To speak honestly and openly about Palestine/Israel, one must recognize that the Israeli military occupation continues a legacy that began in 1947 with the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to make room for the State of Israel. The violence suffered by Israelis and Palestinians will continue as long the roots of the conflict remain-colonization, occupation, displacement, apartheid and the denial of the right of Palestinian refugees.

To speak honestly and openly about the war against and occupation of Iraq, one must recognize the ongoing legacy of U.S. involvement in Iraq. The current U.S. occupation of Iraq, the lifting of sanctions under U.S. military rule, and the continued local instability deny the Iraqi citizenry the very self-determination championed by the United States.

This was the message of the Wheels of Justice tour. A familiar face to some local activists, Dave Lippman (aka, George Shrub, the world’s only singing CIA agent), accompanied by a motley crew from the Wheels of Justice Tour, stopped by Victorian’s Midnight Café on April 22 and 23. Mazin Qumsiyeh, founder and Treasurer of the national Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, Jeff Leys, who spent time in Iraq with the Iraq Peace Team, Peggy Gish of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, Eileen the tour manager and Mike, the bus driver. Mark Stansbery and Connie Harris organized a day full of activism at the Café with videos, literature, speakers, and musical performances.