Peace Rally May 25, 2015 — Download Flyer
Hosted by Veterans for Peace – Clarence Kailin Chapter 25 – Madison, Wisconsin
•Everett Mitchell: “Resisting Narratives of War”
•David Newby – U.S. Labor Against War
•David Couper – “Keeping the Peace” Invocation
•Will Williams – Comments
•Old Cool Band
•Spoken Word by First Wave
•Sean Michael Dargan – Bagpipe
•Dr. James Allen Scholarships
•Remembering War Casualties
Monday, May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day
12:45 p.m. – James Madison Park – E. Gorham Street (next to Gates of Heaven)
Special Thanks: WORT-FM Radio, Norman Stockwell, Steve Ringwood, George’s Flowers
Veterans For Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25, Madison, WI, will be setting up the “Memorial Mile” display along Atwood Avenue in Olbrich Park again this year. We very much appreciate your past participation in setting the display, and would like to ask for your assistance again for this years’ Memorial Mile Display if your Memorial Day holiday weekend would allow time for it.
The annual set-up time is scheduled for 9:00 am, Saturday, May 23. You may stop and start at any time. Hopefully, the ground will not be too dry and hard, and the installation will be accomplished in a few hours. We will have a tent set up with water, and possibly some snacks at the mid-point near the southern park entrance.
The take down time is scheduled for 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 30.
Please share this information to anyone that might be interested !
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2015
Noted speakers, music, high school scholarship awards, and poetry readings are scheduled for a Peace Rally Program beginning at 12:45 p.m. Monday, May 25, at James Madison Park, 614 E. Gorham Street. The program on Memorial Day afternoon is hosted by Veterans for Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25.
In addition to the May 25 program, Veterans for Peace (VFP) will sponsor a “Memorial Mile” display of more than 6,675 simulated grave markers to acknowledge U.S. deaths in the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Memorial Mile display, May 23 to May 30, will be located along Atwood Avenue east of Olbrich Botanical Gardens.
Peace rally speakers May 25 at James Madison Park will include:
- Everett Mitchell, social justice advocate, attorney, activist, and pastor, speaking on “Resisting the Narratives of War.”
- David Newby, president emeritus of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, discussing efforts by U.S. Labor Against War (USLAW).
- David Couper, priest and former police chief – “Keeping the Peace” invocation.
- Will Williams, veteran and activist, with closing remarks.
Warm-up music will be provided by the band Old Cool. A spoken word performance by UW-Madison’s First Wave is scheduled, as well as a poetry reading by Veterans for Peace member Daryl Sherman. Sean Michael Dargan will play a bagpipe tribute to end the program while names of war casualties are read. Audience members will be invited to place red carnations at the nearby Abraham Lincoln Brigade marker. Chapter 25 namesake and founding member, the late Clarence Kailin, was a volunteer fighting fascism with the International Brigade in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Program emcee is Chapter 25 member and Vietnam War veteran David Giffey.
During the May 25 program, graduates from area high schools will be honored for their participation in the annual Veterans for Peace essay and scholarship competition named after the late VFP member Dr. James Allen. This year, 40 students at seven high schools from Madison to Baraboo to Boscobel wrote essays on the topic “Why I Believe War Is Not the Answer.” More than $4,000 in scholarships have been awarded annually by Chapter 25 since 2007. Veterans for Peace is a non-profit organization. All funds are raised through donations and small grants. The program is free and open to the public. Good will donations will be accepted during the program and at the Memorial Mile site.
Chapter 25 member Steve Books will offer Veterans for Peace educational information. Audio assistance provided by Norm Stockwell and Steve Ringwood, WORT-FM Radio.
(Media: For more information contact David Giffey, 608-753-2199 or email [email protected]. Interviews with participants available.)