On this week's episode of Progressive Voices, I speak with members of the Front Lines International tour.
Bringing together the Occupier with the Occupied for hopes of reconciliation, today's discussion features Samira Sayed-Rahman, member of Afghans United for Justice, Joe Glenton, Afghanistan veteran and author of Soldier Box: Why I Won't Return to the War on Terror, Nicole Burton, an anti-war activist for the past decade, Jules Tindungan, an Afghanistan veteran currently residing in Canada, and Chuck Winant, member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (Old School Sapper Caucus)
The veterans discuss why they joined the military, what prompted them to have a change of heart, and why they continue to resist the wars being waged today. They touch upon the importance of veterans using their privilege and clout in society to amplify the anti-war message, especially through reaching out to that segment of society the anti-war community traditionally hasn't been able to reach.
Samira touches upon the importance of veterans working with Afghans rallying against the wars and prioritizing Indigenous-led movements in the fight for justice in Afghanistan and Iraq. She also touches upon the necessity of having those who fought these wars, now working with those victimized in order to stop the wars from continuing.
A discussion of how to challenge militarism in the West, while also reaching out to young, military hopefuls, concludes the episode.
For more information on the Front Lines International tour, as well as schedule: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Front-Lines-International/691719190854474...
Progressive Voices airs Monday afternoons at 1:30 PM on 93.3 CFMU Radio.
Progressive Voices can also be found on Facebook.
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