Veterans Voices in Ventura: Soldiers and Family Members Expose Human Cost of War

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Members of the military and their families will discuss the real casualties of war and exchange resources and information on how communities can help facilitate change.

Join Veterans and family members of those who have served on Saturday July 14th at 7PM in Ventura for a film screening and discussion on the truth about military recruiting and the nonviolent alternatives available to students and especially children of immigrant families.

We will be screening "Reveille! Reveille!" the film that chronicles the Iraq Veterans Against the War in their earliest attempts to prevent further atrocities and regain their humanity. From their initial gathering to their stand at the gates of the White House (which resulted in the largest mass arrest by U.S. Park Police since the Vietnam War) "Reveille! Reveille!" is an eye-opening experience that features Dennis Kyne, Jeff Key, Jimmey Massey and other Iraq War veterans.

Come and take your part in a movement that will not be silenced. Members of the military and their families will discuss the real casualties of war and exchange resources and information on how communities can help facilitate change.

Special Guest Speakers Include:

Dennis Kyne - Dennis is a combat veteran, author, musician and speaker living in San Jose, CA. Kyne is founding member of Veterans for Peace Chapter 101- Bay Area California. Veterans Working Together for Peace & Justice Through Non-Violence. Kyne has spend his adulthood directly with concerned soldiers, non-soldiers, lawyers, policy experts, scientists, elected officials and the media to increase analysis, awareness and activism against depleted uranium misinformation and in support of meaningful alternatives to uranium mining. His public presentations include his personal experiences both on the battlefield and at the VA Hospitals.

Maricela Guzman - Los Angeles-born Maricela Guzman was attacked and raped while on night watch duty during her Navy boot camp training. U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs records obtained by the Weekly show that more that 20percent of female veterans who used VA health care services nationwide between October 2001 and September 2005-that's nearly 44,000 women-reported being victims of sexual assault or harassment, sometimes by fellow service members.

Fernando Suarez del Solar - On March 27, 2003, Fernando lost his son Jesus when he stepped on a U.S. cluster bomb while fighting in Iraq. Since then, Fernando has been traveling around the country speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq. In December he traveled to Iraq with Global Exchange and a group of military families to listen to the needs and desires of the Iraqi people, and returned home to meet with congress people, UN officials and the media to call for the withdrawal of US troops. Fernando is also an active member of Military Families Speak Out.

Arlene Inouye - Coordinator and founder of CAMS (The Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools) which began after the global protest to stop the war in 2003. She is a bilingual Speech and Language Specialist in East Los Angeles and spent her life addressing oppression and working for social change in education, multiculturalism, human relations, nonprofit organizations and parent/community activism. She is on the Steering Committee of NNOMY the National Network Opposed to the Militarization of Youth.

Sponsored By: Veterans for Peace Ventura Chapter 112, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, The Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools, Brokenrope (Representing Native Americans in Ventura ) and Good Karma Public Relations

Event Details: Veterans Voices in Ventura takes place on Saturday July 14th at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church located at 5654 Ralston Street Ventura, CA 93003. There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door. For more information or media inquiries please call Good Karma PR at (805) 653-1588

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