Prof. David Kieran: “The Iraq/Afghanistan Wars: Trauma, Mental Health & Suicide”

April 21, 2014 by LIPW

May 15, 7:00 PM
Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Avenue
(Chapel: Office Entrance)

First in the series on The Environmental, Human and Economic Impact/Consequences of War

david-kieranProfessor David Kieran
Franklin and Marshall College
Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies

“The Iraq/Afghanistan Wars: Trauma, Mental Health and Suicide” in the military and the effort of policy makers to come to terms with the phenomenon.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that there are more than 22 suicides every day. That’s a suicide every 65 minutes.

Professor Kieran has just returned from Amsterdam where he attended an event on Militarism and the Environment. His teaching and research focus on contemporary U.S. culture including the place of the military in American society, and the public remembrance of war from Vietnam to the War on Terror.

LIPW & CeaseFirePA to Form a New Advocacy Group

April 15, 2014 by LIPW

LIPW is assisting CeaseFirePa to form an advocacy group in Lancaster County that becomes informed and available as advocates for public safety and reasonable gun regulation regulation in Pennsylvania. We seek to do our part to address the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in this country. On average there are over 30,000 gun related deaths in the U.S. per year, which translates to more than 80 per day! Virginia Tech; Sandy Hook Elementary; Aurora, CO; Washington Navy Yards; Ft. Hood, TX and many more, cry out for the attention of this nation. If you wish to be part of this advocacy group please contact Ken Trauger, or Urbane Peachey

The material below is a summary of what Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA and Jonathan Goldstein, a prominent Pennsylvania firearms attorney, presented on April 3. Goodman focused on gun violence prevention and Goldstein focused on protecting the rights of law abiding gun owners. A summary of this event appears in the Intelligencer Journal/New Era, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

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People’s Hearing On the Lasting Impacts of the Iraq War

March 31, 2014 by LIPW


Many will want to know that the People’s Hearing On the Lasting Impacts of the Iraq War is available online via Live Streaming. You can Google this title or “Right to Heal, Live Streaming”. The event was sponsored on Wednesday evening, March 26, by Right to Heal Initiative, joined by Iraq Veterans Against the Iraq War, the Center for Constitutional Rights and other groups. It was held at Friends Meeting of Washington, moderated by Phil Donahue. Donahue said of American policy, “…we have almost no respect for diplomacy. It’s almost as though we’d rather win a war than avoid war.”

Speakers included an attorney with the CCR, an Iraqi veteran suffering from mental health issues, an Iraqi veteran who was raped in Iraq, an Iraqi environmental pathologist and toxicologist, and an American mother whose son died of illness that started months after he returned from Iraq and others. Dr. John Tirman, from MIT, author of The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars, also spoke.

The war is not over, said the speakers. They spoke of the ongoing tragedy in Iraq–the cancers, diseases, devastation of cities and villages, corruption of government, lack of water and electricity, PTSD, mental health problems and birth defects never heard of before medically. The toxic exposure is not only due to depleted uranium but also to mercury, lead and other chemicals. Allied soldiers and Iraqis were and are exposed to hundreds of burn pits filled with assorted toxic wastes that release pollutants into the air and water. This is a two-hour opportunity to hear about the chaos we have left in Iraq.

Educational Program on Reasonable Gun Legislation

March 4, 2014 by LIPW

April 3, 6:30-8:30 PM
Jointly Sponsored by LIPW and CeaseFirePa
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fondersmith Auditorium; 31 South Duke Street, Lancaster PA

An educational program focused on the existing laws regulating firearms in PA, presented by Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA and Jonathan Goldstein, a prominent Pennsylvania firearms attorney. After presenting the existing legal framework, Goodman and Goldstein will identify the areas in which they believe change is necessary. Goodman’s focus is gun violence prevention and Goldstein’s is protecting the rights of law abiding gun owners, but in a discussion together, we hope to find common ground. Light refreshments will be served.

Pacifists in Chains

March 4, 2014 by LIPW
Duane Stoltzfus

Duane Stoltzfus

May 19, 7:00 PM
Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS) has invited LIPW to cosponsor a lecture by Professor Duane Stoltzfus, Goshen College, on “Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites During the Great War,” also title of the book recently published. The book details the experience of four Hutterite conscientious objectors imprisoned in Alcatraz. Stoltzfus is Professor of Communications, Goshen College, Indiana.