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Meet Michael Prysner

An Iraq war veteran running for Congress (22nd District - Fla.) as a candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation

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Michael Prysner marching at the front of the Sept. 15 anti-war march in Washington (photo: Bill Hackwell)

Prysner, 24, joined the U.S. Army at age 17. Immediately after graduating high school in 2001, he shipped off to basic training in Fort Sill, Okla. He then attended a military academy at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Prysner was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, based in New York.

In March 2003, Prysner was deployed to northern Iraq. He remained there for 12 months. Over time, Prysner developed anti-war views, and in 2005 he began organizing against the war. He was a volunteer for the March 17, 2007, National March on the Pentagon that drew tens of thousand of protesters. At the Sept. 15 March on Washington, Prysner was arrested as part of the contingent of veterans that participated in the mass die-in at the head of the march. Prysner has become a powerful anti-war commentator, drawing on his experiences in Iraq to prove the criminality of the war.

Articles by Michael Prysner:

Militarization of police targets dissent, freedom of assembly

Government deploys army brigade in United States

Forgotten casualties of war

Suicide rates among active duty soldiers to surpass general population

'Not one more day of U.S. imperialism'

PSL candidate Michael Prysner addresses protesters at the RNC

'The Iranian people are our sisters and brothers'

PSL candidate Michael Prysner speaks on U.S. policy toward Iran

Police violence at the Democratic National Convention

Demonstrators support political prisoners, reject Democrats' war policies

Manifestantes traen la lucha del pueblo a la Convención Nacional Demócrata

Apoyando a los prisioneros políticos, rechazando la política bélica de los demócratas

A soldier's story

Michael Prysner's Winter Soldier testimony

PSL campaign stands with Arab, Muslim communities

Racism, demonization used to justify imperialist war

What recruiters will not tell you

The truth about military 'opportunities'

Government attacks retiree health benefits

EEOC allows employers to eliminate hard-earned benefits

Government ignores veteran and soldier suicides

While prosecuting its war on the Iraqi people

Miami police go on killing spree

Violence highlights epidemic facing oppressed people

The night I learned which side I was on

The all-too-common story of a checkpoint in Iraq

Florida boot camp killers go unpunished

'The system is inherently racist'

U.S. war machine the real enemy, not Iraqis

An Iraq veteran's perspective

An Iraq war veteran reflects on the Sept. 15 march

'We will resist imperialist war'

Soldiers and the anti-war movement

Resistance and revolution

Court sanctions insurance robbery of Katrina victims

State intervention no 'Act of God'

Florida law takes aim at Sudan, Iran

No humanitarian goal in mind

 

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