The Peace & Justice Center is pleased to announce that we will continue our Cost of War Speaker and Film series throughout 2013.  The Harris and Frances Block Foundation has generously agreed to sponsor our series for its second year, and is joined by the Vermont Community Foundation, the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust, and the Sisters of Mercy Peace Initiative.  We sincerely thank these foundations; the Cost of War Series would not be possible without their support.

We are also pleased to say that the Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace will be joining us again as co-sponsors. Vets for Peace is a national organization that works to expose the true costs of war, end the arms race, seek justice for veterans and victims, abolish war as an instrument of national policy, and restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations.  On a local level, the Will Miller Green Mountain chapter of Veterans for Peace is composed of passionate peace activists who can be found at rallies, sit-ins, marches, and on their live call-in show on VCAM (channel 15) at 12pm on the first Sunday of every month.  You can also join them at their meetings on the 3rd Saturday of every month (with the exception of January – they’ll be meeting on the 2nd Saturday) in Montpelier at the Kellogg-Hubbard library at 10am.

We hope you can make it to our 2013 events!

An Intimate Conversation on Iraq
With new Vermonter, Omar Al-masshadani, who will discuss his life in Iraq, customs, experiences and artwork; an excellent way to build cross-cultural understanding and bring world issues back to a local level.
Wednesday, January 23, 7pm, Fletcher Room (2nd Floor of the Fletcher Free Library)

Screening of The Invisible War
A groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.
Wednesday, January 30, 7pm, Cheray 101, Saint Michael’s College

Kathleen Barry: Unmaking War, Remaking Men
How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves. Why do we value human lives in everyday moments but accept the killing in war as inevitable?
More info coming soon.

Chris Hedges
Wednesday, March 20, 7pm, Davis Center, University of Vermont
Award winning foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for many publications, including The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.