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Brief report of Fri/Sat event welcoming GI/veterans' rights activists on West Coast tour. Interviews: Meike Capps-Schubert (2:53); Malachi Muncy (2:41)
Fri 2/21/14 -- SAN FRANCISCO -- Local activists welcomed four GI coffeehouse organizers at the Veterans' Community Media Center on Market Street. Malachi Muncy, Ryan Holleran, Alex Bacon, and Meike Capps-Schubert spoke about their work in GIs' and veterans' rights.
Muncy manages Under The Hood Cafe & Outreach Center in Killeen, Texas; Holleran was recently discharged from nearby Fort Hood. Bacon, a Coast Guard veteran, co-ordinates Coffee Strong in Lakewood, Washington, near Joint Base Lewis-McChord; and Capps-Schubert manages The Clearing Barrel GI Bar and Coffeehouse in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the center for U.S. military installations in Europe.
The four are touring the West coast to organize and raise funds. The San Francisco event opened Friday night with a "meet and greet," dance party and open mic; the next day BAYPeace held a workshop, as did Warrior Writers and Critical Resistance. Later the coffeehouse organizers and local activists held a panel discussion.
The coffeehouses continue the tradition of the Vietnam-era coffeehouses that became organizing centers for GI resistance that helped end that war.
“This unique tour reminds us of the key role GI's have played in ending wars,” said Iraq veteran Muncy. “It is critically important to address the complex needs of today's veterans, active duty GI's, and family members, who have suffered much from multiple deployments to the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Tour stops include San Diego (Feb. 13), Fountain Valley (Feb. 14), Los Angeles (Feb. 15), Oxnard (Feb. 16), San Jose (Feb.19), San Francisco (Feb. 21-22); Rogue Valley, Oregon (Feb. 25), Eugene, Oregon (Feb. 27), Portland (Feb. 28); Olympia, Washington (March 1) Seattle (March 1), and Everett, Washington (March 2).
Sponsors of the GI Coffeehouse Tour include Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, War Resisters League, Military Law Task Force, Center for Conscience and War, Courage To Resist, March Forward, Center for Conscience in Action, Catalyst Project, and GI Rights Network.