Sunday, May 24, 2015

VICTIMS OF WARS DAY (MEMORIAL DAY) NEWSLETTER #7



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VICTIMS OF WARS DAY (MEMORIAL DAY) NEWSLETTER #7.   MAY 25, 2015.

Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of PEACE, JUSTICE, AND ECOLOGY.  
(#1 May 20, 2009; #2 May 31, 2010, #3 May 30, 2011; #4 May 28, 2012; #5 May 27, 2013; #6 May 26, 2015).  This is the final newsletter on Memorial Day.  176784 pageviews - 1499 posts, last published on May 19, 2015.  Thanks to Marc.

 Alternative titles:  MOURNING FOR VICTIMS OF WARS DAY, IMMEMORIAL DAY.  (Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to be called ARMISTICE FOR ALL WARS DAY.)

Here is the link to all OMNI newsletters:  http://www.omnicenter.org/newsletter-archive/   For a knowledge-based peace, justice, and ecology movement and an informed citizenry as the foundation for change.   SEEKING ALTERNATIVES TO MILITARISM, WARS, EMPIRE, FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE.   Here is the link to the Index:  http://www.omnicenter.org/omni-newsletter-general-index/ See: Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day, Imperialism, Individual Wars, Militarism, Torture, US Westward Expansion, Violence, War and Environment, War Resistance.

OMNI NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL DAYS PROJECT


Two kinds of violence disrupt the harmony of our world:  individual and structural.   This newsletter is part of OMNI’s NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL DAYS PROJECT, by which we counter the structural conditioning for violence and wars in such celebrations as Columbus Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.    These national days of violence reinforce the national drive for hardness, punishment, wars, invasions and interventions—some fifty since WWII, amounting to permanent war, recounted by William Blum in Killing Hope and Rogue Nation and by Richard Rubenstein in his book Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War (2010).   Rubenstein analyzes seven “key rationales for war” employed by successive US governments to gain public support for military action.

(The other half of the DAYS Project is the affirmation of nonviolent DAYS, such as United Nations DAY, Human Rights DAY, Conscientious Objectors’ DAY by which we strive for the goals of equity, health, protection of all species, and a world free of war and the threat of war.)

John Rodwan, Holidays & Other Disasters.  Discusses various issues U.S. holidays raise.

Victims of US Violence and Wars Newsletter #6 at the end. 

Victims of US Violence and Wars #7
Letter from Senator Cotton
Veterans for Peace Remember Vietnam War
Memorial Day 2015 Google Search
Workers Killed in Line of Duty
Teachers Killed in School Shootings, Google Search
Teachers Killed in the Line of Duty, Google Search
Firemen Killed in Line of Duty, Google Search
Workers Memorial Day, April 28
   President’s Proclamation
   AFL-CIO

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That Arkansas’ Jr. Senator is ignorant of US warring history—that no US war after WWII was fought in the defense of the USA--should not disturb us as much as his election and what it says about the voters.  Let’s all ratchet up our activities teaching our youth to think critically about our real, instead of our narcotic, flag-waving, history.
LETTER FROM SENATOR TOM COTTON

May 24, 2015
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Dear Dick,
https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/WKUGg1vMMXkkPe-twvV__6_3DncfAmjDJ5oToGrpT_dR7UHhbk25UTpvPgjVDXDuQ_eEPu1Ao5FqILswNGpvtwVHtoZ8-4bLbfA2ULG0PksvDcKZLconMcR_xlI6R2sHmeZD4hrhkD827cARywXn7NtseVrQ_0c=s0-d-e1-ft#https://outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/TCotton/Screen_Shot_2015-05-22_at_1.48.00_PM.pngTomorrow is Memorial Day and I know many of you will enjoy your day off by spending time with family and friends. But as you celebrate the unofficial start of summer, I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the real meaning of this holiday. 
On Memorial Day, we remember those brave service members who gave what Lincoln called “the last, full measure of devotion” defending our country. John15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Every American who died in our uniform laid down their life for us, their fellow countrymen, so that we might live in freedom. So today—and everyday— let us all honor the memory of our valiant countrymen and celebrate our great country.
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Best regards,
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Tom Cotton
 
Flags-In
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VIETNAM FULL DISCLOSURE
Memorial Day Event: Letters In Support Of Vietnam Full Disclosure

7837ed_1f8dc6c1213646d18746aeba1cae0db3This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of U.S. ground troops in Da Nang, Vietnam.  Many consider this to be the beginning of the American War in Vietnam. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the war the Pentagon is undertaking a ten-year, $65-million campaign to rewrite and whitewash the history of the war in Southeast Asia.
In response, Veterans for Peace has announced the Vietnam War Full Disclosure project to offer a more truthful history of the war.  As part of the project, Veterans for Peace is asking all who were affected, directly or indirectly, by the war to write letters addressed to “The Wall” (the Vietnam Veterans Memorial) describing their experiences and sharing their grief over its devastating consequences. The project welcomes letters from both soldiers and civilians.
Letters can be emailed, but snail mail letters in hand-addressed envelopes are encouraged.  The letters will be gathered and placed at the Vietnam War Memorial on Memorial Day 2015. For more information, go to www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org.  To send a letter by email: vncom50@gmail.com.  To send in a hand written envelope: Full Disclosure; Veterans for Peace; 409 Ferguson Rd.; Chapel Hill, NC  27516 by May 1, 2015.
HERE ARE SOME LETTERS WE HAVE RECEIVED SO FAR



MEMORIAL DAY/DAY OF MOURNING THE VICTIMS 2015 Google Search, May 7, 2015
Little of significance on page one, mainly dates of the Day; page two adds “chilling out in Las Vegas” and sport events, but also two entries on Workers Memorial Day. 

MEMORIALIZING THOSE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY NONVIOLENTLY AND DIED VIOLENTLY WHILE DOING IT

Teachers Killed in School Shootings, Google Search, May 7, 2015
en.wikipedia.org/.../List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_.
Wikipedia
February 6, 1864: Ashland County, Ohio, The school teacher of the Pyfer's SchoolHouse, George W. Longfelt shot and instantly killed student Alfred Desem, and ...
www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/us/school-shootings-cnn-number/
CNN
Jun 19, 2014 - CNN examined Everytown for Gun Safety's list of school shootings; Everytown says ..... Read: Students injured, teacher killed at middle school.
www.infoplease.com › ... › Crime & Law Enforcement › Crime Data
Dunblane, Scotland, 16 children and one teacher killed at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton, who then killed himself. 10 others wounded in attack.
www.motherjones.com/.../fatal-school-shootings-data-since...
Mother Jones
Dec 9, 2014 - teacher lay sprawled on the ground as Davis started to run for the school building. ... in Santa Monica and another near Seattle—in which four or more victims were killed. ... The school shootings occurred across 16 states.
www.politifact.com/.../have-there-been-74-school-shootin...
PolitiFact.com
Jun 13, 2014 - After an Oregon high school freshman armed with an assault rifle injured a teacherkilled a student and killed himself Tuesday, a striking ...
www.theguardian.com › US News › US gun control
The Guardian
Feb 12, 2014 - Thirteen school shootings recorded in first six weeks of 2014 alone as study ... Others have gone further and debated allowing teachers to carry ...
www.csmonitor.com/.../Two-teachers-kille...
The Christian Science Monitor
Oct 23, 2013 - Workplace deaths among elementary and secondary school staff are rare ... In light of school shootings, some schools are training teachers that ...
www.denverpost.com/.../school-shootings-since-columb...
The Denver Post
Dec 13, 2013 - Columbine High School, Jefferson County - Eric Harris, 18 and Dylan Klebold, 17, killed 12 students and one teacher and wounded 24 other ...
www.slate.com/.../sandy_hook_a_chart_of_all_196_fatal_school_sh...
Slate
Dec 19, 2012 - Since 1980, 297 People Have Been Killed in School Shootings .... Introducing Slate's New Education Podcast: Ask a Teacher! Watch and Smile ...
www.k12academics.com/school-shootings/history-school-shootings-unit...
February 26, 1902 Camargo, Illinois teacher Fletcher R. Barnett shot and killed anotherteacher, Eva C. Wiseman, in front of her class at a school near Camargo, ...

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teachers killed in the line of duty Google Search, May 7, 2015

www.emporiagazette.com/.../article_5d201a10-f322-56c0-...
Emporia Gazette
Jun 13, 2014 - Carol Strickland, Director of The National Teachers Hall of Fame, ... The memorial honors 113 teachers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. ... When six educators and 20 school children were killed in a shooting at ...
theeducatorsroom.com/.../looking-back-terrible-week-teachers-killed-lin...
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Oct 25, 2013 - Looking Back on a Terrible Week: Teachers Killed in the Line of Duty... who had survived two tours of duty in Afghanistan, was fatally shot by ...
www.kansas.com/news/article1117008.html
The Wichita Eagle
Jun 8, 2013 - Four teachers, a principal and a school psychologist from Sandy Hook ... “People like to honor those people killed in the line of duty, and ...
www.theguardian.com › Opinion › US education
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The Guardian
Oct 26, 2013 - Mr Michael Landsberry's is a story of heroism, as he lived a life of being "in the line of duty". While on recess duty, eyewitnesses reported gun ...
www.examiner.com/article/teachers-die-the-line-of-duty
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Oct 27, 2013 - Teachers across the world die in the “line of duty”. ... Police say a 53-year-old teacher was stabbed to death at a park in California in front of her ...
www.wisn.com/...killed-in-the-line-of-duty...teachers/320155...
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WISN‑TV
Mar 25, 2015 - Friends and former teachers remember Trooper Trevor Casper.
www.wlox.com/.../jackson-co-teachers-remember-us-marshal-killed...
WLOX
Josie Wells, the deputy US marshal who was killed in the line of duty this week in Baton Rouge, will be laid to rest Tuesday in Jackson County. The wake will be ...
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WordReference.com
Dec 17, 2009 - 12 posts - ‎8 authors
A police officer might be said to die in the line of duty if he is killed while .... A teacher killed in his classroom by a violent student would most ...
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Mar 25, 2015 - Uploaded by WISN 12 News
Friends and former teachers remember Trooper Trevor Casper. Subscribe to WISN on YouTube for more: http ...
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Massachusetts General Court
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or any other general or special law to the contrary, there shall be paid a killed in the line of duty benefit, 
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FIREMEN KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY, Google Search, May 7, 2015
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United States Fire Administration
Statistics and reports on U.S. firefighters who die while on duty and the ... assistance for families and coworkers of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty.
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Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths - Complete coverage of firefighter line of duty deathsand on-duty deaths from around the U.S. and world. Firehouse.com includes ...
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FireEngineering.com
See the latest reports on firefighter deaths in the line of duty.
www.nfpa.org/.../firefighter-fatalities...
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National Fire Protection Association
Overall statistics on line-of-duty firefighter fatalities in 2013, including non-incident-related deaths. Includes patterns, trends, career vs. volunteer comparisons, ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_of_duty_death
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Wikipedia
line of duty death (LODD) is a death in the fire service while on duty at an ... The leading cause of fatalities of firefighters is heart attack (44%), followed by ...
www.firefighterclosecalls.com/secret.php
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We regret to pass on to you the Line of Duty Deaths of the following two Firefighters: Swainsboro, Georgia: Lt Ricky Thurman died in the Line of Duty this evening ...
www.firefighterclosecalls.com/
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The last line-of-duty-death for the DC Fire and EMS Department was Lt. McRae's cousin, ... Lt. Kevin McRae is the 100th DC firefighter to die in the line-of-duty.
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Here's the newest and most interesting firefighter gear and technology from the ... New alert system helps Bolivar firefighters stay safe ... Line-Of-Duty Deaths.
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International Association of Fire Fighters
"Line of Duty Deaths 1918 - Present". Enter or select your search data in the fields below. You can narrow your search by selecting additional fields. All fields are ...
www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/us/arizona-firefighter-deaths/
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CNN
Jul 2, 2013 - "Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty," she said in a ...

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WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY, APRIL 28
https://www.whitehouse.gov/.../2015/.../presidential-procla...
White House
Apr 27, 2015 - On Workers Memorial Day, we honor those we have lost and recommit to improving conditions for all who work hard to provide for their families ...
www.aflcio.org › Issues › Job Safety
AFL–CIO
Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have ... 2015 Workers Memorial Day Materials.


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Instead of Dead Warriors, let us celebrate those who tried and are trying to prevent the killing.  Let us truly strive to stop the expansion of the National Cemeteries!  Link to Peace, Justice, Ecology Heroes:  http://www.omnicenter.org/leaders-for-peace-justice-and/  Let us celebrate firemen, teachers, all workers killed in the line of duty.

Memorial Day, it seems to me, should also honor the Thoreaus, the conscientious objectors, the anti-war protesters, who attempted to forestall or shorten the more unjust or immoral of these wars. It isn’t only the fallen soldiers who served the nation, but also those who worked to ensure that no soldiers fell in unjust wars, in wars that after the UN Charter was passed in 1945, would be designated as ‘illegal.’ "   Juan Cole, Informed Comment, May 27, 2013



Contents of Mourning the Victims Day Newsletter #6
Decoration Day, Memorial Day, Honoring US Military
   Killed
Critiques, Think About This Day
Commercialization of Memorial Day
The Weather Channel Celebrates Memorial Day
PBS Celebrates National Glory
Marc Ash, MD Not to Glorify War
U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation, Remember All War Dead
Lisa Garrett, Wake Up to USA Transformed
Pierce, US at War with Itself for Money
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END VICTIMS OF US WARS DAY (MEMORIAL DAY) NEWSLETTER #7, May 25, 2015