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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:16 PM
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Iraq War Veterans & Military Families Testify 1/30, Faneuil Hall
Come Hear First Hand Reports From Iraq War Veterans And Military Families.
Iraq War Veterans & Military Families Testify
Sunday January 30, 2005 from 3-5 pm
Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA directions

Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War and family members of US military servicemen and women members of Military Families Speak Out - will testify at Faneuil Hall to bring the ground truth about the Bush administrations invasion and occupation of Iraq and report on its impacts on soldiers, their families and their communities. Their testimony will shed new light on an occupation that has caused the deaths of over 1,300 US soldiers and over 100 thousand Iraqis. Featured speakers from Iraq Veterans Against the War will include:

MICHAEL HOFFMAN was a Lance Corporal in Marine Corps artillery battery during the March 2003 invasion. Every time a car got near my Humvee, everyone inside braced themselves. When your enemy is unclear, everyone becomes your enemy.

KELLY DOUGHERTY was a Sergeant with the 220th Military Police Company. Part of what struck me was the poverty and desperation of the Iraqi people as long as the US continues to occupy Iraq, the Iraqis will continue to fight against us.

Also testifying for Iraq Veterans Against the War will be:

Alex Ryabov was born in the Ukraine and emigrated to the United States while he was still a child. He was part of the same Marine Corps artillery unit as Michael Hoffman. Alex is 22 years old.
Ivan Medina served as a chaplains assistant in the US Army in Iraq. Ivans twin brother, Army Specialist Irving Medina, was killed in action in Iraq on November 13, 2003 at the age of 22.

Testifying for Military Families Speak Out will be:

The Luceys, the family of Corporal Jeffrey, a Marine Reservist who committed suicide after returning from Iraq unable to live with what he had seen and done while in Iraq;

The Sapp family whose father/husband, a high school teacher and member of the Massachusetts National Guard, was recently deployed to Iraq;

Diana Quinones, whose son served in the Marines in Iraq and whose nephew was recently redeployed.

Sponsored by: Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, MA Labor for Justice with Peace and the Iraq War Veterans Tour (a coalition of dozens of campus, youth, community and labor organizations)


For More Information Contact Military Families Speak Out at 617-522-9323 or mfso@mfso.org
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:18 PM
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1. HOLY SHIT!!! They're doing a Wintersoldier.
Bless every one of them.
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Oversea Visitor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:01 PM
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2. Nominate for front page
They need to be heard.
Dont ignore them.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:29 PM
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3. Faneuil Hall....
...where John Adams entered a British subject and emerged an American citizen.



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BamaLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 07:19 PM
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7. Where John Kerry Spoke on Nov 3rd As Well
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 12:26 AM
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4. Iraq Veterans Against the War Kicked Off Their Amazing Tour in Boston
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/printer_15377...

From AxisofLogic.com

U.S. Military
Iraq Veterans Against the War Kicked Off Their Amazing Tour in Boston today
By Les Blough, Editor
Jan 30, 2005, 18:44

Today, January 30, 2005, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) kicked off their Iraq Veterans Tour in Massachusetts with a powerful, moving and inspiring presentation to a packed house at historic Fanueil Hall in Downtown Boston. We were there to learn more and to cover the story. Throughout the 2 hour presentation, I noted that there were few dry eyes among about 800 members who attended.

As we passed out flyers outside famous Quincy Market prior to the event, I also noted that a very high percentage of passersby expressed gratitude for our work and commented about their opposition to the war in Iraq. This was a striking change from the reception we have experienced in the past at such protests. Based upon this very limited experience and impressions gained through media and daily correspondence, it appears that a sea-change is occurring in the United States as more and more people become disgusted with the great misadventure that is the Bush/Neocon war on the people of Iraq.

The IVAW Tour is sponsored by Military Families Speak Out and Bring The Troops Home Now, Veterans for Peace, and locally by United for Justice With Peace. The tour is comprised of a coalition of dozens of campus, youth, community, and labor organizations.

Nancy Lessin, Co-Founder with Charley Richardson of Military Families Speak Out chaired the meeting and began by introducing Chuck Turner, who stands apart on the Boston City Council as the courageous and effective councilman who has done so much to lead Boston in opposition to racism and the war and for education, housing and health care in the city. Councilman Turner was greeted and thanked for his help in organising the event. He opened the meeting with a riveting message about how money is being diverted from education, health care and the needs of the community for the war in Iraq. He spoke of the losses to schools and the entire infrastructure of public education in the U.S. for the advantages of a wealthy elite and their dreams of empire.

Kelly Dougherty, 26, spent 10 months in Iraq as a Sergeant with her National Guard unit, the 220th Military Police Company. She is a cofounder of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

"When we first arrived in Iraq, part of what struck me was the poverty and desperation of the Iraqi people... I believe that as long as the U.S. continues to occupy Iraq, the Iraqis will continue to fight against us."

Kelly said that at the end of her tour she saw even greater poverty than that which was caused by the 1991 invasion and 10 years of devastating sanctions on Iraq. She spoke of how she served in the National Guard in Colorado for 8 years before being activated to go to Iraq. She told of how prior to the war in Iraq, her unit served the United States in national disasters such as the Columbine High School tragedy. She spoke of the losses of National Guard service to the American people because they are being diverted to the war on the Iraqi people

Michael Hoffman, 25, was a Lance Corporal in a Marine Corps artillery battery during the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and is a cofounder of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

"On the way to Baghdad, I saw bodies by the road, many in civilian clothing. Every time a car got near my Humvee, everyone inside braced themselves, not knowing if gunfire would suddenly erupt out of it. When your enemy is unclear, everyone becomes your enemy."

Michael spoke of the senseless killing of Iraqi people and the wasted lives of young men and women who have been sent there to fight. His message was singular and clear: Support the troops by bringing them home now.

Ivan Medina, U.S. military veteran of the war in Iraq spoke of his duties as a chaplains assistant and of his twin brother, killed in action in Iraq. He told what it is like to "look loved ones in the eye and tell them their son or daughter wont be coming home". He spoke tenderly of his loss of his twin brother and asked what why he fought and died.

A 17 year old young woman spoke tearfully of her father who was activated to serve in Iraq and read one of his poetic letters to her and her mother about waking in a military camp to the sounds of sparrows singing, mixed with the sounds of war machinery. Breaking down time and again throughout her talk, she talked about how much she misses him and how much he wants only to come home.

A sister in the Lucey Family from Belchertown, MA told the heart-breaking story of her brother who served in the Marine Corps in Iraq. She said he went to Iraq as a vibrant young man with dreams of obtaining an education, a career and a future. She described him as a child who was in the Cub Scouts and loved to play sports. He came home to a wonderful reunion with his family and "everything seemed normal". Her brother went back to school to complete his education, but "he wasnt the same". She said that she first noticed a change in him at their first Christmas after he returned. In a conversation with her, he broke down, threw dogtags on the floor and cried out, "You dont understand. Im a murderer!" He was unable to sleep nights, developed anxiety and began to drink heavily. He and his family sought help for him with the VA and other medical providers but were unable to obtain assistance. While she and her mother were working at a camp for disadvantaged children in Maine, her father called them to tell them that her brother committed suicide in their home. She pointed out that there are many veterans of this war like her brother who are not counted in the body and casualty counts. But they are casualties of the war in Iraq, nonetheless.

The young sisters story was followed by her father, Mr. Lucey who lost his only son in the war. He spoke against the war based on lies and for the purpose of stealing the oil reserves from the Iraqi people.

A young woman with a 2 year old child told of how her 46 year old mother was activated from the reserves and sent to Iraq for 545 days. "545 days is a long time", she said. She spoke of her mothers letters in which she tells how she does not believe the U.S. military is serving any good purpose in Iraq and how she wants only to come home. She told of how she misses her mother and wants her to come home to her 2 grandchildren. In a recent letter her mother told her that she is afraid she will never her daughter and grandchildren again.

Diana Quinones of Military Families Speak Out described the deceit and manipulation used by Military Recruiters in our schools and communities. She spoke of her son who served and her nephew who is in Iraq right now, fearing for his life.

There were other tearful stories from these young people who courageously toured the U.K. and now the U.S. with a single, heart-felt message: "Bring the troops home now, after 1430 of them have been killed, thousands wounded and 100,000 innocent Iraqis dead. Bring the troops home now before one more has lost his or her life in a war that is being waged in the interest of a wealthy few and for the failing U.S. empire. Read other stories of soldiers and their families who oppose the war in Iraq at Military Families Speak Out

The Axis of Logic Group urges every reader to attend this important tour when it comes to a community near you and to support Iraq Veterans Against the War with your donations.

Copyright 2005 by AxisofLogic.com



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The IVAW Mission (Iraq Veterans Against the War)

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. To join IVAW please send an email to join IVAW join@ivaw.net

The IVAW Tour schedule in Massachuseets:


Sun Jan 30 Fanueil Hall, Boston 3-5pm
Mon Jan 31 Salem State College 11am-1pm
Mon Jan 31 Endicott College, Beverly 2-5pm
Mon Jan 31 Lynn, MA 6:30-9:30pm
Tues Feb 1 South End, Boston 3:30-6pm
Tues Feb 1 M.I.T. Cambridge 4:30-6pm
Tues Feb 1 Roxbury 7-9pm
Tues Feb 1 Bridgewater State College 7-9pm
Wed Feb 2 UMass Lowell Noon-2pm
Wed Feb 2 UMass Boston 2:30-5pm
Wed Feb 2 Tufts, Somerville 7-9pm
Wed Feb 2 Northeastern Univ, Boston 7-9pm
Thu Feb 3 B.U. Law School 5-6:30pm
Thu Feb 3 Chelsea 7:30-9:30pm
Fri Feb 4 Roxbury Community College 11:30am-1pm
Fri Feb 4 Harvard Univ, Cambridge 4-6pm
Fri Feb 4 Watertown 7-9pm
Sun Feb 6 Boston 11am-Noon
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 03:50 PM
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5. Cool! They're going to be in my town this week.
I think we have an active chapter of United for Peace & Justice here, so that's probably why. I'll have to put that on my calendar and hope I can make it. Thanks for the info.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 07:15 PM
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6. On my calendar????
Make & post some flyers, call your friends, turn out the neighborhood, alert the local press and media!!!!
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TaleWgnDg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-05 09:29 PM
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8. Excellent post, paineinthearse, and thanks! n/t
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