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July 5, 2004

Oscar winner wears familiar pin
March 2, 2004
To heck with Tim Robbins' Oscar. What was that on his lapel?

The first thought that occurred to some metro Detroiters when they saw Robbins hoist his statue for best supporting actor Sunday night was, "Hey, that's Carl's peace button!"

Indeed, the smallish lapel button that Robbins sported while accepting the Oscar for his performance in "Mystic River" looked an awful lot like the peace buttons by Carl Bunin, 54, of Huntington Woods. Robbins' people weren't immediately available to say whether it was Bunin's pin, but the possibility isn't as far-fetched as it may sound.
Bunin sent Robbins some buttons last year after hearing that the activist actor had spoken against the invasion of Iraq.

"I found an address for I guess his agent in New York," Bunin said Monday. "I put in a note, like, 'I'm a fan of your movies. I just wanted to give you these buttons for doing the right thing.'

"I never knew if he got them," says Bunin. The phone started ringing at the Bunin home early Monday with calls from friends who had bought similar-looking buttons at Bunin's community peace meetings or from his Web site,

During the Oscar broadcast, Bunin was bent over a laptop, but was loudly interrupted by his wife and two daughters.

"They said the same thing -- 'Hey, that looks like your button,' " he says.

Bunin is quick to disclaim credit for the symbol. His Web site details the history of the now-universal sign of peace. But what's special about his little button?

" It's not geometrically perfect," he said. "I wanted it that way because peace is a tenuous thing. You have to work at it."

Read Pauline Plupercio's

article in the Royal Oak Mirror


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July 4 1969

"Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK

July 6 1892

In one of the worst cases of

union-busting, a fierce battle breaks out between Homestead Steel employees and Pinkerton detectives. 20 are killed.

July 6 1965

Students try to block troop trains in Berkeley, CA

July 7 1863

First military draft by US (exemptions cost $100).

July 7 1979

2,000 Native American activists and anti-nuclear demonstrators march through the Black Hills (South Dakota) to protest the development of uranium mines

in sacred lands.

July 9 1955

Einstein, Russell and 7 other scientists warn that choice is between war and

human survival.

July 11 1968

Founding of American Indian Movement (AIM), Minneapolis, MN

July 13 1863

Anti-draft riots in NYC, against the implementation of the first wartime draft of U.S. civilian.

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