Bio: Michael Prysner

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Mike Prysner
Prysner in 2013
Personal details
BornJune 15, 1983 (age 39)
Political partyParty for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
Residence(s)Los AngelesCalifornia, 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
Rank 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] His duties in Iraq included ground surveillance, home raids and the interrogation of prisoners. According to Prysner, 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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