Close Guantanamo with Activist Elliott Adams
Host Linda Olson Osterlund interviews Elliott Adams, former soldier and past president of National Veterans for Peace, who has been working for non-violence at the grassroots level for many years. They'll discuss the Close GITMO campaign. This summer Adams lived on 300 calories per day for 80 days to demonstrate solidarity with Guantanamo Bay Detainees and Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strikers.
Elliott Adams speaks at a Close Guantanamo Public Forum this Thursday from 7-9 in Eliot Chapel at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1011 SW 12th Ave.
During the Vietnam era Elliott Adams enlisted in the Army to go to Vietnam. He was a paratrooper and an infantryman. He served in Vietnam with the famous 173rd Infantry Brigade, was medi-evaced out and spent a while in the hospital in Japan. Next he went to Korea and served with the 2nd Infantry Division in the Honor Guard. His last duty station was in Alaska, still as a paratrooper in the infantry. Like many, he returned from combat realizing that it was not an answer to anything. Knowing that war could not solve anything, but it did destroy everyone on both sides is only a first step on the long personal journey along the road of nonviolence.
Adams is past president of Veterans For Peace, secretary of Creating a Culture of Peace, and member of training committee of Meta Peace Team. He has also done nonviolence and social movement trainings for School Of Americas Watch, Peacemakers of Schoharie, Fellowship of Reconcileation, Student Environmental Action Coalition, War Resistors League, and Veterans For Peace.