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Vietnam: A Working Class War
Saturday, September 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm$10 – $25
The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for the present generation of young people, students, elders, and members of the larger Pittsburgh community to learn from and dialogue with those whose lives and politics were profoundly impacted by the Vietnam War. The program will include three panels:
Continental Breakfast (Included) 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Panel 1 (9:00 – 10:15 am): Vietnam Veterans
Pat Conroy – Director of the Vietnam Veterans Monument Fund, he served two tours in Marine security around Danang and across Vietnam.
Jack Wagner – served in the Marine Corps from 1966-68. His squad of twelve men was ambushed on patrol in the DMZ separating North and South Vietnam, Jack serves as director of Pittsburgh Hires Veterans.
Chris Moore – served in the Army’s 46th Engineers transporting materials by truck along Vietnam’s famous highway 1. His longstanding Sunday evening KDKA radio programs are always open to veterans’ voices.
Nick Molnar – Air Force, crew chief on C130 1968-69 in Indochina. Past President, District 2 of the United Mine Workers. Pennsylvania Labor History Society Board.
Panel 2 (10:30 – 11:45 am): Anti-War Activists
Rick Adams – Community activist and Director of CCAC’s Center for Excellence in Funded Programs
Mike Stout – Singer/songwriter anti-war activist for 50 years, co-founder of the Indochina Solidarity Committee in NYC in 1970.
Carl Davidson – was National Secretary of the Students for a Democratic Society (1966-68) during the height of the Vietnam War.
Sandy Kelson – Served in the US Army 1963 – 1966, he is a past president of Veterans for Peace and long-time member of the Thomas Merton Center.
Jessie Medvan – Member of the PA National Guard 2000-2008, she was deployed to Iraq in 2004-5. Jesse is the Lead Organizer of Veterans for Peace Chapter 47 of Western PA.
LUNCH (Included) 12:00 – 12:45 pm.
Acoustic music played by Danny Schlegel, Americal Division – 23rd infantry in Chu Lai, and Vietnam Veterans for Peace, and will sing songs of love and protest.
Panel 3 (1:00 – 2:15 pm): Impact on Vietnam
Diana Nelson Jones, Community reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Tony Accamando – US Army veteran, 1967; Co-Founder Friends of Danang, a Pittsburgh based organization.
Khoi Tran – Former president Vietnamese Association of Pittsburgh.
- Closing Remarks
“The Importance of Teaching about the Vietnam War in our Schools:”
Bob Matthews, North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc., Bridgeback Foundation.
Vietnam Veterans Monument, North Shore
(Shuttle service provided immediately following conference from CCAC to North Shore)
At 3:15 PM, following the Conference, a memorial service will be held to honor Marine, Ironworker, union and family man T.J. McGarvey, as well as the hundreds of Pittsburgh Building Trades union workers who built the monument entirely with volunteer labor.
Ticket price includes continental breakfast during registration (8:15 – 9:00 a.m.) and boxed lunch. Tickets cost $25 for the general public; $10 for veterans, active military personnel, underemployed, and students.
This event is co-sponsored by CCAC, The Pennsylvania Labor History Society, and the Battle of Homestead Foundation.
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) – Allegheny Campus
Tom Foerster Student Services Center
808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212