Robert Fantina is a long-time activist for peace and
social justice. He has worked with the Coalition for Peace Action in
New Jersey. Originally involved in the Dennis Kucinich presidential
campaign in 2004, he eventually worked as a district organizer through
MoveOn.org on the Kerry campaign in Florida. Following the 2004
presidential election, he moved to Canada, where he now resides.
his interest in military desertion, Fantina says, "My interest in
desertion dates to the Vietnam era and my protests against that war.
More recently I have been in contact with deserters and have researched
their stories. In reviewing interviews with these men and researching
the government's case against each of them, my beliefs about desertion
have crystallized. This led me to explore the reasons for desertion
throughout America's history. My belief that the motivations for
desertion are many and complex, and are either rooted in or encouraged
by military policy, has been supported by my research."