Friday, March 14, 2008

Winter Soldier

Going on this weekend (March 13-16) is a gathering of Iraq veterans called Winder Soldier. This is based on the original Winter Soldier conference held in 1971 by Vietnam veterans, including Sen. John Kerry, to explore abuses and war crimes against American soldiers and local citizens during the Vietnam war.

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.

The four-day event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan - and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans' health benefits and support.

A preview video of the event, hosted by Iraq Veterans Against The War, is viewable HERE. Streaming video of the event is also available at this link (it brings you to the video test page; just click HOME on that page and follow the link for live video). Conferences and speeches will start at 9AM today and Saturday and 10AM Sunday.

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