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Monday, October 24, 2011

[haw-info] protest against the New-York Historical Society's honoring of Henry Kissinger

Several historians from New York City have written to HAW urging us to circulate the following appeal from Tom Keough of Brooklyn for Peace.  It asks historians to sign a letter (attached) protesting the New-York Historical Society's November 7 gala honoring Henry Kissinger.  Those wishing to add their names to the letter should write or call John Miller of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (contact information is in the next-to-last paragraph of the message below). 

To Historians,

On November 7, the New York Historical Society is holding a fund raiser honoring Henry Kissinger at the Waldorf Astoria. Tickets start at $1000 and go up to $100,000. The $100,000 tickets allow you to also see Gorbachev and Charlie Rose.

Several groups, including the War Resisters League, Code Pink, War Criminals Watch, the East Timor and Indonesian Action Network, World Can't Wait are planning to protest outside the event 5:30 - 7:45 in front of the Waldorf, 301 Park Ave. between 49 & 50 St.. We need to remind people about Henry Kissinger's sordid and criminal history concerning East Timor,Iraq, Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, South Africa, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Angola, El Salvador, West Papua, and elsewhere. Kissinger is responsible for millions of deaths, millions maimed, millions homeless etc in these war torn places. Some websites state that he is an advisor to the Dept of Defense "anti insurgent" efforts in Iraq. Other websites report that Hillary Clinton hired him last October to give advice to the State Dept.

I am a member of the Anti Militarism Committee of Brooklyn For Peace and I am working on this protest . I am writing to you and other historian because I feel that historians should be shocked that the NY Historical Society is honoring one of the worst war criminals in the history of the last 50 years.

Some organizations such as Brooklyn For Peace have written to the NY Historical Society to voice opposition to this event. I am asking historians , organizations of historians or groups of historians to write to the NY Historical Society to protest this event. We are contacting Historians Against War, and other groups. If you can suggest others to contact or pass this along that would be appreciated.

Attached is a letter that we are trying to get historians to sign and then we will send it to the trustees and chairman of the board of the New York Historical Society. John Miller of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network  is gathering the signatures. He can be reached at 718-596-7668; 917-690-4391 (mobile); fbp@igc.org

We would love to have you add your signature to this letter.

Tom Keough
Brooklyn For Peace  Anti Militarism Committee



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