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Taken from Three Days in Ferguson: Observations from the Rust Belt by Vincent Emanuele:

This article first appeared on Countercurrents.org. In late August, myself, along with several activists and community organizers, drove from northwest Indiana to Ferguson, Missouri. We, like so many others, felt an inherent urge to join the ongoing protests and lend our support to the local community. After internally processing over a week's worth of coverage, we could no longer bear viewing the events unfold from the comfort of our homes. After all, we live less than five hours from ground zero in what has become one of the most galvanizing events in recent memory. Ferguson, like many deindustrialized midwestern cities, is littered with strip malls, big-box stores, Chinese buffets, sports bars, truck stops, fast-food restaurants and decaying infrastructure. Located just northwest of St. Louis, Ferguson is reminiscent of the many Rust-Belt towns adjacent to Chicago: Dolton, Calumet City, Whiting, East Chicago, Michigan City and Gary.... Read More

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  1. No New War in the Middle East by Bill Branson
  2. It Really Is Life Or Death by Maggie Martin
  3. A Visit to the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University by Meg Miner
  4. Fraggin' by Bill Shunas
  5. Notes From the Boonies by Paul Wisovaty
  6. The Arrogance -- and Ignorance -- of Power by W. D. Ehrhart
  7. Credo of a Sore Loser (poem) by W. D. Ehrhart
  8. The Last Time I Dreamed About the War: Essays on the Life and Writing of W. D. Ehrhart by Joe and Jack Miller (Reviewers)
  9. On IVAW's 10th Anniversary by VVAW
  10. Alternatives To Incarceration for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans by Jim Murphy
  11. GREEN (poem) by Eugene Lee Neese, Jr.
  12. Three Days in Ferguson: Observations from the Rust Belt by Vincent Emanuele
  13. Militarization of Police by Tim Butz
  14. Congress Drowns Suicide Prevention Act While DoD Makes Moves to Help by Geoff Millard
  15. Jacob David George, 1982-2014 by Robert Clack
  16. Veterans Re-Enlistment (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  17. "I Know You Don't Mean It" by Brock McIntosh
  18. Veterans Call to Commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914 by Ben Chitty
  19. Oxy, the Wise Bomb (cartoon) by Billy X. Curmano
  20. Telling Our Stories by Ryan Connolly
  21. Jim Proffitt - RIP by Yesenia Flores
  22. Hurt Souls (poem) by Dennis Serdel
  23. Nixon and Pepsi by John Ketwig
  24. VVAW Protested Nixon (photos) by VVAW
  25. Nixon's Atrocious Lies and Cover-ups in His Air War on Neutral Cambodia by Daniel C. Lavery
  26. Nixon's Dream-Stomping Ego by Allen Meece
  27. A Short Remembrance of Nixon's Resignation by Steve Krug
  28. 4th of July Requiem (poem) by Thomas Brinson
  29. 1971 Peace Demonstration by Otmar Fischbach
  30. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by John Ketwig (Reviewer)
  31. Henry Kissinger Out With New Book (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  32. The ARVN A-28 Pilots Wept by Jim Willingham
  33. 1968 (poem) by Richard Wells
  34. Can Your Hear Me? (poem) by Eugene Lee Neese, Jr.
  35. The Passing of Fred Branfman by Al Hubbard
  36. Rest and Relaxation by Gregory Ross
  37. On the Beach by Marc Levy
  38. Don't Do Stupid Stuff (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  39. Deserts of Civilization (poem) by Dimitri Rimsky
  40. My Lai. UN School. (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  41. Kingdom of Cambodia by Marc Levy
  42. in transit (poem) by John Samuel Tieman
  43. Holding My Breath... by Gregory Ross
  44. Rock 'n Rollin' to Vietnam by Mic Terry
  45. The Light Where Shadows End by R.G. Cantalupo
  46. VVAW Photos from the Archives by VVAW
  47. Vets Day 1971 (photos) by VVAW
  48. Chelsea Manning - The Price of Conscience by William Potvin
  49. Memorial Day, Chicago, 2014 (photos) by VVAW
  50. People's Climate March, September 21, 2014 (photos) by VVAW
  51. Meditations by Al Donohue
  52. Letter to Editor by Tim Teater
  53. RECOLLECTIONS: Danny Nutly by Dan New
  54. Boots on the Ground (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger