small acts of resistance, little reminders of war

mfso bring me home 001

At the war resisters event in Buffalo, the excellent folks from Military Families Speak Out were giving these away. They are plastic soldiers, posed in all the usual war positions, wearing stickers. One side reads BRING ME HOME NOW, the other MFSO.ORG.

People are encouraged to place them in public spaces - on library shelves, in the supermarket, on a park bench.

I absolutely love the idea and will be doing my bit this week.

mfso bring me home 002

Military Families Speak Out is a US-based organization, but we need a Canadian chapter. At the June 26 peace march for the G20 demos, the mother of a young Canadian killed in Afghanistan will address the crowd. To my knowledge, she is the first Canadian to take such a stand, and I hope her courage gives others to strength to join her.


johngoldfine said...

I hang around with a lot of people who get emotional about something like war toys--they imagine that playing with these figurines necessarily turns little boys into warriors. They'd probably disapprove, but their feeling for irony is not a strong point.

I think it's a neat idea!

L-girl said...

The folks from the judgemental potluck, by any chance? :)

I know I "should" be against war toys, it goes with my territory. But I played with toy guns as a child, they were good for storytelling and adventure games. Still grew up knowing war is wrong.

Not giving kids toy guns does seem like a good idea - when it doesn't become a religion.

Anyway, I agree. :)

johngoldfine said...

You remembert the potlucks, eh? Yes, those very same usual suspects.

I never had the least idea of giving my son a toy gun--but there he was, age 6 or 7, running around in the woods with his friends "shooting" right-sized sticks they'd picked up. It hardly seemed like child abuse for us to outline a rifle on a board, cut it out together with a jigsaw, sand it and then tack on a piece of leftover green garden hose for a barrel.

His mother and I are still waiting after 36 years for the inevitable rottenness at the core to show itself.