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Ode to Arlington West

Ode to Arlington West

For M/Sgt John G. Kincaid, Jr.; Lt. Col. James and Shirley Kennedy; Sgt. Robert Potter. Arlington West at Santa Barbara Ten years bearing witness to scores of wartime dead. Years of toil and dedication and sweat etched in the silhouette of every faded footstep in the sand Here seagulls fly over and stand in formation like sentries on the beach come wind or calm and cormorant perch atop the wooden posts at dawn and in the noonday sun. Sundays came and went Crosses went up and were taken down. Flags were raised and lowered in due respect Faithful stood and walked among the crowd and loved ones found their beloved’s names serving ribboned duty in the sand. Tears were shed for those whose names were written and those whose names we carried in our hearts This tear-drenched sand rendered sacred by our presence and in its ebb and flow, the tide claimed its everlasting salt; its worth forever mingled with the sea. Here we remember those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan ; and through them every war-dead: Those who succumbed in a desert storm and by association those whose wounded hearts and minds with mangled bodies live long enough to come back home only to crumble on the...
Activist Training and Guantanamo Talk

Activist Training and Guantanamo Talk

IS YOUR MOVEMENT STUCK IN THE MUD? M.A.P. – A ROAD MAP (MOVEMENT ACTION PLAN) FOR SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS ARE YOU WORKING TO CHANGE UNJUST SOCIAL SYSTEMS? DO YOU WONDER IF YOUR WORK IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE? HISTORY IS FULL OF THE DRAMATIC SUCCESSES OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, BUT ALSO OF DISMAL FAILURES. DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL – LEARN FROM GENERATIONS OF SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. SOCIAL MOVEMENT TRAINER AND VETERAN ELLIOTT ADAMS PRESENTS: TOOLS TO ANALYZE, STRATEGIZE, AND CONDUCT YOUR MOVEMENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 2:30 – 5 PM SOCIAL HOUR TO FOLLOW- PLEASE BRING A DISH TO SHARE AT 6 PM ELLIOTT WILL PRESENT A TALK ON GUANTANAMO AND HIS 80 – DAY FAST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH of VENTURA 5654 Ralston St. Ventura, CA 93003 Sponsored by Santa Barbara and Ventura, Unitarian Universalist Church, Citizens For Peaceful Resolutions Info and accessibility: work4peacenow@gmail.com or...
Armistice Day and the Tenth Anniversary of Arlington West

Armistice Day and the Tenth Anniversary of Arlington West

Sunday, November 10th marks the tenth anniversary of the Veterans for Peace display called Arlington West, located at the foot of Stearns Wharf. We will have as special guest speakers: Congresswoman Lois Capps, County Supervisor Janet Wolf , COL Ann Wright, Mayor Helene Schneider, Steven Sherrill, Jane Bright, whose son was killed in the Iraq War, former Mayor Marty Blum, and others. We will be lighting 1,000 candles in red cups in front of each of the 1,000 white crosses at sundown (5 PM) . We will begin setting up the display at 7:30 AM . We will be reading the names of the soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions beginning at 10 AM. Speaker’s program will begin at 4:30 PM . We are asking for the community’s help in the set up and reading of the names throughout the day, as well as the lighting of the candles . We are asking news agencies to help us with a pre-event interview on Friday, November 8th. For further information please contact: Tom Urban at (805) 259-9205 and/or email at...
Arlington West Set-up Date Change

Arlington West Set-up Date Change

Starting in April Arlington West will change to the summer schedule, where it will be set-up twice a month, on the first and third Sunday. However, because of Memorial Day in May, it will be set-up on the first (5th) and fourth (26th) Sunday. Hope to see you...
Media coverage of eighth anniversary of Arlington West

Media coverage of eighth anniversary of Arlington West

A Vivid Reminder of the “True Cost of War” SANTA BARBARA — A vivid reminder of the true cost of war was displayed on a Central Coast beach. As Veterans Day weekend is coming to a close, a passionate Santa Barbara group is reminding people that America is still at war. On Sunday, Veterans for Peace resurrected its Arlington West display and also read the names of the fallen. They spent hours reading the names, but each one was read with the same respect. “These men and women have families that will grieve forever,” said Toni Wellen, a Carpinteria resident. It is the 8th anniversary of Arlington West. Community members and leaders gathered at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara for a special tribute on Sunday. “I hope people take away the sense of what the true cost of war is,” said Mary Johnston, a member of Veterans for Peace. As they do twice a month, veterans for peace pounded hundreds of white crosses into the sand in honor of the men and women who died in Afghanistan, but this Sunday was a little different. The crosses served as a dramatic backdrop, while the names of the fallen were read. Veterans for Peace has also created a wall in memory...
Arlington West Commemorative Installation, November 13, 2011

Arlington West Commemorative Installation, November 13, 2011

Arlington West will hold a commemorative installation in honor of its eighth year of existence here in Santa Barbara at Stearn’s Wharf on Sunday, November 13, 2011. A reading of names of soldiers and civilians killed in the long wars will be held from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Congresswoman Lois Capps and former mayor Marty Blum will be featured speakers. The public is invited to help read the names and to help with the set-up (7:30 am) and the take-down (3:30 pm). In case of rain the event will be rescheduled for another time. For more information contact info@vfpsb.org, or the media contact for our chapter, Tom Urban, at...
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