Day two of the VVA Board of Directors and Conferencen of State Chapter Presidents meeting, Silver Spring, MD. Very moving and useful. Great opportunities for oral histories here.
The VVA is worrying about its longevity. Some years ago it decided to be a ‘last man standing’ organization. How long can it hold out? If the decision is made to close down, how will this be done? The VVA has assets that will have to be disposed of. But, even as discussion about this issue grows, membership numbers are increasing nationally; VVA now has 78,816 members, an all time high.
Listening to VVA board of directors committee reports: is it reasonable to understand this organization and its goals as class-based resistance? An effort to make the country accountable for the damage it did to an entire generation of working class soldiers?
National President of VVA John Rowan says Clinton, Sanders and Trump support Toxic Exposure Research Act. Both Dems and Repubs have active Veteran’s committees. Encourages political activity by all members. Organization is of course nonpartisan.
Last week I was notified that the CUNY TV interview I did has been nominated for a NY Emmy Award in the “military” category.
My grateful thanks to writer and producer Margaret Ramirez at CUNY Media for making this possible.
On this month’s show, we look at veterans and veteran’s services across the CUNY spectrum. The Office of Veterans Affairs offers many things to CUNY vets, and we look at the center as well as four veterans who have benefited from CUNY veterans services. Brooklyn College’s Philip F. Napoli wrote an oral history on the Vietnam War that disputes the stereotype of Vietnam war vets as debilitated, and we chat with him and two of the vets from the book, one of whom is a BC graduate as well. Jane Katz, a 50-year teaching ‘vet’ of CUNY and former US Olympic medal winner, talks about her new swim therapy program for vets, W.E.T.S. for Vets. Barry Mitchell visits with ex-Marine and now high school math teacher, Ana Mojocoa of Queens College. And we revisit the story of Garen and Anna Marshall – Garen defused bombs in the Iraq War and went on to graduate from Baruch College.
- Wednesday, April 30 – 8:00am, 2:00pm, 10:00pm
- Saturday, May 3 – 3:30pm
- Sunday, May 11 – 8:00am, 8:00pm
- Wednesday, May 14 – 8:00am, 2:00pm, 10:00pm
- Saturday, May 17 – 3:30pm
Chanel 75 on time Warner Cable in Manhattan.
Eventually, video will be available here.
I have begun to get hate mail from people confused about my identity.
A news story from February 28, 2014 (here is one example) indicated that “Philip Napoli from Fordham University” participated in or contributed to a “Federal Communications Commission plan to have government contractors question journalists about editorial decisions and practices.”
I teach at Brooklyn College — not Fordham. I had no involvement with that study, and have no connection to Fordham.
I work on 20th Century US social and public history, not communications policy.
My most recent book is about New York City’s Vietnam veterans.
To see my CV, click here.