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Occupation Dewey Canyon III

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)


Parts of a large gray and white star sits against a blue background. Inside the truncated star shape there is a silhouette of a gray tree. In the foreground, a sapling grows, framed by two sets of dog tags. They have the acronyms, “IVAW” and “VVAW” on them. In the blue space below the star, in smaller type, it states, “Occupation Dewey Canyon III, Washington D.C. April 19-23, 1971. After days of marches senate hearings, speakers, songs, lobbying, theatre performance, testimonials, camps, and the casting down of medals and ribbons, a tree donated by members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War was planted on the mall as a symbolic plea for the preservation of all life and the environment. Inspired by Dewey Canyon, III, Iraq Veterans Against the War has remixed many of VVAW’s tactics in their organizing projects and continue the struggle for the preservation of all life and the environment.

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