New Events


no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Armenian-Azerbaijani War ? One Month After Thu Oct 29, 2020 14:52 | amarynth
South Front After a month of war, the Turkish-Azerbaijani bloc continues to keep the initiative in the conflict, exploiting its advantage in air power, artillery, military equipment and manpower. The

offsite link Why Propaganda is Vital In Upholding The Illusion of a Democracy Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:51 | amarynth
By Cynthia Chung for the Saker Blog ?Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given

offsite link Saker message of thanks to our wonderful community! Wed Oct 28, 2020 22:08 | The Saker
Dear friends I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to all those who have responded to my Fall appeal for donations: all of you have been extremely generous, irrespective of

offsite link A Mutual Understanding Wed Oct 28, 2020 18:34 | amarynth
by Nicholas Molodyko for The Saker Blog They need to understand that we know. We need to understand that they are human.   Cancer Ward From my youth I had

offsite link The Empire Has Collapsed Wed Oct 28, 2020 18:07 | The Saker
by Paul Craig Roberts, cross-posted by permission Paul Craig Roberts The Saker has written another interesting article in which he gives us the date of the collapse of the AngloZionist

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link David Quinn’s selective tolerance

offsite link A Woulfe in judges clothing Anthony

offsite link Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

VID (5.50) -"Iraq Veterans Against the War" Open Coffee House near Ft. Lewis

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Monday July 28, 2008 07:43author by Independent Media Report this post to the editors

A group of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) are planning to start
up a GI coffeehouse near the entrance of the Fort Lewis military base
in Washington State. Though the project is still in its planning
stages, the idea is that it will be a center for supporting GI rights
and war resistance in the region, as well as a place for GIs to get
coffee right off the base.
Length - 5.50)

On a street littered with barber shops and abandoned dry cleaning
businesses in Tillicum, WA, the veterans have found several possible
locations for this project. Seth Manzel served in Iraq with a Stryker
Combat Team before joining his local chapter of IVAW, and is shown in
the video talking about these locations. Most of the places he and the
other vets have been checking out are abandoned dry cleaners, oddly
enough, because with fewer Army requirements for cleaning their attire
these places have virtually disappeared from the communities around
military bases.

A coffeehouse like this would be the first of its kind in the nation
since the 1970s. During the Vietnam-era dozens of coffeehouses popped
around the nation. In Texas one was called the Oleo Strut, which was
named after a part that made sure helicopters landed smoothly. In
October of 1968 coffeehouse known as the Shelter Half was established
Tacoma not far from Fort Lewis. It took its name from a makeshift
military tent structure. Aside from continual harassment from the
police force, however, the Shelter Half's shortfall was that its
location was still a twenty minute drive from the base. Still, it was
in its later years deemed "off-limits" by the U.S. Army. Jane Fonda,
the popular anti-war actress, was also banned from Fort Lewis around
this time. IVAW believes that one of the closer, newer locations will
be more effective.

When the Shelter Half opened its doors, the same month saw the first
issue of Counterpoint, a GI Resistance publication, followed by the
Lewis-McChord Free Press, B Troop News, and Fed Up! which were all
published off-base near Fort Lewis. This all happened within a short
period of time. The Seattle Chapter of IVAW last year started
publishing the GI Voice, a publication that makes its way onto Fort
Lewis, and has also begun a GI Radio project, available on

Though GIRadio currently broadcasts from Seth's garage, playing re-runs
of Winter Soldier—IVAW's testimonies of about Iraq and war crimes
recorded in Washington D.C.—the vets plan to move the show to the
coffeehouse once its setup.

A number of individuals and groups have already started donating
equipment to the coffeehouse, such as a cash register. IVAW says the
next step in organizing is to raise enough money to pay for the lease
they need to start operating and selling coffee. They are several
thousand dollars short at this point.

As far as a name goes for the coffeehouse, the vets are tossing around
"Ogive Plunger" which is the name for a part on a Mk19, a gun that can
be mounted to a Stryker vehicle. Seth told me he thinks that's a silly
name though. IVAW and volunteers will vote on a name as the project


Pepperspray Productions
PO Box 20626
Seattle, WA 98102

Related Link:
author by Solidaritypublication date Mon Jul 28, 2008 21:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Solidairty with Robin Long Iraq War Resister - In Jail facing Court Martial - Write him a Letter!

Related Link:
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy