[act-ma] May 8: Mothers speak about war and terror
KFisher at afsc.org
Tue Apr 28 11:43:42 PDT 2009
Passing: Mothers Speak about War and
Military Mom and Author Susan Galleymore
MotherSpeak Book Tour in Boston & Northampton
With Art, Poetry, and Refreshments!
Just in time for Mother's Day, a moving portrait of what it means to be
a mother in time of war...
Long Time Passing book
Friday, May 8th, 7:00pm
Beacon Hill Friends House
6 Chestnut St.,
Boston MA 02108
Sunday, May 10th, 4:00pm
Northampton Center for the Arts
17 New South Street
Northampton, MA 01060
These events are free and open to the public
Susan Galleymore, the mother of a U.S. soldier, made international
headlines by taking the extraordinary and dangerous step of traveling to
Iraq to visit her son stationed on a military base in the so-called
Sunni Triangle, north of Baghdad.
What she found in Iraq challenged her to continue her journey
interviewing mothers in war zones including Iraq, Israel and the West
Bank, Lebanon, Syria, and Afghanistan-as well as in the U.S. These
powerful first-person stories offer dramatic insight into the impact of
war on mothers, families, communities, and cultures around the world.
Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror gets to the heart
of extreme social experiences-war and warriors, mothers and children,
communities and cultures-and explores the meaning of courage, fear, and
Susan Galleymore's son served in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is South
African-born and now based in the San Francisco's Bay Area, Susan
Galleymore continues to share the stories of those affected by war as
founder of MotherSpeak <http://www.motherspeak.org/> , as a radio host
for Raising Sand Radio <http://www.raisingsandradio.org/> , and as a
counselor on the G.I. Rights Hotline.
Each stop on the national book tour will feature local US military
mothers and/or refugee mothers, including those whose stories are told
in Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror.
Mass. Area Mothers and Others Sharing Their Stories: Boston
Special Guest MC: Wayne Metrano, host of WBNW's "On The Street"
* Joyce and Kevin Lucey, parents of Jeffrey Lucey who took his own
life after returning from Iraq. His parents work tirelessly to ensure
more responsible care for troops from the US Department of Veterans
* Paul Atwood, Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social
* Melida and Carlos Arredondo, Gold Star Parents of Alex, killed
in Iraq. They work on non-violence initiatives in Boston to stem gun
violence in local communities and promote understanding of the
connections between war and street violence.
(Note: Please join the Arredondos as they support The Louis D.
Brown Peace Institute's 13th Annual Mothers' Walk for Peace
iI5F4wYbIi3--WDRML57QjA%3D%3D> on Mother's Day, Sunday May 10th.)
* Poetry: David Connolly, war veteran and poet
* Claudia Lefko, Iraqi Children's Art Exchange
* Tyler Boudreau, author Packing Inferno, and former captain, USMC
* Other special guests to be announced
Each event displays Iraqi children's art - sponsored by Iraqi Children's
Art Exchange which invites Iraqi and American children and youth to
participate in art-inspired projects. Transcending the barriers of
language, culture and politics, projects create important learning
opportunities, foster communication, and promote peace and nonviolence.
Book signing with Susan Galleymore follows the event
What They're Saying About Long Time Passing:
"Eloquently presents the universal fear, sorrow, and suffering
experienced by mothers whose lives have been profoundly affected by
war." -Mary Tillman, co-author of Boots on the Ground at Dusk: My
Tribute to Pat Tillman and mother of football star Pat Tillman killed by
friendly fire in Afghanistan.
"A heartfelt and gut-wrenching account-a must read for anyone
wanting to understand the effects of modern war." -Andrew J. Bacevich,
Professor of International Relations at Boston University and author of
The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. His son,
Andrew, was killed in the Iraq war.
For more information about the 10-city book tour and to order the book
please visit: www.mothersspeakaboutwarandterror.org
Published by Pluto Press <http://www.plutobooks.com/> (UK) and
distributed by Palgrave Macmillan <http://www.palgrave.com/> (US)
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