April 17, 2015
Bring 'em home to the 2015 VFP Convention in San Diego
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
April 10, 2015
The Pentagon is intent upon taking control of how we remember the American War in Vietnam. Their myth-making has already begun and will continue for a decade of fifty year commemorations. Some of us are not going to stand by and let this happen. We are fighting back. We in Veterans For Peace are taking our earned places at the table -- and we are inviting you to join us. WE ARE STARTING WITH YOUR LETTERS TO THE WALL.
These architects of that moral travesty think they can tell our children and grandchildren what the war years were like. But they are dodging some important truths here. They are not giving full voice to all of us who were in that war -- from the disaffected and rebellious soldiers, to the families of soldiers, to the thousands of Americans who took to the streets in protest or argued with their fellow Americans, to the Southeast Asians who bore the brunt of their disastrous foreign adventurism. Don't let the Department of Defense voices carry the day. Join us. WRITE A LETTER TO THE SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN VIETNAM.
Join Veterans For Peace's Full Disclosure campaign by writing a letter to the soldiers whose names are carved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. No matter what your role was in the American War in Vietnam -- combatant, loved one of a combatant, war resistor, conscientious objector, citizen -- we think your voice needs to be heard.
April 10, 2015
March 12, 2015 two police officers where shot in Ferguson Missouri. Veterans For Peace signed on to a joint statement as part of the Don't Shoot Coalition in response to the shooting.
April 09, 2015
We will embark on our third VFP trip to Cuba later this year. Members and supporters of our message of peace are welcome to join us. However, please be advised that we only take 15-20 people on our tours, led by VFP member and Cuban documentary film maker Jim Ryerson, who has been to the island more than 25 times. Because of the opening in travel to Cuba, some groups are planning tours with as many as 150 people. If you are looking to get the feel of Cuba, you are not going to get it marching around with scores of Americans.
Ask your fellow VFP members who have joined us on our trips what it would be like to have 10x’s the number of people going to each location. The Cuban infrastructure just is not built to handle it at this time. We will have exact dates and prices soon, but if you are interested, please get on our list. Like the other 2 trips, this one will sell out.
For more information, email Jim Ryerson @ firstname.lastname@example.org
April 03, 2015
Join VFP member Sam Winstead as he visits Congress after biking to DC from Raleigh, NC on his 4th annual Ride For Peace. If you can’t make it to DC, you are encouraged to arrange meetings in local offices during that time.
VFP will focus our efforts on moving the money from the military to community needs, supporting diplomacy with Iran and limiting the Pentagon’s 1033 Program that sends military equipment to civilian police forces. As the time nears we will provide additional materials to support a powerful and effective VFP voice to our government.
Remember, the diplomatic solution with Iran is moving forward due to effective popular demand. We can make a difference.
April 02, 2015
April 4th marks the 47th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is also the 48th anniversary of his speech; Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, given at Riverside Church in New York City, exactly one year before he was killed.
Originally I thought I would write something about Dr. King and possibly this speech to commemorate the dreadful occasion of his death, but then I sat down and started reading this speech again and realized the best way to remember him is to urge people to read this speech. I have read it many times and each time struck by its clarity, how much I have forgotten, and what I see new.
King’s prophetic voice rings just as true today as it did in 1967. Today the U.S. continues to be the great purveyor of violence in the world, as our nation’s government wages war in Afghanistan, bombs people in Iraq and Syria, conducts drone warfare around the globe and U.S. corporation lead the world in arms exports.
Racism continues to be a central national question as seen by racially biased incidents around the country and the epidemic killing of unarmed Black people by police. Dr. King found himself talking to angry young Black men and telling them that,“Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems.”
April 02, 2015
VFP Advisory Board Member Matthew Hoh was interviewed on Democracy Now on Monday, March 30, 2015 about the significance of the Army charging Bowe Bergdahl with Desertion and "Misbehavior Before the Enemy." Hoh also issued a press statement (see below).
Attorney for Bowe Bergdahl: Army Report Shows Ex-POW Left Base to Report Wrongdoing, Not Desert Unit
Ex-U.S. Official (Matthew Hoh) on Bowe Bergdahl Charges: Why Are We Vilifying an Ex-POW Tortured by Taliban?
April 01, 2015
The St. Louis Chapter of Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)will celebrate its 100 year anniversary on Sunday, April 12th.
Former VFP President, Leah Bolger will be the keynote speaker and speak to the topic, World Without War -- Is It Possible?.
When: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Where: Regional Arts Commission
Time: 5pm - 9pm
5pm - Wine and conversation
Please call Yvonne Logan (314-961-5994) to make dinner reservations.
Payment for the dinner($10) will be taken at the door.
Veterans For Peace
March 27, 2015
The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, officials announced Wednesday. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a captive under the Taliban before he was freed in a May 31 prisoner swap, will face an Article 32 preliminary hearing, said Col. Daniel King, a spokesman for Army Forces Command. [from Army Times]
Veterans For Peace calls for an end to the persecution of Bowe Bergdahl, who has become a scapegoat for the failed policy of massive U.S. intervention in Afghanistan. We are concerned that President Obama is again delaying the long-promised withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a U.S. war now in its 14th year.
March 23, 2015
Photos & article courtesy of VFP member, Ellen Davidson
Well, proportionally, VFP had a pretty good presence, but, alas, that was due to a pretty small turnout. But it was great to see lots of friends, including the rarely spotted Art and Nancy Brennan; the ever-present Margaret F, Bill P, Col. Ann, and Ellen B; our fearless president Barry L (who spoke beautifully) and his predecessor Patrick McC; tireless staffers Michael McP and Casey S; the distinguished Ray McG (who also spoke beautifully); and many others.
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