Report on the MIC@50 Conference
The Military Industrial Complex at Fifty got a thorough review on January 14-16, 2011 in Greensboro. At the conference attended by over 150, NC Peace Action Board members Mia Austin-Scoggins spoke on the “Extra Casualties of War”, and Wally Myers on “The Fall of the Empire”. The kick-off address by Peace Action’s National Field Organizer Judith LeBlanc, spoke about the Cost of War. Get highlights from their talks in the “Articles” section.
On January 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned about the rise of the Military Industrial Complex: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. . . . We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
The conference was Sponsored by Quaker House of Fayetteville and Guilford’s Friends Center, and co-sponsored by NC Peace Action and The Eisenhower Chapter of the Veterans For Peace.
Presentations at the MIC:
Unwelcoming Bush in Charlotte: Protest description and Criminal Complaint, by: John Heuer 12/10
John Heuer, our Chair, got arrested for standing in front of the White House. He was in good company. About 100 of veterans got arrested with him, including Daniel Ellsberg and Chris Hedges. There was not much coverage within corporate media and when it was covered the fact that it was lead and organized by veterans was seldom mentioned. However, there was a good video on The Real News. 12/10
Poor Media Coverage of the Veterans For Peace arrests in DC. Letter to Herald-Sun By: Joan Walsh 12/10
Social Forum in Detroit 7/10
March for Diversity in Education 7/10
Nuclear Disarmament at the UN 6/10
PeaceMaker Dinner 5/10
Weaving a Net of Accountability with NC Stop Torture Now 4/10
Vigil-Rally for Peace with The Quaker House in Fayetteville. 4/10
March with HKonJ 3/10
Peace Mom Tour with Cindy Sheehan 10/09