November 2009

Honoring Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma



On November 11, 2009 in Seattle, WA, veteran organizations will honor veterans with Military Sexual Trauma (MST) at 2 pm at the Garden of Remembrance at Benaroya Hall on University St. and Second Ave. in downtown Seattle. This ceremony celebrating individuals with MST will be the first of its kind in the country.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans For Peace, VetWow and Pack Parachute Charity will participate in this ceremony, and hope to demonstrate the honor, respect and community they feel for veterans with MST.

To learn more about this event, visit the Pack Parachute web site, here.

Futenma Base Protest

Photo: KYODO Photo - Japan Times

Raising their voices: Around 21,000 people join in protest against the planned relocation of a U.S. military airfield within Okinawa Prefecture in Ginowan in the prefecture on Nov. 8, 2009, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan.

To read the full story at The Japan Times, click here.


Locals Protest Futenma Transfer Within Okinawa


Japan Today
November 9, 2009

Around 21,000 people protested against the planned relocation of a U.S. military airfield within Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan, in a sign of growing local frustration over the new Japanese government’s vague stance in reviewing the transfer plan.

The protesters called for the immediate closure of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station located in a downtown residential area of Ginowan and urged Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to reject the transfer of the facility to a coastal zone in Nago, northern Okinawa, in his talks with Obama slated for Friday in Tokyo.
Demonstrators braved the heat to pack into an open-air theater in a seaside park in Ginowan, central Okinawa, and adopted a resolution stating, ‘‘The small island of Okinawa doesn’t need a base any more. We oppose the construction of a new facility in the Henoko (district of Nago) and (Futenma’s) relocation within Okinawa.”

To read the full story at Japan Today, click here.


Thousands Protest at Japanese U.S. Air Base


Isabel Reynolds, Reuters
The Independent
November 9, 2009

Thousands of Japanese gathered in sweltering heat on the southern island of Okinawa yesterday to demand that a US Marine base be moved out of the region, days ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama.

The row over the re-siting of the Futenma air base threatens to stall a realignment of the 47,000 US military personnel in Japan and sour defence ties between the two countries, seen as key in a region home to a rising China and an unpredictable North Korea.

To read the full story in The Independent, click here.

Futenma Base Protest  ~ November 8, 2009


Over 20,000 people took part in a rally in Ginowan City, Okinawa on Sunday to protest the continued presence of the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station. The protest was held in anticipation of the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama who will be visiting the region later this the week. 

Futenma Base Protest 11/08/09

Photo: Akifumi Matsuzaki

The U.S. Military has maintained an air base at Futenma since 1945. MCAS Futenma is home to approximately 4,000 soldiers.

Futenma Base Protest 11/08/09

Photo: Akifuma Matsuzaki

A sampling of news reports about the protest and the upcoming visit of President Obama:

Thousands of Japanese Protest U.S. Base Plan, Reuters, November 8, 2009

Japanese Protest Against US Military Base, Press TV, November 8, 2009

Japanese Town Stages Anti-US Base Protest, Channel News Asia, November 8, 2009

U.S. “Fully Committed” to Japan as Feud Simmers, The New York Times, November 5, 2009

Organization Listing
Available for Download


There are many groups working to end military violence against women and girls worldwide. The list complied by the project team can be viewed here. The list of organizations is updated on a regular basis, as the team becomes aware of new groups and services.

The organization list is available as a downloadable pdf. Scroll down to the grey box labeled “FILES” in the right column of the page and select USMVAW Organizations to save it to your computer.

If your organization would like to be considered for inclusion on the list, please contact the list manager at

Military Women: 1 in 3 are Raped


Colonel Ann Wright, (ret.)
Veterans for Peace
Pentagon of Peace – The Five for Truth – New Mexico Tour
October 11, 2009

Join Ann Wright  for a second one hour workshop filmed in Albuquerque New Mexico on October 11, 2009 as part of the Veterans of Peace, Pentagon of Peace event.

Ann discusses the realities behind the recent Veterans Administration report revealing that 1 in 3 women in the military are raped during their service. She brings her vast personal experience, compassion and strong sense of justice to the issue of women in the military.

Special thanks to Gregory W. Dugay for providing this video on



OffTheBeatenPathOff The Beaten Path:
Violence, Women and Art


University Art Gallery
UC San Diego
October 23 through December 12, 2009

For the new exhibition season the University Art Gallery, UC San Diego presents an international exhibition entitled Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art. The exhibition brings together artists from around the world to explore the global ramifications of gender-based violence. The exhibition, curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg executive director of Art Works For Change, features twenty-one artists from nineteen countries listed below.

Amnesty International, Laylah Ali, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Mona Hatoum, Icelandic Love Corporation, Yoko Inoue, International Rescue Committee, Jung Jungyeob, Amal Kenawy, Lisa Bjørne Linnert, Hung Liu, Gabriela Morawetz, Miri Nishri, Yoko Ono, Cecilia Paredes, Susan Plum, Cima Rahmankhah, Joyce J. Scott, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Masami Teroka, Hank Willis Thomas

Premised on the visionary potential in art, the exhibition avoids tabloid and sensational imagery. The invited artists were asked, “To help us create new representations through their artworks and, in doing so, help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women,” says Rosenberg.

The University Art Gallery at UC San Diego is open from 11-5,  Tuesday to Saturday. Information on visiting the gallery can be found here.

For those of you outside of the San Diego area, an on-line version of the exhibit is available at the Art Works For Change web site, click here.

Workshop on “Military Women: One in Three are Raped”


Colonel Ann Wright, (ret.)
Veterans for Peace
Pentagon of Peace – The Five for Truth – New Mexico Tour
October 10, 2009

A workshop on Military Women and Rape was presented by Col. Ann Wright (ret.) on October 10, 2009 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This workshop was co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace, The Five for Peace Tour and the Santa Fe Rape Crisis and Trauma Treatment Center.

Special thanks to Gregory W. Dugay for making this video available on

Eve Ensler ~ Veterans for Peace Times Square Rally


Eve Ensler performs her poetry at the Veterans for Peace Rally in Times Square on October 13, 2009. Standing with Ms. Ensler are Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee, and Ann Wright.


Gay Rainbow FlagArmy Secretary McHugh:
Army Can Handle Lift of Gay Ban


By Rick Maze
October 28, 2009

Army Secretary John McHugh, who spent 17 years in Congress as a Republican lawmaker before being asked to head the Army by a Democrat administration, finds himself at the center of debate over President Barack Obama’s pledge to try to repeal the military’s ban on service by openly homosexual people and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that is part of the controversial idea. He shared his views on the issue in an exclusive interview with Army Times.

To read the full story in the Army Times, click here.

Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within


Democracy Now!
October 27, 2009

Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within is a documentary that focuses on the cases of three female service members victimized by rape and other forms of sexual assault. Democracy Now! aired excerpts of the film and spoke to filmmaker Pascale Bourgaux.

To view and read the Democracy Now! interview with filmmaker Pascale Bourgaux and learn about the film, Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within, click here.