Voice of Art, the new documentary series on Pharrell Williams’ I Am Other YouTube channel, is releasing Part 2 of its new episode entitled “Iraq Veterans Against the War” today, Friday, July 6 2012. The episode features the creative underpinnings of the historic march for justice and reconciliation that resulted in the historic act of returning the Global War on Terrorism service medals by members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) in Chicago during the May 2012 NATO summit.
The Voice of Art team spent the month of May following members of the Chicago IVAW chapter as they planned and carried out their action, which echoed the throwing back of medals by anti-war Vietnam veterans in Washington DC in 1971. The four featured veterans – Aaron Hughes, Iris Feliciano, Greg Broseus and Alejandro Villatoro – in addition to being peace activists, are also artists who use their creativity to process their wartime experiences.
Also appearing in the episode are Rev. Jesse Jackson, Barry Romo (Vietnam Veterans Against the War member who helped organize the 1971 throwing back of service medals by veterans), and musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Nightwatchman).