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Add comment on:Tristan Anderson and Scott Olsen Anti-War Panel, Oakland: audio & photos
Tristan Anderson is an activist and Indybay journalist who was critically injured in the West Bank village of Ni'lin in 2009 when he was shot in the head with a high-velocity tear gas canister by Israeli forces. Scott Olsen is an Iraq War vet, now a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace, who suffered a traumatic brain injury during an Occupy Oakland march on October 25th, 2011, when Oakland police fired a bean bag round into his head at close range. Although Scott regularly participates in local social justice demonstrations, he infrequently speaks in a formalized setting. Tristan too attends numerous political events, but public speaking events for him are even more rare. On September 23rd, though, an anti-war panel and film screening were held at The Holdout, featuring both Scott and Tristan. Before the panel began, a forty-minute condensed version of the film "Occupation Has No Future: Militarism + Resistance in Israel/Palestine" was screened. The full line-up of panelists and speakers included David Zutnick, documentary filmmaker; Gabby Silverman, activist and Tristan's partner; Paul Larudee, International Solidarity Movement and the Free Gaza Movement; and Clare Bayard, Catalyst Project and War Resisters League (full audio below).
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