August 28, 2014
Submitted by Board member, Barry Ladendorf of VFP Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter 91 in San Diego, CA.
On December 2, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution declaring August 29 to be the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. It was hoped that the resolution would increase the public’s awareness and educate people everywhere “about the effects of nuclear weapons test explosions . . . and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world.”
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This multilateral treaty requires states to ban all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military and civilian purposes. The treaty has not gone into force because eight nations, the United States, Israel, North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt, have either not ratified or not signed the treaty. And, yet it is fitting that the UN set aside a day to encourage its member states, NGOs and other institutions and the media to “inform, educate and advocate the necessity of banning nuclear weapons tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world.”
August 28, 2014
By David Swanson
Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria, while continuing to prop up the Baghdad government, providing Hellfire missiles with which to attack Iraqis in Fallujah and elsewhere.
Solidarity Actions for Justice for Mike Brown, for Eric Garner, for Trayvon Martin, for Renisha McBride and so many more
August 14, 2014
Groups on the ground in St. Louis are calling for nationwide solidarity actions in support of Justice for Mike Brown and the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere. (See call below)
It is important for Veterans For Peace and the greater peace movement, to support and participate in these events and where possible organize one because the peace we seek abroad is directly tied to seeking peace at home. This crisis in Ferguson/the Greater Saint Louis area is a facet of the war abroad returning home. The militarization of the police is in full effect and the social and economic forces oppressing poor people and people of color here mirror those oppressing people around the globe. We must work for peace at home so that we can build allies for peace abroad. People cannot work for peace thousands of miles away when they cannot find peace at home. We will not have one without the other. This unfortunate tragedy is an opportunity to build power for change. Let’s be thoughtful, respectful and mindful as we do our work, but most of all, let us not miss or waste this moment.
August 08, 2014
The mission statement of the Veterans For Inner Peace working group will comply with the VFP Statement of Purpose. Our belief is that we can serve the cause of world peace by nurturing peace within ourselves by cultivating the mindfulness practices of awareness, understanding and deep compassion to share peacefully and respectfully with all of society about the deep human and ecological costs of war.
August 08, 2014
This was reported by Chuck Palazzo, member of VFP Chapter 160 in Vietnam.
It saddens me to share this news. Hue, a 25 year old Vietnamese Agent Orange victim being cared for and learning skills from DAVA, has passed on. I am personally saddened by this because Hue was a friend. Regardless of her disabilities, she always smiled and persevered to learn sewing skills at Center 3. She also represented DAVA at the past two fundraisers we did in town - one just a couple of weeks ago. Last year she told Tien she wanted to return again this year because of the happiness it brought to her.
She shared with Tien that she felt she was leaving us soon and wanted to be with her family - that was a week ago and that is where she died. We received word this afternoon.
The US and the manufacturers MUST do something - this makes absolutely zero sense. I get angrier and angrier - we have to do something and soon. Enough of this. No more excuses. For Hue, her suffering is over. For the rest of the victims - all three generations and across the world - it continues with no end in sight.
August 05, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, is the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the whole truth of which has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since war-weary Americans celebrated V-J Day on August 15.
In the pitiful history lessons that were taught by my uninspired or bored history teachers (which seemed to be mainly ex-jocks whose real interest was coaching) came from patriotic and highly censored books where everything the British and US military ever did in the history of warfare was honorable and self-sacrificing and everything their opponents did was barbaric. Everybody in my graduating class of 26 swallowed the post-war propaganda in our history books. It was from these books that we learned about the “glorious” end of the war against Japan.
Of course, I now know that my high school classmates and I, just like most other Americans, including the volunteer members of the military, have been naïve victims of “lies our history teachers taught us”. Those teachers had likewise been misled by those who taught them their American history, which included war-justifying militarists and assorted uber-patriotic veterans and historians who refused to face the possibility that they had been duped and brain-washed into believing the myth of American exceptionalism. Included in that group were World War II “heroes” like General Douglas MacArthur, but not the 50,000 American soldier-members of The Greatest Generation who deserted or went AWOL during their war service, a reality that has been conveniently censored out of our consciousness.
August 01, 2014
Look for our flags and banners.
When: Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The White House
The atrocities committed by the Israeli regime keep piling up in Gaza. Over 70 people were murdered by relentless Israeli artillery fire in just one neighborhood alone, al-Shujayeh, and bombings of hospitals and schools take place on a daily basis.
In response to this ongoing massacre, a broad coalition of anti-war, Muslim and Arab-American groups have joined together to organize a national march on the White House on August 2.
For more information visit Answer Coalition's website @ http://www.answercoalition.org/
July 25, 2014
A Call is Made to End War at Home and War Abroad!
Asheville NC – Veterans [TP1] from around the country as well as from overseas are now converging at the University of North Carolina in Asheville for the 29th Annual Veterans For Peace National Convention held this year in Asheville, NC.
On Friday several prominent speakers, authors and veterans will be addressing the group during the workshops and plenary with discussions on the Full Disclosure of the Vietnam War and the demilitarization of Latin America.
Press Release - National Veterans For Peace Leadership to Issue Statement Regarding Military Actions in Iraq and Gaza
July 21, 2014
and to Address Problems with Veterans Healthcare and the VA Crisis
What: Press Conference and Vigil
Who: Patrick McCann, VFP National President
When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:30 PM
Where: Vance Monument, Pack Square, Asheville NC
Why: With the increasing conflict at home and abroad, Veterans For Peace offers a unique voice, solution and perspective that affects our world. The VFP annual convention is open to the general public with paid registration
Saint Louis, MO–Veterans For Peace is kicking off its 29th National Convention this Thursday, July 24th in Asheville, NC.Veterans from WWII through the current Post 9-11 era will gather with military families, supporters and friends to share information and experiences and to discuss how to move the U.S. away from endless war to an age of diplomacy and global cooperation.
As a lead up to convention activities, this Tuesday members of Veterans For Peace national leadership will participate in the local Asheville Chapter 099 weekly peace vigil from 5pm to 6pm at Vance Monument, Pack Square in downtown Asheville.
VFP will hold a press conference during the vigil at 5:30 pm to comment and take questions on how war and peace impact our service members, veterans and the nation. Speakers will comment on the Veterans Administration, the U.S. and its policies toward the Russia, Iran, Syria, and Iraq.
The organization will also make a clear statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people, calling for the end to the Israeli siege of Gaza and cessation of violence and targeting of civilians by Israel and Hamas.
“As veterans who have witnessed the horrors of war, we are outraged by Israel's slaughter of hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians in the open-air prison that is Gaza,” said Gerry Condon, National Vice-President of Veterans For Peace. “We call for an immediate and to the bombing and a withdrawal of all Israeli military from Gaza.”
Veterans For Peace Interim Executive Director Michael McPhearson stated, “For more than a decade the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars conducting a policy of global endless wars.
Veterans For Peace asks, with all the money spent on these wars and the outcome being more terrorism, more war and more violence, who benefits from them?
“These wars do not benefit military families who wait in fear every day for their loved one to come home, many times never seeing them whole or alive again. They do not benefit the service members who sacrifice their time, bodies and minds and some, their lives. These wars do not benefit the veterans that find they cannot get the help they need and deserve. And the wars do not benefit the average U.S. citizen who pays for them yet receives little help in a stagnant economy and still faces the specter of terrorism,” remarked Veterans For Peace National President Patrick McCann.
"We are excited to be hosting hundreds of veterans and friends from all over the U.S. Viet Nam and England," said John Spitzberg, Asheville Veterans For Peace Convention Coordinator.
"We will bring attention to the plight of homeless veterans in Asheville, with whom we will share a meal on Sunday morning,” said John Spitzberg. “We want peace at home as well as peace abroad, and to bring all the troops home from Afghanistan and from the 900 U.S. bases around the world. Furthermore, we insist the Veterans Administration be fully funded so it can provide prompt quality healthcare to all our veterans when they need it."
ASHEVILLE RESIDENTS INVITED TO CONVENTION
The Asheville community is invited to a special Friday night concert by master musician and songwriter,John McCutcheon. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Asheville residents may also participate in the many Convention workshops and activities by paying a modest daily fee, or by volunteering to help out at the Convention.
* Veterans For Peace is a 29-year-old U.S. based nonprofit educational organization with chapters in over 100 US cities and several international chapters. VFP members include veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as non-veteran allies. The mission of Veterans For Peace is to abolish war as an instrument of U.S. foreign policy.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Regarding press conference and convention media queries:
Ed Sacco, 828-686-8791
Tom Palumbo, VFP Communications Chairperson, 828-335-3627, TPeacenik@gmail.com
Gerry Condon, VFP National Vice President, 206-499-1220, firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Release: VETERANS TO DELIVER LETTER TO ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: Stop the Slaughter of Palestinian Civilians in Gaza!
July 20, 2014
Members of Veterans For Peace will deliver a letter to Israel's Embassy, 3514 International Dr. NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, at 1:30 pm Monday afternoon, July 21. The letter calls on the government of Israel to immediately halt the bombing of Palestinian civilians and to withdraw all its troops and military assets from Gaza. Colonel Ann Wright, who has visited Palestine and Israel several times, will head up the delegation.
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