Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Stop the War: Words and Music

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Stop the War: Words and Music

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JUST TWO DAYS before the mid-term elections-and perhaps for the first time since the Vietnam War-Iowa musicians and anti-war activists joined forces at a Nov. 4 event, at the Ritual Cafe in Des Moines, called "Stop the War: Words and Music" to bring protest music to the forefront of the anti-war movement in Iowa.

"Brian Joens, a local musician here in Des Moines, had the idea for this concert," said event organizer and activist Jamie Woodson. "We're here to express our discontent with our government's policies and the war in Iraq."

Des Moines-based guitarist and singer-songwriter Brad Roth led off the evening with a mix of songs including traditional anti-war ballads. Frank Cordaro, a leader in the Catholic Worker community, then spoke about the history and principles of Catholic Worker activism. Warning against the dangers of empire building, Cordaro castigated the architects of America's war in Iraq. "If the truth meant anything at all," he said, "we wouldn't have got in the war in the first place. …

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