On the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduces Bill to Achieve Justice for Agent Orange Victims
On April 30th, 2015 – 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War – Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced H.R. 2114 – the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2015. The bill will:
- Provide medical assistance and disability benefits to affected children of American Vietnam veterans,
- Provide health care and social services for affected Vietnamese,
- Provide health care for affected Vietnamese Americans and their offspring,
- Clean up the lands and restore eco-systems contaminated by Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam, and
- Conduct research into the health effects of Agent Orange/dioxin in the US and Vietnam.
Please sign and circulate the orange postcard to ask your Congress member to co-sponsor and support H.R. 2114.
Agent Orange coverage on the 40th anniversary
The Continuing Curse of Agent Orangeby Merle Ratner & Azadeh Shahshahani (President, National Lawyers Guild)
Posted: 04/29/2015 9:05 am EDT – Updated: 04/29/2015 11:59 am EDT
Read full article in Huffington Post here.
"April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of … the end of the long war in Vietnam. There has been a recent attempt by Pentagon to whitewash the history of the war and the impact on U.S. soldiers and the Vietnamese people… One of the areas in which the U.S. government needs to provide additional transparency and be held accountable is its use of Agent Orange.
For millions of Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of American veterans, the war lives on through the scars that Agent Orange has left on their bodies and the bodies of their children… Rep. Barbara Lee has just introduced the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2015—H.R. 2114. This bill will provide cleanup of the contaminated "hot spots" in Vietnam and medical, rehabilitative, and human services to several generations of Vietnamese and Americans suffering with diseases and disabilities. It needs to be supported by a bipartisan coalition of legislators and passed as a long-overdue measure of redress.
It is time for the U.S. government to take responsibility for the human and environmental disaster that is still being caused by Agent Orange and provide comprehensive assistance to all those suffering from this deadly poison..."
Agent Orange: Terrible Legacy of the Vietnam Warby Marjorie Cohn, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Posted: 05/01/2015 1:10 pm EDT – Updated: 05/01/2015 1:59 pm EDT
See Huffington Post Politics, May 4, 2015.
... These were [...] 27 witnesses who testified at the International Peoples' Tribunal of Conscience in Support of the Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange, which was held in Paris in 2009. I served as one of seven judges from three continents. We heard two days of testimony from Vietnamese and US victims of Agent Orange, witnesses and scientists [...]. We saw firsthand horribly disfigured individuals who had been exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
The panel also concluded that the U.S. war in Vietnam was an illegal war of aggression (crime against peace) against a country seeking national liberation, in violation of the United Nations Charter. It further decided that the use of dioxin was a war crime because it qualified as a poisoned weapon in violation of the Hague Convention and customary international law. Finally, the panel found that the use of dioxin was a crime against humanity, as it constituted an inhuman act perpetrated against a civilian population in connection with a crime against peace and war crimes.
Black Voice News
Agent Orange and the Continuing Vietnam War
by Bill Fletcher, Jr.
a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and national board member of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign.
Follow him on Facebook and www.billfletcherjr.com.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 16:46
"... HR 2519 takes us one step towards accepting responsibility for a war crime that was perpetrated against the Vietnamese and that, literally and figuratively, blew back in our faces as our government desperately tried to crush an opponent it should never have first been fighting. For that reason, we need Congress to pass and fund HR 2519. HR 2519 should be understood as a down payment on a much larger bill owed to the peoples of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and to the US veterans sent into hell."
>>> Read the entire article at BlackVoiceNews.com.
August 10, 2013
Agent Orange Victims Day!
The Struggle Continues:
by Marjorie Cohen and Jeanne Mirer
Seeking Compensation for Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims, 52 Years On
in Common Dreams, August 10, 2013.
Also in Global Research, ZNet, Counterpunch,
"No reckoning over Agent Orange" in Consortium News, Monthly Review, Oped News, MWC News, William Bowles, Truth Out, Huffington Post… and more.
Global March Against Monsanto:
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 in your town!
Click the image above, or this line, to find where to march in or near your town.
This Saturday, across the globe, people will march against Monsanto's poisoning of our crops, water and our bodies.
Read "Agent Orange: Monsanto’s Legacy" by Daniel J. Shea, May 21, 2013
Monsanto is one of the largest manufacturers of Agent Orange - the deadly chemical weapon responsible for killing and sickening millions of people in Vietnam (where it was sprayed during the US' war) and in the U.S., South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, etc. whose people were exposed as soldiers during the war or from Agent Orange being tested or stored on their lands.
Dioxin in Agent Orange is the most toxic chemical known to science and affects several generations of children of those originally exposed, causing horrific birth defects. Read U.S. veteran, Dan Shea's personal story below.
Please come out to join our voice with all those opposing Monsanto's greed and destruction of human lives and the environment! Bring your Agent Orange banner if you have one!
Read New York Times, Letters, August 15, 2012, "Remedying the Effects of Agent Orange".
August 10, 2012, at Noon: 51 Years after the Chemical War Began in Vietnam, We Should be Silent in Memory, Then Take Action to Remedy
read Article by Jeanne Mirer and Marjorie Cohn, published by
— Huffington Post (Aug 8, 2012),
— Truthout (Aug 7), "The Toxic Effects of Agent Orange Persist 51 Years After the Vietnam War",
— Commondreams (Aug 9),
— ZNet (Aug 7),
— MWC News Focus Analysis (with a great message by Kenneth Porter Franklin on the problems in Gagetown (Canada),
— Global Research (Aug 6), "Chemical Warfare: Agent Orange in Vietnam — August 10, 51 Years After the Chemical War Began in Vietnam",
— The Smirking Chimp (Aug 3),
— Alternet... and
— NPR announcements August 2-10,
— Merle Ratner on Stony Brook University Radio, Aug 9,
— Marjorie Cohn on Scott Horton's Radio Shows, Aug 14,
— Paul Cox on Voice of America, Crossroads Asia program, Aug 16,
— Merle Ratner and Ngo Thanh Nhan on WBAI Asia Pacific Forum, Aug 20,
On August 10th join people across the globe in: 51 seconds of silence/51 seconds of action:
- 51 seconds of silence to reflect upon 51 years of spraying Agent Orange and 51 years of suffering of the victims in Vietnam, the U.S. and around the world from Agent Orange, as well as all victims of war;
- 51 seconds of action to let your congressional representative know you want them to take action to help the victims: write to your representative, asking them to support H.R. 2634, the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011; and sign the Orange Postcard to Congress indicating your support for this legislation and send to your representative.
Congressional Research Service document #7-5700 on Da Nang
Update on Agent Orange/Dioxin Project in Danang, Vietnam, July 3, 2012.
Veterans For Peace Maine — Triumphant Delegation
A February 24, 2012 visit to Rep. Chellie Pingree's office
resulted in her sponsor of HR 2634 on February 27, 2012.
Click here for VFP Press Release.
Congressman Bob Filner visits Vietnam for a Study Tour on Agent Orange
5-11 January, 2012
“Victims in connection with America’s spraying of Agent Orange during the American War in Vietnam must be assisted more, especially from the US side,” said U.S. Congressman Bob Filner during a visit to Vietnam this month.
More news story and photographs here.
Appeal of the Second International Conference of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin
9th August, 2011
Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
The Conference, held in Hanoi from August 8th to 9th, 2011, included participants from around the world: Agent Orange victims, victims of other toxic chemicals, scientists, lawyers and social activists. The conference was a significant and important historic event, marking the 50th anniversary of the first spraying of the toxic chemical Agent Orange (1961-1971) by the U.S. forces in Vietnam and Indochina.
The delegates to the Conference agree that:
During the Vietnam War, from 1961 to 1971, U.S. forces through Operation Ranch Hand sprayed nearly 80 million litres of herbicides over South Vietnam, of which 61% was Agent Orange containing at least 366kg of dioxin, the most toxic substance known to science....
Therefore, the Delegates to the Conference hereby call for Solidarity... Organize... Study and Remediate... UN Ban on Weapons and War Crimes... US Government and Chemical Manufacturers To Accept Responsibility... Disclose Locations of Agent Orange Sites... and Partner with VAVA...
NOW, fifty years since the first use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, the delegates of the conference declare again that the needs of the victims are urgent, requiring immediate action! .... We pledge to work together to make sure that justice delayed will no longer be justice denied!
Read entire Appeal (HTML)» or (PDF)»
People who overcome the pain of Agent Orange
August 6, 2011
Republished from Viet Nam Net Bridge
They are victims of Agent Orange (AO) but they have overcome the pain of disability pain to be productive leaders. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of dioxin disaster in Vietnam, the HCM City War Remnant Museum introduces 28 exemplary AO victims at a photo exhibition.
Compensate Victims of U.S. Chemical Warfare in Vietnam
August 10, 2011
By Marjorie Cohn
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government. One of the most shameful legacies of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange continues to poison Vietnam and the people exposed to the chemicals, as well as their offspring.
H.R. 2634, the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011 [www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-2634], which California Congressman Bob Filner just introduced in the House, would provide crucial assistance for social and health services to Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and U.S. victims of Agent Orange. Read more»