"Veterans Call Out Creeping Militarism In Colorado”
On Saturday November 5, 2016, Recent military Veterans from Colorado and New Mexico will be speaking about their experience with U.S. militarism. Throughout the history of the United States, the military industrial complex (MIC) has had increasing influence on US policy, siphoning resources from all communities and especially hurting communities of color. “The military industrial complex extends from traditional military weapon and vehicle manufacturing to pharmaceutical and energy companies. These corporations impact American elections and decision makers on a daily basis to promote US involvement in escalation in armed conflicts throughout the world”. - Garett Reppenhagen, U.S. Army OIF Veteran
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) comes together in solidarity and resistance with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation), and the thousands of water warriors defending their land and livelihood from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). If construction is completed, the DAPL will transport 450,000 barrels of fracked and highly volatile crude oil per day from the Bakken fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. As US Military Veterans and Service members, many of whom have witnessed first hand the degradation and pollution caused by war, we denounce this corporate environmental catastrophe in the making.