August 31, 2015
The Golden Rule sailed out of Long Beach Sunday morning about 9am. Long Beach members were sorry to see the sailboat leave with it’s endearing crew. Members had a great presentation at First Church with firsthand accounts from Jessica Renshaw and an Atomic War veteran, and crew member and singer Macai. The ship took at least 5 day sails out of Rainbow Harbor while pro had a steady crowd of visitors with tours and talks.
If you missed it, there is still time to catch the great peace and ship, visit with the crew and take in a nice day by the ocean.
Check the schedule for more West Coast events
August 28, 2015
Please welcome Chapter 175 - The Casey Sheehan - Tomas Young Chapter. #175 is located in Janesville, WI on the South Central Wisconsin Stateline. As one of their first official actions, #175 was a sponsor of the Wisconsin Peace Walk, from Madison to Volk Field (around 90 miles), to protest the training of drone pilots at the facility. Watch the video here. You can e-mail the chapter contact, Norman Aulabaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org learn more or get involved with the chapter.
We would also like to announce and welcome Chapter 176 - Tijuana, Mexico. #176 is made up of U.S deported veterans currently residing in Tijuana. The chapter was approved by the board at the 2015 national convention. Following the convention, VFP members crossed the border to welcome the new chapter and participate in workshop to learn about the issues of deported veterans and how VFP can move forward legislative initiatives to help them. #176 is closing tied to the Deported Veterans Support House.
August 28, 2015
Dates of travel: Mar 14 - Mar 30, 2016
Each year since 2012 members of Việt Nam's Hoa Binh (Peace) Chapter 160 of Veterans For Peace (VFP) invite up to 20 veterans & non-vet spouses & peace activists to come to Việt Nam every Spring for an insider's 2-week tour. The Hoa Binh chapter is the first & only overseas VFP chapter of American veterans living in Việt Nam!
The mission of the tour is to address the legacies of America’s war, as well as visit a beautiful country & form lasting ties of friendship & peace. Therefore each tour participant is asked to bring a minimum of $1,000 as a donation. The money will go to VFP Chapter 160’s humanitarian projects in Việt Nam: bomb clearance, chemical warfare victims, hospitals, orphanages, schools, etc. The group will visit recovery & assistance projects supported by VFP & meet with Việt Namese families & war veterans struggling with: Agent Orange/Dioxin, Unexploded Ordinance & Poverty. Bringing the $1,000 minimum donation is mandatory. We also encourage donations from individuals & their organizations not going on the tour. These non-tour donations have accounted for more than half of the almost $200,000 donated so far.
The Hoa Binh Chapter of Veterans For Peace is well-known & respected in Việt Nam. The 2016 group will be the fifth annual tour. In all, 54 people (31 veterans & 23 non-vet spouses & peace activists) have gone on the Spring delegations & delivered nearly $200,000 in aid -over $100,000 from non-tour individuals & organizations!
Participants pay for 4 things:
Mail donations or $200 tour deposit to:
Make checks payable to:
Veterans For Peace
Credit card donations and payments:
For More Information contact:
Tour Coordinators in Việt Nam:
Suel Jones –FormerMarine Việt Nam Warcombat vet, 1968-69; lives in VN part of each year since 1998; volunteers in Da Nang with Việt Namese victims of Agent Orange (AO), of whom there are 3 to 4 million nationwide today. President of Veterans For Peace,Hoa BinhChapter 160.
Chuck Searcy –Army VN vet enlisted, military intelligence analyst 1966-69; lives in Ha Noi full time since 1995; International Advisor for ProjectRENEW, which clears UXOs (unexploded ordinance: cluster bombs, landmines, etc.). Vice President of Chapter 160.
Chuck Palazzo –Marine VN combat vet, 1st and 3rd Force Reconnaissance 1970-71; lives full-time in Da Nang since 2007; volunteers with AO victims. Secretary-Treasurer of Ch. 160.
Tour Coordinators in the U.S.:
Nadya Williams–Director of Communications for VFP San Francisco Chapter 69; Active Associate Member since 2003; lived in Việt Nam for 3 months in early 2008.
There are 4 Primary Ch. 160 Members in Việt Nam Who Organize & Lead the Tours:
Please Note: We are all volunteers, no one is paid.
List of Veterans For Peace, Hoa Binh (Peace) Chapter 160’s PROJECTS in Việt Nam. Donations from annual tour participants, plus non-tour organizational & individual donations, are divided up among these organizations:
August 25, 2015
The U.S. drone war is escalating. Please join U.S. military veterans who are raising money to put this call to conscience into Air Force Times, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of over 65,000. Readers include members of the Air Force, the Air National Guard, Pentagon officials and members of Congress and their staffs.
August 19, 2015
by Marjorie Cohn, VFP Advisory Board member
We have just marked anniversaries of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the US government against the people of Japan and Vietnam. Seventy years ago, on August 6, 1945, the US military unleashed an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing at least 140,000 people. Three days later, the United States dropped a second bomb, on Nagasaki, which killed 70,000. And 54 years ago, on August 10, 1961, the US military began spraying Agent Orange in Vietnam. It contained the deadly chemical dioxin, which has poisoned an estimated 3 million people throughout that country.
August 17, 2015
August 30, 2015 at 4pm – 6pm
Michaela Anang · Michaela@codepink.org
RSVP to join the Popular Resistance table: info@PopularResistance.org
By September 17, Congress has to vote on the Iran nuclear deal and we are working hard to ensure that they vote in favor of this historic agreement. We’ve organized a Picnic For Peace with Iran event to bring together different sectors of the community who care about peace and to have an action that is fun and visible to the press.
August 13, 2015
Since the turn of the millennium, more than 2.5 million veterans have returned to the United States. These men and women have fought bravely for the values that have long defined our nation: freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights. Regrettably, the nation they served has not always kept faith with their commitment.
The foundation of our society is the advance of liberty. And this progress is won through the resolution of conflict in favor of cooperation. Yet today governments have sought to expand human conflict into a new domain that reaches the home of nearly every citizen, the Internet.
Our Internet represents the public commons of the world. It is humanity's greatest tool for speech and association, for the development of peace and cooperation. And without the consent or awareness of the American public, our government has undermined the security of every citizen in every country - including our own - in pursuit of an advantage in surveillance.
Having served in the intelligence community, I understand that there are real threats in the world. I have also seen, up close, the threat that an unregulated and unwatched security state can pose to free societies. And you have no doubt watched with concern as equipment once reserved for war began patrolling our streets. But the internet reaches within the walls of our homes.
Service to our country does not mean blind compliance to the whims of a few government officials operating behind closed doors. Service means action: choosing to stand up, even on your own, in defense of peace; in defense of democracy; in defense of the rights inherited by this great society.
August 05, 2015
LIVE VFP Broadcast, Aug. 5-9
30th Veterans For Peace National Convention :
Live on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio EVERY NIGHT & STREAMING on TuneIn app.
Listen anywhere on your smart phone: go to PlayStore, Search TuneIn Radio App, download, open & search KNSJ, click and hit " following", ENJOY San Diego's only community radio station with challenging content, exploring the untold stories and views that the corporate media will never reveal.
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August 02, 2015
On a beautiful sunny afternoon in San Diego, we went out to the bay to watch the Golden Rule come in. Out-of-towners included myself, Tarak, Major Ken, Mike Marceau, Gerry Condon, and the Golden Rule crew. Also a large contingent from the San Diego chapter, including Barry Ladendorf.
July 31, 2015
The Golden Rule peace boat and her intrepid crew of four arrived at the Santa Barbara marina at 3 pm on Thursday afternoon. Because they have had very little wind, they have been motoring almost all the way from Eureka, and so needed more diesel fuel. Everyone is in good health.
Three of the four crew are VFP members - Captain David Robson from Baltimore, First Mate Skip Oliver from Sandusky, Ohio, and crew member Helen Jaccard from Seattle, Washington. The fourth crew member, Michael Gonzales, is a peaceful artist who lent his considerable building skills to restoring the Golden Rule.
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