March 11, 2016
Sailing for a Nuclear Free World and Sustainable Future
The historic Golden Rule antinuclear sailboat, now a national project of Veterans For Peace, is being readied for another epic voyage. From early June through September, she will be plying the waterways of the Great Northwest, making stops in over 30 ports as she continues her mission to sail for a nuclear free world and a peaceful, sustainable future.
The Golden Rule is currently docked in the Eureka marina in Humboldt Bay on the northern California coast, where reconstruction team volunteers are busy at work with routine repairs, upgrades and redesigns.
Humboldt Bay VFP Chapter 56 recently donated over $3,000 to purchase a 6-person inflatable lifeboat for the Golden Rule. Greater Seattle VFP Chapter 92 recently donated $500, and is planning to donate more in the future. San Diego VFP Chapter 93 continues with its monthly sustainer of $100. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, located next to the Bangor Trident Submarine Base on the Hood Canal near Poulsbo, 25 miles west of Seattle, has donated $1,000 for the Golden Rule’s visit to the Puget Sound.
March 10, 2016
VFP-Korea Peace Campaign is deeply concerned with the current situation in Korea, and calls on our members and supporters to take the following actions to stop the provocative US-S. Korean war drills in Korea:
1) Contact the White House by phone, fax, email--urging the President to cancel or reduce the size and scope of the dangerous, provocative large-scale joint U.S./S. Korean war drill against N. Korea, started on March 7 — continuing to April 30.
Tel: 1-202-456-1111 (White House)
2) Also, please contact members of Congress to ask the President to do the same.
Tel: 1-202-225-3121 (Congress)
Let the VFP-Korea Peace Campaign know you called by dropping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 04, 2016
Veterans For Peace endorses the Women’s Boat to Gaza and its challenge to the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza that has made Gaza virtually uninhabitable. The three brutal Israeli attacks on Gaza in 2009, 2012 and 2014 have shown a level of barbarity that has appalled the membership of Veterans For Peace. VFP is also very concerned about the continued illegal settlements in the West Bank, the apartheid wall and imprisonment of many youth of Palestine for throwing rocks at those who invade their homes and stop them for endless hours at intentionally demeaning checkpoints.
Veterans For Peace believes in and stands for nonviolence and peace with justice. We condemn the hugely disproportionate Israeli violence toward Palestinians but also we call for Palestinians to refrain from firing unguided homemade rockets toward Israel and to end the knifing attacks over the past four months.
February 10, 2016
We are still feeling the energy and power from the thousands who attended the 25th anniversary Vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning, GA last November! During the weekend, SOA Watch Field Organizer María Luisa Rosal and movement Founder, Father Roy Bourgeois made an important announcement about SOA Watch's decision to move the popular mobilization to the U.S./Mexico border in the Fall of 2016.
This October 7-10, Veterans For Peace members will converge in Nogales, Arizona for SOAW's first bi-national convergence at the U.S./Mexico border to demand a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy.
February 04, 2016
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
The Honourable John McCallum
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister McCallum:
We are writing you on behalf of Veterans For Peace, an international organization based in the United States, with chapters in 14O U.S. cities, as well as in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea and Vietnam. Our urgent mission is to abolish war once and for all and to build a culture of peace.
First of all, Prime Minister Trudeau, we would like to congratulate you on your election victory. We wish you much success in the big job of leading the great nation of Canada, where a number of us have lived and continue to cherish precious relationships and fond memories.
December 03, 2015
Jeju Islanders Steadfast in Eight-Year Fight Against U.S.-South Korean Navy Base
A daily ritual begins early in Gangjeong Village on Jeju Island, South Korea, site of a joint U.S.-South Korean deepwater naval base.
At 7 am every morning, activists at the entrance to the military base, begin a “100 bows” prayer. Police are lined up around them to make sure they don’t block construction vehicles. On this particular morning, this spiritual presence is augmented by Catholic peace workers, some of whom spent the previous night here in the raw damp. A mattress lies by the side of the road, occupied by Father Mum, one of the most famous radical priests in Korea. When he gets up, he is surrounded by an entourage of police who move with him as he walks, blocking his way if he tries to go too close to the road into the base. At one point, he shakes his cane at them, shouting in Korean that he is not a contagious disease to be quarantined this way.
November 27, 2015
In the video above, SOA Watch Field Organizer María Luisa Rosal and SOA Watch Founder Father Roy Bourgeois make the announcement about SOA Watch's move to the border in the Fall of 2016.
The leading candidate venues for the 2016 SOAW convergence are El Paso and Nogales.
November 27, 2015
It was an awesome weekend in Columbus, GA for its 25th anniversary march. The march to Lumpkin was so diverse, with many young people, who provided so much energy, with chants like "El pueblo unidos, jamas seras vencidos". 50+ people attended the VFP meeting on Saturday night at the Columbia Convention and Trade Center. Our annual march to kick off Sunday activities began with 50, but grew to 150 as we approached Ft. Benning.
October 09, 2015
The historic sailing vessel Golden Rule has arrived in San Francisco just in time for a peaceful encounter with Fleet Week warships, during the Parade of Ships, Friday 11:am to 12:30 pm. She will be joined by at least one other sailboat from the Bay Area’s famed Peace Navy. With her red sails emblazoned with the peace symbol and the Veterans For Peace logo, the Golden Rule will be hard to miss, as she sails peacefully against an array of huge naval ships.
The media is invited to sail on the Golden Rule beginning at 10:30 am on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday. The Golden Rule can take six passengers at a time. To reserve your place, please call 206-499-1220.
The Golden Rule and her crew intend to sail peacefully on the San Francisco waterfront throughout Fleet Week activities on Friday and Saturday. The public is invited to meet the crew and to tour the boat.
October 02, 2015
On October 7, as the U.S./NATO war in Afghanistan enters Year 15, with new U.S. troops just deployed, but also as we mark the anniversary of a popular revolution without war in the Philippines, the world's social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) will be flooded with the message that we've had enough of war and are ready to move beyond it.
Click here to be part of the October 7 thunderclap for peace.
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