March 04, 2015
Truthdig Radio interview with Michael McPhearson starts 15 minutes into the program.
March 04, 2015
To our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters at Creech Air Force Base,
This week, veterans of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan are arriving in Nevada to join protests outside Creech Air Force Base against Drone Warfare. We are not protesting against you, the airmen (and women) who are drone operators and support personnel.
We are reaching out to you because we understand the position you that you are in. We were once in that position ourselves, some of us quite recently. We know what it feels like to be caught up in strange and brutal wars not of our own making, and not clearly in the interests of our nation. We want to share some of our hard won truths, and to offer you our support.
March 04, 2015
This advertisement does a number of things in 15 seconds that U.S. television has not done before. It presents a moral case against drone murders (the U.S. government's terminology, and strictly accurate). It opposes drone murders as illegal. It shows victims. It provides the name and website of an organization opposing drone murders. And it directly asks drone "pilots" to refuse to continue. It also makes the Nuremberg argument that an illegal order need not (in fact must not) be obeyed.
This is, as far as I know, and as far as its producers know, the first anti-drone-war commercial on U.S. television, as well as -- I believe -- the first content of any sort on U.S. corporate television to do the things listed above.
This ad is airing from February 28 to March 6 on CNN, MSNBC and other networks in the Las Vegas area, just a few miles from Creech Air Force Base, a major drone operating and training facility where a major protest is underway. It will begin airing in other cities soon.
February 13, 2015
Join the Smedley's for their 5th Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade. The only “PEACE PARADE” in the country!
The ACLU has issued a press release to announce the filing of a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Boston.
Read the Smedley's Call for Help.
February 13, 2015
Hollywood wants us to believe that we can separate the reality of a horribly violent culture from the choices men make on a daily basis affecting the lives of women everywhere. In a world where men assault a third of all women, and commit over 90% of all violent crimes; where a man battering a woman is the most commonly committed crime; and where ever-increasing war and militarism devastates communities on every continent, we can no longer afford to sidestep the hard truths of what it will take to end violence and realize a peaceful world.
Nevertheless, our media, our governments, our law enforcement agencies and corporations continue to perpetuate violence at the expense of all life on the planet. We are supposed to believe that violence is sexy, and that as long as people believe they are making informed choices then it should be beyond public discourse. We have to ask ourselves the obvious question: what does it mean to inundate the dominant culture with the elements of violence, sell it to us as desirable under the capitalist paradigm, and still claim to be contributing to the empowerment of women?
February 13, 2015
Veterans For Peace deeply regrets the murders last Monday night of three young Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Growing anti-Muslim sentiment and hate crimes in the U.S. mirror the U.S. war on Muslim countries, and are stirred up by violent anti-Muslim propaganda such as the film, American Sniper.
We send our condolences to the families and friends of these beautiful young people, whose lives were robbed of them at such a young age.
We encourage all VFP members to challenge anti-Muslim racism and violence. Please read the reflection by Rabia Chaudry, below.
With three murders in Chapel Hill, American Must Confront Anti-Muslim Rhetoric by Rabia Chaudry
February 06, 2015
Veterans For Peace urgently calls on President Obama not to send U.S. weapons to the Ukrainian military, which would pour fuel on the escalating war in Ukraine. We encourage VFP members to tell President Obama and Congress to join in European and Russian diplomacy to end hostilities and avert a wider war in Europe.
Please read this timely article by VFP Associate Member Kevin Zeese Entited, Chomsky and Kissinger Agree: Avoid Historic Tragedy in Ukraine.
February 06, 2015
The Veterans For Peace Board would like to thank both Margret Stevens and Ken Dalton for their dedication and work to VFP and to the cause of peace.
Margaret Stevens was appointed to the VFP national board by President Patrick McCann and did a stellar job as a board member, providing a unique perspective as a Global War on Terror era woman of color veteran. Margaret is a professor at Essex County College working with urban youth. She has helped the board develop the Peace at Home Peace Abroad lens as one of the tools in the VFP toolbox to talk about the cost of U.S. wars, U.S. foreign policy and the direct impact of those polices on all communities here at home. For personal and professional reasons, Margaret chose not to run for a new term. We are proud that Margaret has continued her strong commitment to the work of VFP by accepting an appointment to the VFP International Advisory Board.
January 30, 2015
As a grassroots organization, the input of our members is one of VFP’s most important assets, and our annual elections create a critical opportunity for you to voice your opinions and preferences.
Unfortunately, we don't hear from as many of you as we would like during election time. Allow me to share with you important Veterans For Peace membership voting numbers for the national board, resolutions and by-laws over the past few years.
In 2014 we sent 3,352 ballots to 2,155 verified veterans and 1,188 non-verified veterans, associates and 9 international members. Voter participation was 738, or 22%.
I think 22% is a very low number and we need to do better. However, I know anecdotally from colleagues in other non-profits that we are not alone in struggling to engage members in organizational elections. I found information affirming this in the 2012 Votenet.com Index of Association and Non-Profit Voting and Election Trends:
January 29, 2015
Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC
Coming out of a meeting held in Washington, DC, on January 10, plans are coming together for an antiwar intervention in the U.S. capital.
A series of events will be held just as the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq -- recently restarted in a new form -- passes the 12-year mark since the March 2003 invasion.
Here's the schedule so far:
Wednesday, March 18: Peace gathering and fellowship.
Thursday, March 19th: Lobbying on Capitol Hill, followed by a tour of the war machine: homes and offices of war criminals.
Friday, March 20th: Afternoon and evening teach-in: Ending Current Wars, Ending the Institution of War.
This event will examine ISIS and U.S. warmaking in Western Asia and elsewhere; the damage militarism does to the natural environment, economies, and civil rights; and how the war system can be replaced with a peace system.
Saturday, March 21st: Protest at the White House, followed by march.
This nonviolent intervention was originally proposed by Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox and the Soapbox People's Network. It has been endorsed and will be supported by the ANSWER Coalition, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, CODEPINK, the Granny Peace Brigade of New York City, KnowDrones.com, Military Families Speak Out, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare, United National Antiwar Coalition, Veterans For Peace, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, WarIsACrime.org, Witness Against Torture, World Beyond War, and World Can't Wait.
To endorse, volunteer, get involved or learn more, go to: http://SpringRising.org
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