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Create Art to Reflect on 10 years at war

MFSO is partnering with 10 Years and Counting, a coalition of artists and activists who have come together to mark the 10th anniversary of the war.  We can use this unfortunate, yet historic moment as inspiration and maximize the power of creativity to illustrate the costs of war, or how 10 years of warfare have affected you personally.  Throughout the month we will be showcasing art from military families, veterans, and service members on our website, as well as on the 10 Years and Counting website.  Send us your poetry, music, photographs, videos, blogs, and visual art.  Email your submission(s) to samantha@mfso.org

War Is Trauma: a collaboration between IVAW and Just Seeds Collective

Art is a way to break through communication barriers, to express things we couldn’t otherwise.  It can be a way to heal, or a way to protest. “Art” can be anything, any way you want to express what 10 years of war has meant to you, how it has affected your family, or how it has changed the world we live in – poetry, music, photography, writing, visual art, or videos.

General submissions will be featured on our website (credited to the artist, of course), and can be emailed to samantha@mfso.org.  You can also submit art or writing for a few specific projects, listed below.

We also encourage you to organize an education or arts-based event during the month leading up to the anniversary, September 7 through October 7th. Click here to learn more.

Do You Love a Veteran? Call for Submissions

Do You Love a Veteran is a zine made up of contributions from families, friends, and partners of veterans.

For more info on the zine, how to submit, and some inspiration, click here.

He Sapa: Heart of the People – Call for Submissions

Over Memorial Day Weekend 2011, a group of military families and veterans gathered in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a healing retreat. The presenters included spiritual elders, veterans, medical doctors, social workers, and healers from different Native traditions.  The participants created art and writing which will provide the basis for this zine.  We invite veterans, military families, and Gold Star families to submit art and writing about their own experiences with healing.  Questions and submissions can be sent to samantha@mfso.org

Commemorating 10 Years of War

This October will mark 10 years since the U.S. invasion on Afghanistan; 10 years of war, the longest in American history, and promises from President Obama for another 3, or more. 

On September 11th, 2001, a tragedy changed our nation forever.  10 years later, we are living with the consequences of our nation’s response to that tragedy.  In the last decade, thousands of military families have dealt with their own tragedies of losing a loved one in combat or by suicide. Thousands more continue to suffer from the wounds of war. Many of these wounds are visible. Some are not.  And still thousands more will lose sleep, cry, and worry, as their loved ones will be deployed over the next three years.  As military families, we know the true costs of war.

From September 7th to October 7th, MFSO is partnering with Iraq Veterans Against the War, War Resisters League, United for Peace & Justice, and 10 Years and Counting for a month of arts and education to commemorate 10 years of war and begin building bridges of understanding between communities directly affected by the war and the war economy.  We aim to link the challenges faced by Afghans, Iraqis, active duty service members, veterans and military families as those who most directly feel the horrors of war with teachers, students, the homeless, former homeowners, labor and others who feel the domestic crisis brought on by the waste of military spending and greed.

What you can do:

Send us your poetry, music, photographs, and visual art.  We invite you to create something marking the 10 year anniversary of our nation at war. We can use this unfortunate, yet historic moment as inspiration and maximize the power of creativity to illustrate the costs of war, or how 10 years of warfare have affected you personally.  Throughout the month we will be showcasing art from military families, veterans, and service members on our website, as well as on the 10 Years and Counting website.  Email your submission(s) to samantha@mfso.org.  Click here for more information.

We also encourage you to organize an arts or education event between September 7th and October 7th.  We will be sending out popular education curriculum on the war economy, voices from Afghanistan, and the costs of war to veterans and military families for you to use, as well as resources to connect with artists in your community and advice on organizing a cultural event. For help organizing an event, contact samantha@mfso.org.  We’ll be sending out more information soon.

Contact your Rep: Vote NO on Defense Appropriations

Starting tonight, Congress will be voting on the FY 2012 Defense Appropriations bill. The bill commits $118 billion to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $530 billion to the Pentagon, consuming over 50% of all discretionary spending at a time when communities are suffering from chronic unemployment and under-funded public services.

Now that the Obama Administration has decided to continue the war in Afghanistan until at least 2014, we need our Representatives to stand up and say “No!”

Please contact your Representative TODAY: 

Click here to email your Representative

Call the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121

 

MFSO Mother: ‘What Are They Dying For?’

Friday, after eight more men died Thursday in the war on Afghans and Representative Jim McGovern’s Amendment calling to end the war was narrowly defeated, a soldier’s mother has taken a stand and spoken out against the war.

Mary Hladky, a mother of a Soldier serving in Kandahar explains about the eight deaths, “The trap was set: first a small IED went off which injured some soldiers, other soldiers rushed in, and then the big one went off.”

The men were members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Hladky, a member of Military Families Speak Out, asked in a written statement today, “What are they dying for? A corrupt Karzai government the Afghan people don’t want?”

“No one ever gives a good answer to why our servicemembers keep dying – because there simply isn’t one.”

The number of U.S. Military Casualties In Afghanistan has reached 1,551 and foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2011 has reached 189 according to Kashmir Watch.

Last year was the deadliest year for ISAF with 711 NATO-led soldiers killed.

This Memorial Day weekend, to honor men and women in uniform and those no longer with us, Hladky is urging the public to do two things:

  1. Click here to send an email to the White House. Tell them why you want our troops brought home now.
  2. Then, send the President & Vice President a handwritten letter. (They carry a lot more weight than an email.)

“This has got to stop. We must apply ‘people pressure’ and show our President that the American public will not remain apathetic.

“Join me in standing up and speaking out.”

If you have family members or loved ones in the military and you oppose this war, you can JOIN Military Families Speak out by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to mfso@mfso.org

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