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National exhibit and speaker highlighting the human cost of war coming to Bradley University campus

February 23, 2012 in News

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National exhibit and speaker highlighting the human cost of war coming to Bradley University campus
The Peoria area will host several events starting on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, demonstrating the human cost of war and honoring fallen U.S. military personnel and Iraqi civilians. All of the events are co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, the Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice, the Bradley Action Committee, Clear Creek Friends Meeting, Iraq Veterans Against the War, NOW, Occupy Peoria, Peoria Area Peace Network, and Veterans for Peace.
Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Illinois:
Eyes Wide Open is an exhibit displaying more than 240 pairs of boots and civilian shoes, with each pair representing a fallen serviceman or servicewoman from Illinois or an Iraqi civilian casualty. The exhibit is part of a national traveling program begun by the American Friends Service Committee, an international social justice organization. The exhibit first opened in Chicago in 2004.
What:    Eyes Wide Open exhibit, illustrating the human cost of the Iraq War
Where: Olin Quad, Bradley University
When:  Exhibit opens at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
On display 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, weather permitting
Closes Sunday, Mar. 4, at 5 p.m.
Candlelight vigil for the fallen of the Iraq War:
Where: Olin Quad, Bradley University
When:  Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, 7 p.m. (Rain date – Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7 p.m.)
Screening of “Soldiers of Conscience”, with remarks by Iraq War veteran Camilo Mejia:
There will also be a screening of the film “Soldiers of Conscience”, and Iraq War veteran Camilo Mejia will speak afterwards. Mr. Mejia is a conscientious objector and national chair of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
What:    “Soldiers of Conscience” screening, and speaker Camilo Mejia
Where: Neumiller Auditorium, Bradley University
When:  Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Please note: This film is not recommended for anyone younger than age 13 due to images of  graphic violence.
Interviews with Mr. Mejia can be arranged on Saturday or Sunday.
Copies of Mr. Mejia’s book, “Road from ar Ramadi:  The Private Rebellion of Staff Sargent Mejia: An Iraq War Memoir” can be pre-ordered from Corey Mattson of the Bloomington-Normal Coalition for Peace and Justice: coreymattson@gmail.com (coreymattson null@null gmail NULL.com).
All events are free and open to the public.

Corporate Personhood Petition for Peoria, IL

February 11, 2012 in Media, News

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You can help collect signatures on the attached petition that the following advisory question of public policy be placed on the ballot and submitted to the voters of the City of Peoria in the State of Illinois on the November 6, 2012 ballot.

The petition is to place the following non-binding policy question on the ballot:

Should the United States Constitution be amended to clearly state that only individual persons, and not corporations, associations, or any other organizational entities, are entitled to the rights enumerated in the Constitution?

Upcoming Peace Events and Book Order

February 8, 2012 in News

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Several Peoria area organizations have sponsored peace events including:

  • Camilo Mejia speaking engagements in Peoria and Bloomington including the “Soldiers of Conscience” movie.  Camilo Mejia became a leading voice for the antiwar movement when he applied for discharge from the army as a conscientious objector.  He is the national chair of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
  • Eyes Wide Open (http://afsc NULL.org/campaign/eyes-wide-open), an exhibit on the human cost of war
  • Peace Crane (http://www NULL.buddhistcouncil NULL.org/bodhitree/Books/Story_of_the_Peace_Crane NULL.pdf) exhibit created by us

See our Event Calendar for times, locations, and other events.


How to order Camilo Mejia’s book – before the March 2nd-3rd events

Here’s an opportunity to order, in advance of his speaking events, Camilo Mejia’s Book!

Camilo Mejia will be speaking in Normal, IL on Friday, March 2nd and in Peoria on Saturday, March 3rd. Both events will include a showing of ‘Soldiers of Conscience’ and Mejia will also be signing his book after the event.

People have the opportunity to pre-order Camilo Mejia’s book  — ‘ Road from ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejia: An Iraq War Memoir’ — if they want to guarantee themselves a copy for the event. There will be a limited number of books available for sale at the event itself, but these extra copies could easily run out. There will be a significant discount off the retail price of $16, probably $10 or $11.

Information on the book can be found at http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Road-from-ar-Ramadi (http://www NULL.haymarketbooks NULL.org/pb/Road-from-ar-Ramadi) .

If you wish to pre-order, please send your name to me, Corey Mattson, via email at coreymattson@gmail.com (coreymattson null@null gmail NULL.com). I will contact you shortly with information on the order and how you can pay for the book.

For peace, Corey
Mother Jones Books

Volunteer Signup for “Eyes Wide Open”

February 5, 2012 in News

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Volunteers are needed to support the “Eyes Wide Open” outdoor exhibit Wednesday, February 29th through Sunday March 4th on the Bradley University Quad.

Signup Here