GI Justice in the News
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Our nation’s veterans are left out of the very rights they preserve by their service. This contradicts American sentiment expressing concern about veterans’ well-being. The silencing of veteran voices and a misunderstanding of veterans’ needs and experiences, have contributed to the number of veteran suicides.
If we believe that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, then the fact that members of our military lack basic civil rights is not simply morally compromising, it actually endangers the integrity of our social fabric as a whole. In other words, there can be no justice without GI justice.
Fifty years after his death, there is a movement afoot trying to revive Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign to unite the poor and create an Economic Bill of Rights. Talk of “The War Economy,” lacks any substantive engagement about the unique reality of veteran poverty.