VFP Support Made a Big Difference!
In photo from Left to Right: Alex Bacon, Meike Capps-Schubert, Malachi Muncy and Gerry Condon talk about GI coffeehouses and the importance of GI outreach today.
The GI Coffeehouse Tour has successfully completed its nearly three week journey from San Diego to Seattle. Events in 13 cities raised awareness about the importance of ongoing outreach to GI's. Supporters donated $9,000, or $3,000 for each of the three participating GI coffeehouses.
Veterans For Peace was among the national organizations that sponsored the tour and donated funds to cover upfront expenses. Other tour sponsors were Iraq Veterans Against the War, Civilian Soldier Alliance, the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild, the GI Rights Network, The Center for Conscience and Action, War Resisters League, Center on Conscience and War, the Catalyst Project and Courage To Resist.
Iraq veteran Malachi Muncy represented Under The Hood Cafe and Outreach Center, which he manages. Coffee Strong was represented by its co-coordinator, Coast Guard veteran Alex Bacon The Clearing Barrel was represented by its co-founder and manger, German peace activist Meike Capps-Schubert.
VFP Board member Gerry Condon, who also serves on the board of Under The Hood, helped coordinate the tour and was its driver. Thanks to VFP chapters and members who organized many of the local events and played key roles in all of them.
The tour also visited Arlington West during its tenth anniversary. Every Sunday for ten years, VFP members have been putting up this memorial to the fallen soldiers and all the victims of the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations.
Col. Ann Wright participated in the “Pop-Up GI Coffeehouse” events in San Francisco. The touring activists then followed Colonel Ann and Toby Blome of Code Pink to Marysville, California for the monthly anti-drone protest at Beale Air Force Base. <More>
Five people – including VFP member Jerry Pederson were arrested during an Ash Wednesday service yesterday at the gates of Beale Air Force Base in California, the site of the surveillance drone Global Hawk. <More>
Mar 15 - Rally at the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines IA
Mar 16 - People’s Parade for Peace in Boston MA
Mar 19 - Anniversary of Iraq War
Mar 29 - Apr 12 - 2014 Annual Tour to Vietnam
Mar 30 - Apr 1 - SOA Watch 2014 Spring Days of Action in Washington DC
Apr 26 - Full Disclosure: An Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam in NY, NY
May 2 - 4, 2014 - 4th Annual VFP Northern California Conference in Calistoga CA
Jul 23 - 27 - VFP Annual Convention in Asheville, NC
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