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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
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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
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Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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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
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The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
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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

World Social Forum Global Day of Action
Rome, Italy

On Saturday, January 26, Rome, Italy took part in the Global Day of Action called by the World Social Forum with a number of events. The morning kicked off with a panel discussion, 'The Will to Resist, The Courage to Refuse' featuring Palestinian and Israeli activists. Basel Mansour of the Popular Committee Against the Wall - Bil'in spoke of the non-violent campaign against Israel's “security fence” in this West Bank village, and the weekly protests held every Friday for the past three years, despite violent repression from Israeli forces.

Lama Hourani of the International Women's Commission agreed with comments that the two state solution is vanishing as Israeli settlements increase, however she said that was no reason to fall back on the idea of one nation, two peoples asking, “How can we expect the Israeli government to assure equal rights for Palestinians under one nation considering the way Palestinians are currently treated?” She also encouraged as many as possible to travel to Palestine to experience the situation first hand but more importantly because of what it means to Palestinians to know that someone outside their country cares about what is happening.

Noam Livne of Courage to Refuse, an organization of Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories, talked about the way fear is exploited to push through the policies of the government and how soldiers are revered and have become a sort of brand, with some even used in advertisements for everyday products such as cheese. There were many parallels to be drawn with the current situation in the U.S.

Through a telephone hookup, we heard from activists participating in protests as part of the Global Day in Israel and Palestine who reported on the turn out (2000 on the Israeli side) and atmosphere there, and thanked Italy for the solidarity expressed.

Later that afternoon, two back-to-back protests were held, the first near the Italian Defense Ministry where banners reading No Military Bases, No Military Spending and No Military Missions filled the square, though the turnout in general was disappointing. Our group held signs and U.S. peace flags and we wore large 'End the Siege of Gaza' stickers, attracting many photographers.

We then walked on a mini-march to the second protest in front of the U.S. Embassy, or rather on the side of it as the police refused to allow us to cross via Veneto. The Palestinian community was present with a huge Palestinian flag and the “End the Siege” banner from the morning event. We all lit candles for Gaza.

The highpoint of the afternoon, however, was meeting Orlando, a World War II veteran from the U.S. on holiday in Rome. He came over and asked to have his photo taken with us and commented, “I can't wait until we kick his sorry ass out of office!” His timing couldn't have been better, as we were just about to do a radio interview, so we managed to get him on the air. When asked about current military policies, Orlando replied, “These people in power have never seen war, they know nothing of war!” The journalist then asked if he had been in contact with veterans of more recent wars. “My cousin was killed in Viet Nam. Another in Korea. My two brothers served right here in Italy and landed at Anzio." At that point, the memories were too much for Orlando. He choked up, was unable to continue, but smiled and thanked us as he walked away.

He knew war.

For reports on events around the world, see the World Social Forum web site: www.wsf2008.net

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