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Join Ron Kovic in Protests Against the War in LA & other cities Saturday March 20

March 20, 2010

Nationally, and even internationally, people will gather today, March 20, in the streets and in the squares, to protest the on-going horrendous mess that the US is instigating and participating in Afganistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

I have been involved in several anti-war protests, here in Ventura and at the Nevada test site. A few years ago, I led a candlelight walk from the cross on the hill above town to city hall and then to the ocean. Poets and others from the community read words from veterans. We wore white. We sang. It was beautiful and moving.

I encourage you to join other protesters tomorrow, or find a way to speak your conscience against the expensive and unjust wars being waged around the world in our name.

Many years ago, I was an instructor for a college class at UC Santa Cruz where we read Ron Kovic’s Born on the Fourth of July. At first, I was a reluctant reader. But his story and his eloquence drew me in and I recommend the book and the movie whole-heartedly. Ron Kovic will be a featured speaker tomorrow at the rally in LA.

RON KOVIC: “I Encourage Everyone to Join Us on March 20”

Only the People Can Stop the Wars!
Los Angeles March & Rally
Saturday, March 20, 12 noon
Gather @ Hollywood & Vine, LA
(Between Vine & Ivar)
March to Hollywood & Highland
Click for maps and parking info.

Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran and author of “Born on the Fourth of July,” will be leading the Mass March on Saturday, March 20, in Los Angeles. Kovic will be marching with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, students, working people and thousands of others through the busy streets of Hollywood.

Kovic will be at the front with a procession of veterans, followed by mock coffins draped with Iraqi, Afghani, Palestinian and U.S. flags to represent deaths caused by U.S. wars and militarism. Kovic will also be a featured speaker at the rally.

Ron Kovic just issued this passionate call to action, via ANSWER LA, urging everyone to hit the streets in protest on March 20:

“Like many Americans who served in Vietnam and those now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and countless human beings throughout history, I had been willing to give my life for my country with little knowledge or awareness of what that really meant. I trusted and believed and had no reason to doubt the sincerity or motives of my government.

“It would not be until many months later at the Veterans Hospital in New York that I would begin to question whether I and the others who had gone to that war had gone for nothing. Nearly 42 years have passed since then and the tragic lessons of Vietnam continue to go unheeded. The same old patterns of war, lies, aggression and brutality continue to repeat themselves. Another country, another occupation, another reason to hate and fear, but in the end it is the same crime being committed over and over again, the same innocent civilians being killed, the same young men and women returning home in caskets and body bags and wheelchairs.

“We can no longer remain silent. Too many have died already. How many more senseless wars, flag draped caskets, grieving mothers, paraplegics, amputees, stressed out sons and daughters, innocent civilians slaughtered, before we finally begin to break the silence of this shameful night?

“Many of us trusted and believed that change would come, that these wars would end, and that finally we would be listened to but that is not at all what has happened. We have been tragically misled. We have been deceived and betrayed. We had been promised peace and we have been given war. We had been told there would be change but nothing is changing. The same patterns repeat themselves. Rather than learning the lessons from the disastrous fiasco in Iraq our government continues down the path of destruction, brutality, aggression and war, dragging us into another senseless and unnecessary conflict in Afghanistan.

“America is headed in the wrong direction, and I want to encourage everyone to join with us on Saturday, March, 20th to once again proudly and passionately fill the streets of our country and raise your voices on behalf of peace and nonviolence and an end to the war in Afghanistan. War is not the answer. Violence is not the solution. A more peaceful world is possible.”

–Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran, author, “Born on the Fourth of July”

According to an email from ANSWER LA, “The March 20 action recognizes that only the people can end the wars and occupations being carried out by the U.S. or its proxies against the peoples of Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, the Philippines, Pakistan and elsewhere. Contrary to its “anti-war” image, the Obama administration has called for a major increase in the obscene, trillion-dollar military budget, and the escalation of the war on Afghanistan.”

“In the United States, millions of people have lost or will lose their homes, jobs and health care due to the economic crisis. Funding for schools, colleges, health care and other programs has been slashed. At the same time, the White House and Congress handed over trillions of dollars to the biggest banks, insurance companies and investors—the same ones who caused the crisis through their wild risk-taking in search of ever-greater profits. Another trillion will go to the military-industrial corporations.

On Saturday, March 20, people will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., here in Los Angeles, and in other cities across the country and around the world to say: “End Occupation—Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine” and “Fund People’s Needs—Not War!” For more info call 213-251-1025 or email answerla@answerla.org.


A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Act Now to Stop War and End Racism
http://www.answerla.org
answerla@answerla.org
213-251-1025
137 N. Virgil Avenue, #201
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Get involved in ANSWER’s work today!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Larry Barnes permalink
    March 20, 2010 9:38 am

    Ron Kovic: ” anti-Semite”, “Conspriacy nut”

    Kovic: “I think the potential for another 9/11 or worse is there with this type of behavior. This is absolutely reckless. Talk to the generals. Talk to the average citizens on the street. I think there is great foreboding in this country, and I think there’s a tremendous amount of apprehension about the direction that the so-called commander in chief is leading this country in. We are making a decision that could very well affect the lives of the people of our country—not to mention the good and decent people of the Middle East, who are suffering because of this policy.”

  2. June 25, 2010 10:25 pm

    Hello,
    My name is Brian Kaess, a U.S. Disabled Veteran (10%) living in Durango, Mexico. I’m originally from Chicago. I disagree with your stance on the Vietnam War and Iraq War. I support our U.S. Troops abroad. Not everything is a protest scene, man. I’m a Democrat but also a ‘hawk.’ Now is the time to be patriotic. You were good exposing the plight of veterans at the VA. I admire you for that. Our foreign policy in Vietnam was sacred however. ‘The Domino Theory’ was choice. Stopping genocide is decent too. I would advise our country to defend itself abroad, no matter how ‘handsome’ the foe.
    In any case, you became too far Left for me to take seriously. I am more a Center Democrat. We could use more ‘hawks’ in that party.

    Yours,

    Brian Kaess

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