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.
September 18, 2014
By Dana Chwan, MIA widow, Santa Fe, NM
Those of you who served in the military, as you were leaving for your assignment to active duty or into a war zone, probably assured your family: ‘Don’t worry – I’ll be okay. I’ll come back, I promise.’ This is the Soldier’s Promise and it’s been sincerely made to mothers, wives, children and family for hundreds of years. My husband, Michael, an Air Force pilot, made a similar one to me the day he left for a 90-day assignment in Southeast Asia in 1965. “90 days isn’t forever. We can make it. Don’t worry, I’ll be back before you know it - I promise.”
Except for us, 90 days was forever. His plane was shot down over the Ninh Binh bridge in North Vietnam, and he was listed as Missing In Action. It was 19 ½ years later before he finally ‘came home’. I’m grateful for the solemn burial ceremony at Arlington in April 1985, when I was accompanied by our daughter, Michele, born six months after Michael’s death. A ten-pound weight was finally lifted from my heart with that closure.
Call the Armed Services Committee (202) 225-4151 and let them know Veterans For Peace will be heard!
September 18, 2014
Today I was denied entry to the House Armed Services committee hearing with Sec Defense Hagel because I was wearing a VFP tshirt !!
Col Ann Wright
They tell us we served to protect our freedoms, now they don't want to hear from us when we stand up as veterans and say we disagree with their failing and immoral policies. Col Ann Wright took the lead and we've got her back.
Call the Armed Services Committee (202) 225-4151 and let them know Veterans For Peace will be heard!!
Members of CODE PINK and Popular Resistance protesting war at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on September 16th.
September 17, 2014
There are over 400 buses going to the People's Climate March. More than 60% of the tickets have been sold.
September 16, 2014
The bombs have already started dropping, but the crisis in Iraq and Syria could get much worse. This week, your members of Congress are voting on plans to equip and train groups of rebels in Syria. President Obama wants approval for this plan as the first step in a long-term war against the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
Urge your representative to vote "NO" on expanding military aid to rebel groups in Syria—and to oppose action on President Obama's proposals for a new war in the Middle East. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-855-686-6927 and ask to be connected to your representative's office.
September 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tarak Kauff, Veterans For Peace Board Member, 845-706-0187
St. Louis, MO. On Tuesday morning, a 30-foot carbon bomb blew up in the airspace over the Hudson River in front of West Point Military Academy.
An inflatable bomb pressurized with carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and oxygen contained in outer shell of silver radiant barrier foil, the carbon bomb was manufactured as part of a research program coordinated by the inflatable fabrication group Tools for Action. Lettering on the side of the bomb read, "U.S. Military: Largest consumer of oil, largest emitter of CO2."
The carbon bomb was transported down the river by a flotilla of canoes midway through a two-week journey traversing the Hudson River down to New York for the upcoming climate mobilization. At West Point, the Sea Change Flotilla was joined by former military service members from Veterans For Peace, who plan to carry the carbon bomb in the Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming contingent at the Peoples Climate March on September 21.
September 11, 2014
Veterans should muster in NYC. The Peace and Justice hub will be at 79th Street on Central Park West. The Veterans contingent is slated to be there, so look for the large 30 ft. inflatable bomb with the VFP logo on it. There will also be VFP flags, Banners, etc.
Subways to take are the 1 or the C or B, getting off at 79th and Broadway and walking east to Central Park West. Please keep checking the web site http://peoplesclimate.org/march/ for updates and possible changes.
We also want to present a solid identifiable uniform look. Please wear black VFP/IVAW/VVAW shirts. Susan Schnall will also have black VFP Agent Orange shirts. Contact the National office @ 314 725-6005 if you would like to purchase the new black VFP shirt but older ones are fine also.
Look forward to seeing you all.
September 11, 2014
September 11th, 2001 is a day that no American will easily forget. On that tragic morning, we watched in terror as the World Trade Center crumbled. Our political leaders at the time used that fear and terror to justify the invasion of Afghanistan, propelling us into a whirlwind of endless wars. Since 9/11, the fear of terrorism and the subsequent War On Terror has dominated our country’s financial priorities and legislative agenda. Thirteen years later, the world is no safer and our leaders are no wiser. Today, the world is struggling more than ever with more threats of war, growing inequality, poverty, and enormous economic and environmental challenges.
As promised in the monthly e-mail “Waging Peace and Justice,” the national office has compiled a sample of articles for you. Some tweets that you can use today, to acknowledge the tragedy of 9/11 and to bring into question the decisions of our leaders following these events. T hese decisions have influenced U.S policy and impacted the everyday lives of all Americans. We ask VFP members to take action during the coming weeks from September 11th-October 7th, when the U.S invaded Afghanistan.
September 10, 2014
When: Sunday, September 21
Time: 11:30 AM
Where: West Central Park (location to be announced)
We are at a crossroads, faced with a climate crisis that threatens to end our world as we know it. We can’t afford the greenhouse gas emissions from the way we live and from war and preparations for war. We must end the fossil fuel energy economy which war protects.
VFP and IVAW who want to march together please wear black t-shirts with the VFP or IVAW logo on the front. We want to have a uniform, sharp appearance. Veterans will be meeting on Sept. 21 prior to the march in West Central Park (location to be announced)
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.”
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