40th Anniversary: The War at Home Movie, Orpheum – Sun, October 13

Time: 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 13
Place: The Orpheum Theater, 216 State St., Madison

Co-Director Glenn Silber will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a panel discussion on the lessons and legacy of the Antiwar Movement – “The War at Home: Then & Now” following the screening. Journalist John Nichols will moderate the panel.
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Fifty years ago, activists across the country spoke out against the war.

“The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam” was a massive demonstration and teach-in across the United States (including 15,000 demonstrating in Madison and several Wisconsin cities) against the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. It took place on October 15, 1969, followed a month later by the National Moratorium in Washington on Nov. 15, 1969, attracted more than 500,000 antiwar protesters, which many active-duty GIs in Vietnam supported.

These events are among the many important events of the Antiwar Movement documented in the film The War at Home.

The War at Home
Directors Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown, USA, 1979, 100 min. A Catalyst Media Productions release.
This meticulously constructed 1979 film recounts the development of the movement against the American war in Vietnam on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin, from 1963 to 1970. Using carefully assembled archival and news footage and thoughtful interviews
with many of the participants, it culminates in the 1967 Dow Chemical sit-in and the bombing of the Army Math Research Center three years later.


One of the great works of American documentary movie making, The War at Home has also become a time capsule of the moment of its own making, a welcome emanation from the era of analog editing, and a timely reminder of how much power people have when they take to the streets in protest.

For info on this award-winning film go to: www.TheWarAtHome.tv 

For more information on the Oct. 13, 2019 Benefit Screening Contact: Norman Stockwell at The Progressive at 608-257-4626.
Tickets available at the Orpheum Theater box office and online through Ticketmaster.

The War at Home – Facebook Event  

34th International Kite Fly for Peace: Fitchburg – Sun, Oct 13

One Sky One World Kite Festival
34th International Kite Fly for Peace

Ray’s Rainbow Delta Over Monona


Sunday, October 13, 2019
McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, WI

In early October, kite fliers from over 50 countries lift their kites into the wind expressing hope for peace and environmental harmony. This spirit recognizes and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of kite flying as a positive statement for promoting peace, international understanding and a sustainable planet.

Activities between 11:00 and 4:00 p.m., include:
♦ Many beautiful kites flown by regional kite fliers
♦ Banners and ground displays
♦ Surprises in the wind
♦ Kite making for kids from 1:00 – 2:00

Bring your kites, friends and picnic lunches. McKee Farms Park is at 5700 Chapel Valley Rd., just off Fish Hatchery Rd. and McKee Rd. Exit at Fish Hatchery Road off the Hwy 12-18 Beltline (south side of Madison) and head south about 2½ miles on Fish Hatchery. After crossing McKee Rd. take the next right at the Summit Credit Union. Watch for kite festival signs.

Map to McKee Farms

For more details, contact Paul at 271-8265, bethewind@yahoo.com
or Ray at 663-5822, RayBlum608@gmail.com


Willy Street Fair

Veterans for Peace were on hand to celebrate the second day of the 42nd Annual Willy Street Fair in Madison  on Saturday September 15.

Steve Books, dedicated peace activist marching along with the Willy Street Parade with another fan of peace.

“The official end to the busy festival season arrives with two days of magical hippie fairy dust sprinkled along several blocks of Madison’s weirdo territory, as well as a host of local, national and international acts on multiple stages. ” – Isthmus

The Fair raised money for the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Common Wealth Development.

More pictures from the Wisconsin State Journal.


How Much is Enough? Endless War & Profiteering

How much military does the US government have?  It all depends on what you consider a base or a site or a combat machine or what the government wants you to know and what is to be secret.


“The US today is the main imperialist power in the world and responsible for around 1,000 foreign bases in about 172 countries. This is around 20 times the number of foreign military bases as all other countries in the world combined. The countries with the second and third highest number of foreign bases are Britain and France, 2 of the US’s NATO allies.”

International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases

“U.S. bases represent 90-95 percent of the world’s foreign bases, constituting the largest collection of extraterritorial bases in world history…”

Military spending has many points of contention: Closing overseas bases isn’t one of them (2019)  

“The United States has 460 bases overseas! It has 507 permanent bases! What is the U.S doing with more than 560 foreign bases? Why does it have 662 bases abroad? Does the United States really have more than 1,000 military bases across the globe?
In a world of statistics and precision, a world in which “accountability” is now a Washington buzzword, a world where all information is available at the click of a mouse, there’s one number no American knows. Not the president. Not the Pentagon. Not the experts. No one…”

The Pentagon’s Planet of Bases (2011)
by Nick Turse

At Least Seven Hundred Foreign Bases
“It’s not easy to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department’s annual “Base Structure Report” for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and HAS another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories…”

America’s Empire of Bases (2004)
By Chalmers Johnson

Military dot com: Base Guide 

National Park Service: Military Bases in the Continental United States

“While we are opposed to all foreign military bases, we do recognize that the United States maintains the highest number of military bases outside its territory, estimated at almost 1000 (95% of all foreign military bases in the world). Presently, there are U.S. military bases in every Persian Gulf country except Iran…”

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases

David Vine on Closing U.S. Military Bases – November 30, 2018

The Scott Horton Show

“Today, while there are no foreign bases in the United States, there are around 800 U.S. bases in foreign countries…”

Trumping Democracy in America’s Empire of Bases (2017)
By David Vine

“It’s not a matter of whether the war is not real or if it is. Victory is not possible.
The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.”

~ George Orwell ~