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Agent Orange Campaign --- Experiences from Vietnam and AustraliaChuck Palazzo Salem-News.com
Meet delegation from Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) - Hear from campaigns in Tasmania, Victoria & New South Wales.
(DA NANG Vietnam) - Dear friends of AOJ, you are warmly invited to a meeting on Monday March 4 to meet with a high level delegation from the Hanoi-based non-government organisation Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) that will be headed by its president Nguyen Van Rinh, and director of external relations Nguyen Minh Y. The delegation is visiting Australia March 3-10 to help raise awareness on the plight of the millions of victims/survivors of Agent Orange in Vietnam who include new generations of deformed children, as well as on the devastation of the affected parts of Vietnam's environment.
This meeting is a highlight of the trip where representatives of the Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange Trust from Hobart and the Artists for Orphans from Kyneton, Victoria will also be present and will report on their ongoing work and plans. We, the Sydney-based Agent Orange Justice, organised a very successful art exhibition last August at the Mori Gallery and are working towards a similar goal in seeking justice for those afflicted by AO, especially those in Vietnam. VAVA will deliver the keynote address, outlining its ongoing projects and reporting on the state of the international AO justice campaign. Please come along and share your experiences and/views as to how best we together can bring this important international campaign forward.
You are most welcome to get the word out about this meeting in your network.
Details of the meeting are:
Date: Mon March 4
Time: 6.30pm sharp (door opens 5.30pm)
Venue: Light Horse Gallery, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.
(You are welcome to drop in earlier to have a chat. Light refreshments provided, with small donations appreciated.)
The invitees to this meeting included
Â· Search Foundation
Â· APHEDA Union Aid Aboard
Â· Kate Mulvany
Â· Senator Lee Rhiannon
Â· Jack Mundey
Â· David Bradbury
Â· John Kaye, MLC
Â· 161 BTY RNZA, 1ATF - Australia Group
Â· Hoc Mai Foundation, Sydney University
Â· The Fred Hollows Foundation
Â· Medical Association for Prevention of War, Australia
Â· Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Â· Rotary Club (Vietnam project)
Â· MiVAC Trust
Â· Teachers Federation
Â· Australia Vietnam Friendship Society
Â· Wesley College Vietnam scholarship students
Agent Orange Justice
PO Box 290 ENMORE NSW 2042
Chuck Palazzo is a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, the Interim Editor for Agent Orange, and a longtime Vietnam Veterans Against the War Member. Chuck Palazzo has spent years since the war studying the impacts and effects of Agent Orange, a defoliant chemical sprayed by the U.S. govt. on the jungles of Vietnam. He says Dioxins have been re-discovered to cause all sorts of damage to humans. These include Heart Disease, Parkinsonism, Diabetes et cetera. Dioxins are already known to produce serious birth defects and a variety of cancers. The chemical is still sold in Third World Countries and is causing the same problems.
We at Salem-News.com welcome Chuck aboard and look forward to sharing more of his stories with our readers in the future.
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