News Release

Soldier Faces Court-Martial in Iraq for Hip Hop Song About Stop-Loss


Paterson is project director of Courage to Resist; Lazare is an organizer with the group. She just wrote the piece “Soldier Faces Iraq Court-Martial for Writing Angry Hip Hop Song About Stop-Loss,” which states: “Any day now, Marc Hall — a Fort Stewart soldier and Hip Hop artist — will be whisked off to Iraq for a military court-martial, out of reach of the public eye and his own civilian defense lawyers. His crime: writing an angry hip hop song about stop-loss.

“President Obama has publicly pledged to phase out stop-loss, the practice of involuntarily extending soldiers’ contracts. However, with two ongoing wars, the practice is still being used to fill the ranks, with 13,000 soldiers currently serving involuntary extensions of their contracts.”

Paterson has talked to Hall and is currently in touch with Hall’s mother.

Hall’s song, “Stop Loss”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167