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NBC-15: Vets join with workers in Madison
Submitted by staff on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 4:58pm
|Thousands of people took to the streets in Madison to join Iraq Veterans Against the War, Vets for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War in a protest to mark the 8th year anniversary of the Iraq war while standing with Wisconsin workers on the front lines in the struggle for worker rights.|
Iraq war veteran Derek Giffin, who served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2005, said, "I'm here because I was a public worker, I got paid with public funds just like the teachers, firefighters here and their plight is our plight."
Why Madison? Aaron Hughes, an IVAW member who served for six years in the Illinois National Guard and was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in 2003 for a 15 month tour, explains: "Rights and democracy are things that our nation says we are fighting for in Iraq and Afghanistan but from my experience in Iraq it was clear that militaries can not fight for these things. Only people standing together can fight for and win these things. So we are mobilizing to Madison to stand with our brothers and sisters in labor and connect the issues.". A letter about the march by WNPJ member Jean Sweet was published in the Wisconsin State Journal here...