More than 200 VFP members and their social justice allies met in Chicago for the 2017 Veterans for Peace Convention. Along with workshops, plenary sessions and social activities, the Chicago VFP’s Chapter’s My Lai Memorial Exhibit display at the 2017 Veterans for Peace Convention drew a lot of interest. Attendees viewed sample exhibit panels and engaged in dialogue after building sculptural collages.
The My Lai Memorial Exhibit crowdfunding campaign kicked off on September 7. Check out our video and campaign page. Please share the campaign on your social media pages and your mailing lists. We are working to raise $27,000 to finish building the exhibit and get it rolling down the road to VFP chapters and Peace and Justice Centers across the country.
We had strong interest from VFP chapters in hosting the Exhibit – 50 out of the 80 VFP members who filled out contact cards said they were interested in bringing this traveling Memorial Exhibit to their chapter’s area. We are working with the Hugh Thompson VFP Chapter to host the Memorial Exhibit in San Diego on March 16 of 2018 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre. This will be a key event on our first tour through the southwest and up the west coast in the winter and spring of 2018. Let us know if you are interested in hosting the Memorial Exhibit in your area. firstname.lastname@example.org
The My Lai Memorial Exhibit uses the My Lai Massacre and the Vietnam War as a lens to face up to the tragic impact of our political and military actions on the people of Vietnam. The Exhibit exposes the “true costs of war, and seeks justice for the victims of war.” It creates an experience where participants can encounter the Vietnamese people who are being killed and displaced and having their neighborhoods, homes and social fabric torn apart in the midst of war.
Participants are asked the examine how we are still causing the same impacts on people in our wars today. They are invited to take action in support of local and global causes for social justice.
At the heart of the exhibit is a unique artistic process – building sculptural collages – that helps participants engage in deep dialogue dealing with their concerns about the impact of violence and oppression in our society and in our political and military actions.
At the Convention more than 20 members spent time at our table building sculptural collages. We had heartfelt conversations about what they were saying in their personal art work. With their permission, we captured their collages and they added their comments for posting on the Memorial Exhibit website.