Washington Post: Iraq War Veteran Uses Music to 'Come Home' Again

Jason Moon, a Milwaukee veteran of the Iraq war who was honored by WNPJ with a Peacemaker of the Year award in 2009, is featured in a national Associated Press story reprinted by the Washington Post, the latest installment in a series taking a closer look at this latest generation of war veterans as they return to civilian life, and the effect this is having on them, their families and American society. 
Moon is the founder of Warrior Songs, a non-profit organization using music to help veterans heal. 
Read the AP story here.

Vietnamese diplomats pay tribute to Dr. Judith Ladinsky

VietNamNet reports:

A delegation of the Vietnamese Embassy in the US, led by Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong, paid tribute to the late Dr. Judith Ladinsky (pictured)  in Madison on Sunday. Dr. Ladinsky, a WNPJ Peacemaker of the Year in 2011, died in January at age 73.   Ambassador Cuong expressed his condolences to Ladinsky’s family and thanked for her enduring support for the Vietnamese people, especially when Vietnam was under the US embargo. As Chair of the US Committee for Medical Cooperation with Vietnam since 1980, Ladinsky brought scientists from both countries together, which laid the foundation for bilateral cooperation in health care, agriculture, education and social sciences.



Victory for Iraqi labor rights!

"Anyone who doubts whether international labor solidarity makes a difference should speak to Hassan Juma'a Awad, President of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU)," reports US Labor Against the War.

"Months after the Ministry of Oil lodged a criminal complaint against Brother Juma'a and after seven or more postponements, his case was finally heard by a Basra count. ... In 30 minutes the court decided to drop the charges. The company lawyer and the prosecutor repeated the accusations against Hassan but could produce no evidence that the Iraqi economy suffered any damage as a consequence of strikes by oil workers over broken promises, unsafe working conditions and lack of respect for their rights."

The Federation of Oil Unions in Iraq stated, "This is an accomplished victory for supporters of freedom of trade union work and supporters of the freedom to work and assemble in Iraq and all over the world, and is the best proof that international and domestic solidarity is capable of reestablishing free and legal trade union work."

WNPJ was one of 164 organizations from around the world that signed onto a statement in support of Hassan and labor rights in Iraq.

VFP marches in Milton

Vets for Peace members received an enthusiastic reception at the 4th of July parade in the Rock County town of Milton.

The VFP contingent included members from around southeast Wisconsin, a "Peace is Patriotic" parade float, and "No More War" signs. Video by VFP member Norman Aulabaugh.

Vets for Peace turn out for "Safeguard the Guard"

Mark Foreman of Milwaukee Vets for Peace speaks at a press conference in support of AB203. From left to right, veterans Dennis Coyier, John Carey and Tom Contrestan Photo: Paul McMahon

 Photo gallery here...

Vets for Peace members from Milwaukee, Madison, Sheboygan, Elkhorn, Belleville and Mt. Horeb converged on Madison March 9, to testify before the state Assembly's Veterans and Military Affairs committee in support of AB203, the Safeguard the Guard bill.

The bill would require the Governor to conduct a legal review of any federal request for troops from the Wisconsin National Guard, and to refuse any request determined to be unlawful.

Vets for Peace stands with Wisconsin workers

Members from several Wisconsin chapters of Veterans for Peace will be in Madison on Friday to take part in the rally at the state capitol and support Wisconsin workers and their famillies. Many have been there individually since the protests began 10 days ago. Full statement below...

Vermont Times Argus: Rep. says: Bring Vt. Guard home

By Daniel Barlow
Vermont Press Bureau
March 9, 2010


MONTPELIER – Rep. Michael Fisher has spent the last four years talking about what he sees as the illegal use of the Vermont National Guard in overseas conflicts, with little luck in moving a bill that could challenge the practice.


He's now hoping lawmakers in Wisconsin might be more understanding.


US mayors say: Bring the war money home

Wisconsin mayors John Dickert of Racine and Paul Soglin of Madison were among those speaking in favor of a resolution passed by the US Conference of Mayors Monday, calling for efforts to end our current wars and asking the President and Congress to "bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs."

The last time the mayors did that was during the Vietnam war. David Swanson offers a detailed rundown on how it happened.

Mayor Soglin also described the resolution on CNN. You can view the video below.

Unrest in Pakistan: Moving beyond US national interest

Kathy Kelly and Joshua Brollier of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a WNPJ member group, report after a recent visit to Pakistan:

With 60 million people living in poverty and many more living just above the poverty line, the people of Pakistan have priorities that do not include acting as a proxy to fight U.S. wars against purported terrorists. (Photo: Workers fired from Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

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