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Veterans for Peace National Convention PUBLIC events Aug. 3-7 in Portland, OR

Free public events including films, an art exhibit and rally and presentation are part of Veterans for Peace National Convention being held at Portland State University Wed. Aug. 3rd- Sun. Aug. 7th.
2011 Veterans for Peace National Convention

As part of the Veterans for Peace and concurrent Iraq Veterans Against the War National Conventions being held in Portland from August 3rd through 7th, there are public events that are open to the public. Events and films listed below are free except were noted. Donations welcome.

For more information go to www.veteransforpeace.org and look under convention public events.

(For more information about the program and workshops, look under those headings- there are costs for attending them)

"The Tenacity of Hope" Veterans Art Exhibit
Art Reception: Thursday, August 4 from 5pm to 7pm

LOCATION: Littman and White Galleries, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway Room 250, Portland State University

"How Can We Create a Nuclear-Free World? Not Another Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or Fukushima"
Sunday, Aug. 7 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

LOCATION: Japanese-American Historical Plaza (Downtown Portland on the west side of the river just north of the Saturday Market)

Beginning at 12:30pm, Veterans For Peace will hold a "No Nukes" rally at the Peace Memorial Park (at the north end of the Eastbank Esplanade, just above the Steel Bridge) and then march from the park to join the commemorative event at the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS EVENT: Oregon PSR

FILMS

Living Along the Fenceline
Thursday, Aug. 4 at 1:45pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University

PRESENTER: Co-director/Co-producer Gwyn Kirk

SYNOPSIS: A groundbreaking documentary by award-winning filmmaker Lina Hoshino, LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE (2011) tells the stories of seven women whose lives have been affected by the US military presence in their backyards.

The Welcome
Thursday, Aug. 4 at 3:45pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Auditorium (LH175), Portland State University

PRESENTERS: Filmmakers Kim Shelton (producer/director) and Bill McMillan (producer)
SYNOPSIS: THE WELCOME (2011) offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. As we join them in a small room for an unusual five-day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry.

Abe Osheroff: One Foot in the Grave, the Other Still Dancing
Thursday, Aug. 4 at 10:00 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Auditorium (LH175), Portland State University

PRESENTER: Producer Robert Jensen

SYNOPSIS: Most people knew Abe Osheroff as an activist. For most of his 92 years-from the frontlines of the Spanish Civil War to the picket lines of the US labor movement, from the struggles for civil rights in Mississippi to his work for human rights in Nicaragua-Osheroff threw himself into the fray with rare energy and enthusiasm.

The Land Speaks Arabic
Thursday, Aug. 4 at 10:00 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University

PRESENTERS: Eduardo Cohen & Jack Dresser, Co-chairs of VFP's Palestine Working Group
SYNOPSIS: In this 2008 documentary the late 19th century birth of Zionism-and its repercussions for Palestinians-is detailed with original source documents, Zionist leaders' quotations, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians.

The Forgotten Bomb: The Truth about Nuclear Weapons
Friday, Aug. 5 at 10:30am

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University
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Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University

PRESENTER: Director Bud Ryan

SYNOPSIS: When the Cold War ended, worry about nuclear weapons also receded. But has the nuclear threat really receded as well? If the US and Russia are no longer in an arms race, why are there nuclear weapons in both countries that are still on high alert?

Poster Girl
Friday, Aug. 5 at 2:15pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University

PRESENTER: Director Sara Nesson

Apple pie cheerleader turned tough-as-nails machine gunner in the Iraq War, Sgt. Robynn Murray comes home to face a new kind of battle she never anticipated. This short documentary (2010) was nominated for an Oscar. A discussion will follow the screening. [38 mins.]
LINK: postergirlthemovie.com


Make a Movie Like Spike
Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 7:00 pm (admission will be charged)

LOCATION: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland
- and -
Friday, Aug. 5 at 10:00 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Auditorium (LH175), Portland State University
PRESENTERS: Writer/Director Jamil Walker Smith and Producer Brittany Ballard
SYNOPSIS: Armed with dreams that extend beyond their block, Luis and Ronald, two best friends from Los Angeles, videotape their last 36 hours before shipping off to Afghanistan.

In the Year of the Pig
Friday, Aug. 5 at 10:00 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University

SYNOPSIS: Recommended to anyone who wants to learn about the history of the Viet Nam war. Produced at the height of the Viet Nam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots.

Enforcing the Silence
Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:00 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Auditorium (LH175), Portland State University

PRESENTER: Nadya Connolly Williams, Member Chapter 69, San Francisc
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Lam Duong founded the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in San Francisco and published a liberal newspaper that reprinted stories from communist Viet Nam following the Viet Nam War. On July 21, 1981, the 27-year-old was shot dead outside his apartment in broad daylight. Nobody was ever convicted for the killing, but within days of Lam's murder, news spread that a shadowy, anti-communist group had claimed responsibility, sending a chilling message to Vietnamese refugees everywhere: stay in line with your political views or risk death.

Reel Bad Arabs
Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:00 pm

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University

PRESENTERS: Eduardo Cohen & Jack Dresser, Co-chairs of VFP's Palestine Working Group

SYNOPSIS: This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters.

homepage: homepage: http://www.veteransforpeace.org