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Iraq at Home

January 3, 2011

Malloy Reappoints VA Commish

by Staff Report | Jan 3, 2011 4:06pm
Posted to: Iraq at Home | State Capitol

Gov.-elect Dan Malloy announced Monday that he would be reappointing Linda Spoonster Schwartz to continue serving as his commissioner of the Department of Veteran Affairs.

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October 16, 2009

Student Groups to Attend Anti-War Rally

by Staff Report | Oct 16, 2009 9:05am
Posted to: Iraq at Home

Denisa Jashari at Oct. 11 rally

On Saturday, students across Connecticut will travel to Boston to voice their dissatisfaction with the escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the deepening of the economic crisis.

The city is one of thirty locations in the country that will be hosting anti-war activities calling for the end of all United States occupations on the same date.

Denisa Jashari, a senior at Trinity College and co-founder of the Trinity Anti-War Coalition is one of the many who will be attending the event to make her opinions heard.

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September 2, 2008

West Hartford Movie Night

by Staff Report | Sep 2, 2008 9:19am
Posted to: Iraq at Home

West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice will show the movie “IRAN is not the problem” tonight at St. James Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave., West Hartford.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, visit the West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice Web site.

March 19, 2008

Five Years of War

by Christine Stuart | Mar 19, 2008 11:00am
Posted to: Iraq at Home

Christine Stuart photo

The night before the fifth year anniversary of the War in Iraq, U.S. Congressman John Larson, D-1, held a public forum with a standing room only crowd at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford.

The turnout may have surprised some since the war has not dominated the news cycle and hasn’t been on the front page in weeks. The last war forum Larson hosted was months ago, and his staffers admitted they didn’t know what kind of turnout to expect.

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March 11, 2008

Hartford Passes Anti-War Resolution…5 Years Too Late?

by Ken Krayeske | Mar 11, 2008 11:44am
Posted to: Iraq at Home | Local Politics

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In the days before the war, activists stuffed Hartford City Hall’s second floor Common Council chambers. The protestors carried signs and filled the tiny room to the brim in hopes that their presence would embolden City Council to pass an anti-war resolution before the invasion of Iraq.

Unfortunately, then-councilor Elizabeth Horton-Sheff’s resolution failed, 5-4. Mayor Eddie Perez didn’t stand behind it, and some councilors, even though opposed to the war, said their duty wasn’t foreign policy.

Fast forward to Monday, March 10, 2008, approaching the fifth anniversay of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and now Working Families Party councilman Dr. Larry Deutsch puts an anti-war resolution on the table, item #39.

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October 19, 2007

Lindorff Makes a Case for Impeachment

by Christine Stuart | Oct 19, 2007 11:15pm
Posted to: Iraq at Home

The West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice host a forum on the case for impeachment this Sunday with award-winning journalist David Lindorff.

Lindorff, who co-authored the book “The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office,” will lead the discussion at St. James Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. The event is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Lindorff checkout his web site: This Can’t Be Happening.

October 8, 2007

Town Hall Forum on Iraq Tuesday

by Christine Stuart | Oct 8, 2007 12:41pm
Posted to: Iraq at Home

West Hartford Citizens for Peace & Justice present a Town Hall forum titled: The Role of Dissent in Our Democracy.

The forum at West Hartford’s Town Hall will begin at 7 p.m., Oct. 9 and will include a discussion with special guest Colonel Ann Wright.

An excerpt from their press release and more details about the event are included below:

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July 16, 2007

Residents in 1st Congressional District Call for Impeachment

by Christine Stuart | Jul 16, 2007 1:38am
Posted to: Iraq at Home

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Some of U.S. Congressman John Larson’s constituents are asking why Congress hasn’t aggressively pursed impeachment proceedings against the White House.

At a Sunday forum on the Iraq War, Lois Bromson of East Hartford said the biggest mistake Democrats made when they took control of the House was continuing to fund the war. She said she watched Bill Moyers Journal Friday and is now convinced “impeachment is the way to go.”

The room of about 50 people gathered at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield applauded Bromson’s comments.

Larson was quick to caution, but not entirely dismiss, the idea of impeachment.

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June 16, 2007

Iraqi Labor Leaders Against the War

by Christine Stuart | Jun 16, 2007 4:39pm
Posted to: Iraq at Home | Labor

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Iraqi Labor leaders spoke candidly Saturday afternoon at a union hall in East Hartford about the occupation of their country and what they’re doing to uphold the Iraqi people’s right to control their country’s oil, while also seeking an end to the U.S. occupation.

Faleh Abood Umara, general secretary of the Southern Oil Company Union and Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, said through a translator that “I deeply believe the U.S. occupation is because of oil.” He said in 2014 the U.S. will need about $28 million a day to cover its demand for petroleum.

Umara who was detained in 1998 by Saddam Hussein’s regime said since Saddam was toppled his laws against unionizing public workers remained.

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May 24, 2007

New Haveners Join Anti-Bush Throng

by Melinda Tuhus | May 24, 2007 11:04am
Posted to: Iraq at Home

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This sign, held by a protester from Boston, was one of the more positive aspects of a protest/counter-protest that unfolded outside the Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday morning as President Bush was speaking to graduates inside the gates.

The police estimated a thousand anti-war protesters gathered under a warm spring sun (including, left to right, New Haveners Allie Perry, Ioanna Gutas and Stephen Kobasa holding the anti-torture banner), as world music blared from the public address system and speakers called over and over again to bring the troops home now.

Another New Havener, Frank Panzarella, sang an updated version of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm.”

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