Art Show Opening - Celebrate People's History: Iraq Veterans Against the War - Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice

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Celebrate People's History: Iraq Veterans Against the War

Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice is a portfolio project celebrating Iraq Veterans Against the War's (IVAW) ten year history.


The opening of the art show at the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County was celebrated on Saturday, May 2, 2015.


The evening began with a potluck, while visitors viewed the artwork. There was a talk on the history of the work, as well as a discussion of individual posters, by Aaron Hughes, artist and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. It included poetry by members of the group. The evening ended with DJ Broken Record, more food and discussion of the artwork.


IVAW was founded in July 2004 to give voice to the large number of active duty service members and veterans who were against the war, but were under various pressures to remain silent. Over the past ten years, IVAW members have spoken out and taken action to end the wars they served in and to transform the society that fostered those wars.


This portfolio features contributions from IVAW members, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative members, along with allied veterans, artists and writers. It highlights key ideas, moments, projects, tactics, and individuals from IVAW history in order to uplift IVAW's ongoing struggle, inspire others to take action and preserve the movement's history for future generations.


Organizers: Kevin Basl of Iraq Veterans Against the War (Text Editor); Aaron Hughes of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Josh MacPhee of Justseeds Artists Cooperative; Siri Margerin of Civilian-Soldier Alliance;  Jesse Purcell of Justseeds Artists Cooperative; Marshall Weber of Booklyn Artists Alliance


Artists: Jesse Albrecht, Kevin Basl, Tamar Beja, Kevin Caplicki, Christopher Cardinale, John Carr, Melanie Cervantes, Tings Chak, Ian Cozzens, Joseph DeLappe, Sarah Farahat, Shawn Ganther, Edger Gonzalez-Baeza, Jerome Grand, Ryan Griffis, Ryan Hayes, Katie Hargrave, Ryan Holleran, Aaron Hughes, Lily Hughes, Sanya Hyland, Paul Kjelland, Ash Kyrie, Steve Lambert, Nicolas Lampert, Nathan Lewis, Laurie Macfee, Josh MacPhee, Siri Margerin, Colin Natthes, Chris May, Malachi Muncy, Becky Nasadowski


Artists: Roger Peet, Zeke Penya, Mark Pinto, Jesse Purcell, Jon Orlando, G> Scott Raffield, Michael Rakowitz, Pete Railand, Red76, Sarah Ross, Erik Ruin, Heath Schultz, Suellen Semekoski, David Solnit, Jeremy Stainthorp Berggren, Ehren Tool, Mary Tremonte, Jon Turner, Joyce Wagner, Eleanor Warner, Julia Warner, Marshall Weber, Eli Wright


Writers: Jan Barry, Kevin Basl, Donna Bassin, Chantelle Bateman, Clare Bayard, Phyllis Bennis, Amadee Braxton, Lovella Calica, Terry Davis, Bernardine Dohrn, Kelly Dougherty, Stephen Duncombe, Lynn Estomin, Shawna Foster, Amy Goodman, Aaron Hughes, Antonia Juhasz, Kathy Kelly, Nicolas Lampert, Sarah Lazare, Nan Levinson, Lisa Ling, Josh MacPhee, Maggie Martin, Logan Mehl-Laituri, Ramon Mejia, Geoff Millard, Demond Mullins, Walt Nygard, Jovanni Reyes, Suraia Sahar, Jonathan Smucker, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Jose Vasquez, Ann Wright