July 4th in the U.S. is Independence day. As a veteran and a supporting member of Veterans For Peace, July 4th is a special day for me. It is a day that I typically set off for a long hike, get away and definitely do not want to be around any fourth of July celebrations which glorify war with explosive fireworks.
This summer I am in Portugal, working on a documentary about the wildfire situation here in Portugal as they relate to climate change. Desertification and climate refugees are issues which will have a huge impact on this country and it’s people.
As luck would have it, the Free Party is hosting an event in Lisbon which I’m looking forward to attending. It will most likely be in Portuguese and I anticipate most of it I will not understand. No matter, showing up is important to me and it will be an honor just to breathe that air.
The event description:
242 years after the Independence of the United States of America, FREE asks: “Against Global Trumpism: A Declaration of European Independence?” A conversation with Rui Tavares, historian, former MEP and founder of FREE and Richard Zimler, journalist, writer and Portuguese-American professor