June 09, 2015
A new video series by filmmaker Regis Tremblay (The Ghosts of Jeju), Tom Sturdevant Chapter #001Maine.
S. Brian Willson is the first in a series of veterans describing their experiences in the military, their subsequent realization that war is a lie and their commitment to working for peace. Ten profiles have been recorded with another dozen scheduled for filming. They will be released four to six weeks apart.
The series is a powerful and effective tool to counter war propaganda and the DoD sanitizing of the Vietnam War, and is an excellent vehicle for education and outreach.
View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/116375156
The cost for each profile is $10 plus $4 for shipping and handling. Send checks made out to Regis Tremblay, 209 River Rd., Woolwich, Maine 04579.
June 05, 2015
What is going on and what can we do about it?
In Iraq, the U.S. military is actively involved in the war against ISIL. Aside from aerial bombardment, the U.S. is providing advanced armaments, training and advisers to an increasingly sectarian war, and Congressional hawks are calling for a return of U.S. boots on the ground.
In Afghanistan, the U.S. war that has been “winding down” forever, U.S. troops remain actively involved in the fight against the Taliban. Watch your local newspapers, and you will notice that our GI’s continue to die, along with thousands of Afghani’s. So much for bringing peace and stability.
In Syria, the U.S. remains active in supporting the civil war to bring down the Assad government. If this means giving arms and aid to sectarian rebels, and to indirectly aiding ISIS (some say directly), then so be it. The goal, after all, remains regime change and re-making the Middle East more to the liking to empire builders in the U.S., that is: small, weak, divided, and unable to resist imperial designs.
In Yemen, thousands of civilians are dying in massive aerial bombardmentled by Saudi Arabia and its “coalition” of monarchs, backed by the unseen hand of the U.S., which provides the bombs and the political cover.
In Ukraine, the U.S. and NATO are gearing up for a serious escalation of the conflict between Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine and the rightwing Ukrainian government that was installed after a U.S.-backed coup in Kiev. The western media is full of articles about an imminent Russian invasion, a wildly successful propaganda effort to justify sending U.S. arms and advisers, and continue playing chicken with nuclear-armed Russia on is own borders. Many experts believe this is the most dangerous intervention of all.
June 05, 2015
As retired and former members of the United States military, we urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.
At least 6,000 peoples’ lives have been unjustly taken by United States drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya and Syria. These attacks are also undermining principles of international law and human rights, such as those enumerated in the United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1948 under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt with the blood of the atrocities of World War II freshly in mind. The United States is a signatory to this declaration.
June 02, 2015
VFP members, Tarak Kauff, Bruce Gagnon, Regis Tremblay and Mike Marceau were in attendance to deliver the VFP letter to officials from the Okinawan government addressed to Gov. Onaga.
Tarak presented the letter to officials
Photos Courtesy of Ellen Davis
May 25, 2015
On Sunday, May 24th, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, a group of more than 30 women crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Kaesong from North Korea into South Korea. Their goal: to draw attention to Korea’s “forgotten” and unfinished war, and move toward a real peace that can reunite families and, perhaps, a divided nation.
The march included both North and South Korean women marching on their respective sides, and was preceded by a peace symposium in Pyongyang (watch North Korean TV coverage here). It will be followed by a similar symposium in Seoul after they cross the DMZ (Saturday evening in the U.S.).
The Korean War (officially 1950-53) stands out for its bloody toll. Some 4 million people, mostly civilians, perished. Although a “temporary” cease-fire was signed, the last 62 years have been marked by a protracted cold war defined by ongoing threats by both sides of the DMZ, decades of profligate military spending, and what is effectively a permanent state of near-war and the fear of attack. The idea to walk from North Korea into South Korea began with a dream that lead organizer Christine Ahn had several years ago. The concept grew after Ahn connected with feminist icon Gloria Steinem who took a public stand in 2011 against the militarization of South Korea’s Jeju island.
May 25, 2015
By now, most of you probably know what a fabulous event Doug Rawlings put together yesterday. It worked out just as planned, with a dignified group of us walking along the wall laying the letters, and many reports of people picking them up and reading them and other interactions. People appreciated our presence and the messages on our shirts. Roger's Bell Tower was spectacularly placed right near the Lincoln Memorial, attracting a lot of passersby. The weather was beautiful and we had a lovely celebration afterwards at one of the Busboys and Poets Cafes, where owner and activist Andy Shalal arranged for the cards printed with VFP's statement of purpose to be included in the little folders that hold the checks as a special Memorial Day offering.
Memorial Day Message from Veterans For Peace: Honor All Soldiers and Civilians Who Died in War Heal the Wounds, Work for Peace
May 23, 2015
Veterans For Peace members will participate in a wide range of activities in cities and towns all across the nation to observe Memorial Day. Veterans For Peace is a group of military veterans, family members and friends who pledge to serve the cause of world peace and work to abolish war.
“We bring a different message to Memorial Day than what is usually promoted by the media, the government and the war-hawks,” stated Michael McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace.
“We don’t glorify war – we seek justice for veterans and victims of war, and we work to abolish war itself,” said McPhearson.
Veterans For Peace members around the country will march in parades, lay wreaths, give talks and speeches, recite poetry, and honor U.S. service members and civilians who died in or as a result of war.
In Washington, D.C., Veterans For Peace members and friends will gather at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial at 10:30 am to deliver approximately 150 letters written to soldiers whose names appear on The Wall. The letters are from people of different generations and political persuasions from all around the country, and were solicited by the Vietnam Full Disclosure Campaign.
May 21, 2015
Written by: Mark Foreman/Project RENEW Committee Chair
As some of you may know, last January the VFP Board of Directors agreed to act as the fiduciary between Project RENEW and USAID if Project RENEW could secure a 6.8 million dollar grant from USAID. Project RENEW's grant proposal is designed to help Vietnamese victims of Unexploded Ordinance and the affects of Agent Orange. Project RENEW submitted it's Concept Paper to USAID in early April and USAID responded with a letter of rejection in mid-May. USAID rejected Project RENEW's Concept Paper for two reasons:
May 15, 2015
Get your limited edition t-shirt, and support the growth of the SOAW movement for justice and self determination in the Americas. The image is based on a photo by Linda Panetta, taken at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.
May 08, 2015
The Belltower will be installed near Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial from May 14- May 27, and we need YOU to help maintain the 24 hour presence and make the most of this very busy, prominent location. The installation coincides with the arrival of Sam's Ride for Peace, VFP 1st Annual Lobby Days, and Memorial Day events at the Vietnam Wall.
Contact Roger Ehrlich@ firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 696-5995 if you think you can volunteer or to find out how you can participate and support the project even if you can't come to DC! More info at stpbelltower.blogspot.com and on FB.
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