January 23, 2015
While she is in prison, Kathy can receive letters through the mail. If you would like to write, please address your envelope to:
January 23, 2015
Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and member of VFP International Advisory Board
Today, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones (also known as “unmanned aerial vehicles”) at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Medea Benjamin interviews her before Kathy turned herself in.
January 21, 2015
In photo: Ross Caputi, former Marine who participated in the 2nd Siege of Fallujah.
Chris Kyle built his reputation as a sniper during one of the most criminal operations of the entire occupation of Iraq, the 2nd siege of Fallujah.
What American Sniper offers us — more than a heart-wrenching tale about Chris Kyle’s struggle to be a soldier, a husband, and a father; more than an action packed story about America’s most lethal sniper — is an exposure of the often hidden side of American war culture. The criminality that has characterized American military engagements since the American Indian Wars, and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, is hardly noticeable in this film. And that’s exactly my point.
Your average American viewer might be surprised to find out that Chris Kyle built his reputation as a sniper during one of the most criminal operations of the entire occupation of Iraq, the 2nd siege of Fallujah. He or she certainly won’t learn this by watching American Sniper, which doesn’t even hint that Chris Kyle ever did anything in Iraq except kill bad guys and defend America. And this speaks volumes about how little we understand the wars that our country fights around the world.
January 14, 2015
Writer, Matthew Hoh, is a member of VFP International Advisory Board
The killings at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are abhorrent. But let us not forget the daily abhorrence of our wars in the Muslim World, wars that have seen over a million Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Pakistanis, Somalis, Syrians and Yemenis killed and millions more wounded and maimed physically and psychologically, while millions of men, women and children endure another cold winter, homeless and hungry.
So as we question and fume, shocked and aggrieved at the hateful killing of journalists and satirists, police officers and a janitor, we should not be so insensible as to not acknowledge the horrid cost we have exacted on the populations of the Greater Middle East in pursuit of democracy, freedom and liberty; campaigns undertaken in the name of our values that are executed in the very manner as those murderers in Paris on Wednesday proselytized and witnessed their faith as Muslims.
We must recognize the extremists and war-mongerers in our societies, who like the members of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, want war and require war to justify their own cosmic, religious and Manichean world views, or profit from the bounty of being an empire that has over 700 military bases around the world and sells nearly three-quarters of the world's arms.
December 27, 2014
Join us March 4-6, 2015 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada, for a national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia, and everywhere. Sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience , Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Voices for Creative Nonviolence. CODEPINK will also hold vigils daily on March 2nd and 3rd, prior to the official beginning of this Creech Convergence For Peace, and welcomes everyone to join them.
In 2005, Creech Air Force Base secretly became the first U.S. base in the country to carry out illegal, remotely controlled assassinations using the MQ-1 Predator drones, and in 2006, the more advanced Reaper drones were added to its arsenal. Creech drone personnel sit behind computers in the desert north of Las Vegas and kill "suspects" thousands of miles away. Recent independent research indicates that the identity of only one out of 28 victims of U.S. drone strikes is known beforehand. Though officials deny it, the majority of those killed by drones are civilians. In 2014, it was leaked that the CIA's criminal drone assassination program, officially a separate operation from the Air Force's, has been piloted all along by Creech's super-secret Squadron 17.
December 19, 2014
This year marked the 25th year of speaking out against the School Of Americas. Once again, members of VFP traveled from across the country to gather outside Fort Benning, GA. Thousands of activists, musicians, and artists gathered at the gates for a beautiful display of solidarity and compassion. Many members hosted booths throughout the weekend, flying their VFP flags proudly. Friday night started off with a plenary and concert. On Saturday morning, we gathered in Lumpkin, Georgia for a march to the Stewart Detention Center. Stewart, currently warehousing 1,800 men (for-profit), is one of the largest immigrant prisons in the United States. We stood outside its gates, knowing that more people are being held there than are currently living in the small town of Lumpkin, with a population of only 1200.
Over 75 VFP members and allies gathered during the Saturday evening workshop to discuss Veterans For Peace and how we can better link up nationally with the work of SOAW. Patrick McCann, VFP President of the Board of Directors, facilitated the discussion among members. We discussed the 2015 Convention, along with “Peace At Home, Peace Abroad” in relation to the work of SOAW. We heard from the SOAW delegation coordinator, Brigitte, and the SOAW legislative coordinator, Arturo. We learned that SOAW will be focusing legislative efforts next year on stopping the 1033 program, which is one federal program that allows the transfer of military weaponry to local police forces.
December 12, 2014
In 2003, when Veterans For Peace office needed to be rescued from a flooded office, member Joe Connolly stepped forward to offer a 2-unit apartment building that he owned next door to his own office. That building has been our home at a subsidized rent for eleven years. We want to publicly recognize Joe’s generosity over these years.
Unfortunately, the time came for those buildings to be sold, and we have found a new home. We will be just north of the St. Louis Arch in two adjoining retail spaces built in 1901. They have been lovingly cared for and we look forward to being settled there soon!
In the meantime, the office will be closed December 23— January 4. The online store will be closed beginning December 18. Please anticipate any needs you may have before that time and we will do our best to meet them. Thanks for your understanding and patience during the disruption.
December 11, 2014
We are writing to you in the wake of the October 10, 2014 New York Times article, “Pentagon’s Web Timeline Brings Back Vietnam, and Protesters,” which documents efforts to counteract the Pentagon’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the war in Vietnam. We – the Full Disclosure campaign of Veterans For Peace – represent a group of veterans many of whom fought in Vietnam, as well as others who protested that war over the years. We are very concerned about government attempts to whitewash the war and US actions in Vietnam and are prepared to explain and present, now as we did then, the case against that war.
The Full Disclosure Campaign represents a clear alternative to the Department of Defense's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam War and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. The war in support of a corrupt South Vietnamese regime resulted in the deaths and displacement of millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians, as well as the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans and the disruption of millions of American lives.
December 09, 2014
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote on authorizing our latest war in Iraq and Syria this week – perhaps on WEDNESDAY. Call your Senator before the vote using this special toll-free* number: 877-429-0678. This number will connect you with the Capitol Switchboard operator, and you can ask to be connected to your Senator’s office.
You can say: “I am a member of Veterans For Peace. I understand the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be debating the use of force against ISIL. I urge the Senator to oppose authorizing force in Iraq and Syria. However, if there are opportunities to constrain the use of force, such as by prohibiting ground troops, I urge the Senator to support those constraints.”
December 08, 2014
Dear signers of the Full Disclosure Open Letter to the American People (about he Pentagon's 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam war),
We in the Full Disclosure group of Veterans For Peace are plesed to announce the qualitative upgrading of our web site. You can find it at the old address:
The Pentagon is making its major push in 2015 (the 50th anniversary of the anniversary of the American escalation in Vietnam in 1965). They aim to legitimize current and future wars as well as the continuing militarization of American society. They are preparing major events, including on Memorial Day and at college football games in the Fall. They are also developing a one-sided curriculum. We need to be prepared to counter their efforts in organized and powerful ways. Of course we already have a more honest curriculum on the web site under Educational Resources.
To move forward, we need your support: to maintain and improve our new web site, to develop and distribute our materials (including oral histories), to travel to educational and other conferences, and to organize powerful and meaningful events -- including teach-ins to mark the 50th anniversary of the teach-in movement -- and thereby launch a serious campaign in opposition to the Pentagon's efforts. You can donate by going to the web site and looking for the donate button on any screen or go directly to
Your donations are tax deductible.
Besides donating, consider either working with us or organizing an event where you live or work to oppose the Pentagon's effort and communicate a more honest understanding of the war and the movement in opposition to it. And let us know about it o we can feature it on our web site and let others know about your efforts.
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