October 15, 2014
One of the main reasons I wanted to travel sixteen plus hours to St. Louis for the highly organized weekend of national resistance called Ferguson October was to make a visible stand against the militarization of our police forces. Of course I could have stayed in Rochester, NY to do that (site of the first race rebellion in q1964) but the national spotlight is on Ferguson so off I went.
October 13, 2014
About 25 VFP members were in the St. Louis area In support of the "Weekend of Resistance"
The "Accountability" banner seen in photos, created by Texas VFP member, Leslie Harris.
More photos, courtesy of New York VFP member, Ellen Davidson.
October 13, 2014
Indigenous People's Day in Seattle, WA is a profound change in a society of United Americans that have been taught the wrong story about Christopher Columbus and the absence of the stories told by Indigenous People.
Even though is is a victory to educate the masses of the lies told about Columbus, there is a warning that we as a Red nation must do our best to not demean those of the White Nation, (one individual is not the whole picture of a Nation). It should not be seen as a reason to misappropriation of regalia of the Indigenous People to show "support: or for commercial means. The Indigenous People's Day should be seen as good medicine for those who have, across Mother Earth, been oppressed, scarred and have lost Hope.
October 09, 2014
This Friday, October 10th marks the 5th anniversary of "World Homeless Day". It is a day, set aside, to honor those organizations directly involved in helping the homeless throughout the world and to encourage people to show compassion toward the homeless by creating some home grown activities that will make life easier for those less fortunate than us. Homelessness has become a very serious issue not only in the major cities but in the suburbs as well.
The "Homeless Veterans Work Group" (HVWG) is a subcommittee under the umbrella of Veterans for Peace which has been tasked, since June of 2011, to directly help the homeless but with a special emphasis on the veteran's homeless population.
October 09, 2014
A beautiful celebration of brother Jacob George, some reading of the names, and at 10 pm, instead of a small army of cops, a visit from a representative of the mayor's office, just making sure we were not being disturbed. Tarak worked very hard all week, calling members of the City Council and the mayor's office to make sure that the letter had been read. The mayor's rep says we should call him tomorrow to talk about how we can get the closing time changed permanently.
None of this would have happened without the beautiful and dignified actions we all took part in beginning with May Day 2012. We have shown the power of nonviolent direct action, strategically planned, to push back against repression. Thanks to everyone for their participation in all our events at the VVM, and we will keep coming back as long as wars of empire are raging around the world, to draw the connections, expose the lies and betrayals, and assert our right to assemble and express ourselves peacefully.
Tonight Join Michael T. McPhearson for a national briefing call on Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, MO!
October 07, 2014
Please join Michael T. McPhearson tonight to find out what you can do to help make the Weekend of Resistance mobilization a huge success.
October 02, 2014
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
This is an invitation.
We are U.S. military veterans who organized and led the Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War contingent in the People’s Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21. The following day a number of us joined the Flood Wall Street action.
You said something quite significant regarding the Climate March and Flood Wall Street and many of us appreciated those remarks, especially coming from the mayor of New York.
You said, “First of all, I think the First Amendment is a little more important than traffic. The right of people to make their voices heard, regardless of their views, is a fundamental American value. And we'll protect that value.”
This viewpoint is very welcome to us, and a refreshing change from the attitude and behavior of the previous administration.
In light of your views, we would like to invite you to join us Oct. 7 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza. This plaza, located at 55 Water St., is a place you are no doubt familiar with. Enshrined there are the names of those from New York State who died in that tragic and futile war.
September 26, 2014
You are invited to join us, Veterans For Peace with---- the Don’t Shoot Coalition, Organization of Black Struggle (OBS), Missourian Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), Hands Up United, ColorofChange.org and others--- in a broad effort to launch a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, MO on October 10-13. Thousands have already committed and we expect many more.
The senseless killing of Mike Brown is a movement moment for racial justice and an opportunity to advance economic and social justice for all. We in the peace movement have a special role to play in this struggle because our work is global. Our work is for peace at home and peace abroad. We know that war and militarism has no borders. If we are to have peace abroad we must confront injustice, violence and the militarization of police in our own communities. We must build peace at home.
If you plan to come to Saint Louis/Ferguson please let us know. We are in the process of planning and would like to know you are coming and will contact you.
September 23, 2014
In Photo: Tarak, Mike Hearington, and Ken Mayers. Tarak is doing a radio interview for Paki Wieland's show (Paki is at left)
Veterans For Peace had a great presence and a great day at the largest climate protest in history.
Dozens of VFPers were highly visible in black or dark blue shirts with a banner saying Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming, 21 VFP flags and a giant inflatable ‘climate bomb’ float through the streets. Special recognition is due to Mike Tork whose work got the ‘bomb’ up and repaired all day. Board Member Margaret Stevens spoke eloquently at the rally.
Members came in from as far away as California, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as many from the mid-Atlantic region and New England. We were accompanied by family members, our contingent was led by IVAW members and we connected with partners in Code Pink, VVAW and the Leftist Marching Band.
On Monday, a number of us joined thousands to Flood Wall Street in an action that shut down Broadway in the Wall Street area all day. Among other VFPers with us that day were Chris Hedges, Episcopal Bishop and Vietnam veteran George Packard and his wife Brook, and Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese with their Popular Resistance contingent. It was a very successful action.
Photos courtesy of Ellen Davidson
September 19, 2014
For nearly 30 years, Veterans For Peace has been dedicated to working for the abolishment of war as national U.S policy. We have taken to the streets, petitioned our leaders, and educated our community members about the true costs of war.
The International Day of Peace offers an opportunity for the world to pause and reflect on peaceful alternatives to conflict. Peace Day was established by the United Nations in 1981 to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
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