An Iraq veteran and five-year employee at private defense contracting corporation General Dynamics publicly resigned from the private defense contractor in late July in protest of the company’s arming of US-led wars, declaring: “I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.”
Brandon Toy sent his resignation letter in an email to his immediate supervisors, coworkers, and the corporate chain of command, as well as to Common Dreams, who published the statement. The letter has since gone viral, racketing tens of thousands of views on social media sites.
In his own words, Toy shares the story of his personal transformation, first as a veteran and then as an employee of a private defense contractor.
An Outlier today can be seen as the vanguard of a movement tomorrow. Moral stands like this are hard to do so let’s hope that this will be the first of many and that a world of peace is possible.