December 19, 2014
This year marked the 25th year of speaking out against the School Of Americas. Once again, members of VFP traveled from across the country to gather outside Fort Benning, GA. Thousands of activists, musicians, and artists gathered at the gates for a beautiful display of solidarity and compassion. Many members hosted booths throughout the weekend, flying their VFP flags proudly. Friday night started off with a plenary and concert. On Saturday morning, we gathered in Lumpkin, Georgia for a march to the Stewart Detention Center. Stewart, currently warehousing 1,800 men (for-profit), is one of the largest immigrant prisons in the United States. We stood outside its gates, knowing that more people are being held there than are currently living in the small town of Lumpkin, with a population of only 1200.
Over 75 VFP members and allies gathered during the Saturday evening workshop to discuss Veterans For Peace and how we can better link up nationally with the work of SOAW. Patrick McCann, VFP President of the Board of Directors, facilitated the discussion among members. We discussed the 2015 Convention, along with “Peace At Home, Peace Abroad” in relation to the work of SOAW. We heard from the SOAW delegation coordinator, Brigitte, and the SOAW legislative coordinator, Arturo. We learned that SOAW will be focusing legislative efforts next year on stopping the 1033 program, which is one federal program that allows the transfer of military weaponry to local police forces.
December 12, 2014
In 2003, when Veterans For Peace office needed to be rescued from a flooded office, member Joe Connolly stepped forward to offer a 2-unit apartment building that he owned next door to his own office. That building has been our home at a subsidized rent for eleven years. We want to publicly recognize Joe’s generosity over these years.
Unfortunately, the time came for those buildings to be sold, and we have found a new home. We will be just north of the St. Louis Arch in two adjoining retail spaces built in 1901. They have been lovingly cared for and we look forward to being settled there soon!
In the meantime, the office will be closed December 23— January 4. The online store will be closed beginning December 18. Please anticipate any needs you may have before that time and we will do our best to meet them. Thanks for your understanding and patience during the disruption.
December 11, 2014
We are writing to you in the wake of the October 10, 2014 New York Times article, “Pentagon’s Web Timeline Brings Back Vietnam, and Protesters,” which documents efforts to counteract the Pentagon’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the war in Vietnam. We – the Full Disclosure campaign of Veterans For Peace – represent a group of veterans many of whom fought in Vietnam, as well as others who protested that war over the years. We are very concerned about government attempts to whitewash the war and US actions in Vietnam and are prepared to explain and present, now as we did then, the case against that war.
The Full Disclosure Campaign represents a clear alternative to the Department of Defense's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam War and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. The war in support of a corrupt South Vietnamese regime resulted in the deaths and displacement of millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians, as well as the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans and the disruption of millions of American lives.
December 09, 2014
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote on authorizing our latest war in Iraq and Syria this week – perhaps on WEDNESDAY. Call your Senator before the vote using this special toll-free* number: 877-429-0678. This number will connect you with the Capitol Switchboard operator, and you can ask to be connected to your Senator’s office.
You can say: “I am a member of Veterans For Peace. I understand the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be debating the use of force against ISIL. I urge the Senator to oppose authorizing force in Iraq and Syria. However, if there are opportunities to constrain the use of force, such as by prohibiting ground troops, I urge the Senator to support those constraints.”
December 08, 2014
Dear signers of the Full Disclosure Open Letter to the American People (about he Pentagon's 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam war),
We in the Full Disclosure group of Veterans For Peace are plesed to announce the qualitative upgrading of our web site. You can find it at the old address:
The Pentagon is making its major push in 2015 (the 50th anniversary of the anniversary of the American escalation in Vietnam in 1965). They aim to legitimize current and future wars as well as the continuing militarization of American society. They are preparing major events, including on Memorial Day and at college football games in the Fall. They are also developing a one-sided curriculum. We need to be prepared to counter their efforts in organized and powerful ways. Of course we already have a more honest curriculum on the web site under Educational Resources.
To move forward, we need your support: to maintain and improve our new web site, to develop and distribute our materials (including oral histories), to travel to educational and other conferences, and to organize powerful and meaningful events -- including teach-ins to mark the 50th anniversary of the teach-in movement -- and thereby launch a serious campaign in opposition to the Pentagon's efforts. You can donate by going to the web site and looking for the donate button on any screen or go directly to
Your donations are tax deductible.
Besides donating, consider either working with us or organizing an event where you live or work to oppose the Pentagon's effort and communicate a more honest understanding of the war and the movement in opposition to it. And let us know about it o we can feature it on our web site and let others know about your efforts.
The Full Disclosure group of Veterans For Peace
December 08, 2014
Hosted by Mothers Against Police Brutality, CODEPINK, National Congress of Black Women and Hands Up DC Coalition, mothers who have lost their children to police brutality will travel to Washington DC from December 9-11 to call for police accountability, policy reform and justice for victims’ families.
Come show support for ten mothers who have lost their children to police brutality. They will be Washington DC this week to call for police accountability, policy reform and justice for victims’ families!
Tuesday, December 9
*Candlelight vigil at Justice Department, 5pm. Corner of Pennsylvania and 9th St, NW. followed by a march.
November 25, 2014
The holiday of Thanksgiving, as we all know, marks a period of history that resulted in the slaughtering of thousands of Native Americans, the stealing and pillaging of their land, and the spreading of disease among their people. However, it also marks a unique opportunity for us to discuss peace and justice in various settings with individuals outside our typical audience. To many people, this holiday has come to represent the values of gratitude, reflection, and peace. The holiday season opens the hearts of people and can allow a seed to be planted within them. As peacemakers, we can use this time of year to spread the VFP message.
Please share the VFP Thanksgiving Day message. You can use this statement to write a Letter to the Editor, ask your church to post it in their bulletin, share it on social media, or print off the statement to post to local community boards.
November 25, 2014
Submitted by Kathy Kelly, American peace activist, pacifist and author
News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which is to say, to “occasionally accompany Afghan troops” on operations against the Taliban.
November 24, 2014
Hundreds of active duty US military and veterans have sent an open letter to Missouri National Guard members urging them to join Ferguson protesters, not fight against them. Several VFP members have signed the letter.
November 24, 2014
What: Walk, Fast, and Vigil to close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
When: November 30 - December 7, 2014
Where: November 30th--from San Luis Mission to the gates of Diablo Canyon. Meet at the Mission
December 1,2,3 ----Near the gates of Diablo in Avila, 8:30-4:30
Several Buddhist monks will be holding a Walk, Fast, and Vigil to close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
Please join them as they lead a Peace Walk on Thanksgiving Sunday--November 30th--from San Luis Mission to the gates of Diablo Canyon. Meet at the Mission Plaza at 9am.
On December 1st they will begin a week's Vigil and a Fast that will culminate the following Sunday, December 7th.
The public is invited to participate in all the events.
Please forward this message to others who may be interested in attending these events. Thank you!
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