Founded in 2007, the Civilian Soldier Alliance is an organization of civilians working with veterans and active-duty service-members to build a GI resistance movement towards a just foreign policy. We work with and support service-members and veterans to withdraw military support from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting resistance within the military that empowers service members to have a voice and develop as leaders organizing for change. To help build this GI-led movement, we work with fellow civilians to build a reliable, committed and experienced support structure for military personnel.
We believe that organizing to withdraw military support from the war can not only win tangible victories, but can also be a transformative process whereby vets and civilians develop the skills and confidence necessary to organize for long-term change.
Raising awareness about the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and highlighting the voices of war resisters and veterans organizing for change:
Our chapters organize educational events ranging from panel discussions, movie screenings, performances and art shows to organizing trainings and a class on military resistance throughout the world.
Uniting with veteran and service-member led campaigns:
Civilian Soldier Alliance is committed to building a broad base of civilian ally organizers to participate in strong, strategic campaigns that challenge the current power structures while also creating a space for empowerment and alternative solutions to the blatant militarism which pervades our society.
Currently we are working with Iraq Veterans Against the War to build a Campaign to win a Service Member & Veteran Bill of rights, that would grant Service members and veterans the rights to refuse participation in illegal and immoral wars, and to full and quality health care along with many other basic human rights.