2010/05/25: Isthmus: You're welcome -- a Madison vet reflects on a belated welcome home at Lambeau


Richard Chamberlain, a member of the Madison chapter of Veterans for Peace and author of a memoir, "Hitchhiking from Vietnam: Seeking the Ox," about trying to make sense of his life after Vietnam, attended LZ Lambeau last weekend with his wife, and offers his impressions of the somewhat controversial event in an Isthmus article.

Chamberlain found the event less militaristic than he expected.

WNPJ Blog: 'I want to live with my family'

Kathy Kelly and Josh Brollier of Voices for Creative Nonvolence, a WNPJ member group, report from Pakistan on the WNPJ Blog: Islamabad--Abir Mohammed, a refugee from Bajaur, says that the battles which raged in his home province since 2008 have dramatically changed his life.

Report from Pakistan: Drones and democracy

Kathy Kelly and Josh Broillier of Voice for Creative Nonviolence, a WNPJ member group, report from Pakistan, where they have been for the past two weeks on another peace mission. Josh, left rear, and Kathy, centered, are pictured sharing a snack with friends.:   Islamabad--On May 12th, the day after a U.S. drone strike killed 24 people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan, two men from the area agreed to tell us their perspective as eyewitnesses of previous drone strikes.

Mark Foreman of VFP on LZ Lambeau

Mark Foreman of the Milwaukee chapter of Veterans for Peace says LZ Lambeau, billed as a welcome home tribute to Vietnsm vets, became "an advertisement for the military." The L-Z Lambeau event might have some valuable parts to it, he says, but the scheduled flyovers and display of military equipment he feels glorifies the military and is an affront to the veterans who are still struggling to come to terms with their role in the military action.  See his interview on WDJT-TV.

WNPJ Blog: Pressured from all sides in Pakistan's Swat Valley

WNPJ members Kathy Kelly and Joshua Brollier of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and Simon Harak of Marquette's Center for Peacemaking, report from Pakistan's Swat Valley on the WNPJ Blog.  They left for Pakistan on May 4.

LZ Lambeau: Welcome home or a glorification of war?

LZ Lambeau, planned for May 21-23 at Lambeau field in Green Bay and billed as a "welcome home" for Wisconsin's Vietnam veterans, has now attracted criticism from veterans who are concerned that the event could be used by the military to glorify war and recruit youth into the military. The event, whose name plays on the Vietnam-era term for a Landing Zone where helicopter-borne troops were brought into battle, is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television and state veterans agencies and organizations. But Veterans for Peace has gotten a cold shoulder from event organizers, who prohibited the group's Memorial Mile - a display of more than 5,000 tombstones representing U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan - from appearing at the event. VFP member Will Williams (left) says authorities

New York Times: On 5th Ave., a Grandmothers’ Protest as Endless as the Wars

Laurie Leon hands out leaflets at New York's weekly 5th Avenue peace vigil

For 330 consecutive weeks, a hardy group of New Yorkers have maintained their vigil for peace in front of Rockefeller Center on 5th Avenue. “We’ve been here even in the worst possible weather, in pouring rain and exhausting heat,” said Joan Wile, who came up with the idea for a weekly vigil.

“The point is to interfere with the routine,” said Jenny Heinz, who regularly attends the vigil even though she is in the midst of treatment for breast cancer. “As people walk down the street, it has an impact on their consciousness. If it engages them, it’s fine. If it infuriates them, it’s fine.”

Vigiler Bert Aubrey invoked Dylan Thomas’s admonition to not go gentle into that good night. “ ‘Rage, rage,’ ” he said. “That’s the way I feel. I have to do

Thousands march in New York for nuke-free world

Thousands of people joined in a march led by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in New York on Sunday to call for a nuclear-free world. The march, endorsed by hundreds of international and U.S.-based organizations, was held to coincide with the beginning of the 2010 Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which brings together representatives from the 189 nations that are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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