Vince Emanuele was born and raised in America's Rust-Belt. His family emigrated from Italy and Yugoslavia during WWII. Upon settling in Chicago, Vince's family joined the local union movement, participating in militant protests such as the Memorial Day Massacre in 1937. In 2002, he joined the United States Marine Corps as a squad automatic machine gunner. After two combat-deployments in Iraq, he refused orders for a third and immediately began organizing with Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War, eventually serving on the Board of Directors for IVAW.
In 2008, Vince testified to Congress at the Winter Soldier Hearings on Capitol Hill, where he provided detailed accounts of war crimes, atrocities, drug abuse and sexual assault within the military. During this period, he continued to work with various movements, participating in a wide-range of campaigns, protests, street theatre performances, writing workshops, and direct actions.
From 2010-2013, he hosted a community radio program and podcast called "Veterans Unplugged." In this context, Vince interviewed hundreds of activists, organizers and academics surrounding issues of ecology, militarism, civilization, capitalism, ideology and philosophy. Since then, he has worked as a campaign manager, journalist and public speaker. He has given hundreds of lectures in high schools, universities, union halls, churches and communities around the world.
His experiences in the military have been captured in Olivier Morel's award-winning documentary film, "On the Bridge," which has been recreated in the French graphic novel, "Revenants." Vince's writings and transcribed interviews have been featured on AlterNet, CounterPunch, the Christian Science Monitor, In These Times, CounterCurrents and ZNet. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including those on NPR, BBC, CNN, Russia Today, DemocracyNow! and Al Jazeera English.
Currently, Vince is writing his first book and re-launching the podcast radio program, "Veterans Unplugged." He recently returned home from a speaking tour in Australia, and has been on the ground, reporting in Ferguson, Missouri. He lives in Michigan City, Indiana.