October 07, 2015
The US army must be held accountable for the senseless killing of innocent civilians in a likely deliberate attack on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, the vice president of Veterans For Peace (VFP) told Sputnik on Tuesday.
US commander in Afghanistan John Campbell said earlier that the airstrike on the hospital, which claimed 22 lives, was a mistake made by US Command and Control.
October 02, 2015
On October 7, as the U.S./NATO war in Afghanistan enters Year 15, with new U.S. troops just deployed, but also as we mark the anniversary of a popular revolution without war in the Philippines, the world's social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) will be flooded with the message that we've had enough of war and are ready to move beyond it.
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October 02, 2015
Each year, the School of Americas Watch (SOAW) gathering is the second largest gathering of VFP Members. Join us this November 20-22th, on the 25th anniversary of SOAW. This is an opportunity to connect with activists and organizers from across the Americas.
We will converge in Georgia to call for the closure of the School of the Americas and the closure of Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest private for-profit immigrant prisons in the country. It is incumbent upon us to continue making the connections between SOA violence and the root causes of migration.
Join us as we continue to denounce the failed U.S. policies, which have left a brutal legacy of impunity and Human Rights violations throughout the hemisphere.
October 01, 2015
On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Golden Rule moved to Sausalito, where it will be docked at Schoonmaker Marina thru the weekend.
The week following, the crew will be back in San Francisco and ready for Fleet Week activities.
We have applied to be at the Hyde St. Pier (Nat'l. Maritime Museum) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 6-8. We are cautiously optimistic, as they had earlier agreed to the Golden Rule being there on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. However, their requirement that we not leave the dock to go out into the Bay on those days does not work fo us.
September 25, 2015
The historic 34-foot sailboat sparked a worldwide movement against nuclear bomb testing, when in 1958 its crew of four Quaker peace activists attempted to sail to the Marshall Islands to bring attention to U.S. nuclear atmospheric testing.
The Golden Rule, which inspired Greenpeace to get its first boat, was found at the bottom of Humboldt Bay five years ago and has been lovingly restored by Veterans For Peace and many friends.
September 25, 2015
Project RENEW is a Vietnam-based, non-government organization founded by members of VFP’s Hoa Binh Chapter 160, but now directed by Vietnamese, with a mission to address the unexploded ordinance and Agent Orange legacies of the U.S. war in Vietnam. In July 2014 Project RENEW approached Veterans For Peace with a request that VFP serve as fiscal sponsor for a large grant they are seeking from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID is the foreign aid arm of State Department.
The purpose of the grant would be to provide therapy and services to Agent Orange-disabled Vietnamese individuals and their families. USAID grants require a U.S. 501c3 fiscal sponsor.
September 21, 2015
Golden Rule Sails for a Nuclear Free World
The historic sailing vessel Golden Rule, restored by Veterans For Peace, will arrive in San Francisco Bay on Monday, September 21, International Peace Day, to begin a three week visit promoting a nuclear free world. She is expected to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge at 1 pm.
In 1958, the 34-foot ketch and its crew of Quaker peace activists ignited an international movement to stop atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, when they attempted to sail into a nuclear bomb test zone in the Marshall Islands. In 1963, President Kennedy signed an international treaty against testing nuclear bombs in the air, water or space.
“Nuclear weapons are still with us and the threat of nuclear war is very real,” said the Golden Rule’s Captain Ron Kohl of San Diego.. “We are dismayed that the U.S. government plans to invest One Trillion Dollars into upgrading its nuclear arsenal, instead of reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, as called for in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.”
The Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project is calling for an end to nuclear energy as well.
September 18, 2015
The Golden Rule peace boat and her intrepid crew of volunteers are currently in Santa Cruz, on the central coast of California, after making port calls in San Diego, Long Beach, Marina del Rey/Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo, and Monterey.
In Santa Cruz, as at many other stops, the Golden Rule was welcomed enthusiastically by community members, including Veterans For Peace and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). At a Tuesday morning welcoming event and press conference, the mayor of Santa Cruz presented the Golden Rule crew with a proclamation on behalf of the city. That evening Helen Jaccard, the first woman to crew the Golden Rule, spoke at an event organized by WILPF.
The following morning we were delighted to see an extensive article on Page 2 of the local paper, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, accompanied by a beautiful color photo of the Golden Rule and the headline “Boat and Her Crew Want to End Nuclear Weapons.” Radio interviews on both AM and FM radio also helped get the word out and many folks turned out to tour the boat and to go out sailing with us in Monterey Bay. We raised about $1,000 in donations.
September 11, 2015
Submitted by VFP Vice President, Gerry Condon
On the 14th anniversary of the notorious September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people, the mainstream media is full of the usual infotainment, with virtually every possible point of view, except for the truth. Many people question the official story of 9/11. There are certainly many reasons to doubt that story, and many contending theories for what actually happened on September 11, 2001.
What is clear that U.S. warmongers used the fear of the tragedy to move quickly into action to carry out long-standing designs to remake the Middle East, more to their liking. Despite the rhetoric, this had nothing to do with bringing democracy to the Middle East. Certainly, what it has meant in practice is regime change, destruction of critical infrastructure (war crimes), stirring up ethnic and religious conflict, pouring weapons into the region, and killing hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria and elsewhere.
September 04, 2015
"The beauty of man and woman is exemplified by The Golden Rule. The scarifying ugliness of man is exemplified by the atomic bomb and its successors. We truly play a game of 3-card monte when we get into the discussion of should we or should we not drop the bomb. Who are we kidding? Atomic weaponry is an abomination. If anyone does drop the bomb, then the game is over. Atomic weaponry must be outlawed by the world."
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