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Catalyst Radio: War vet in town speaks on effects of militarism

Marine Veteran Vince Emanuele makes connections between US military spending and social issues such as poverty.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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Vince Emanuele

Vince Emanuele

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INTERVIEW

Iraq war veteran Vince Emanuele was in Grand Rapids yesterday to speak about his experiences during two combat deployments, and his perspectives on US militarism and its effects.

Speaking at Plymouth UCC, and brought to town by the Left Forum of Grand Rapids, Emanuele talks of how his second deployment changed his thinking, and pushed him to examine closely this country’s history on war, and the effects military spending has on other aspects of American culture and life.

In addition to traveling to speak to different audiences, Emanuele serves as a board member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, and also has a weekly community radio station show in Indiana called Veterans Unplugged, as part of his effort to help voices be heard that he feels are often unrepresented.

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