Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Milblogs Silent For Just Cause...

In union there is strength.

Over the course of the last several months, I've written about the issue that one of our fellow milbloggers; CJ Grisham has been experiencing with his children's school PTA. It has now become a legal issue. Please read the following to understand how this not only affects CJ and his family, but each and every one of us. Even a small blip in the blog-o-sphere like myself, choose to stand with those who lay their lives on the line for me every day of the year.

What will you do?




Milblogs Go Silent
On Wednesday 16 December 2009, many milblogs -- including This Ain't Hell, From My Position, Blackfive, Miss Ladybug, Boston Maggie, Grim's Hall, and those participating in the Wednesday Hero program -- are going silent for the day. Some are choosing to go silent for a longer period of time.

The reason for this is two-fold. First, milblogs are facing an increasingly hostile environment from within the military. While senior leadership has embraced blogging and social media, many field grade officers and senior NCOs do not embrace the concept. From general apathy in not wanting to deal with the issue to outright hositility to it, many commands are not only failing to support such activities, but are aggressively acting against active duty milbloggers, milspouses, and others. The number of such incidents appears to be growing, with milbloggers receiving reprimands, verbal and written, not only for their activities but those of spouses and supporters.

The catalyst has been the treatment of milblogger C.J. Grisham of A Soldier's Perspective ( C.J. has earned accolades and respect, from the White House on down for his honest, and sometimes blunt, discussion of issues -- particularly PTSD. In the last few months, C.J. has seen an issue with a local school taken to his command who failed to back him, and has even seen his effort to deal with PTSD, and lead his men in same by example, used against him as a part of this. Ultimately, C.J. has had to sell his blog to help raise funds for his defense in this matter.

An excellent story on the situation with C.J. can be found at Military Times:
While there have been new developments, the core problem remains, and C.J. is having to raise funds to cover legal expenses to protect both his good name and his career.

One need only look at the number of blogs by active duty military in combat zones and compare it to just a few years ago to see the chilling effect that is taking place.

Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to the public. They have provided vital context and analysis on issues critical to operations and to the informed electorate critical to the Republic.

On Wednesday 16 December, readers will have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something about it. Those participating are urging their readers to contact their elected representatives in Congress, and to let their opinions be known to them and to other leaders in Washington.

Some milblogs will remain silent for several days; some just for the day. All have agreed to keep the post about the silence and C.J. at the top of their blogs until Friday 18 December.
The issues go beyond C.J., and deserve careful consideration and discussion. We hope that you will cover this event, and explore the issues that lie at the heart of the matter. Contact the milbloggers in your area or that you know, and hear the story that lies within.
A Partial List of Participating Blogs:

Drunken Wisdom
CDR Salamander -

Grisham Legal Fund
c/o Redstone Federal Credit Union
220 Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35893
Please write "Grisham Legal Fund" in the memo line if you use this option.

Or You may donate via PayPal here; or you can log into PayPal on your own, go to the send money page, and enter his email address:

Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to you. Today, many milblogs are gone and others are under attack from within and without. Today, you have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something about it. Make your voice heard by writing your congressional representatives and others, and by making donations as you see fit.

The battle for freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas is fought on many fronts and in many ways. Without your help, the battle may well be lost.

Please do what your conscious dictates. I know that without the many military writers who are or have been 'boots on the ground' I would have never known the true story about what 'Our Guys' have endured and of the many little drops that will have made a difference in the life of those whose very existence they fight to protect.

And so it goes......


membrain said...

A very just cause indeed. The drop in the number of active duty milbloggers is alarming.

Ky Woman said...

Scary thing, that...

One by one the freedoms are losing ground.

What's that old adage? "If you stand for nothing..."

brat said...

Or: "Then they came for me and there was no-one left to speak..."

I stand with CJ.

Ky Woman said...

Brat dahling,

Yeah, no one left with any cojones. A sad state of affairs our country has slid down into.

I'm right there with ya!! But you knew that.