Proud to be the organizer for such an important event.
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) teamed up with The Wink Winks to craft an evening of rock and reflection to celebrate the release of Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations from Haymarket Books
On Thursday, October 30, 2008, veterans, musicians, and the general public converged at Sullivan Hall to raise awareness and to raise money for continued advocacy with performances by great bands from NYC and around the country.
In the spring of 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier Investigation, IVAW gathered outside Washington, D.C., and testified to atrocities they personally witnessed or participated in while deployed in the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. The book presents their powerful words, photographs, and documents from this historic event, with a Foreword from Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead.
Along with readings from Winter Solder: Iraq and Afghanistan by Iraq veterans and Anthony Swofford, there were performances by by musicians from around the country who support the continued work of IVAW, including System Noise, The Volunteers, Wounded Buffalo Theory, Lachi, Trevor Earth, doublethink, and a special solo performance by Milwaukee’s Otto Ohlsson from Into Arcadia.
The event was featured on episode 11 of MTV’s Real World: Brooklyn entitled “Saving a Private Ryan”.