KARE TV of Minneapolis covered the Voices from Laos tour last night! From the story: By all accounts Loddy Tolzmann is a Minnesotan. But ask her where home is and she won’t hesitate to say Laos. In 1980 her family resettled in Minnesota to escape the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Tolzmann was just a […]
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Legacies of War Presents:
Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives National Speaking Tour
Legacies of War, the only U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Vietnam war-era bombing of Laos, is launching a nationwide tour featuring two speakers from Laos. The speakers will discuss how UXO (unexploded ordnance, bombs) impact the country today, nearly forty-five years after the end of the war.
The Voices from Laos national speakers tour will officially ’kick-off’ in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on Thursday, April 4th and culminate in Washington, DC on April 30th, the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war.
Panel discussions and Community Dinners will take place in New York City, Fresno, Berkeley, Palo Alto and Sacramento, California, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Madison, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Harrisonburg, Virginia and Washington DC. The events will be open to the public, details at www.legaciesofwar.org/voices/events
The tour will create a space for dialogue on how individuals and communities are affected by Vietnam War-era unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos, how the problem is being addressed in the country and ways in which people in the U.S. can help to clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents, and help to create a safer future for the people of Laos.
For more information about the speaking tour or to schedule interviews with the speakers, call James Hathaway at 802.379.8427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Senators Al Franken & Amy Klobuchar spoke eloquently to the importance of the work of Legacies of War and the Voices from Laos Tour in a pre-recorded endorsement posted on YouTube today. the Senators’ videos of support can be seen in full below. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X2Yc3OeTxg[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5IUjsCxvyk[/youtube]
The Voices from Laos team discussed the legacy of war before more than one hundred supporters on Monday night during the Tour’s visit to Merced, California. The Merced Sun Star covered the event and published an article highlighting the evening. Speaker Manixia Thor, 25, leads an all-female team that searches out and removes the individual […]
Cheryl Jennings of San Franciso’s ABC 7, caught up with the Voices of Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives team on Tuesday during the event at Stanford University. You can read the full story and view the video by clicking this link: ABC 7
Mike Francis of Portland newspaper, The Oregonian, spoke with the Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives team on Monday. The article outlines the mission of the Tour as well as the impact of conflict upon the people of Laos. Thoummey Silamphan is on his first trip to the United States for the “Voices from Laos” tour. […]