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VVAW to hold 30th annual Vets Day Ceremony against war

Sunday, Nov. 11: Vietnam Veterans Against the War to hold 30th annual Veterans Day Ceremony in downtown Chicago. Speakers to include Colombian human rights workers, former Navy intelligence officer. VVAW argues U.S. government policy of condemning Islamic terrorists while funding terrorism in Colombia is wrong.
Veterans Day Ceremony
11:00 am, Sunday, November 11
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain
Wacker Drive and Wabash, Chicago

Vietnam Veterans Against the War to hold 30th annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Speakers to include Colombian human rights workers, former Navy intelligence officer. VVAW argues U.S. government policy of condemning Islamic terrorists while funding terrorism in Colombia is wrong.

Chicago, IL: Vietnam Veterans Against the War will hold its 30th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, November 11 at 11a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain at Wacker Drive and Wabash in Chicago. The ceremony and speakers will once again advocate peace – with justice.

Speakers will include:

* Joseph Miller, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, a former Navy intelligence Vietnam Veteran during the Gulf of Tonkin incident;

* Samuel Morales, President of the CUT-Arauca, who will talk about the Santo Domingo massacre, where three years ago the Colombian Air Force killed 19 innocent civilians, including seven children, with US helicopters and bombs (VVAW helped in the investigation);

* Edgar Paez, Director of International Affairs, Sinaltranial, who will talk about the oppression and physical terror that Coca Cola uses to intimidate workers who try to unionize;

* Tom McGregor, a Franciscan lay missioner of the Franciscan Mission Service who lives in a very poor barrio in Medellin, Colombia, where he ministers to displaced persons.

VVAW said in a statement: “For 30 years VVAW has held Veteran's Day activities in Chicago – opposing wars from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf. We were the first to expose Agent Orange and demand treatment for PTSD. We help feed homeless vets and fight to keep the the V. A.'s open. This year we are rallying around the demand ‘Justice not War.’ We want the perpetrators of the Twin Tower terrorism to be brought to justice. If not, they will do it again. But September 11 is not a blank check for war, nor do carpet bombings meet the standards of international norms and justice. One of the U.S. government’s most moving pieces of propaganda involved the killing of a two-year-old child killed at the Twin Towers. It had power and made sense – but do we think Afghans will react differently when their innocent two-years-olds are killed? The U.S. is waging a billion dollar a year war in Colombia, and aligning itself with military with death squads that even the United Nations admits commit 90% of the massacres in that poor country. It is obscene to condemn terrorists in Afghanistan while paying for them in Colombia.”

The ceremony will end with a remembrance of those killed in war and by terrorism.

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