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.
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 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/
June 27, 2014
We can still impact the outcome of the Veterans Administration freeform bills moving through Congress. June 24, the House-Senate conference committee began deliberations on bills, H.R. 4810, and H.R. 3230 to resolve conflicts before the final vote. Senators and Representatives are at home June 28 – July 6. This is a good opportunity to contact them regarding current legislation designed to improve health care provided by the VA.
The House and Senate have appointed a Conference Committee to reconcile their bills on veterans’ health care. We suggest the following are key values that need to be represented in any bill sent out of this committee:
June 16, 2014
Veterans For Peace calls on President Obama and Congress to stay out of Iraq. Stop providing arms to the government of Iraq. Do not conduct bombing missions of any sort in Iraq, including drone strikes and do not put troops on the ground. It is clear that after decades of war, adding more weapons and violence to the war torn country is not in the best interest of the Iraqi or American people. U.S. intervention will not stop the violence, it will only add new fuel to an already raging fire.
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