Veterans For Peace will hold its 2012 National Convention in Miami, Fla., August 8-11. The event, which includes speeches, films, workshops, and musical entertainment, is open to the public and will feature prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, film producer Phil Donahue, activist Roy Bourgeois, and many other speakers. The text of a public service announcement follows the list of speakers below.
The theme of this 27th annual convention will be "Liberating the Americas: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean."
"No region in the world these days," said Veterans For Peace President Leah Bolger, "is as much on the forward march toward liberation. We are in the third century of the struggle to abolish the Monroe Doctrine. Advances (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay) exist side-by-side with setbacks engineered by U.S. imperialism (Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, etc.). We in the United States have a moral responsibility to change our government's view of Latin American and Caribbean nations as being our 'backyard' and sources of cheap labor and natural resources. It is time for our government to stop bullying the region and show respect and recognition for rights to national sovereignty."
The full schedule and registration information are available at http://vfpnationalconvention.org
Pulitzer prize winning novelist and poet, teacher, and activist. Ms Walker will be a keynote speaker at the banquet Saturday, August 11th.
Media personality, writer, and film producer.
Mr. Donahue will present the film "Body of War," which he produced, Wednesday, August 8th.
Father Roy Bourgeois
Activist and priest, founder of the human rights organization "School of the Americas Watch." Father Bourgeois will be a keynote speaker at the banquet Saturday, August 11th.
Haitian-American activist and Congressional candidate, Executive Director of "Haitian Women of America." Ms Bastien will be a speaker at the opening plenary Thursday, August 9th.
Retired Army colonel and former diplomat, author and activist. Ms Wright will co-facilitate a workshop about drones with Medea Benjamin, and will moderate a panel on Military Sexual Trauma.
Activist and author, founder of anti-war organization "Code Pink," and fair trade advocacy group "Global Exchange." Ms Benjamin will co-facilitate a workshop about drones with Ann Wright and will speak at the Friday evening event.
Retired Navy commander and activist, President of Veterans For Peace. Ms Bolger will speak at the opening plenary on Thursday, August 9th.
Author, activist, and radio host. Mr. Swanson will co-facilitate a workshop entitled, Misleading America: U. S. Military Expansion Since the End of the Cold War.
Executive Director of Veterans For Peace. Mr. Reid will host the Saturday Banquet.
PH.D., Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School;Associate, DuBois Institute, Harvard University. Ms. Caplan will facilitate the plenary workshop on War Trauma.
First veteran from Iraq to publicly challenge the morality of the war and refuse to fight. Author of The Road from Ar Ramadi. Mr. Mejia will emcee the opening plenary on Thursday, August 9th.
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