Veterans from around the world are in Asheville this week for the Veterans for Peace National Convention.
The organization aims to build a culture of peace by helping the injured heal and helping educate the public about the true costs of war. The national convention started July 22 and runs through tomorrow, July 27, encompassing a variety of presentations, workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and concerts. Cynthia McKinney, who in 1992, became the first black woman to represent Georgia in the U.S. House, delivers the convention’s keynote address this evening, July 26, at 6:30 in the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center at 227 Cumberland Avenue in Montford.
Photographer John Penley has been documenting the events. Here’s a slide show of his photos:
Check out a full schedule of events and more information on the conference here.