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I am not a victim anymore.

Joyce Wagner

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)

Joyce Wagner is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, artist, and activist living and working in Pittsburgh, PA.


A black and white montage of portraits of different people speaking into microphones. Above, in white against black the text says, “I am not a victim anymore. I am a survivor.” Names next to each person are: “Rebekah Lampman, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Falah Alwan, Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq; Ramon Mejía, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Yanar Mohammed, Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq; Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, Environmental Toxicologist.” Below, in small text it states, “A People’s Hearing on the lasting impacts of the U.S. war in Iraq. On the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqi civil society leaders and U.S. military veterans testified to the lasting impact of the war and made the case that the U.S. government must be held to account for the serious damage it has caused. From the U.S’s role in sectarian violence and the ongoing health crisis caused by toxic munitions and burn pits used during the occupation, to the destructive effects of multiple and concurrent deployments and stigma faced when attempting to access care and support from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We demand the right to heal.

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