The New Antiwar Soldiers And The Movement They Built

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In the summer of 2004, Boston hosted the Democratic National Convention. In TD Garden, there were big speeches, big promises of change and big expressions of support for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Across town, there was a gathering of a very different sort — even if it too was focused on the war. Five marines, two soldiers and one airman became the country's most unlikely anti-war activists. They had volunteered to serve, but after they were sent to fight in Iraq, they returned home feeling angry and betrayed. So, on that summer day, they mounted the stage at historic Faneuil Hall and announced the launch of the group, Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Nan Levinson will be discussing her book, "War Is Not A Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built," Wednesday night at the main branch of the Somerville Library.


Nan Levinson, teaches fiction writing and journalism at Tufts University. She's also author of the new book, "War Is Not A Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built." She tweets @nanlev.

Liam Madden, a veteran of the Iraq War and a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.


TuftsNow: Raising Voices Against War

  • "More than 140,000 American soldiers were deployed when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003—a number that would swell to 1.5 million who had been there by the war’s end in 2011. But it was soldiers who fought in the early years of the nearly decade-long conflict who formed Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) to try and stop what they believed was a senseless war."

This segment aired on March 3, 2015.


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