February 04, 2016
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
The Honourable John McCallum
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister McCallum:
We are writing you on behalf of Veterans For Peace, an international organization based in the United States, with chapters in 14O U.S. cities, as well as in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea and Vietnam. Our urgent mission is to abolish war once and for all and to build a culture of peace.
First of all, Prime Minister Trudeau, we would like to congratulate you on your election victory. We wish you much success in the big job of leading the great nation of Canada, where a number of us have lived and continue to cherish precious relationships and fond memories.
February 04, 2016
Sincerely submitted by Chuck DeWitt, Restoration Coordinator for The VFP Golden Rule Project.
To hear the weather man tell it we are in a terrible drought. But, if you check the current record we are actually way above normal for rain. The rivers are at or close to flood stage and all the nearby reservoirs are full to the top and it's also been cold, well it is winter..
After the voyage of The Golden Rule to San Diego and back to Humboldt the crew presented me with a long list of things that needed attention or replacing or added to the boat. The galley was on the top of the list so we've concentrated efforts to it. Mike has redesigned the galley to make it easier to work in and is nearly finished with a custom built ice chest that is down and out of sight. The ice box itself is made of Hydrotech, fiber glass and Styrofoam. I've had to help with the glassing as the toxic fumes are too much for Mikes sensitive old guy nose.
January 14, 2016
Recently, North Korean officials claimed North Korea had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. U.S. officials, scientists and others remain skeptical. Nonetheless, such testing could signify a renewed nuclear arms race among the nine nations known to posses nuclear weapons. Undoubtedly, such testing (or the threat of such testing), could dramatically increase tensions on the Korean
North Korea is not alone in moving to update and modernize its nuclear weapons program. It is reported that Russia will spend 140 billion dollars and the U.S. has pledged to spend upwards of 355 billion over the next 10 years to modernize their respective nuclear weapons programs.
December 22, 2015
Veterans For Peace is dismayed by the Army’s decision to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and endangering troops, for which, if convicted, he could potentially face life in prison. We believe that Sgt. Bergdahl should be freed from the Army with an Honorable Discharge.
December 03, 2015
Jeju Islanders Steadfast in Eight-Year Fight Against U.S.-South Korean Navy Base
A daily ritual begins early in Gangjeong Village on Jeju Island, South Korea, site of a joint U.S.-South Korean deepwater naval base.
At 7 am every morning, activists at the entrance to the military base, begin a “100 bows” prayer. Police are lined up around them to make sure they don’t block construction vehicles. On this particular morning, this spiritual presence is augmented by Catholic peace workers, some of whom spent the previous night here in the raw damp. A mattress lies by the side of the road, occupied by Father Mum, one of the most famous radical priests in Korea. When he gets up, he is surrounded by an entourage of police who move with him as he walks, blocking his way if he tries to go too close to the road into the base. At one point, he shakes his cane at them, shouting in Korean that he is not a contagious disease to be quarantined this way.
November 27, 2015
In the video above, SOA Watch Field Organizer María Luisa Rosal and SOA Watch Founder Father Roy Bourgeois make the announcement about SOA Watch's move to the border in the Fall of 2016.
The leading candidate venues for the 2016 SOAW convergence are El Paso and Nogales.
November 27, 2015
The Jacob George Memorial Album Project has completed three albums in memory of him. The project needs to raise $11,500 or sell 250 albums before Dec 4th.
The albums would make a great tabling item.
If interested in hosting an album release party in your area, contact Amanda Spitfire at email@example.com
To make a donation or learn more about this project, click here.
November 27, 2015
It was an awesome weekend in Columbus, GA for its 25th anniversary march. The march to Lumpkin was so diverse, with many young people, who provided so much energy, with chants like "El pueblo unidos, jamas seras vencidos". 50+ people attended the VFP meeting on Saturday night at the Columbia Convention and Trade Center. Our annual march to kick off Sunday activities began with 50, but grew to 150 as we approached Ft. Benning.
November 27, 2015
Veterans For Peace 2014 Thanksgiving Message
"Let us remember those within our own communities who live in poverty, violence, and oppression. How can we work to end indifference to their suffering and mend the community bonds that tie us together?
"Let us be mindful of the many ways we can build a peace-filled community. A peaceful world comes from the people, so this work is dependent on each of us. Every small, sincere movement toward peace will bring us closer.
“Let is also remember as Veterans For Peace veterans, families and friends, to be thankful for each other as we work together to create the peace we seek in the world.”
November 19, 2015
In my recent report on the Veterans For Peace march to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, I had the great pleasure of meeting Vietnam vets, Barry Ladendorf and Gene Marx, who had traveled from the USA with other veterans as representatives of their country’s own Veterans For Peace group which has been ‘exposing the true cost of war and militarism since 1985’.
After the commemoration, the group headed for Ireland to join members of the new Irish branch of VFP at their commemoration and to back its efforts to draw attention to the scandal that is Shannon Airport being used as a stopover point for US troops on their way to conflict zones. Shannon has become an important gateway for American military personnel to enter theatres of illegal war through a neutral country and has also been exposed by investigations by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament as colluding with the US government’s sickening practise of rendition. Shannonwatch reports that these inquiries:
…identified Shannon airport as a stopover point in the US renditions programme. Ireland was one of the countries named in a 2006 report by Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Dick Marty as having passively colluded in US renditions by allowing Shannon Airport to be used by aircraft linked with renditions without restriction or oversight.
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