IVAW RECOGNIZED ON THE NATION’S 2011 PROGRESSIVE HONOR ROLL
published by Jose Vasquez
“When Iraq War vet Scott Olsen was seriously injured during the police crackdown on Occupy Oakland, IVAW leapt into action. It used every media list and social network to provide background information, videos of the incident and access to other vets who had witnessed this brutal overreaction to nonviolent civil disobedience against an economic system that has abandoned too many vets.
Veterans for Peace quickly aligned with IVAW, as did other vet groups. “We Are All Scott Olsen” marches and vigils were held across the country. When Olsen had recovered enough to speak about the incident, he used TV appearances to focus poignantly and powerfully on the plight of a new generation of veterans. He reminded Americans that as a marine, he had sworn an oath to serve the Constitution, which protects the right to assemble and to petition for the redress of grievances.”
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this important effort and to our supporters for contributing to our Scott Olsen Support Fund.
Also recognized in the Honor Roll are Tom Morello (Most Valuable Musician), Occupy Together (Most Valuable Idea), and the National Nurses (Most Valuable Agenda).
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