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Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror

When: Friday, May 8, 2009, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Beacon Hill Friends House • 6 Chestnut St. • Boston


Military Mom and Author Susan Galleymore

With Art, Poetry, and Refreshments!

Just in time for Mother's Day, a moving portrait of what it means to be a mother in time of war...

Mothers Speak about War and Terror

Friday, May 8th, 7:00pm


Beacon Hill Friends House
 6 Chestnut St.,
Boston MA 02108

Sunday, May 10th, 4:00pm

Northampton Center for the Arts
17 New South Street
Northampton, MA 01060

These events are free and open to the public

Susan Galleymore, the mother of a U.S. soldier, made international headlines by taking the extraordinary and dangerous step of traveling to Iraq to visit her son stationed on a military base in the so-called Sunni Triangle, north of Baghdad.

What she found in Iraq challenged her to continue her journey interviewing mothers in war zones including Iraq, Israel and the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, and Afghanistan—as well as in the U.S. These powerful first-person stories offer dramatic insight into the impact of war on mothers, families, communities, and cultures around the world. 

Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror gets to the heart of extreme social experiences—war and warriors, mothers and children, communities and cultures—and explores the meaning of courage, fear, and leadership.

Susan GalleymoreSusan Galleymore's son served in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is South African-born and now based in the San Francisco's Bay Area, Susan Galleymore continues to share the stories of those affected by war as founder of MotherSpeak, as a radio host for Raising Sand Radio, and as a counselor on the G.I. Rights Hotline.

Each stop on the national book tour will feature local US military mothers and/or refugee mothers, including those whose stories are told in Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War and Terror.

Mass. Area  Mothers and Others Sharing Their Stories: Boston

Special Guest MC: Wayne Metrano, host of WBNW's "On The Street"

  • Joyce and Kevin Lucey, parents of Jeffrey Lucey who took his own life after returning from Iraq. His parents work tirelessly to ensure more responsible care for troops from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Paul Atwood, Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences
  • Melida and Carlos Arredondo, Gold Star Parents of Alex, killed in Iraq. They work on non-violence initiatives in Boston to stem gun violence in local communities and promote understanding of the connections between war and street violence.
    (Note: Please join the Arredondos as they support The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's 13th Annual Mothers' Walk for Peace on Mother's Day, Sunday May 10th.)
  • Poetry: David Connolly, war veteran and poet


  • Claudia Lefko, Iraqi Children's Art Exchange
  • Tyler Boudreau, author Packing Inferno, and former captain, USMC
  • Other special guests to be announced

Each event displays Iraqi children's art - sponsored by Iraqi Children's Art Exchange which invites Iraqi and American children and youth to participate in art-inspired projects. Transcending the barriers of language, culture and politics, projects create important learning opportunities, foster communication, and promote peace and nonviolence.

Book signing with Susan Galleymore follows the event

What They're Saying About Long Time Passing:

"Eloquently presents the universal fear, sorrow, and suffering experienced by mothers whose lives have been profoundly affected by war."Mary Tillman, co-author of Boots on the Ground at Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman and mother of football star Pat Tillman killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

"A heartfelt and gut-wrenching account—a must read for anyone wanting to understand the effects of modern war."Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor of International Relations at Boston University and author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. His son, Andrew, was killed in the Iraq war.

For more information about the 10-city book tour and to order the book please visit:

Published by Pluto Press (UK)  and distributed by Palgrave Macmillan (US)





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