NW WINTER SOLDIER - Sat 10.18.08
PDXpeace, Veterans for Peace, IVAW, and others are hosting in Portland the
"Northwest Winter Soldier" on Saturday October 18 starting at 12 noon.
There are 3 speakers panels, and then poetry / music latter in the evening.
The topics are: Veterans' Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan, Human Costs of War and Building Resistance to War.
Here is the information that is being advertised by www.PDXpeace.org
Winter Soldier Northwest: "Eyewitness Accounts of War" is only days away!
In addition to the main program of powerful testimony from 12-5 pm this Saturday, you are invited to two opportunities to mingle with Winter Soldier speakers and participants: at a reception and photo exhibit Friday night, and a concert and poetry reading Saturday night. All the details on this incredible weekend of resistance to war are below--we hope to see you there!
Here is the information:
Photo Exhibit and Reception with Winter Solider Speakers
Exit Wounds: Combat Trauma and Trials of Homecoming
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans by Jim Lommasson. Over two thousand photos by the soldiers taken while in country, including interviews and writing by the soldiers.
Photographer Jim Lommason has invited Winter Soldier speakers and participants to attend the reception.
Where: New American Art Union, 922 SE Ankeny Street
When: October 17 to November 30, 2008
Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 6PM + By appointment.
Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-9.
Winter Soldier Northwest
Hear eyewitness accounts of the realities of war from soldiers, their families, Iraqi refugees, and Afghan-Americans. Panelists will discuss the true costs of war, and what we can do here at home to support our veterans, work in solidarity with the Iraqi and Afghan people and end the war.
Where: First Unitarian Church 1011 SW 12th Street (at Main), Portland Oregon
When: Saturday, October 18 12:00-5:00
Topics include: Veterans' Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan, Human Costs of War and Building Resistance to War.
Cost: $5-10 sliding scale, no one turned away.
Sponsored by: PDX Peace Coalition, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) Seattle Chapter, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, MilitaryFamilies Speak Out Oregon, American Friends Service Committee, American Iranian Friendship Council, Code Pink Portland, First Unitarian Church Peace Action Committee, International Socialist Organization (ISO) Portland Chapter, KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM, MoveOn Portland, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Peace Memorial Park Foundation of Portland, People of Faith for Peace, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Recruiter WatchPDX, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Vancouver for Peace, Veterans Bridge Fund, War Resisters League Portland and more.
Poetry and Music
Thats after the NW Winter Soldier event:
Good Sista/Bad Sista, Walidah and Turiya, are locally-based performance poets, a dynamic duo that has traveled throughout the country sharing their voice and vision.
David Rovics ( http://www.davidrovics.com/ ) brings us songs of social significance. He has been dubbed the "peace poet and troubadour of our time" by Cindy Sheehan and the "musical version of Democracy Now" by Amy Goodman.
Our community has to SPEAK, SING, SNAP, and SLAM against the outrages of war. Come enjoy a more creative variety of struggle. Let's break the violence by breaking the silence.
Where: First Unitarian Church 1011 SW 12th Street (at Main), Portland Oregon
When: Saturday, October 18. Doors open at 6:30
Cost: Free to Winter Soldier attendees! Sliding scale $10-15, no one turned away.
Below is the panel list of speakers for Sat 10.18.08 at the NW WINTER SOLDIER event
Panel 1: Voices of Veterans From Iraq & Afghanistan
Camilo Mejia, a National Guard staff sergeant who after fighting for five months in Iraq, became the first combat soldier to refuse to go back to Iraq. He now serves as Chair of the Board of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and is the author of Road from ar Ramadi.
Jan Critchfield, a specialist with the Army National Guard who served as an army "journalist" while attached to the 1st Cavalry in Baghdad during 2004. His unspoken job in Iraq was to "counter the liberal media bias" about the occupation. Member of IVAW Seattle.
Joseph Holness, served in the US Army in Iraq and with the US Air Force Reserves supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, from Gresham, Oregon.
Evan Knappenberger, served one year in Iraq with the Army 4th Infantry Division working as an intelligence analyst; held one week long "Tower Guard Vigils" in Bellingham, WA and Washington, DC to call attention to the STOP-LOSS policy.
Seth Manzel, an Army sergeant who served as a vehicle commander and machine gunner in Iraq. Member of IVAW Seattle.
Adriana Moyola, US Army war resister from Portland and IVAW member.
Chanan Suarezdiaz, a Navy hospital corpsman and purple heart recipient who served in Ramadi from September 2004 to February 2005 with a weapons company. He is now the Seattle Chapter president of IVAW.
Michael William, Army National Guardsmen who went AWOL, IVAW Northwest Regional Coordinator.
and more local veterans to be announced.
Panel 2: The Human Costs of War
Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist who spent a total of 8 months as an unembedded reporter in occupied Iraq. He has written for Mother Jones and The Nation, among other publications, and has provided radio reports on Democracy Now! and the BBC. Author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.
Ahmed Abed, father of Mustafa Abed, an Iraqi child who was injured by an American air raid and is currently receiving medical care in Portland through the No More Victims project.
Dr. Baher Butti, formerly the chief psychiatrist at a mental health clinic Baghdad, now an Iraqi refugee and faculty member at the OHSU School of Medicine.
Mary Geddry, member of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) Oregon and mother of a Marine son who served two tours of duty in Iraq.
Adele Kubein, Military Families Speak Out Oregon chapter president, mother of an Iraq war veteran.
Sara Rich, M.S.W., anti-war activist and spokesperson for Courage to Resist; mother of Eugene Iraq war vet & war resister Suzanne Swift.
Dr. Zaher Wahab, Professor of Education at Lewis & Clark College; serves as a senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan, and has been spending about five months annually in that country since 2002.
Panel 3: Building Resistance to War
Iraq War Veterans on building an Oregon IVAW Chapter.
Leah Bolger, Veterans for Peace Chapter 132 from Corvallis, on the statewide effort to keep Oregon's National Guard in Oregon.
Gerry Condon on linking with the Canadian War Resisters Campaign.
Daniel Shea, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 on the PDX Peace campaign to make Portland a Sanctuary City for War Resisters.
and more discussion of local actions we can take to support veterans, refugees and end the war.
What is Winter Soldier?
The original Winter Soldier hearings were held by Vietnam veterans opposed to that war in 1971. In March 2008 Iraq Veterans Against the War organized new Winter Soldier hearings near Washington D.C. on the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Since then regional hearings have been held around the country. The name "Winter Soldier" comes from the beginning of Thomas Paine's pamphlet The Crisis, written in December 1776 as the Continental Army was trying to survive the first winter of the American Revolution at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania:
The name Winter Soldier expresses the idea that opposition to unjust war by those who have experienced it first hand, despite its great costs to themselves, reflects the highest service and most courageous patriotism they can offer their country and humanity.
PDX Peace is a coalition of organizations and individuals in the greater Portland, Oregon area building a movement for peace and justice. Our immediate and vital goal is ending the war in Iraq and bringing US troops home. We are committed to US policies based on democratic principles, human rights, and nonviolent resolution of conflict.
More information at:
link to www.pdxpeace.org
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