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Iraq veterans and military families demand the truth!


Last Saturday's Los Angeles rally with Maxine Waters, on the third anniversary of the Downing Street Memo, was packed to beyond capacity (1000+), with hundreds turned away. Hundreds of similar events, many of which were also standing room only, took place around the country. Momentum is building...

U.S. TOUR OF DUTY proudly presents Gold Star mom NADIA McCAFFREY, the woman who defied President Bush by allowing the media to view her son's coffin, for four big events in Southern California:

Saturday, July 30 - Anaheim
Sunday, July 31 - Venice
Monday, August 1 - San Pedro
Wednesday, August 3 - West Hills

Special guests (see below for dates) include "unembedded" journalist DAHR JAMAIL (internationally acclaimed for his dispatches from occupied Iraq), MARK MANNING (independent filmmaker who entered Falluja just after U.S. forces destroyed the city), TIM GOODRICH (co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War), comedian RICK OVERTON, JEFF KEY (Iraq veteran) and NYC downtown monologist RENO ("Quirky, unpredictable, inventive and uncensored comedian" - New York Post).

Come hear first-hand accounts and see exclusive, uncensored documentary evidence of the war being fought in America's name.

Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 PM
Unitarian Church of Anaheim
511 S. Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim
NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star mom)
JEFF KEY (Iraq veteran)
VICKIE CASTRO (Gold Star mom)
DAN KELLY (Veterans for Peace)
Suggested donation: $5.00 (nobody turned away)
Co-sponsored by Orange County Peace Coalition

Sunday, July 31 at 5:30 PM
212 Sherman Canal, Venice
House party - Potluck
Hosted by RENO
NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star mom)
TIM GOODRICH (Co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War)
JEFF KEY (Iraq veteran)
RICK OVERTON (Comedian)
REV. THOMAS ZIEGERT (Venice United Methodist Church)
STEPHEN FISKE (Minstrel of Peace)
FRANK STRASSER (Singer/songwriter)

Monday, August 1 at 7:00 PM
Cabrillo Aquarium Auditorium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star mom)
DAHR JAMAIL ("Unembedded" journalist)
JEFF KEY (Iraq veteran)
MARK MANNING (Independent filmmaker)
RICK OVERTON (Comedian)
Plus a panel discussion/audience Q&A moderated by KPFK's JERRY QUICKLEY
Suggested donation: $5 (nobody turned away)
Co-sponsored by San Pedro Neighbors for Peace & Justice and The Progressive Caucus

Wednesday, August 3 at 6:45 PM
Shomrei Torah Synagogue
7353 Valley Circle Boulevard, West Hills
NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star mom)
DAHR JAMAIL ("Unembedded" journalist)
JANE BRIGHT (Gold Star mom)
Suggested donation: $5-10 (nobody turned away)
Co-sponsored by The Progressive Caucus, Valley Grassroots for Democracy, and Valley West Democratic Club RSVP dahrjamail@valleygrassrootsfordemocracy.com

U.S. TOUR OF DUTY (USTOD) supports and promotes the anti-war advocacy of Iraq veterans, military families, policy experts, activists, and performers by organizing public forums, producing video news segments, and maintaining a website (www.ustourofduty.org). USTOD is also making a documentary called "Amazing Disgrace: The Betrayal of Soldiers and their Families." USTOD is a non-profit project of SEE (www.saveourplanet.org), a 501(c)(3) organization.

NADIA McCAFFREY is known at the mother who defied President Bush by allowing the media to view the flag-draped coffin of her son, Patrick. After Patrick was killed in the Iraq war, Nadia traveled to the Middle East with filmmaker Mark Manning, who made a 30-minute documentary about the trip. They sought answers to what causes wars, and met with Iraqi mothers. Nadia explains her purpose: "I wanted to look them in the eye and share their pain."

After he shot the above-referenced film, MARK MANNING became the only "unembedded" western journalist to enter Falluja immediately following the U.S. bombardment. He spent three weeks filming inside the ravaged ancient city. His exclusive footage, which U.S. Tour of Duty will screen as part of Nadia's talks, provides a rare glimpse of the innocent victims' plight, and dispels the myths of war and the nature of the "enemy."

DAHR JAMAIL spent eight months in Iraq as one of only a few independent U.S. journalists in the country. His dispatches at www.dahrjamailiraq.com are widely recognized as an important media resource. He writes for such publications as The Asia Times, The Sunday Herald, The Nation, and The Guardian. Dahr also serves as a special radio correspondent for the BBC, Democracy Now!, and many other stations around the globe.

TIM GOODRICH, the co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, served in the U.S. Air Force and was in the Middle East during the invasion of Afghanistan. He also visited Iraq as part of a Global Exchange trip in January of 2004, and he just returned from Turkey where he testified at the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI). After General Tommy Franks inexplicably gave an unpublicized speech to Los Angeles elementary school students in April of this year, Tim put his body in front of the general's vehicle as its driver attempted to leave the scene. U.S. Tour of Duty will screen exclusive footage of this dramatic encounter as part of Tim's talk.

On March 31, 2004 Lance Corporal JEFF KEY, United States Marine, went on CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" to say to five million people what he at one time would not have said to one other person. Jeff had decided to finally stop lying about his sexuality, and use the military's ban on gays to exit the Marine Corps so as to avoid killing innocent people for corporate gain. He later turned his story into a critically acclaimed one-man show, "The Eyes of Babylon." LA Weekly calls Jeff "an unstoppable force" and Backstage West says he "could some day change the world."

RENO is a stream of consciousness style solo comedic performer living in New York City. She adapted her show "Reno in Rage and Rehab" into an ACE Award-nominated HBO comedy hour. Her show "Reno Once Removed" was commissioned by Lincoln Center and sold out with rave reviews, before moving to the Joseph Papp Public Theater and a national tour. Reno's show "Rebel Without a Pause: Unrestrained Reflections on September 11th" opened on October 4th, 2001 at La Mama ETC in New York City, where it was extended several times due to critical acclaim. It later reopened for a commercial run Off-Broadway, with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner as Executive Producers. "Rebel" is Reno's rapid-fire witness of the events of September 11th, and how they affected her personally, in the context of the world at large.

RICK OVERTON is a comedian, actor, writer, and creative consultant. He recently guest-starred on "Joan of Arcadia," "According to Jim" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and is a regular contributor to E! Entertainment's "Most Sensational Crimes of Fashion." Rick won an Emmy award for his work as the head writer of Dennis Miller's HBO series.

For more information contact Jeff Norman at 310.842.8794 or jeffnorman@comcast.net, and visit www.ustourofduty.org.

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If theres Standing room let them in, dont turn them away.......JO

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