See Helen's full article on the UN NGO Conference in the Fall 2011 newsletter of Veterans For Peace (page 3).
|Helen and Gerry with Hanaa Edwar,|
Iraqi Al-Amal Association Secretary General
and Iraqi Women Network
|Thierno Kane from Senegal, representing the Open Society Initiative for West Africa|
|Vandana Shiva challenged corporate control|
We were able to set up camp in a park near the center of town. We camped for 8 days and then were invited to stay with a new friend from American Voices Abroad. We were in Berlin for two whole weeks. We learned so much about the reunification of Berlin and how that has changed things, for better and for worse. We met with Americans who had lived in Berlin for twenty and thirty years. And we made new German friends too. This included some who have been involved with organizing support for GI resisters, during Vietnam and since. We were happy to participate in a vigil for Troy Davis, on the night he was murdered by the State of Georgia. Many groups participated in the vigil at Brandenburg Gate, right across from the U.S. Embassy. We visited the Berlin Wall, and took many photos of the art and graffiti we found there. We left our own messages in support of Bradley Manning, Andre Shepherd and Rodney Watson, courageous young war resisters who deserve all our support. We also met Chris Capps, who spoke at a meeting to drum up support for the GI Café in Kaiserlautern ( see Kaiserslautern, below). Berlin is a great place with a lot going on. We will definitely return.