Sunday with Peter Laufer takes to the road and heads north to Nelson, British Columbia, where Peter participates in the Our Way Home Reunion, a week of events honoring war resistance. Information about the annual Our Way Home Reunion is at www.ourwayhomereunion.com.
During the first hour California ex-pat artist Richard Taylor talks with Peter about his life choices: art school at UCLA, a conscientious objector serving in Central America during the Vietnam War, and then
a return to Los Angeles where he no longer felt at home – circumstance that led him to exile in British Columbia and then Canadian citizenship. Taylor now works with Iraq War deserters. He and Peter talk with the audience about the value of staying in the U.S. and working for change as opposed to leaving. Taylor’s work can be seen at www.richarddtaylor.com
For the second hour, Peter welcomes history professor Jeff Schutts to the program. A former U.S. Army officer, Schutts applied for CO status, eventually left the army, and now studies comparisons between the Vietnam and Iraq wars from Douglas College in Vancouver. He sees more similarity between Germany in the 1930s and America today than America during Vietnam and today. It’s a stimulating debate with audience participation.