Michael Prysner

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Mike Prysner
Mike Prysner, Leader of March Forward (9639302421) (cropped).jpg
Prysner in 2013
Personal details
Born (1983-06-15) June 15, 1983 (age 39)
Political partyParty for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
Residence(s)Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma materFlorida Atlantic University
OccupationPolitical activist
TelevisionThe Empire Files
MovementMarch Forward!
SpouseAbby Martin
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2001–2005
RankArmy-USA-OR-04b.svg Specialist
Battles/warsIraq War

Michael D. Prysner (born June 15, 1983) is an American political activist. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq as a Specialist.[1][2] According to Prysner, his duties in Iraq included ground surveillance, home raids and the interrogation of prisoners, and these experiences led him to take an anti-war stance.[3][4]


He is the co-founder of March Forward, an organization of active-duty members of the U.S. military and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that encourages current active-duty service personnel to resist deployment.[5][6]

In March 2008, Prysner was a member of a panel discussing the topic Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan in Maryland.[7][8] He spoke about his time in Iraq as a soldier and his personal views about the two wars. This address became known as the "Our Real Enemies" speech.[7][9]

Prysner is a member of Party for Socialism and Liberation and A.N.S.W.E.R.[10][11] In 2008, he ran a write-in campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives for Florida's 22nd congressional district.[12][13]

In November 2011, Prysner was arrested in Occupy Los Angeles.[14] He was released after posting bail.[15]

On September 19, 2021, Prysner interrupted a George W. Bush speech in Beverly Hills, California.[16][17] He demanded an apology for "lying about weapons of mass destruction" and causing the deaths of "a million Iraqis." He also yelled "You sent me to Iraq" and "My friends are dead because you lied."[17]

Prysner is a producer and co-writer for the program The Empire Files, with his wife Abby Martin.[18][5]

He performed the rap "Skit 6" on the album Soundtrack to the Struggle.[19][20]

He currently hosts the Eyes Left podcast with former US Army Cadet and Afghanistan War veteran Spenser Rapone.[21][22]

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  1. ^ Vigil, Ariana E. (July 10, 2014). War Echoes: Gender and Militarization in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production. Rutgers University Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-8135-6933-8. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  2. ^ Levinson, Nan (November 10, 2014). War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built. Rutgers University Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-8135-7113-3. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "'U.S. sought to set up sham state in Iraq'". July 26, 2010. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Veterans Group Calls on Military to Refuse Deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq - Salem-News.Com". www.salem-news.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Mike Prysner". jacobinmag.com. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  6. ^ "Suicide Is Anything but Painless | Military Suicide Research Consortium". msrc.fsu.edu. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  7. ^ a b Decker, Stephanie; Paul, John (2013-01-01). "The Real Terrorist was Me: An Analysis of Narratives Told by Iraq Veterans Against the War in an Effort to Rehumanize Iraqi Civilians and Soldiers". Societies Without Borders. 8 (3): 317–343. ISSN 1872-1915.
  8. ^ Iraq Veterans Against the War (2008). Winter soldier, Iraq and Afghanistan : eyewitness accounts of the occupations. Aaron Glantz. Chicago Ill.: Haymarket Books. ISBN 978-1-60846-060-1. OCLC 567850640.
  9. ^ Soilder [sic] Mike Prysner: A War Veteran "Our Real Enemies Speech", retrieved 2021-10-19
  10. ^ ""Antiwar Sentiment in the Military Is Stronger Than Ever."". jacobinmag.com. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  11. ^ Hassina Leelarathna "Los Angeles Lankans protest UN interference", Daily News – Sri Lanka, 3 May 2011 Archived 4 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Staff, Liberation. "Congressional candidate, anti-war vet Michael Prysner takes on workers' issues – Liberation News". Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  13. ^ Johnson, Khari (August 26, 2008). "Low turnout at Denver protests, Delray Beach Congressional candidate still shows". South Florida Sun-Sentinel.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Local, Univision. "Univision 34 Los Angeles". Univision. Archived from the original on April 24, 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  15. ^ Radio, Southern California Public (7 December 2011). "16 complaints filed about Occupy LA raid". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  16. ^ Empire Files (2021-09-19). "Iraq Vet Disrupts George W. Bush Speech". Youtube. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  17. ^ a b Sabah, Daily (2021-09-21). "'You lied about WMDs': Iraq war veteran blasts Bush in public". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  18. ^ The Empire Files (TV Series 2015– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-10-19
  19. ^ "Skit 6 by Lowkey". BestEverAlbums.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  20. ^ Lowkey (Ft. Mike Prysner) – Skit 6 (Soundtrack to the Struggle), retrieved 2021-10-19
  21. ^ "Eyes Left Podcast". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  22. ^ "Interview: Mike Prysner And Spenser Rapone, Hosts Of 'Eyes Left'". Shadowproof. 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2021-10-19.

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