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June 11, 2008

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

Meeting Iranian Artists
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Sept 12, 2007

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July 23, 2007

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

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Feb 17, 2007

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

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Dec 2, 2006

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Sept 23, 2006

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Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
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Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
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November 10, 2005

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Movie Night:
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Sept 24, 2005

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June 21, 2005

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Congress: Act Now to End the War

versione italiana

On Saturday, January 27, 2007, we joined our voices with the hundreds of thousands who rallied in Washington DC to protest the presence of US troops in Iraq and to demand that the newly elected Congress refuse to fund the Bush administration's escalation of this war.

The protest took place in front of the US Embassy under sunny skies following the downpour of the previous night.

Two flyers, distributed to many motorists and passer-byers, were written in both English and Italian and denounced the deception and many lies of the Bush administration .

One of the flyers reported the UN and the Johns Hopkins Institute figures for the Iraqi dead and compared the number of Iraqi people killed in 2006 - 34,452 - to the population of the town of Ladispoli, whereas the number of dead since the start of the war - 650,000 - is equal to the populations of both Venice and Florence.

We also distributed a letter in both languages to the Premier, Romano Prodi, explaining that we, as citizens of the United States, oppose the expansion of the Vicenza US military base and feel that this leads inevitably to the complicity of the Italian government with present US policy.

As a denouncement of the flagrant abuse of human rights that characterizes the Guantanamo detention camp, a member of our group appeared in one of the notorious orange jumpsuits of the caged prisoners there.

The inhuman practice of torture was highlighted by a member who, in plain view atop a box, stood with outstretched arms and black hood in evocation of the photo circulated worldwide showing a torture victim in the Abu Ghraib prison.

Two black “death size" coffin-shaped posters were displayed indicating the number of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians whose lives have been lost since 2003. Throughout the two hours we stood in front of the Embassy, the names of the dead, both US and Iraqi, were read on the megaphone. Our Iranian friend Massoud read the Iraqi names. But many names remain to be read.


OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER, HON. ROMANO PRODI, regarding the expansion of the US military base in Vicenza.  

Hon. Romano Prodi,

The victory of the Unione at the recent elections offers the opportunity to abide by the opinion of the majority of Italians who opposed the past government which clearly served the interests and needs of a priviliged few in Italy.  

We, US citizens living in Rome, together with our fellow Americans in the US, had hoped we could count on the victory of the Unione for a wiser and more balanced political agenda and a more farsighted vision of History that reflects a commitment to counter the violent and aggressive policy professed by the Bush administration. Instead, the expansion of the military US bases on Italian soil   leads inevitably to complicity with the  present US political agenda.  

You have stated: "We will honor the  commitments already made". Which commitments? The ones made by the Berlusconi government against which the majority of Italians voted? We would have expected Mr. Berlusconi to make such a statement, had he won the elections, not you, Hon. Prime Minister.  

We therefore join the many protesters in Italy who dissent with  the direction you have taken to turn the Vicenza base into the largest US military base in Europe. We stand with all those in Italy, in the USA and in the rest of the world who demand  that their politicians work to end all forms of violence and allow their peoples to live in peace.    

PEACE, Hon. Prime Minister
USC4P&J, Rome
Jan. 24, 2007


Sabato 27 gennaio 2007, abbiamo unito le nostre voci a quelle di centinaia di migliaia di manifestanti a Washington che hanno protestato contro la presenza delle truppe in Iraq e hanno esatto che il Congresso recentemente eletto rifiuti di continuare a finanziare l’escalation di questa guerra.

La protesta ha avuto luogo davanti all’Ambasciata USA,sotto il sole, dopo gli scrosci della notte precedente.

Abbiamo distribuito due volantini a molti automobilisti e passanti in inglese e italiano in cui denunciavamo molte delle menzogne ed inganni dell’amministrazione Bush.

Un volantino riportava il numero dei morti in Iraq, rilevati dai rapporti delle N.U e dell’Istituto Johns Hopkins-34,452 uccisi nel 2006- e li paragonava alla popolazione di Ladispoli meno 30 sopravvissuti- mentre i 650,000 morti dall’inizio della guerra - equivalgono ad entrambe le popolazioni di Venezia e Firenze, senza alcun sopravvissuto

Abbiamo anche distribuito una lettera in ambedue le lingue al Presidente del Consiglio Romano Prodi in cui, quali cittadini statunitensi, esprimevamo la nostra opposizione all’ampliamento della base militare USA a Vicenza e il timore che essa inevitabilmente porti ad una situazione di complicita’ del governo italiano con la presente politica degli Stati Uniti.

In protesta contro il flagrante abuso di diritti umani perpetrato nel centro di detenzione a Guantanamo , una nostra socia indossava la famigerata uniforme arancione dei prigionieri tenuti in gabbie. La violazione dei diritti umani tramite tortura e’ stata enfatizzata da una socia che indossava un mantello e cappuccio neri, in piedi con le braccia aperte su uno scatolone, in chiara evocazione della foto che ha fatto il giro del mondo delle vittime della tortura nella prigione di Abu Graib.

Due manifesti neri in forma e grandezza naturali di bare recavano i numeri 3,069 di soldati USA morti e 650,000 cittadini iracheni che hanno perso la vita dall’inizio della guerra fino al 26 gennaio 2007.

Durante le due ore della nostra presenza davanti all’Ambasciata USA, i nomi dei morti, sia statunitensi che iracheni, sono stati letti incessantemente al megafono. Il nostro amico iraniano Massoud ha letto i nomi iracheni.

Ma molti nomi rimangono da leggere.


Lettera aperta all'On. Prodi dai CITTADINI STATUNITENSI PER LA PACE E LA GIUSTIZIA di Roma, riguardo l'ampliamento della base militare USA a Vicenza.  

Roma, 24 gennaio 2007  

On. Romano Prodi
Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri
Palazzo Chigi-Piazza Colonna
00187 Roma  

Egr. On. Romano Prodi, la vittoria dell'Unione alle recenti elezioni ha significato un'apertura verso la maggioranza degli Italiani contrari alla politica dello scorso governo dichiaratamente a favore degli interessi e delle esigenze di pochi privilegiati In Italia, come anche avviene negli USA. 

Noi  cittadini statunitensi residenti a Roma, unitamente ai nostri connazionali negli Stati Uniti, avevamo sperato di poter contare sulla vittoria dell'Unione per una politica più  saggia ed equilibrata, con una visione della Storia più lungimirante che mira a contrastare quella della violenza e dell'aggressione professata dall'amministrazione Bush. L'ampliamento di basi militari USA sul suolo italiano non può che significare complicità con l'attuale politica USA.  

Lei ha dichiarato: "Intendiamo mantenere gli impegni già presi".  Quali impegni? Quelli presi dal governo Berlusconi contro cui la maggioranza degli italiani ha votato? Se il Sig. Berlusconi avesse vinto le elezioni, avrebbe senz'altro fatto una simile affermazione, ma non ce la saremmo aspettata da Lei, On. Prodi.

Pertanto ci uniamo alle tante manifestazioni di dissenso programmate in Italia contro la via libera data dal Suo governo all'ampliamento della base USA di Vicenza, la più grande in Europa, e siamo solidali con tutti coloro che in Italia, negli USA,  e nel mondo esigono che i loro politici mettano fine ad ogni forma di violenza e permettano ai loro popoli di vivere in pace.

PEACE, Mr. Prime Minister
USC4P&J of Rome

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Open Letter to Prime Minister Romano Prodi

Lettera aperta a Presidente del Consiglio Romano Prodi

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