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GI Coffeehouses

This image is from Celebrate People’s History/Iraq Veterans Against the War: Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice, a portfolio that celebrated IVAW’s first ten years and was produced by Justseeds, IVAW, Booklyn, Repetitive Press, and the Civilian Soldier Alliance.

(IVAW is now known as About Face: Veterans Against the War)


Two brown hands add milk into a mug of coffee. Inside the cup, however, there is another two hands, grasping each other in Solidarity. On the milk cup is the logo for the Iraq Veterans Against the War, which is the symbol of the Fallen Soldier, or Battlefield Cross. It is a vertical rifle stuck into the ground with a helmet hung on top. Text states, “GI Coffeehouses. Safe places for service members, veterans, and their families. Off Base, Norfolk Navel Base, Norfolk, VA; The Clearing Barrel, Kaiserslautern, Germany; Different Drummer, Fort Drum, Watertown, NY; Coffee Strong, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Lakewood, WA; Under the Hood Cafe and Outreach Center, Fort Hood, Killeen, TX.”