Under The Hood

Abby Zimet

It's inspiring to read that a second soldier from Texas' Fort Hood -
Sgt. Travis Bishop, following the lead of Spc. Victor Agosto - has refused
deployment to Afghanistan. Both men got counselling and support from
Under The Hood, a newly opened coffeehouse that offers a "free speech
zone" to soldiers and their allies. The cafe is a reincarnation of the
Vietnam-era coffeehouse The Oleo Strut - a shock absorber serving as a
metaphor for what it provided troubled soldiers - that gave birth to Veterans For Peace as a hub of the anti-war movement. To donate or learn more on its resistance work, go here.



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