Friday, September 24, 2010

Veterans For Peace Convention

For anyone out there who missed the Veterans For Peace Convention, here is a link to a radio program that covered the event:
"Voices" on WERU

Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing Producer: Carolyn Coe
Audio from the Veterans for Peace rally held in Portland, Maine on August 29, 2010. Approximately 300 people attended.
Gerry Condon, President of Greater Seattle Veterans for Peace
Will Hopkins, Iraq Veterans Against the War
Lisa Savage, Coordinator of Code Pink Maine and an organizer of Bring the War $ Home campaign
Sally Alice Thompson & Alice Ritter, Raging Grannies and VFP members
Emma’s Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O)
Nancy Nygard, member of Military Families Speak Out
Michael Ferner, VFP Board President
Emcee: Bruce Gagnon, member of VFP Maine Chapter 0011

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bring Our War Dollars Home...News

The Alliance for Peace and Justice is making headway in our "Bring Our War $$ Home" campaign. The city council of Northampton, MA just passed the resolution calling for no more funding for the war, bringing our troops home and using some of the war money to create jobs, support education and to also help support all the veterans of the wars in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. We are pushing into more towns and cities here and hope to have more city/town endorsements soon.

One of the actions that is being born out our movement - we soon will have a picnic event in which military families, our alliance and the public will be invited. Our goal is to create an open dialogue with all groups.

Sherri Long

Image: sketch for wall drawing, Kenny Cole

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The date is set!

Our committee met last week to brainstorm about our next Draw-A-Thon, which will be held in conjunction with my exhibit at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine. What a great group of motivated people! Since that meeting we have been fine tuning details and debating the best day to have our event via email. We are excited to have picked Veteran's Day and hope to reach out to the public by offering to draw portraits of veterans and the public at large. We want to hear what everyone would like to say with regard to how we can better spend our war dollars and will include their thoughts on their portraits. Meanwhile I am waist deep in preparing hundreds of pieces of art to exhibit for my show, which will be hanging as a backdrop to our event.