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Chicago Veterans for Peace launches billboard campaign to end the militarization of Chicago's schools

  • 'We, the Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace, are pursuing a many-pronged campaign to bring Peace at Home and Peace Abroad by focusing on youth and the demilitarization of public education'
  • The West’s War on Children

George N. Schmidt, Substance News

http://www.substancenews.net/assets/images2/426854463.jpg Chicago Veterans for Peace (VFP) leaders Robert Lamont (left) and Arne Stieber (right) have spoken out against the militarization of Chicago's public schools since the Fall of 2013, when the organization began its campaign to "de-militarize" the nation's third largest school system. Above, Lamont and Stieber at the podium during the Board's February 24, 2016 meeting. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

March 14, 2016 | The Veterans for Peace (VFP) organization announced on March 14, 2016 that it was launching a campaign to end the militarization of Chicago's public schools. Members of the group have spoken at virtually every meeting of the Chicago Board of Education over the past few years, raising the same demand, but not one member of the Board has even asked them about their policy proposals.

The veterans organization will be sponsoring five billboards across town pushing the them "No Military in Chicago Public Schools. Education Not Militarization..." The billboards will be up from March through May 2016.

George N. Schmidt: a long-time high school teacher and publisher of Substance <http://www.substancenews.net> newspaper.

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  • The prejudice against children begins from an immoderate desire for order.
  • Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending  January 9, 2016

 

The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do.

Last week, a Florida gun rights activist was shot in the back by her four-year-old son. How much longer will we keep participating in the collective lie that deadly weapons keep us safe?

Lindy West, Guardian

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https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/046061e515b21f2a5922ebcc9b518aa14efbd564/0_0_634_381/master/634.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=277178d6bd803904d4d716661fe3d812Jamie Gilt, who has built a thriving web presence on the argument that guns are perfectly safe around kids, was shot by her young child. Photograph: Facebook/Jamie Gilt

Sunday 13 March 2016 | This week, in my country, considered by some of its more embarrassing denizens to be the “greatest country in the world”, an outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child. Truly a pinnacle of human potential, much like the invention of paper in second-century BC China, or Aristotle holding forth in the Lyceum, or whoever first pointed out that Florida looks like America’s penis.

What do you say about the outspoken Florida “gun rights” advocate who left a loaded .45 calibre handgun in the back seat of her car and was promptly shot and wounded by her four-year-old child? I take no pleasure in violence and pain. I’m not happy that Jamie Gilt, 31 – who has built a thriving web presence on the argument that guns are not only perfectly safe around kids, but necessary for their protection – left a loaded handgun in reach of her four-year-old son, who then picked it up, aimed it at his mother, and pulled the trigger. I find zero delight in the thought of Gilt’s toddler’s almost certain panic and horror in that moment, nor the guilt he may well carry for the rest of his life (guilt that only his mother deserves). I’m sure being shot in the back really hurts – even more so when it comes with a side of nationwide liberal schadenfreude.

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humour and body image. She's currently a culture writer for GQ Magazine and GQ.com, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens.

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  • We spoke with gun violence survivors about gun violence prevention, Obama, and the NRA. This is what they had to say. And take a good look at Yanceyville, North Carolina: It's an extremely poor town that almost got a big break -- until corrupt officials completely screwed it over. ThinkProgress dives deep into its history, its residents, and its future.
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Special Report | Warriors for Peace: Wayne Wittman and Lynn Elling

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  • Two veterans who spent their lives pursuing their dreams for a peaceful world.
  • May we remember the best lessons of their lives and do likewise.
  • Part 1: Wayne C. Wittman | Full Obituary 
  • Part 2: A Compilation of Tributes for Wayne Wittman
  • Part 3: Part 3: Lynn Elling, Warrior for Peace

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 


 

Part 1: Wayne C. Wittmann | Full Obituary 

Wayne lived every day of his 86 years to the fullest.  He had a long, satisfying career, a family he deeply loved (and loved him equally).  He had zillions of friends.  He died with his boots on, doing what he loved.

Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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http://media2.startribune.com/obit_images/3/38/0000124869-01-1.jpg Friday February 27 | Wittman, Wayne C. Age 86, of St. Paul, died unexpectedly on February 24. Preceded in death by sister, Jeanne Christiansen; and granddaughter, Olivia. Survived by wife of 59 years, Joan; children, Bob (Nancy), Jeanne (Rich) Rothaupt, Mary Jo (Fernando) Partida, David (Cheryl), Susan (Dave) Mondry; 10 grandchildren: 3 great grandchildren: sisters, Roberta (Harold) Nilles, and Verna (Jack) Nilles. 

Celebration of Life 4-7 pm Sunday, February 28 at the St. Paul Labor Federation Hall, 353 W 7th St., St. Paul (note corrected address from Friday's notice). Funeral Mass 10 am Monday, February 29 at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Ave., St. Paul with visitation 1 hour prior at 9 am. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Veterans for Peace-Chapter 27 or LSRC Wayne Wittman EA Fund.

Mary McNellis, Evergreene Digest reader/contributor, is a local peace and justice activist and member of Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27, Twin Cities.

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Part 2: A Compilation of Tributes for Wayne Wittman

Wayne lived every day of his 86 years to the fullest.  He had a long, satisfying career, a family he deeply loved (and loved him equally).  He had zillions of friends.  He died with his boots on, doing what he loved.  According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wayne was the definition of success: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.”  What more could a person ask for?  

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Mary McNellis for this contribution. 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/End%20the%20War.jpg  February 27, 2016 | Facebook posting:  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IAM Local Lodge 459 member and our Brother, Wayne Wittman. A longtime member of Local 459's Executive Board and District 77; Wayne was a Great American, a Great Unionist, a Veteran, and a longtime activist for peace and justice all over the world.

From monitoring elections in Central America, to demonstrating for Peace and Prosperity at home, to fighting for Veteran's issues; you could always count on Wayne to be there; on the front lines, knocking on doors, making the phone calls, or carrying a sign. Wayne was a humble man and didn't like to brag about what he did, but what he did was AMAZING.

All of us are better for knowing him and poorer now that he is gone. But, he's not really gone of course, wherever someone stands up against injustice, he will be there, whenever someone speaks out against tyranny and oppression Wayne's voice will be heard.  In the end all that is left is the effect we’ve had on other people’s lives. Wayne showed us how to be giants.  Richard K Ryan  ****

Mary McNellisEvergreene Digest reader/contributor, is a local peace and justice activist and member of Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27, Twin Cities.

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Part 3: Lynn Elling, Warrior for Peace

Veteran spent his life pursuing his dream of a peaceful world.

Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Mary McNellis for this contribution. 

February 26, 2016 | What syncrony that the same page (of Wayne's obituary) has a full tribute to Lynn Elling, a comrade and friend of Wayne's.  Lynn was another warrior for peace.  The Old Guard is passing on!

Mary McNellisEvergreene Digest reader/contributor, is a local peace and justice activist and member of Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27, Twin Cities.

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Racism and Gun Control

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  • Guns in the United States have always been about race: controlling black males and protecting white privilege and power.
  • My gun violence story could become your gun violence story.

Jeff Dietrich, Catholic Agitator

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February, 2016 | From the antebellum slave patrols, to post-war black lynchings and chain gang detention; from terrorist Klan raids, to "stop and frisk;" and from the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and the Black Lives Matter movement, guns have been used to terrorize and control black males and protect the white population from the perceived threat that black people pose if they were to do to us what we have been doing to black people since the inception of this country.

Jeff Dietrich, Editor, Catholic Agitator

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My gun violence story could become your gun violence story, Think Progress

  • We spoke with gun violence survivors about gun violence prevention, Obama, and the NRA. This is what they had to say. And take a good look at Yanceyville, North Carolina: It's an extremely poor town that almost got a big break -- until corrupt officials completely screwed it over. ThinkProgress dives deep into its history, its residents, and its future.
  • A powerful message on gun violence

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