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.
May 19, 2014
Every year Congress has two chances to reduce Pentagon waste -- through appropriations bills and then through authorization bills. This week (May 19) the U.S. House of Representatives will be debating and voting on the military budget for FY 2015 in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
This bill will bring many issues that are important to VFP to a vote. So this week is a crucial time for the veteran peace voice to be heard. Congressional aides say that the volume of calls on an issue makes the difference. Your call matters.
April 23, 2014
During the closing session of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on March 25, 2014, you cited a number of concrete measures to secure highly-enriched uranium and plutonium and strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime that have been implemented as a result of the three Nuclear Security Summits, concluding: “So what’s been valuable about this summit is that it has not just been talk, it’s been action.”
Would that you would apply the same standard to nuclear disarmament! On April 5, 2009 in Prague, you gave millions of people around the world new hope when you declared: “So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” Bolstered by that hope, over the past three years, there has been a new round of nuclear disarmament initiatives by governments not possessing nuclear weapons, both within and outside the United Nations. Yet the United States has been notably “missing in action” at best, and dismissive or obstructive at worst. This conflict may come to a head at the 2015 Review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
April 11, 2014
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March 26, 2014
Expanding on last year’s “April Days of Action,” this year anti-drone activists across the country are organizing “Spring Days of Action” throughout the months of April and May. VFP members and chapters that are near drone bases or manufacturers have been doing a great job keeping up the pressure. But if you don’t live near a drone base or manufacturer, there are still lots of actions that you and your chapter can do to actively oppose drones.
March 19, 2014
Written by Matt Southworth, former VFP Board Member and Iraq veteran.
Anniversaries are often a time to look back and reflect. It was ten years ago today that the United States brought “shock and awe” to Iraq under the false pretenses of Iraqi involvement in 9/11 and possession of weapons of mass destruction.
We in the U.S. have all but forgotten those days, even after nearly 4,500 U.S. service members died in Iraq and over $800 billion were spent. The Iraq War was once the focus of a plethora of media coverage and congressional debate—it was even a campaign issue as late as the 2008 presidential election. The Iraq War, its false justification and the crimes committed to cover up the truth are now distant memories for most Americas, only 53% of whom think the Iraq War was a mistake.
March 17, 2014
Ruthie Cole, Eddie Bloomer, Elliott Adams(VFP member), Julie Brown(VFP member), Michelle Naar-Obed (wife of VFP member Greg Boertje-Obed), Chet Guinn, Steve Clemens were charged with criminal trespass while delivering indicitment on Monday, Mar 19th at the 132 National Guard Base in Iowa;
We come to the Des Moines Air National Guard base, today, as members of faith based and Catholic Worker communities and the Veterans for Peace who annually join for a week of nonviolent resistance to war and injustice. This week, we aim to raise a call against the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) commonly known as drones. We recognize that the slaughter of war always requires war makers to dehumanize the victims. Reliance on drones exacerbates the dehumanization because the technology allows war makers to kill a target without identifying clearly who the person is or what the person has done or is doing.
Therefore today we bring to this base the faces of several who have been killed as well as the desire of a young Afghan friend who says, "We want to live without war."
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, "In a free society, few are guilty but all are responsible." If weaponized drones are flown from this base, we, along with RPA crews, share responsibility for consequences including death of targeted victims and whatever trauma is sustained by those who operate the drones.
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