Occupy Phoenix To Host Military Teach-ins
Local Movement Will Have Several Experts Available Saturday To Help Inform On Military And Veterans Issues
The flyer for next week's events.
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Nov 11, 2011 — Tomorrow, the day after Veterans Day, Occupy Phoenix will host teach-ins featuring several military veterans and civilian speakers. Subjects include current struggles of returning veterans, as well as aspects of the military-industrial complex. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington.
“America faces the dilemma of service men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to a country that will be incapable of providing them with decent and fair-paying jobs. Occupy Phoenix fights for the rights of these honorable men and women as they struggle to resume their stateside lives,” according to the press release for the group.
Topics at Saturday’s event include:
Military Sexual Trauma: presented by Coast Guard veteran and Military Rape Crisis Center founder Panayiota Bertzikis
Rerouting Defense Spending to Create Jobs: Dennis Stout, former chair of Veterans for Peace, Phoenix chapter
Veteran Unemployment: Virginia Hauflaire, CodePink and End the War Coalition member, Progressive Democrats of America - Phoenix Coordinator
Soldiers as Property: Leonard Clark, Arizona native and U.S. Army veteran.
The Anti-War Movement and Veterans — A Natural Coalition: Edwina Vogan, End the War Coalition, Code Pink
Greed and War: Lisa Blank is a member of Military Families Speak Out, Code Pink Women for Peace and End the War.
Thursday, Occupy Phoenix will host teach-ins on economic and social injustice, nonviolent civil disobedience and free speech.
Events are also planned for next Friday, Nov. 18, as Occupy Phoenix takes part in Free Speech Friday. The day’s events include a march at 4 p.m. followed by a rally for “economic justice” at 5:30 p.m.
Occupy Phoenix resumed their general assemblies Thursday evening, proposing GAs only on even numbered days and to bring all proposals to the Facilitation Working Group before they reach the GA in order to make the process less encumbered.
For additional information, visit www.occupyphx.org