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George Bush Visits the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California

Among the people gathered to protest Bush, was Tim, John and Aaron, three members of Iraq Veterans Against the War. I had the chance to speak with Tim, John and Aaron as well as David, Sue and Rachel. Listen to the interviews to hear all of them call for an end to the War in Iraq, and much more.
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Audio mp3: Tim, John and Aaron of Iraq Veterans Against the War (9:47 minutes / 4.5 MB)

Audio mp3: David (4:40 minutes / 2.1 MB)

Audio mp3: Sue and Rachel (10:55 minutes / 5.0 MB)


George Bush Visits the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California

On October 21, I made my way over to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Well, actually, I did not make it all the way the library because the road was blocked off by the Simi Valley Police Department. It turned out that George W. Bush was at the library attending the official unveiling of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's Air Force One Pavilion. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is SUPPOSED TO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day of the week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, but today (October 21, 2005) signs on the road stated, "Library Closed Invited Guests Only." The closing of the library was a major inconvenience to all the people that wanted to take some time to tribute Ronald Reagan.

I figured that something was going on when I realized that a couple of police officers on motorcycles had blocked cars from exiting the 23 freeway at Olsen Road. Then I saw about 30 police officers speeding down the street on motorcycles. Shortly after the police on motorcycles went down the street, the freeway exit was opened and I noticed about 40 people standing on the corner of Madera Road and Country Club Drive. Most of the people were holding signs calling for peace or denouncing Bush and his administration in one way or another.

Simi Valley is an incorporated city located in the extreme southeast corner of Ventura County, bordering the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Simi Valley is one of the communities that has been contaminated by the Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory Contamination, a disputed and controversial issue involving the contamination of the groundwater, air, workers, and nearby residents near Boeing's (Rocketdyne's) rocket and nuclear test facility known as the Santa Susana Field Labs (or SSFL) in Southern California between 1954-1989.

Simi Valley is recognized as a very conservative area. There is a community college in Moorpark, which neighbors Simi Valley, but from what i can tell, there is not too much social justice organizing going on there either. It was a pleasant surprise to see that so many people had come together to call for peace, an end to the occupation of Iraq, and denounce Bush's frivolous trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Among the people gathered to protest Bush, was Tim, John and Aaron, three members of Iraq Veterans Against the War. I had the chance to speak with Tim, John and Aaron as well as David, Sue and Rachel. Listen to the interviews to hear all of them call for an end to the War in Iraq, and much more.


The IVAW Mission Statement

"Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a group of veterans who have served since September 11th, 2001 including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are committed to saving lives and ending the violence in Iraq by an immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces. We also believe that the governments that sponsored these wars are indebted to the men and women who were forced to fight them and must give their Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen the benefits that are owed to them upon their return home.

We welcome all active duty, national guard, reservists, and recent veterans into our ranks. Confidentiality can be assured. What does this mean? To join IVAW please send an email to ivaqvet -AT- mail.com, or fill out this membership form."

Contact Information

IVAW
P.O. Box 8296
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Phone: 215-241-7123

West Coast Contact Information

Tim
email: ivaw_west -AT- ivaw.net

You can learn more about Iraq Veterans Against the War by visiting their website at:

www.ivaw.net

thank-you for posting 22.Oct.2005 05:58

navy dad

I appreciate the fact that you posted some pictures of this event and summary of the action down in Simi(slimey)Valley.This current outfit needs to be confronted at every possible public appearance.

Bush Screws over Reagans 22.Oct.2005 11:18

rAT (yet again)

I watched some of this affair. Bush used the occasion to spew forth a purely biased, politically motivated tirade of propagandistic bullshit to a national audience on CNN & FAUX for HALF AN HOUR!!! This wasn't even news to begin with. Even Nancy must be fuming at W's crass hijacking of the microphone, and his fear mongering rap about how terrorists are out to destroy us all. The Gipper himself, despite his usual catharsis of reality, generally had a rather upbeat assessment of our future. He was a type of true believer in The United States. A Midwestern WWII kid who was repelled by the horrors of Hitler to some degree. Bush the Neo-conman, on the other hand, owes allegiance only to his Oil-soaked masters and their global agendas. Bush believes in the concepts of the 1776 Republic about as much as Idi Amin. He couldn't even let Reagan have his memoriam moment without acting like the biggest buffoon cartoon hack politician of all time. Presidential insensitivity and lack of common etiquette were on display like never before. What a jerk.