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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:00 PM
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Brief report and a few pictures from Winter Soldier today
We weren't there for long. Took forever to get there on the subway and a bus that stopped every half block on a long route. But very much worth the effort it took to get out there.

There are 700 people in attendance. Lots of networking going on as well as the testimony many of you have been watching live online. (Thank you Hissyspit for keeping this important event at the top of the page.)





Carlos Arredondo lost his son Alexander in August 2004. He has literally been on tour ever since. His truck is more elaborate every time I see him. It's really hard to capture it on film. But I tried.








Carlos and other families affected by this war testifying.




Carlos showed a very touching slide show of Alex's life.




Some of the media.




Walked out in the hall and there sat Amy Goodman!




I will try to get better pictures tomorrow. :hi:
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:04 PM
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1. Thank you. I live in Silver Spring, but I can't attend. Thanks to all, but I want to be there.
Thank you for the great pics. I'm 56, a journalism BA, but can't be there, apparently. Can someone make an exception?

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:15 PM
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5. I had to jump through hoops to get in
They aren't letting anyone in who isn't registered. The Gathering of Eagles is there (all 38 of them) and one of them got in yesterday and disrupted the testimony. So they are being really strict about who they let in.

If you really want to go, just tell the security people at the door who you are and why you want to go in. The VVAW guys are running security. I know a few of them and they let me and my DH in and then we had to jump through more hoops at the registration desk. But is is possible. So don't give up. If you live nearby, it's worth trying. Testimony starts at 10 am tomorrow.

If you do decide to go, PM me so we can try to hook up.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:05 PM
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2. Very much looking forward to them.
:patriot:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:08 PM
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9. Thank you!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:27 PM
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12. No. Thank you!
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 11:28 PM by lonestarnot
:hug:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:09 PM
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3. On the way back to our hotel, the subway was packed
with St Pat's party goers. It was such a striking contrast from the rest of our day. We sat and listened to some of the most horrific stories from vets, Iraqis and Gold Star families. Then less than an hour later, we are surrounded by young people wearing green and having a great time, completely oblivious to the tragedies a half a world away.

Definitely changed my perception of St Patrick's Day.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:11 PM
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4. Excellent. The Washington Post covered it and MSNBC added that article to their daily email.
Not enough coverage, but that's something.

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:17 PM
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7. The Gathering of Eagles is marching tomorrow
So there should be more media coverage. As one of my friends said today, CNN and FOX will probably be there filming their march and then report that there are thousands participating in it. (There were all of 38 of the Eagles there yesterday.)
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:16 PM
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6. Good for Carlos for not backing down EVER!
I remember that story about how he got knocked around my pro-war facshits a year ago.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 10:18 PM
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8. Carlos is one of the most wonderful people I have ever met
There is no kinder gentler man than Carlos Arredondo.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:16 PM
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10. video from Wash Post
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Fireweed247 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:23 PM
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11. Those are great!
Thank you for supporting our brave veterans!
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:28 PM
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13. Kick - Thanks for the pics from this
Look forward to more pics tomorrow.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 07:40 AM
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14. I'll try to get the Gathering of Eagles
all 38 of them. :)
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 07:52 AM
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15. I'm glad you went but how did you get in?
I thought it was closed to the public?

Great pics, proud2Blib. Thanks for sharing them.

:kick: & Recommended
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:51 AM
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20. Friends
I have a couple friends in VVAW who are running security. But even then, they had to beg a pass from the IVAW folks for DH and I. I think if DH wasn't a vet they may have refused to let us in.

I can't blame them at all. The Gathering of Eagles folks are just outside the gate and they are so freakin nasty and hateful. :puke:

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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 08:33 AM
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16. It's like there's a media blackout on this
Why aren't we hearing about it (apart from DU)?
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goddess40 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 08:37 AM
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17. Damn liberal media
This a prime example that their is no liberal media
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:52 AM
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21. Did you see this?
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 08:46 AM
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18. Recommend, n/t just tears
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:48 AM
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19. So glad you saw this
:hi:
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 04:01 PM
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22. K & R for these!
Great pix.

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 04:09 PM
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23. Thanks again, proud2Blib! Excellent pix! That truck...
:cry:
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