SEATTLE - August 9 - More than 400 veterans from across the
country committed to ending war will hold
meetings here from August 10 through the
Veterans For Peace, whose membership
includes veterans ranging from the Spanish Civil
War to the current Iraq conflict will hold its
national annual convention at the University of
In making the
announcement, Gerri Haynes committee chairperson
of the convention, said, “the concept that war
is an extension of the negotiating table has to
stop. That is essentially the theme of this
meeting,” she added.
Best selling author
o Confessions Economic Hit Man, John Perkins
will be a main speaker when the convention opens
it’s doors to the public on August 12 at 7PM in
the Husky Union Building on the UW campus.
Perkins spent three decades in the private
sector convincing third world countries to
accept enormous loans for infrastructure
development by major U. S. engineering firms.
The crux of his message is that once saddled
with these debts the countries would default,
paving the way for control by the U. S.
Government and international aid agencies.
Cindy Sheehan, whose son lost his life
in his second tour in Iraq, gained national
attention camping outside of President Bush’s
house in Crawford, Texas, will address the
veterans. Another speaker will be Diane
Benson’s. Her son who lost his legs, two weeks
into his second tour in Iraq, . Monica Benderman
will speak on behalf of her husband, if he is
unavailable. He is currently serving a 15 month
sentence in prison for refusing the serve a
second tour. He objected to join his unit for
moral and religious reasons.
evening the evening speakers will be Ms.
Sheehan, Diana Bensen, Diana Wilson and Doris
Kent.. Friday speakers will include Jim
McDermott, who will speak at 8 AM, and in the
evening Mr, Perkins and Milik Rahim , who will
discuss Katrina relief.
and workshop presenters will include: Bruce
Gagnon, Marjorie Cohn, Simmona Shironi, Dahr
Jamail, Alene Moris, and many others.
national organization, Veterans For Peace is
committed to the abolishment of war. Its members
affirm that their greatest responsibility, after
faithfully and honorable serving their country,
is to service the cause of world