Rachel Bruhnke • Alicia Rivera • Carolfrances Likins • Rossana Cambron
Sunday, 13 October 2019, 9:30 a.m.
We consider the Cold War to be our nation’s third, and as-of-yet, unspoken crime, after the genocide of Native Americans and the kidnapping and enslavement of African peoples. Our mission with the Cold War Truth Commission is to begin exposing U.S. illegal and immoral actions, and to show how the pervasive violence and injustice today-both at home and abroad-is intimately tied up in the historic perpetration of the Cold War.
Testimony will be given in two areas:
- The origins of the “Red Scare” and “McCarthyism” and its intent to silence the progressive voices in the US, and
- The United States’ international, CIA-backed interventions in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean will be “brought to trial”.
The intent/actions of the Cold War was to silence the Left domestically, too, not just internationally. We will be covering and addressing this very much.
Upon hearing of our event in 2017, filmmaker Oliver Stone enthusiastically supported the idea of a Cold War Truth Commission, calling it “a great idea”, and “ideologically right on”.
Rachel Bruhnke has been active in the Latin America Solidarity movement since the 1980’s. She lived in South America, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras in the 90’s. She has been researching sustainable development in Cuba for 20 years, writing a M.S. thesis focused on Energy Transition in Cuba, and coordinated the Eco Cuba program at Global Exchange. She founded Berners Against Militarism and LA Harbor Peace Week to oppose the military’s “Fleet Week”. She teaches Environmental Resource Engineering and lives on an urban farm w her daughter, partner and animals in San Pedro, Ca.
Alicia Rivera, Salvadoran immigrant and LA Harbor area activist. She works at the environmental justice organization Communities for a Better Environment.
Carolfrances Likins is an activist, screenwriter, poet and retired teacher. She learned much of what she understands about their world today from teaching in elementary schools in Watts, traveling extensively to Cuba, Nicaragua, Palestine and other places where the people have risen up, as well as interacting with diverse people here, and reading.
Rossana Cambron is co-chair of the Communist Party USA. She is active in the peace and immigrant rights movements, enjoys learning about new technology and reading about historical events. She is also a videographer for People’s World in Southern California.