March 07, 2014
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.
CODEPINK Co-founder Medea Benjamin Detained and Deported from Egypt En Route to Gaza with International Delegation of Women
March 04, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Coordinator, 860-575-5692, email@example.com
On the night of March 3, 2014, co-founder of the peace group CODEPINK Medea Benjamin was on her way to Egypt to join an international delegation of women going to Gaza when she was detained by border police in the Cairo airport, held overnight in a cell, and then brutally tackled (her arm badly injured), handcuffed, and deported to Turkey. During her time in the detention cell she had access to a cell phone, from which she contacted colleagues at CODEPINK about the poor conditions of the cell and chronicled her ordeal via Twitter. When the Egyptian police removed her from the detention center, they used such excessive force she sustained a fracture and torn ligament.
Calling from Istanbul, Benjamin gave the following statement: “I was brutally assaulted by Egyptian police, who never said what I was being accused of. When the authorities came into the cell to deport me, two men threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, pulled my shoulder out of its socket and handcuffed me so that my injured arm was twisted around. I was then forced to sit between the two men who attacked me on the plane ride from Cairo to Istanbul, and I was (and still am) in terrible pain the whole time.”
February 28, 2014
Campaign Nonviolence is a long term campaign to mainstream nonviolence into our culture. In 2014, the campaign hopes to get as many peace, anti-poverty and environmental groups to endorse the campaign. For more information on Campaign Nonviolence, visit their website.
Campaign Nonviolence invites all of us to:
February 28, 2014
Doug Rawlings (Tom Sturtevant Chapter 1, Auburn Maine) has stepped down from the Veterans For Peace Board of Directors to concentrate on local chapter projects and life plans. He will also continue to be active nationally in the development committee and the Full Disclosure: Toward an Honest Commemoration of the American War in Viet Nam campaign.
Doug has performed yeoman's service to the board, having served as vice president in 2012, and played major roles organizing the last two National Conventions. Doug was one of the original 5 founders of VFP in 1985.
Doug's term was scheduled to run to December 12, 2014. According to VFP Bylaws, President Patrick McCann may nominate a VFP member to complete Doug's term of office, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. We encourage all veteran members to consider standing for election to the Board of Directors. The next general election will occur this fall for four seats on the Board of Directors for the 2015 – 2017 term.
If you are interested in being a board member, please send a short resume including a statement explaining why you are interested in serving as a VFP Board member to Board President Patrick McCann, firstname.lastname@example.org; or call the VFP National Office 314 725-6005 to speak to the Interim Executive Director Michael T. McPhearson to answer any questions.
February 27, 2014
38 organizations have signed the Iran policy organizational letter initiated by National Iranian American Council. The letter was delivered to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this afternoon.
To: Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
As negotiations proceed between the P5+1 and Iran, the following organizations urge Congress to uphold the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and refrain from considering any measures that would violate the letter or spirit of the JPOA or renegotiate the basic terms for a final agreement outlined in the JPOA. We urge Congress and the Administration to work together to ensure diplomacy can succeed in preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon and averting an unnecessary and costly war.
The JPOA advances U.S. national security objectives by freezing and rolling back key elements of Iran's nuclear program as negotiations towards a comprehensive nuclear agreement proceed. Congress has an important role to play to ensure the terms of the JPOA are upheld by Iran. At the same time, it is critical that Congress not cause the United States to violate our own terms under the deal. The Senate’s decision to abstain from considering new Iran sanctions has helped give diplomacy the best possible chance to succeed. It is critical that Congress not legislate new sanctions while talks are proceeding, which would violate the JPOA and, according to a U.S. Intelligence Community assessment, “would undermine the prospects for a successful comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.”
February 27, 2014
Pack the Courtroom! 5th Floor. Part JP4
9:30 am 100 Centre St. NY, NY
Submitted by Tarak Kauff, member of VFP Board of Directors
The reading of names of the dead continues as five veterans lie handcuffed together. Those handcuffed are (clockwise from top left): WWII vet Jay Wenk, Ellen Barfield, Ken Mayers, Micah Turner, and Tarak Kauff. Photo by ELLEN DAVIDSON
Nineteen military veterans and their allies were arrested last Oct. 7 at New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza for refusing to leave the park at the 10 pm closing time. The date marked 12 years of invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, and the arrestees were reading the names of the dead from the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam, as well as from the drone wars in Pakistan and other countries. The aims of the action, organized by Veterans For Peace members, were fourfold:
Veterans For Peace Responds to the Conviction and Imprisonment of VFP Member Gregory Boertje-Obed and the Transform Now Plowshares Activists, Sr. Megan Rice and Michael Walli
February 21, 2014
From left to right: Gregory Boertje-Obed, Sr. Megan Rice, Michael Walli
Our highest commendations are sent with gratitude and love to VFP member Gregory Boertje-Obed and his courageous and noble colleagues, Sr. Megan Rice, SHCJ and Michael Walli, members of Transform Now Plowshares for their extraordinary actions to expose the on-going criminal activity of the US government at the Y-12 nuclear processing facilities in Oak Ridge, TN. We send also our love and support to their families and friends.
February 20, 2014
When I saw this day on the U.N. calendar, I said to myself, “No Justice, No Peace!” These words are probably the chant I have been saying the longest as an activist. It is my favorite protest chant and the one which holds the most meaning for me. I believe justice is essential to building peaceful communities and around the world.
Justice helps promote economic growth and prosperity. Individuals who are not being treated fairly will not have the skills or motivation to fully contribute to the welfare of their community. It is talent, opportunity and lives lost.
Eventually someone will say, “No more,” and resist. They may use violent or nonviolent means to end the wrongs they endure. It may be subtle, like a slowdown in work; or it may be audacious like a rebellion. But by whatever means, there will be resistance. The human spirit cries out for justice and cannot be long denied without forcing counter action, to push back on injustice.
February 19, 2014
Judge Amul R. Thapar passed sentence on Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice and Michael Walli on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in federal court in Knoxville, Tennessee. The three were convicted in May 2013 for their nonviolent action called Transform Now Plowshares at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on charges of depredation of property and sabotage—the convictions carried possible maximum sentences of 30 years in prison. Sentencing guidelines, based on factors including history, recommended sentences ranging from 6-10 years.
Sentencing began at 1:30pm; the three were permitted to be in the courtroom together by Judge Thapar.
In photo from left to right: Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed
Michael Walli received a sentence of 62 months on each count, to be served concurrently, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
Greg Boertje-Obed (VFP Chapter 80 member in Duluth MN) received a sentence of 62 months on each count, to be served concurrently, followed by 3 years of supervised release.
Megan Rice received a sentence of 35 months on each count, to be served concurrently, followed by 3 years of supervised probation.
February 19, 2014
Urge President Obama to cancel the combined, massive joint US-ROK war game v. North Korea, which will start on Feburary 25, 2014 and continue until April 18, 2014.
The US Military Commander will be in charge of this provocative, threatening war drill, which will bring in more than 5,000 U.S. troops from outside of Korea, as well as mobilizing some 200,000 South Korean troops for field exercise. This will again raise dangerous military tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Please support this urgent effort for peace by signing the petition and forwarding to others.
Email President Obama or call President Obama - 202-456-1111(Comments) 202-456-1414 (Switchboard)
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