Costs of War

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Memorial Day Musings

Memorial Day has come and gone, with the usual parades and patriotic speeches that many of us find so uncomfortable.  Over the weekend, the children at Worcester Friends Meeting had a retreat and considered a query about how Quakers observe Memorial Day.  The adults also reflected on the query, bringing into the room the profound human cost of war and the ways war is glamorized by the holiday.  For some of us it is a deeply personal experience - the hole in our hearts at the loss of a comrade or family member, the scars one carries from the time of military service, the scars

Legacies of Iraq War / Lessons for U.S. Iran Policy

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

How do we evaluate the legacy of nine years of war in Iraq and prevent our repeating mistakes in Iran and elsewhere?

First steps are facing the truth about how the U.S. public was manipulated and frightened into accepting war and the truth about the devastation the war has wrought for Iraq and the U.S.

Hear a panel speak about the human, economic and political impacts of the Iraq war on Iraq and the U.S., analysis of U.S. Iran relations and how lessons from Iraq can guide U.S. Iran policy.

Panel members include:

Iraq Timeline 1970-2011

This timeline covers major developments in the relationship between the United States the Iraq since 1970.

Windows and Mirrors in Oakland

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 5:00pm - Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 8:00pm

WINDOWS AND MIRRORS: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan

is a traveling exhibit that makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality.  The 28 panels created by international and US artists and 20 drawings by Afghan students help us imagine the experience of Afghan civilians – from death and destruction to hopes for peace.

Bring the US Troops & War Dollars Home

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:10pm

On October 18 at 9:00am there will be a rally and press conference proceeding the Pittsburgh City Council hearing on our resolution to bring the troops home and fund human needs. This event is being organized by the Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee and sponsored by a number of local organizations including the American Friends Service Committee's PA Program.

Preview: Women, War and Peace

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 5:15pm

Preview of new five-part "Women, War and Peace" series on PBS, five consecutive Tuesday evenings -- October 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8 -- check local listings.

In "Peace Unveiled," the October 25 segment, three Aghani women risk their lives advocating for women's voices to be heard in deciding their country's future.  See it first at this free community screening on Tuesday, September 27, at the San Francisco Main Public Library Koret Auditorium.

Public Forum on the Psychological Cost of War

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 6:30pm

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder, MSW, works with trauma survivors at Friends House in Des Moines.

Please join us for the first of two public forums on the real costs of war.

Psychological Cost of War: “No One Comes Through Unscathed” --Edward Tick; Psychotherapist/Veterans counselor

Film clip: Wartorn 1861-2010: exploring combat and PTSD

Discussion with Mollie Michelfelder, LISW specializing with PTSD clients, including returning soldiers.

Refreshments and community time to follow.

Guns or Bread: The War Economy Comes Home

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 4:05pm

Guns or Bread: The War Economy Comes Home

A Town Hall Forum on the Economy and Military Spending
with William Hartung,
Director of the Arms and Security Initiative, New America Foundation
and Jo Comerford,
Executive Director, National Priorities Project

2:00pm, Sunday, May 1
Garrett Seminary Chapel,


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