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"Arlington West Film" presentationJune 9, 2009
From local group coordinator, Corla Coles:
I was privileged to spend another incredible day with Sally Marr and Peter Dudar as they took the "Arlington West Film" presentation to Verdugo High School.
The presentation is not "political" so the only identifier I can wear is peace earrings -- enough for desperate teachers to stop me in the halls as I made my way to the library, saying recruiters are all over the school like sharks circling for chum.
Sally saw about sixty JROTC students in the hall and invited them in. None took her up on the invitation. It was wonderful to interact with the high school organizers, two students who fought for months to get a venue for this presentation.
Once the program began, the librarian took Sally aside and said if she had known what was being shown she would never agreed to allow the use of the library for "propaganda". Additionally, she wanted to stop the presentation and cancel the rest of the scheduled classes. She was not successful and we were able to show it three times, to approximately 200 students.
Every showing had at least one student who had lost someone and others who could share firsthand their observations of a veteran suffering from the effects of PTSD. Showing this film, and the subsequent discussions. are a great opportunity for kids to realize they do not have to carry theses burdens alone. The transformation from rowdy kid to caring individual thrills one's soul.
One defining moment was when a young woman asked for a copy of the film to put in the JROTC office on campus. Peter and Sally of course gave her several. Then, upon further conversation, discovered she was a representative for eighteen JROTC schools, whereupon Peter gave her a box of DVDs to distribute!
The work they do is invaluable. I accompanied them several times, and I have seen lives change because of their generous work. They are not preaching to the choir, they are saving the lives of our children as well as the innocents caught in these wars. And, when you factor in Depleted Uranium, many future generations.
Study materials for the classroom are available. How about showing it in parks during the summer, or setting up a booth at a 4th of July celebration -- or sending it to your State and Federal Representatives! To contact Peter and Sally Laughing Tears Productions (email@example.com)
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