August 01, 2014
Look for our flags and banners.
When: Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The White House
The atrocities committed by the Israeli regime keep piling up in Gaza. Over 70 people were murdered by relentless Israeli artillery fire in just one neighborhood alone, al-Shujayeh, and bombings of hospitals and schools take place on a daily basis.
In response to this ongoing massacre, a broad coalition of anti-war, Muslim and Arab-American groups have joined together to organize a national march on the White House on August 2.
For more information visit Answer Coalition's website @ http://www.answercoalition.org/
July 25, 2014
A Call is Made to End War at Home and War Abroad!
Asheville NC – Veterans [TP1] from around the country as well as from overseas are now converging at the University of North Carolina in Asheville for the 29th Annual Veterans For Peace National Convention held this year in Asheville, NC.
On Friday several prominent speakers, authors and veterans will be addressing the group during the workshops and plenary with discussions on the Full Disclosure of the Vietnam War and the demilitarization of Latin America.
Press Release - National Veterans For Peace Leadership to Issue Statement Regarding Military Actions in Iraq and Gaza
July 21, 2014
and to Address Problems with Veterans Healthcare and the VA Crisis
What: Press Conference and Vigil
Who: Patrick McCann, VFP National President
When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:30 PM
Where: Vance Monument, Pack Square, Asheville NC
Why: With the increasing conflict at home and abroad, Veterans For Peace offers a unique voice, solution and perspective that affects our world. The VFP annual convention is open to the general public with paid registration
Saint Louis, MO–Veterans For Peace is kicking off its 29th National Convention this Thursday, July 24th in Asheville, NC.Veterans from WWII through the current Post 9-11 era will gather with military families, supporters and friends to share information and experiences and to discuss how to move the U.S. away from endless war to an age of diplomacy and global cooperation.
As a lead up to convention activities, this Tuesday members of Veterans For Peace national leadership will participate in the local Asheville Chapter 099 weekly peace vigil from 5pm to 6pm at Vance Monument, Pack Square in downtown Asheville.
VFP will hold a press conference during the vigil at 5:30 pm to comment and take questions on how war and peace impact our service members, veterans and the nation. Speakers will comment on the Veterans Administration, the U.S. and its policies toward the Russia, Iran, Syria, and Iraq.
The organization will also make a clear statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people, calling for the end to the Israeli siege of Gaza and cessation of violence and targeting of civilians by Israel and Hamas.
“As veterans who have witnessed the horrors of war, we are outraged by Israel's slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians in the open-air prison that is Gaza,” said Gerry Condon, National Vice-President of Veterans For Peace. “We call for an immediate and to the bombing and a withdrawal of all Israeli military from Gaza.”
Veterans For Peace Interim Executive Director Michael McPhearson stated, “For more than a decade the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars conducting a policy of global endless wars.
Veterans For Peace asks, with all the money spent on these wars and the outcome being more terrorism, more war and more violence, who benefits from them?
“These wars do not benefit military families who wait in fear every day for their loved one to come home, many times never seeing them whole or alive again. They do not benefit the service members who sacrifice their time, bodies and minds and some, their lives. These wars do not benefit the veterans that find they cannot get the help they need and deserve. And the wars do not benefit the average U.S. citizen who pays for them yet receives little help in a stagnant economy and still faces the specter of terrorism,” remarked Veterans For Peace National President Patrick McCann.
"We are excited to be hosting hundreds of veterans and friends from all over the U.S. Viet Nam and England," said John Spitzberg, Asheville Veterans For Peace Convention Coordinator.
"We will bring attention to the plight of homeless veterans in Asheville, with whom we will share a meal on Sunday morning,” said John Spitzberg. “We want peace at home as well as peace abroad, and to bring all the troops home from Afghanistan and from the 900 U.S. bases around the world. Furthermore, we insist the Veterans Administration be fully funded so it can provide prompt quality healthcare to all our veterans when they need it."
ASHEVILLE RESIDENTS INVITED TO CONVENTION
The Asheville community is invited to a special Friday night concert by master musician and songwriter,John McCutcheon. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Asheville residents may also participate in the many Convention workshops and activities by paying a modest daily fee, or by volunteering to help out at the Convention.
* Veterans For Peace is a 29-year-old U.S. based nonprofit educational organization with chapters in over 100 US cities and several international chapters. VFP members include veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as non-veteran allies. The mission of Veterans For Peace is to abolish war as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Regarding press conference and convention media queries:
Ed Sacco, 828-686-8791
Tom Palumbo, VFP Communications Chairperson, 828-335-3627, TPeacenik@gmail.com
Gerry Condon, VFP National Vice President, 206-499-1220, email@example.com
Press Release: VETERANS TO DELIVER LETTER TO ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: Stop the Slaughter of Palestinian Civilians in Gaza!
July 20, 2014
Members of Veterans For Peace will deliver a letter to Israel's Embassy, 3514 International Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, at 1:30 pm Monday afternoon, July 21. The letter calls on the government of Israel to immediately halt the bombing of Palestinian civilians and to withdraw all its troops and military assets from Gaza. Colonel Ann Wright, who has visited Palestine and Israel several times, will head up the delegation.
July 02, 2014
This article was written by VFP member, Dr. Gary G. Kohls, MD. Dr. Kohls is a member of VFP Chapter 80 in Duluth MN.
Since the assassinations of Jack Kennedy and Martin Luther King (and the Vietnam War that had much to do with both), it has been hard for historically-literate and open-minded Americans to generate much patriotic fervor on the Fourth of July. But they should have been skeptical long before those idealism-shattering events. My own seriously deficient high school education in world and American history has necessitated decades of catch-up reading and research in order to find the truth about the dark underbelly of America.
My high school textbooks totally ignored the real histories of the conquistadores, the genocide of Native Americans and their cultures, and the truth about the actual brutality of the enslavement of Black Africans. My history books glorified America’s wars, and never mentioned America’s use of propaganda or how it was involved in fascist movements world-wide. The cold realities of sexism, militarism, poverty, corporate abuse, the banking system, etc. were glossed over. Sadly, my relative ignorance about the (obviously censored out of our consciousness) painful and unwelcome truths about what really happened in history is probably the norm.
June 27, 2014
We can still impact the outcome of the Veterans Administration freeform bills moving through Congress. June 24, the House-Senate conference committee began deliberations on bills, H.R. 4810, and H.R. 3230 to resolve conflicts before the final vote. Senators and Representatives are at home June 28 – July 6. This is a good opportunity to contact them regarding current legislation designed to improve health care provided by the VA.
The House and Senate have appointed a Conference Committee to reconcile their bills on veterans’ health care. We suggest the following are key values that need to be represented in any bill sent out of this committee:
June 20, 2014
On Thursday, June 19th, VFP members led a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. along with anti-war groups Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAW) and Military Families Speakout (MFSO).
June 19, 2014
Matt Howard, IVAW Communications Director, 415-819-6430, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry Condon, Veterans For Peace Vice President, 206-499-1220, email@example.com
Pat Alviso, National Coordinator, Military Families Speak Out, 562-833-8035, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: 1 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 19
WHERE: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (Lisagor Rm.), Washington, DC, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
ROSS CAPUTI and MATT SOUTHWORTH, Iraq War Veterans
June 18, 2014
WHEN: Thursday June 19, 2014 (tomorrow) at 1 pm EDT
WHERE: The National Press Club, Lisagor Room
WHAT: As Iraq approaches the brink of another civil war U.S. veterans of the war in Iraq call on the Obama administration to learn from the lessons of our country’s past and to pursue non-military diplomatic solutions in supporting the people of Iraq in reaching reconciliation. Those veterans who have served inside of Iraq know intimately that not one more life should be lost inside of Iraq due to U.S. military actions neither service members nor Iraqis.
WHO: Veterans of the Iraq War Calling for An End To U.S. Military Intervention in Iraq with military family members and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern
Ross Caputi is a Marine Corps veteran of the 2nd siege of Fallujah. Today he is on the Board of Directors of ISLAH (www.reparations.org) and he is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. <
Matt Southworth is an Army veteran of the Iraq War. He currently works in Washington, DC for Friends Committee on National Legislation and he is a member of Veterans For Peace.
Tim Kahlor is the father of medically retired Sgt. Ryan Kahlor. His son served over 24 months in 2 tours in Iraq. He is a member of Military Families Speak Out.
Ray McGovern served as an Army infantryman/Intelligence officer in the early Sixties and was then a CIA analyst for 27 years. He a co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
SPONSORS: Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) , Veterans For Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO)
Attention Media: On camera interviews will be available with various Iraq veterans and family members.
June 16, 2014
Veterans For Peace calls on President Obama and Congress to stay out of Iraq. Stop providing arms to the government of Iraq. Do not conduct bombing missions of any sort in Iraq, including drone strikes and do not put troops on the ground. It is clear that after decades of war, adding more weapons and violence to the war torn country is not in the best interest of the Iraqi or American people. U.S. intervention will not stop the violence, it will only add new fuel to an already raging fire.
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