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)
IVAW embarked on several bus tours visiting military bases and organizing active duty service members and veterans across the country.This print illustrates memorable moments from the 2007 “Bring the War Home” bus tour that visited dozens of military towns from Connecticut to Georgia. The tour hosted informal barbecues and concerts outside military bases to organize active duty service members. During tour stops, IVAW members informed the service members of their rights and supported those resisting the illegal and unjust wars.
Jim Goodnow of Veterans for Peace generously provided his beautiful bus, The Yellow Rose, for the tour. Jim was a tireless anti-war activist and veteran who devoted his life to speaking out against war. He passed in 2012.
Nathan Lewis is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Combat Paper facilitator, papermaker, bookbinder, and printer living and working in Trumansburg, New York. He makes Combat Paper and artist books instead of paying off his student loans.
Laura Rowley is a bookbinder, printer, and papermaker residing in Trumansburg, NY.
Chase Winkler is the Sculpture manager at Salem Art Works and artist living and working in Salem, NY.
A hand drawn scene, comic-style, in black and white featuring the lettering, IVAW BUS TOUR. In the background a barbed-wire topped wall sees cannon fire rising into the sky. In front of the wall, a hug sun is rising and a large bus has the words, “Bring them home now,” and “Bronco” on it. A large paper airplane shoots out. Various people mill around the bus, and in the foreground they play guitar and sing, stand around a barbecue, and one man raises a fist in the air.