Annetta Carman is a Marine Veteran and member of Socialist Alternative living in Madison Wisconsin. She was among 13 arrested at the Cruz Family Home in Minneapolis during the #J21 Day of Action on PNC Bank. HERE is a video link which shows Carman giving a short speech (at 13:25) before her arrest at the event organized by Occupy Homes MN. Occupy Homes is a coalition of community members, faith groups, neighbors, homeowners, students and organizations standing together to stop foreclosures and evictions. For more information on the Cruz campaign, check out the Occupy Homes MN facebook page here. Socialist Alternative in Minneapolis has been participating in Occupy Homes work since it started last year.
After her release we asked Carmen to share with us why she chose to get arrested in solidarity with the Cruz family at Thursday’s action:
“I served 7 years in the Army overseas, to include one year as a combat medic in Iraq for 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (2003-2004), six months as a triage coordinator and nursing assistant in Pakistan for 212th M.A.S.H. (2005-2006), one year teaching combat first responder medicine to deploying soldiers in Kuwait (2006-2007), and 2 months stabilizing critically wounded soldiers in Landstuhl hospital, Germany (2009). I have received numerous decorations to include the Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Army Achievement Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal to name a few.
Upon returning to the United States after 7 years of absence I found a nation without healthcare or education options for my countrymen while Washington continues to wage a war of aggression against the civilians of small countries half a world away. Tax monies are poured into a defense system whose activities are ironically compromising the national security of our civilians. The profits of a tiny group of corporate elite are protected by a military and police force who are now pushing our neighbors from their homes. My action at the Cruz home was not one of disobedience; I have sworn to protect my country from enemies both foreign and domestic, and challenging a stolen police state is obedience to this oath. I call upon my countrymen to address the corruption born of a society whose classes are so drastically separated, and I believe unionizing the working people of America in a Socialist, self-governing system to be an urgent matter of ethics and national security. My hope is that small-scale activist action will awaken the American giant in non-violent unity. We must take back control from the darkness that has driven our nation while we were sleeping. Solidarity.”