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Stand Down NATO 2012

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)


A black and green cut-out photograph of a crowd of veterans, some wearing “IRAQ Veterans Against the War” t-shirts, standing with their hands raised in the air making peace, or “V” for victory signs. Text states, “We respectfully request that all service members, especially the Illinois National Guard, to stand down throughout the NATO summit in Chicago. We ask you to tell NATO’s generals that you stand with your fellow veterans and the 99 percent who are demanding justice and reconciliation for all those affected by NATO wars. Adding another mission to an already overburdened military for the purpose of suppressing the rights of Chicagoans is irresponsible and unworthy of your service. STAND DOWN NATO 2012.”

Posts by Jesse Purcell