Rory Fanning

Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a housing activist living in Chicago, Illinois and the author of the forthcoming book, Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America (Haymarket, 2014). 

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Thursday, December 08, 2016
The Antiwar Tour
A vibrant antiwar movement is blooming in Japan right now. Trade unions, civic groups, and an overwhelming number of young people are galvanizing the country around Article 9 of the Japanese constitution — the article that has kept Japan out of war for the last seventy years. Each weekend since...
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Thursday, April 07, 2016
The Wars in Our Schools
Early each New Year’s Day I head for Lake Michigan with a handful of friends. We look for a quiet stretch of what, only six months earlier, was warm Chicago beach. Then we trudge through knee-deep snow in bathing suits and boots, fighting wind gusts and hangovers. Sooner or later, we arrive where...
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Letter to a Young Army Ranger (From an Old One): 'Why the War on Terror Shouldn’t Be Your Battle'
Dear Aspiring Ranger, You’ve probably just graduated from high school and you’ve undoubtedly already signed an Option 40 contract guaranteeing you a shot at the Ranger indoctrination program (R.I.P.). If you make it through R.I.P. you’ll surely be sent off to fight in the Global War on Terror. You’...
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Monday, October 27, 2014
Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?
Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone resting on a chrome-colored plastic table a few feet from a barista brewing a vanilla latte. A cold October rain fell outside. A friend of mine grabbed the issue and began flipping through it...
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U.S. soldier makes a radio call in this battlefield file photo. (Credit: DoD photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway, U.S. Air Force) Views
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Friendly? All Deaths Are Shameful in a War That Shouldn't Be
Twenty-four hours after reading the news that five U.S. soldiers were killed in yet another friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, I fear this response is already old news. And it is old news, Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire 10 years ago last April. It has been 12-years since the first...
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