Felicia Gustin has been with War Times since the beginning. She currently works at SpeakOut, a national organization working primarily with colleges, universities, and high schools and dedicated to the advancement of education, racial and social justice, leadership development and activism.
She is a long-time activist in international solidarity, peace, racial justice and labor movements. She was a journalist for 10 years in Cuba and is currently working on several projects - an historical memoir and a poetry collection, among others.
It’s the least we can do. With the whole country celebrating Independence Day today, perhaps we can consider independence for the Afghan people. That’s the appeal coming from Iraq Veterans Against the War who have joined with Afghans for Peace to begin a process of healing and reconciliation.
I met Kim Phuc in Cuba where she was studying in the early 80s. After she told me her name, the young Vietnamese woman asked me if I knew who she was. I didn’t know what she meant but before I could respond, she whipped out a scrapbook. Yes, a scrapbook. It was filled with articles all referencing the iconic AP photo taken of her when she was 9 years old. Running down a road, naked after a plane dropped flaming napalm on her villlage.
As an activist against the war in Viet Nam, I remember a stunning statistic I came across in the years following the end of conflict: more soldiers died from suicide after the war than were killed in the war itself. Imagine what those figures are today.
Bob Dylan penned his song Masters of War over the winter 1962-63, recording it in January 1963 for Broadside Magazine and a few months later for his album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Since then, dozens of aritsts have performed the song and this Memorial Day weekend I share a few of my favorite versions with you as well as the original lyrices.
I caught a screening of Bully, the documentary that, in the words of its director Lee Hirsch “gives voice to the kids who deal with such torments on a daily basis. Through this unflinching look, we will make a difference for other young people across our communities and improve our collective response to this crisis.”