On today’s show, we welcome back Iraq war veteran and anti-war community organizer Vince Emanuele for a wide-ranging discussion of small Rust Belt communities; the problems of militarism, US empire, and global capitalism; the importance of community spaces and independent media; and how to build local and international solidarity to combat large-scale threats like climate crisis and white nationalism.
You can read Vince Emanuele’s recent article “Small Town Values” here.
Vincent Emanuele is an activist, writer, and community organizer. Born and raised in the Rust Belt, he joined the United States Marine Corps in 2002. In 2005, he refused orders for a third deployment to Iraq and began working with the anti-war movement. He is the co-founder of PARC (Politics Art Roots Culture) and a member of the Michigan City Social Justice Group and Veterans for Peace. Vince’s story is shared in the documentary film On the Bridge by director Olivier Morel.