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.
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 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 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.”
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.
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