Celebrating our first anniversary by honoring the undue burden of soldiers

By @ 01/12/13 in News

Forty-six years after Martin Luther King’s famous speech about the war in Vietnam, our nation faces another significant crisis in relation to the wellbeing of nations abroad, our own nation, and the well-being of our soldiers. As suicide rates spike among veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some people have begun to ask what we can do to respond.

Celebrate the first anniversary of the Oakland Peace Center by coming out to hear the founder of the nationally acclaimed Soul Repair Center, Rita Nakashima Brock, speak about the process that created a movement to address the issue of “moral injury” among US soldiers, this Martin Luther King Day. Let us continue Dr. King’s legacy for human dignity for all people in this particular way.

What:      “Moral Injury: The Crucial Missing Piece in Understanding Soldier Suicides

Presentation by Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock,

Founder of the Soul Repair Center

(Ft. Worth, TX)

and co-author of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War

When:           Monday, January 21, 2013

(Martin Luther King Day)

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where:         The Oakland Peace Center, Fellowship Hall

259 29th St., Oakland (diagonal from Grocery Outlet)

                                (parking available in OPC parking lot at 111 Fairmount Ave, around the corner)


“At this point I should make it clear that while I have tried in these last few minutes to give a voice to the voiceless on Vietnam and to understand the arguments of those who are called enemy, I am as deeply concerned about our troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved.”

           –The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,”                         April 4, 1967


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