Monday, January 14, 2008


On Sunday, Jan. 13th, hundreds gathered at Connellys, Times Square, to pay tribute to the life and achievements of Vietnam Veteran and peace activist David Cline. Dave, recipient of the purple heart for his service in Vietnam, dedicated his life to fighting for peace. He was a member of Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and was instrumental in organizing Iraq Veterans Against the War. Dave was a tireless advocate and lobbyist, who never missed an opportunity to fight
to insure that veterans who had sacrificed so much for their country were protected, and to portray the horrors and great cost, in human terms, of war.

Michael McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans for Peace, joined by fellow members from around the country, addresses the crowd.

It was an honor to be Co-M.C. with Michael McPheason.

Cheney, Rice and Bush in prison uniforms - an activist's dream come true.

Actor Brian Jones, currently appearing in "Marx in Soho," read from an interview given by David Cline in "Voice of the People of the United States."

Geoff Millard and Jose Vasquez, Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke eloquently about the influence and inspiration - both personally and professionally - of Dave Cline.

The inimitable Randy Credico, activist with the William Moses Kunstler Fund and internationally known comedian, magically dissolves his neck while portraying crowd favorite Rudy "9-11" Giuliani.

Pat Scanlon, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Boston, Massachusetts, sang in front of the "Bush Chain Gang," and brought the crowd to their feet. Pat's CD's are available at, and his music will be featured in upcoming shows of Radio Free Eireann on WBAI, 99.5 f.m.

Nancy Lessin, from Military Families Speak Out, gave an impassioned speech about the hardships endured by families with loved ones serving in the Iraq war.

A bemused member of NYPD tried to move along two pro-war "activists" who came to protest the memorial to Dave Cline. In their misguided war fervor, they failed to grasp that David Cline was the best activist any soldier could ever hope to have on her or his side. Given their support of the Bush-Cheney war, their time would have been better served heading to the recruiting station a few feet away in Times Square, and volunteering to fight in Iraq. Ironically, Dave would have been the person fighting for their benefits when and if they returned. As usual - the staunchest war supporters expect other people's children to fight their wars.


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The woman from MFSO is Nancy Lessin. It was a great event. Thanks for the pictures.

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