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We Are Not Your Soldiers

Stephaine Rugoff | March 30, 2020

In March We Are Not Your Soldiers presenters spoke remotely at three alternative NYC high schools, a NYC middle school and to Spanish-dominant bilingual high school students in Philadelphia. A co-teacher at one of the NYC high schools wrote following Will's talk:

Thank you so much for your visit and your presentation today! I can't tell you how valuable of an experience that was for our students. We have been discussing and debriefing since you left. You touched on many issues we have been discussing in class, and your personal experience as a veteran adds so much that we can not. You had a huge impact on our students, and I can't thank you enough for that. We appreciate you taking the time to be with us and share some of your experiences today.


Meet the Veterans in We Are Not Your Soldiers

Debra Sweet | February 19, 2021

UPDATE:  You can watch the recoded panel discussion here:




Debra Sweet | December 28, 2020


Listen in as We Are Not Your Soldiers spends an hour with a Peace Studies class at Nassau Community College in NY. Professor Susan Cushman introduces her class, followed by Stephanie Rugoff who coordinates We Are Not Your Soldiers. Miles Megaciph, a U.S. Marines veteran and hip hop artist, then starts off with his song “Promise” and continues for the rest of the program in dialogue with the class about his time in the military. This was originally aired on the “Give Peace a Chance” show on WBAI, 99.5 FM in NYC.

Listen here to this powerful and moving show.


"Give Peace A Chance"

Debra Sweet | December 24, 2020

Tune in to WBAI this Saturday Dec. 26 at 6:00 EST (on the radio at 99.5 in NYC or tune in on the WBAI website from wherever you're located) to "Give Peace A Chance" to hear the special program on We Are Not Your Soldiers including audio from a visit last week to a community college Peace Studies class in NY. 

Listen Now: Give Peace A Chance


Send Anti-War Veterans to Students

Debra Sweet |  December 9, 2020 

When World Can’t Wait was founded in 2005, we spent four years raising the demand that the Bush regime be driven from power via mass non-violent protest and prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.  We knew that those crimes would happen again and worsen if accepted and normalized, as they were under the Obama administration.


A Most Unusual 2019-20 School Year!

We Are Not Your Soldiers | July 8, 2020

19-20-collageThe great uprising against white supremacy of people all over the country and the horrific response of the fascists in the White House, has opened discourse about the domestic role of the military.  This gives We Are Not Your Soldiers the opportunity to broaden and deepen that thinking and take it to an understanding of the imperialist role of the U.S. military as the police of the empire.  More profound thought is bolstered by young people here seeing the solidarity in protests against racism now taking place around the world.


Helping Students Keep Their Humanity by Not Signing Up for War

Stephanie Rugoff | November 11, 2019

nomorewarsWe Are Not Your Soldiers brings exposure of imperial wars to a generation of youth largely unaware of the crimes being carried out throughout the world in their names.

On this Veterans Day, 2019, for the United States, making war is less about amassing human air, land and sea forces to attack “the enemy” as it is increasingly about amassing technological superiority in which machines replace humans enabling politicians and corporate bosses to pursue their goals without the pesky problem of waves of homeward-bound body bags and caskets.

Yet, the Pentagon was confronted with the obstacle of conscience being applied to technological research in mid-2018 when Google employees protested working on Project Maven, a program that would use artificial intelligence to assist in drone killing, causing Google to drop Maven. Tech workers at Amazon and Microsoft have also protested working on technology that supports repression and killing.

While work on Maven has been picked up by another firm and Amazon and Microsoft leadership have apparently felt free to ignore the pleas of their workers these protests illustrate the increasing power of individuals to throw monkey wrenches into the gears of the war machine.

Hence, the increasing importance of the task of educating all students on the consequences of war, whether or not they plan to join the military. 

This is what We Are Not Your Soldiers has been doing for 13 years by bringing veterans into classrooms. Being knowledgeable of the realities of fighting in or, by inertia, supporting the wrong side of imperialist wars can lead to people speaking and acting in opposition to them.


John Burns


“I do the school visits because I feel it’s important for students and young adults to have information to make well-informed decisions.  The fact that these kids are usually exposed to only one side of the story with countless movies and media glorifying war in general is an extreme disservice to the people of the United States. Given that I use these speaking tours as my own therapy should say a lot about how much the military affects you. I want to say on record that I do not hate our military. I hate what our military is being used for. I love my country and that’s coming from a Haudenosaunee Native American whose own ancestors were slaughtered by the very institution I enlisted in.”



Read excerpts from student papers following John’s visit to their class.









Watch excerpts from a visit by John to a high school class.

Joe Urgo

joe1330Joe Urgo, a veteran who was in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, speaks to classes that are studying the US war on Vietnam or doing a comparative study of current US wars with past wars in Southeast Asia.  He wrote this article on the 50th anniversary of Tet during the historic year of 1968 and the Winter Soldier Investigation, which he helped organize. The Winter Soldier Investigation made known to the people of the United States, through the heartfelt testimonies of the veterans themselves, the criminality of the actions of the US military in Vietnam.




We Are Not Your Soliders | June 26, 2019

Should another generation of youth living here be sucked into war for empire, the way two million+ have sacrificed their humanity and lives in the so-called “war on terror?”  We say no, and are actively working to present what the recruiters for the U.S. armed forces won’t ever say.  Should another generation of youth in this country be unaware of what is being carried out around the world in their names?  We say no, and are determined to build anti-war consciousness and activism.  It is neither in the interests of this generation of young people nor those of the people of the world for them to enlist in the military – while, on the other hand, becoming part of a movement opposing these wars is.

Video by Will Griffin of the Peace Report.



World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.