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Iraq veterans and military families demand the truth!


U.S. TOUR OF DUTY proudly presents Gold Star mom NADIA McCAFFREY, the woman who defied President Bush by allowing the media to view the coffin of her son, for three Special Reports on Saturday, July 30 (in Anaheim), Sunday, July 31 (in Venice), and Monday, August 1 (in San Pedro). Nadia will be joined on July 31 by TIM GOODRICH (co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War), and on August 1 by independent journalist DAHR JAMAIL, who has gained international acclaim for his "unembedded" dispatches from occupied Iraq. Comedian RICK OVERTON will perform on July 31 and August 1. Come hear first-hand accounts, and see exclusive photographs and video footage of the war being fought in America's name. WARNING: We will present disturbing images that are typically censored by the Bush administration and mainstream media organizations.

Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 PM
Unitarian Church of Anaheim
511 S. Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim
NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star mom)
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
NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star mom)
TIM GOODRICH (Iraq Veterans Against the War)
RICK OVERTON (Comedian)
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 (Independent journalist)
RICK OVERTON (Comedian)
Suggested donation: $5 (nobody turned away)
Co-sponsored by San Pedro Neighbors for Peace and Justice

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's death, 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.

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.

U.S. TOUR OF DUTY (USTOD) supports and promotes the anti-war arguments 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.

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

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MARK MANNING, the only "unembedded" journalist to enter Falluja immediately after U.S. forces completely destroyed the city, has been added to the San Pedro event on August 1, and The Progressive Caucus is an additional co-sponsor

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