I was at the Noam Chomsky and Fred Wilcox gathering today. Associate Professor Wilcox would like to speak at 11AM on Tuesday. Can we put this on the schedule or who would I talk to about putting it on the Occupy Wall Street Schedule?
Fred A. Wilcox is an associate professor in the writing department at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. He is the editor of GRASS ROOTS: an anti-nuclear source book (Crossing Press 1981), and Disciples & Dissidents: Prison Writings of the Prince of Peace Plowshares (Haley's 2001). He is the author of Waiting for An Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange (Random House 1983); Uncommon Martyrs: How the Berrigans & Friends are Turning Swords into Plowshares (Addison-Wesley 1991); Fighting the Lamb's War: Skirmishes with the American Empire (the autobiography of Philip Berrigan (Common Courage Press l996) and Chasing Shadows: Memoirs of a Sixties Survivor (The Permanent Press 1996). He has taught courses on the Vietnam War for the past twenty-five years, has published articles about and given numerous talks on the Vietnam War. He researched and wrote one chapter of a national curriculum, The Lessons of the Vietnam War (Center For Social Studies Education 1991).
He has spent his entire adult life writing and teaching about war and nonviolence. He continues to teach, write, and speak about the necessity to build schools rather than bombs, to spend billions on health care rather than atomic submarines, and to create peace, rather than violence and war, in the world. His research has led him to conclude that our planet, Mother Earth, is a toxic Titanic. Our air, water, and food supplies are inundated with carcinogenic substances, and people here and abroad are suffering from an epidemic of cancer. In Vietnam, for example, the deadly chemical TCDD-Dioxin has recently been found in ducks, chicken, fish, and other foods. Agent Orange, a weapon of mass destruction, poisoned large sections of Vietnam, leaving a legacy of cancer and serious birth defects.
Fred A. Wilcox is an honors graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and is currently working on a photo essay, We the People: Listening to Americans in a Time of Terror, and a novel, Chasing Sean. He is hoping to secure funding to research and write a book about the effects of Agent Orange on the Vietnamese. would like to come down to Zuccotti Park at 11AM and speak. Can we put this on the schedule? Who would I talk to in order to put this on the schedule? He has plenty of activist experience and wisdom to share with everyone.