WBEZ | anti-war http://www.wbez.org/tags/anti-war Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Prominent Chicago peace activist Michael McConnell dies of cancer http://www.wbez.org/news/prominent-chicago-peace-activist-michael-mcconnell-dies-cancer-106558 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/boots.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 10:35 a.m.</em></p><p dir="ltr" id="internal-source-marker_0.42524684720966965">Michael McConnell, a prominent Chicago anti-war activist, died Sunday, April 7, following a battle with cancer.</p><p>McConnell was regional director of the American Friends Service Committee and an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.</p><p>At a 2010 panel recorded by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/active-pacifism-waging-peace-through-active-nonviolence">WBEZ&#39;s <em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>, he said, &ldquo;Pacifism counters the &nbsp;myth that violence is the most powerful force. Pacifism must never be confused with passivity.&rdquo;</p><p>McConnell demonstrated this approach through his creativity in organizing marches, vigils and protests: He said pacifism was a form of combat, calling for tactics and strategy.</p><p>&ldquo;It has to be not only the head but the heart. And you have to have people understand war and peace on a visceral level.&quot;</p><p>In his own attempt to make the feeling of war more visceral, McConnell co-created <a href="https://afsc.org/campaign/eyes-wide-open">Eyes Wide Open,</a> an exhibit that displayed a pair of combat boots for every soldier that died in Iraq or Afghanistan.</p><p>The exhibit started in 2004 with 500 boots. As the casualties grew, so did the exhibit until 2007, when the casualties reached 3,500 and the project had to be divided into smaller exhibits.</p><p>Despite confronting violence almost daily, McConnell told a crowd that young people made him hopeful.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a generation that we can count on.&rdquo;</p><p>He agreed with a man at the event who called out, &ldquo;We may not get there with you.&rdquo; McConnell added, &ldquo;But you&rsquo;ll get there for us.&rdquo;</p><p><em>The visitation is Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 9 p.m. at John E. Maloney Funeral Home, 1359 W. Devon Ave. in Chicago. The memorial service is Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m., at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 619 W. Wellington Ave.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her at <a href="http://twitter.com/shannon_h" target="_blank">@shannon_h</a></em></p></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 08:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/prominent-chicago-peace-activist-michael-mcconnell-dies-cancer-106558 Pittsburgh punk rockers Anti-Flag go on 'General Strike' http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-14/anti-flag_by_tony_mott_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pittsburgh punk band <a href="http://www.anti-flag.com/">Anti-Flag</a> is well known for piercing messages against war, imperialism, and human rights. Their new album <em>The General Strike</em> is no exception! Anti-Flag's Pat Thetic joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to discuss the new album, social activism, and strikes as a tool for political action.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 Subpoenaed anti-war activists ditch grand jury http://www.wbez.org/story/anti-war/subpoenaed-anti-war-activists-ditch-grand-jury <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//chicago flag_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Subpoenaed anti-war activists in Chicago have missed a federal grand jury hearing and say they won't cooperate with investigators.</p><p>Maureen Murphy says she's one of nine activists ordered to appear at Chicago's Dirksen Federal Building on Tuesday morning. She didn't go to court, and she says the others didn't either.</p><p>Murphy calls the subpoenas a &quot;fishing expedition&quot; meant to silence the anti-war movement.</p><p>More than 20 anti-war activists around the country have been subpoenaed since September, when the FBI raided the homes of several organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis.</p><p>Federal officials have said they can't comment on grand jury matters. But warrants suggest agents were looking for connections between activists and groups in Colombia and the Middle East.</p><p>None of the activists have been charged.</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/anti-war/subpoenaed-anti-war-activists-ditch-grand-jury