Category Archives: MFSO in the News

MFSO Coordinator, Pat Alviso, Interviewed On Talk Nation Radio

Military Families Speak Out National Coordinator, Pat Alviso, was interviewed by David Swanson on Talk Nation Radio.

Pat is the mother of an active duty Marine and has helped lead three delegations to the White House. She has counseled thousands of military families, Gold Star families and active-duty military, providing support services, and creating forums and opportunities for them to speak out against the unjust wars in the Middle East. Her 40 years of experience in the classroom have allowed her to serve on the steering committee for the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth, NNOMY.

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Pat Alviso will also be speaking at the No War 2016 Conference:

No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism

Nadia McCaffrey Speaks Out in Support of Khan Family

Nadia McCaffrey, Gold Star Mother and member of Military Families Speak Out,  interviews on CNN, discussing Trump’s disrespect of a Gold Star Family. She is also one of the Gold Star mothers who signed an open letter to Donald Trump.
Nadia says the GOP presidential candidate’s criticism of Humayun Khan’s mother was “out of place.”  Source: CNN

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Military Families Speak Out Outraged By Attack On Gold Star Parents

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) members are outraged by the recent attack by Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Gold Star parents Ghazala and Khizr Khan whose son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq. MFSO is an organization of family members whose loved ones have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Some of our members have loved ones who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan or have died by suicide.

While MFSO members oppose military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, we love and support our troops. We honor our soldiers and Marines. Mr. Khan bravely talked about the need for the Commander in Chief to have respect, understanding and empathy for the sacrifices and suffering of our troops and their families.  Donald Trump has clearly shown by his disrespectful and despicable attack on a Gold Star family that he does not possess the key qualities we believe are necessary to be this country’s Commander in Chief of our armed forces.   

For more information, contact Pat Alviso, (National and west coast) 562-833-8035, Mary Hladky (mid-west) 937-926-0589, Paula Rogovin (east coast) 201-248-3169  

Activists in Teaneck call on U.S. to take in refugees

TEANECK — Local residents and activists who have protested U.S. military action in the Middle East and Afghanistan weekly for a decade turned their attention on Wednesday to refugees, calling for the nation to take in people who have been victimized in conflicts in those areas.

The activists, who include local residents and military veterans, said the United States should help because of its tradition of humanitarianism and welcoming immigrants, but also because of this country’s role in conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

“Republican candidates and governors have said we don’t want refugees from that region, but U.S. policy has actually created a lot of the refugee crisis,” said Paula Rogovin, co-founder of the weekly vigil, which marked 539 consecutive weeks on Wednesday.

She added, “It’s a terrible thing to say that your country is responsible for creating such a crisis, but it’s true and we have to take responsibility.”

The vigil was held outside the Teaneck Armory at the corner of Teaneck and Liberty roads, where eight people stood with signs and a bull horn, getting some honks of support from passing cars. The vigil participants included members of the Bergen County chapter of Military Families Speak Out and Veterans for Peace, Chapter 21.

The group also chose to focus on refugees to counter the heated rhetoric about those coming into the United States from Syria, participants said. Some governors and Republican presidential contenders, including New Jersey’s Chris Christie, have argued that the United States should not take in Syrians because terrorists could be hiding among them and because they don’t trust the screening process.

The Obama administration, though, has argued that refugees must go through a long and thorough vetting process and that the United States has a moral obligation to help.

Norman Fisher, of Teaneck, who was at the vigil, agreed that the country should offer help. “That’s what this country is about – people coming here to better their lives,” he said.

Frank Wagner, a Vietnam veteran, said the Iraq war sent millions of people fleeing to neighboring countries while the war itself “created monsters over there with ISIS.”

The people fleeing just want safety, he said. “They’re human beings,” Wagner said. “Whether they’re from another part of the world, who cares?”

Gov. Christie has said he does not want Syrian refugees placed in New Jersey due to security concerns, but he has acknowledged that he does not have the power to stop their resettlement because immigration is handled by the federal government and not states. So far, around 80 have been resettled in New Jersey since the start of the conflict there nearly five years ago.

Altogether, millions of people have fled fighting in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan amid war, bombings and the spread of the Islamic State extremist group.

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