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  1. Dear Supporter,

    IVAW Feels the Fallout of the Madoff Scandal – Can you help?

    Many of you have been hearing about numerous non-profits who do great work being affected by the poor economy and the Madoff Scandal, in particular. In fact, you may be feeling the squeeze yourself. Our last E-newsletter let you know that a foundation that funds IVAW cut the grant it had promised us by more than half due to its investments with Madoff. Now, a month later, we are still struggling to make up the difference. At a time when IVAW organizing is picking up steam (see exciting updates below), we have made some deep budget cuts, including cutting staff to remain on solid financial footing, and we could really use your help now to get us through this difficult period. IVAW needs to raise $15,000 in April to keep our doors open. If each week this month, 100 people donate between $25 and $50, we can do it. Will you help? Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. We are grateful for your ongoing support, and we will keep you posted on the progress we make together toward this goal.

    Message From the Front Lines of Iraq: “The War is Not Over”

    As the country moves its attention away from Iraq, we in IVAW know that Obama’s tentative plan for 50,000 residual forces to remain in Iraq for 20 or more months is indefensible. I want to share with you a recent email IVAW received from an active duty soldier who is home on leave from Iraq:

    Hello my name is __________ i just recently returned from my tour of duty and i have alot of things on my chest that i would like to get off…. i am still stuck in the army for almost 1 more year facing stop loss orders to redeploy to OIF [Operation Iraqi Freedom] and i would love to join your organization and speak out against the war crimes that ive been forced to commit in the name of our great country …. i am more than willing to speak out against what ive seen in Al Sadr City combat March 08 through March 09 … i ask that you please contact me i have various combat footage from my AO that clearly shows the US military breaking the rules of the Geneva Conventions and i am more than willing to speak out even tho i am still on Active duty status. ive applied for CO [Conscientious Objector] status and been denied and even been insulted by my units leadership for doing so i would greatly appreciate a response….

    For this Army Private, and thousands of others like him in Iraq, the ongoing occupation is very real with very real consequences. With so much still at stake in Iraq, IVAW is continuing to organize for immediate and complete withdrawal, full rights and benefits for returning troops, and reparations for the Iraqi people.

    IVAW Returns from historic Labor Conference in Erbil, Iraq

    While IVAW organizes to end the military occupation and bring our troops home from Iraq, we also persist in shining a spotlight on the other side of the occupation that is rarely mentioned in the press – the U.S.-led foreign control of Iraq’s economy. IVAW representatives Aaron Hughes and TJ Buonomo have returned from the First International Iraqi Labor Conference, where Iraq’s labor unions – the main force resisting the economic occupation – came together to unify. The gathering brought together labor leaders from all sectors of Iraq’s economy representing 15 of 18 provinces to improve the living conditions of Iraqi working families and build the political power of the Iraqi labor movement. The conference passed several resolutions, including one calling for respect for and protection of labor and union rights and another critical of the pending Iraqi oil legislation.

    Members, TJ Buonomo and Aaron Hughes address participants at the conference on behalf of IVAW.

    Click here to see a short interview with Aaron Huges as he describes the dramatic moment when he and fellow member, TJ Buonomo, addressed the audience.

    Read more here for a detailed report about the conference.

    MTV Real World episode features IVAW

    For all you Real World fans, you may have been following the story of Ryan, an Iraq veteran and cast member. In this recently-aired episode, he attends an IVAW benefit in NYC promoting our book, Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. The clip also features IVAW board member, Geoff Millard and Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead addressing the crowd.

    IVAW Winter Soldiers continue to tell their stories

    Since the first hearings took place in March of 2008, IVAW continues to collect veterans’ stories of their experiences of war. IVAW chapters have held six local Winter Soldier testimony events. Two more hearings were held so far in 2009. Austin IVAW organized hearings held at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, TX on February 28. 300 people attended, with over 100 coming from as far as Oklahoma City. The testimony of twelve veterans and military family members was organized into two panels: “The Reality of Occupation” and “The War Comes Home.” Following the hearings, participants marched to city hall and held an outdoor rally.

    Then on March 15, Winter Soldier Europe took place in Freiburg, Germany and included testimony from U.S., British, and German troops who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Watch this clip of former British corporal, Martin Webster, telling his story.

    Two GI Coffee Houses provide information and respite near military bases

    IVAW members participated in the grand opening of Under the Hood outreach center and cafe in Kileen, TX near Ft. Hood on February 29. It is run by Cindy Thomas, who is married to a soldier there. The mission of Under the Hood is to promote uncensored information sharing among active duty and reserve military personnel and civilians, including referrals, and GI rights counseling.

    IVAW members also have been instrumental in starting Coffee Strong Cafe near Ft. Lewis, WA. The cafe provides free information, computer use and wifi and was created to provide a space for info-sharing about the issues facing service members, veterans, and military family members. Check out this local news story on the cafe.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Kelly Dougherty
    Executive Director
    Former Sergeant, Colorado Army National Guard


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