participation of active-duty soldiers and veterans—and it is a history that urgently needs to be remembered in the weeks and months ahead.
To aid in uplifting that tradition, and to better equip the movement against imperialism for the struggles to come, we offer a reading list on the tremendous violence carried out by the American Empire, and the heroic efforts of those who oppose it.
No to war in Iran. No to imperialism. Unconditional support to war resisters.