MY LAI VIGIL
Friday, March 16, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Corner of Blackstone & Nees, River Park
Vigil to commemorate the My Lai Massacre that took place exactly 50 years ago on March 16, 1968. We will remember the horror and acknowledge the role of the U. S. in the deaths of 500 Vietnamese civilians – mostly women, children, and elderly. Hold a sign or banner marking this sad day. As we pause and reflect on the human cost of war, we will commit ourselves to working for peace and social justice in the world. Hosted by Veterans For Peace – Fresno Chapter and Peace Fresno. Organizations that support peace and justice are invited to bring their banners. Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361
MY LAI MEMORIAL EXHIBIT
Saturday, March 24, 10 am – 5 pm
At FIRM, 1940 N Fresno St, (corner of Fresno & Weldon)
Come when you can; stay as long as you wish
Fifty years ago at the height of the American war in Vietnam an event, known as the My Lai Massacre, took place in a small village. US troops killed unarmed women, children, old people and animals in a bloodbath that lasted several hours and involved four platoons, about 150 American soldiers.
This traveling exhibit created by Veterans For Peace – Chicago Chapter uses the My Lai Massacre as the lens to view the tragic impact of the war on the people of Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It invites us to renew our commitment to work for peace and social justice in the world.
The exhibit consists of 5 areas: informational panels, interactive touch-screen simulations, sculptural collage building, a take action kiosk, and a sharing wall. It is designed to inform participants and engage them emotionally. From 2:30 – 3:15 there will be a panel discussion: “Lessons From My Lai” Joshua Shurley 559-512-9469, FREE
Hosted by Veterans For Peace – Fresno Chapter and Peace Fresno, Co-sponsors Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Central Valley Progressive Political Action Committee, Community Alliance, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, FIRM-Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, Pan Valley Institute
Wednesday, March 14, 3:00 – 3:30 pm, KFCF 88.1 the Fresno Center for Nonviolence monthly radio show will be hosted by Joshua Shurley. His guest for the show is Mac MacDevitt from Chicago Veterans for Peace. Mac is the artist, creator and project leader for the My Lai Memorial exhibit. They will be discussing the massacre, the Vietnam War, recent wars and, of course, the upcoming exhibit on March 24. This is a call-in show so if you have questions call 559-266-8888.
Read the March issue Community Alliance newspaper for more infomation about the exhibit and the My Lai Massacre.