U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome Italy anti-war demonstration in Rome

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Solidarity with Bradley Manning
December 17, 2011

No to "war as usual"
March 19, 2010

Winter Soldier Europe
March 14, 2009

Palestinian Flags Flutter
Alongside Peace Banners

January 17, 2009

Close Guantanamo Now!
January 17, 1009

10-Day Vigil for Gaza
January 8-18, 2009

Supporting La'Onf
October 29, 2008

Free the Cuban 5
Sept 13, 2008

Cheney in Chains
Sept 8, 2008

No Bush, No War
June 11, 2008

May Day ILWU Solidarity Action
May 1, 2008

War Tax Day
April 15, 2008

World Social Forum Global Day of Action
Jan 26, 2008

Shut Down Guantánamo Now!
Jan 11, 2008

No U.S. Military Base in Vicenza
Dec 15, 2007

Meeting Iranian Artists
Dec 05, 2007

End the War in Iraq, No War on Iran
Oct 27, 2007

Report on Final Days of No Dal Molin Festival in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 16, 2007

Camping for Peace in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 12, 2007

Impeach Them Both +
Judiciary Fax Blast

July 23, 2007

I-M-P-E-A-C-H !
April 28, 2007

4th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
March 20, 2007

No Dal Molin, Vicenza, Italy
Feb 17, 2007

Congress: Act Now to End the War
Jan 27, 2007

No Military Bases, Vicenza, Italy
Dec 2, 2006

No War, No Cluster Bombs
Sept 23, 2006

Protest Calling for Cease-fire in Lebanon
July 26, 2006

Military Spending
Bean Poll

July 18, 2006

Stop the Escalation
in the Middle East

July 17, 2006

Refusing to Kill
July 06, 2006

Shailja Patel:
Poetry in Times
of War

July 05, 2006

Troops Home Fast
July 04, 2006

Italian Vote on
Military Missions

June 27, 2006

Peace Parade
June 02, 2006

Michael Uhl of
Veterans for Peace

April 29, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden in Plain Sight

April 26, 2006

War Tax Day
April 15, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness

April 12, 2006

National Anti-war Protest in Rome
March 18, 2006

Soldiers Against War
March 18, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Aristide and the Endless Revolution

March 15, 2006

Women (and men!) Say No To War
March 8, 2006

An Eyewitness Account of Post Katrina New Orleans
March 2, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Life and Debt

February 09, 2006

Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
February 09, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
February 06, 2006

NBC Today
Show Blitz

February 06, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Revolution Will
Not Be Televised

January 26, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
In Rome

January 18, 2006

Crimes & Lies:
with Dave Lindorff
and Maurizio Torrealta

January 13, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Peace Propaganda and
the Promised Land

January 12, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Oil Factor

December 15, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Wal-Mart

November 17, 2005

Protest at U.S. Embassy: White Phosphorus in Fallujah
November 14, 2005

Control Arms Petition
at Piazza Chiesa Nuova

November 12, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Invisible Ballots

November 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden Wars of
Desert Storm

October 13, 2005

Anti-war rally
at U.S. Embassy

Sept 24, 2005

USC4P&J Social
at the Beehive

June 22, 2005

Die-In with
Articolo 11
at Palazzo Chigi

June 21, 2005

Collecting Photos
with Control Arms

June 18, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Unconstitutional

June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Outfoxed

June 09, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Weapons of
Mass Deception

May 19, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
May 05, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 28, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 21, 2005

International Day of Protest
March 19, 2005

 

The USC4P&J Social Event

June 22, 2005

We held a purely social event to give our members a chance to chat over a glass of wine and get to know one another. The following is Ryan's account of the evening:


Beehive is a-Buzzing

To cap off a highly successful and well-attended film series U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice had a garden party at The Beehive. The Beehive is a cozy little hotel located at via Marghera 8, just a few blocks from Termini. The lush courtyard was an excellent location for members of our group to get to know each other in a new atmosphere. The post-film discussions were always interesting, but the opportunity to get to know the people behind the ideas isn’t really present in the large group talk-back format. So we had a potluck style party: BYOB, snacks provided. I didn’t think I’d be there for very long, but didn’t want to show up empty handed, so I grabbed a single bottle of Beck’s from the off-license in Termini to act as my social egg-timer. 2 and a half hours later I regretted my brutta figura, because by now my beer was long gone, but I wasn’t. It’s a good thing I stuck around too, because the USC4P&J Social was everything a mixer is supposed to be: a good-time event where the drinks and snacks circulate frequently and so do the people. There was all kinds of folks there, united of course by the rather broad requirement of being united against American imperialism and an unjust war in Iraq. There were journalists, documentary film-makers, web designers, publicists, professors, tour guides as well as UN employees and consultants. This list is of course not exhaustive; I had time to talk to some, but not all the people, and only conversationally catalogued professions. The point is: there were plenty of people and plenty of good conversation to be had. There were also people from many different countries, including our Italian friends from Articolo 11 / Ostinati per la pace. But that is, of course, not the whole story.

Not all attendees wear their hearts on their sleeves, but thanks to a donation from a woman from California who had passed by the vigil at Palazzo Chigi one night while on holiday in Rome and who sells political protest paraphernalia, all are now able to wear a button expressing their beliefs. A whole range of political buttons were offered up: From the simple “Not in my Name” to the ironic “Don’t Blame Me: I Voted Touch Screen” there were buttons to suit all tastes. As well, Robert Greenwald the filmmaker who made “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” and “Unconstitutional”, two of the films in the film series, gave permission for copies of his films to be distributed. Could this party get any better?

Yes. As Stephanie Westbrook said, “It’s better to give than receive” So we all signed “PACE” flags to be sent to those two individuals, as well as one other worthy recipient. In Unconstitutional (a film that exposes the blatant unconstitutionality of the USA PATRIOT Act) the owner of a SCUBA shop in California that refused a subpoena of his client records is interviewed. The records were being requested to assist in the pre-emptive battle against the heretofore unheard-of practice of underwater SCUBA terrorism. By challenging the subpoena the shop owner faced a court case. However, the request for information was dropped in the face of a legal challenge, tacit acknowledgement of the unconstitutionality of the initial request. This Everyman hero too, gets a signed PACE flag.

It was after the signing of the flags that I begrudgingly made my departure, but I trust that the good times carried on: there was plenty of drinks and food and people left. These are the same people, plus interested others, who I hope to see at the next series of events in the fall. After the Beehive social I don’t just respect their politics, I like them as people; I’m glad I had the opportunity to get to know them in such a pleasant atmosphere.

Ryan Millar


Special thanks to Linda and Steve of The Beehive for providing us with a perfect venue, to Minerva for dashing off in a cab to pick up the peace flags and to Jacopo for chaining himself to the dvd burner making copies of the films.

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