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April 29th US Military Mom & Her Book About Mothers and War Comes to Portland

-Susan Galleymore, mother of a U.S. soldier made international headlines by taking the extraordinary and even dangerous step of traveling to Iraq to visit her son stationed on a military base in the so-called Sunni Triangle, north of Baghdad.

What she found in Iraq - the horrors of war which was at once heartbreaking and compelling - challenged her to continue her journey interviewing mothers in war zones including Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and the US. These powerful first-person stories offer dramatic insight into the impact of war on mothers, families, communities, and cultures around-the-world.

As Oregon is sending nearly 3,400 Guard members to the Middle East this Spring, part of the state's biggest Guard deployment since World War II, on Wednesday, April 29th, at Portland's First Unitarian Church, US military including National Guard moms, health care workers who serve Iraqi refugees, will mark the publication of Susan Galleymore's new book with local mothers profiled in Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror [Pluto Press / Palgrave MacmIllian.]
Military Mom Susan Galleymore's New Book!
Military Mom Susan Galleymore's New Book!
As 2,700 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers Ready to Deploy to Iraq,
US Military Mom and Her New Book on Impact of War on Families
at Home and Abroad Comes to Portland

Launch Includes Local Military Moms and Health Care Professionals Aiding Iraqi Refugees

PORTLAND, OR (April 15) --Susan Galleymore, mother of a U.S. soldier made international headlines by taking the extraordinary and even dangerous step of traveling to Iraq to visit her son stationed on a military base in the so-called Sunni Triangle, north of Baghdad.

What she found in Iraq - the horrors of war which was at once heartbreaking and compelling - challenged her to continue her journey interviewing mothers in war zones including Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan and the US. These powerful first-person stories offer dramatic insight into the impact of war on mothers, families, communities, and cultures around-the-world.

As Oregon is sending nearly 3,400 Guard members to the Middle East this Spring, part of the state's biggest Guard deployment since World War II, on Wednesday, April 29th, at Portland's First Unitarian Church, US military including National Guard moms, health care workers who serve Iraqi refugees, will mark the publication of Susan Galleymore's new book with local mothers profiled in Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror [Pluto Press / Palgrave MacmIllian.]

PORTLAND BOOK LAUNCH:

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Reception: 6:30 p.m., Event begins 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: First Unitarian Church of Portland
1011 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

WHO: Author, Susan Galleymore, US soldier son served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Based in the Bay Area, Susan Galleymore continues to share the stories of those affected by war as founder of MotherSpeak (www.motherspeak.org), as a radio host for Raising Sand Radio (www.raisingsandradio.org), and a counselor on the G.I. Rights Hotline.

Portland Area Mothers and Health Care Professionals Helping Iraqi's Sharing Their Stories

* Adele Kubein, is the mother of National Guardswoman M'kesha deployed to Iraq in 2003. M'kesha was subsequently physically wounded and continues to suffer the affects of Traumatic Brain Injury. She is mother of a beautiful boy born soon after she returned from combat whose dyspraxic may be related to his mother's exposure to battlefield contaminants.
* Maxine Fookson, pediatric nurse practitioner and co-coordinator of No More Victims project to help 6-year-old Mustafa, a badly injured Iraqi boy get medical care in Portland
* Dr. Baher Butti, secretary general of the Iraqi Society of Oregon and a psychiatrist forced to flee Iraq in 2006, and Ula, his 12-year-old daughter - they were recently united in Oregon

SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST AND ARTISTS:

* Special Musical Guest: Mona Warner, singer, songwriter and guitarist
* Iraqi children's art sponsored by Iraqi Children's Art Exchange

BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW EVENT: With author Susan Galleymore

THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

SPONSORED BY: Peace Action Committee of First Unitarian Church, American Friends Service Committee - Portland, MotherSpeak, and PDX Peace Coalition, Iraqi Children's Art Exchange. Media sponsor: KBOO Community Radio; Book Sales by Powell's Books.

FOR MORE INFO VISIT:
www.mothersspeakaboutwarandterror.org

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MORE ABOUT LONG TIME PASSING AND AUTHOR:

Just in time for Mother's Day, a moving portrait of what it means to be a mother in a time of war...

Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror gets to the heart of extreme social experiences-war and warriors, mothers and children, communities and cultures-and explores the meaning of courage, fear, and leadership.

"Eloquently presents the universal fear, sorrow, and suffering experienced by mothers whose lives have been profoundly affected by war." —Mary Tillman, co-author of Boots on the Ground at Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman and mother of football star Pat Tillman killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

"A heartfelt and gut-wrenching account-a must read for anyone wanting to understand the effects of modern war." —Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of International Relations at Boston University and author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. His son, Andrew, was killed in the Iraq war.

Based in the Bay Area, Susan Galleymore continues to share the stories of those affected by war as founder of MotherSpeak ( www.motherspeak.org ), as a radio host for Raising Sand Radio (www.raisingsandradio.org), and a counselor on the G.I. Rights Hotline.

'Hey, Nick. Your mom's here.' Alameda woman's trip to see son serving in Iraq has surprises for both - SF Chronicle 4/3/04  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/04/03/MNGIQ609LN1.DTL

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