AGENT ORANGE: DO NOT FORGET ME
Press Release – February 2022
March 29, 2022 7-8:30 PM
St. Petersburg Friends Meeting House
130 19th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida
The public is invited March 29, 2022 7-8:30 PM to a multimedia Presentation, Performance and discussion on Agent Orange. Namaya, a Vietnam-era Veteran, poet, performance artist, peace activist, and designer of the Agent Orange Project, who will lead this performance followed by a discussion at the St Petersburg Friends’ Meeting House, 130 19th Avenue South, St Pete. The event is free but donations will be accepted. March 29, 2022 is Vietnam Veterans Day. Thanks to St Pete Art’s Alliance for their support. Reserve your free space: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agent-orange-do-not-forget-me-by-namaya-tickets-273964584447
Agent Orange: Do Not Forget Me is a B4 Peace project by the artist Namaya and the B4 Peace team of GRACE Cares. This project on Agent Orange is endorsed by Veterans for Peace and is undertaken in cooperation with other leading agencies working to assist those with Agent Orange disease. This project will be presented in Vietnam at the end of 2022 at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
To learn more about Agent Orange you can view our video by clicking here: Agent Orange Video
Namaya said, “Our goals are to increase knowledge, and financial support regarding the ongoing environmental and cost of the US military’s chemical defoliant Agent Orange (AO) sprayed over Vietnam during the Vietnam War.”
The Agent Orange chemical warfare program left enormous environmental damage and caused significant health problems for Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, and US military Veterans. Over 2 million individuals are suffering from Agent Orange Syndrome in Vietnam. Two million veterans in the USA have AO syndrome. While many American veterans receive compensation from the US government for AO syndrome, the Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian victims do not receive compensation.
Agent Orange – Do Not Forget Me – Is part of the long term project by Namaya and the B4 Peace team to create art, word, and performances in the USA and globablly on the impact of war and militarism. In particular, the projects ask – Why does the USA spend more than $1.5 trillion annually on the military
Endorsements & Collaborations:
The project has been endorsed by Veterans for Peace and is collaborating with other advocacy groups in the US, Vietnam, and worldwide to raise awareness of the impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Namaya Productions has received a grant from St. Petersburg Arts Alliance & support through GRACE Cares.
Namaya Art Rat for Peace and the B4 Peace team have created art, performances, and events worldwide on the impact of war and militarism in society. This program is called “Pornography of War.” Namaya is a poet, artist, peace activist, and USN veteran who creates peace and human rights with his B4 Peace Team. Work can be viewed at www.namayaproductions.com. You can help us help others by donating now to the B4 Peace Project at www.gracecares.org
Namaya, in center, with staff and students at Friendship Village in Hanoi, Vietnam
Agent Orange: Do Not Forget Me sculpture for War Remnants Museum in Vietnam