November 09, 2012
Judge Peckman issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction today allowing the Greater Seattle Chapter (VFP Chapter 92) to march in the annual Veteran's Day Parade.
Updates will follow!
Judge orders Auburn to allow anti-war vets group to march in parade (Courtesy of blogs.seattletimes.com)
October 31, 2012
UPDATE: URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
Main Gate Blockaded 4 Hours, Nine People
BEALE AFB (Marysville), Ca. – After blocking the main gate for more than four hours, nine (9) military veterans and peace activists from throughout California were arrested around Noon Tuesday here at Beale AFB protesting the inhumane and cruel U.S. Drone Program, killing thousands of innocent men, women and children around the world. The 'Beale 9' were cited for trespassing. Court proceedings are pending.
About 100 activists from as far away as Fresno, the SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Nevada City/Grass Valley and other California cities unfurled large banners and carried model drones and large photos of child victims of drone strikes to show the dark side of drone warfare.
Beale AFB has been a target of anti-drone protests for years. Beale AFB is home to the U2 and the Global Hawk, the unmanned surveillance drone that is an "accomplice" in drone killings.
October 31, 2012
Veterans for Peace chapters across the nation are meeting in major cities to celebrate the original Armistice Day as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible we must end it now.
Fighting ceased in the "war to end all wars" on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Thirty million soldiers had been killed or wounded and another seven million had been taken captive during World War I. Never before had people witnessed such industrialized slaughter. Congress responded to a universal hope among Americans for no more wars by passing a resolution calling for “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding … inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.” Later, Congress added that November 11th was to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
And so it will be, with events planned in over 50 cities, many of them including the ringing of 11 bells at the 11th hour on November 11th. In some cities, Veterans For Peace is partnering with MoveToAmend.org to advance the cause of removing money from politics -- understanding such corruption to be a major driving force behind wars. In some cities, groups will be striving to revive awareness of the Kellogg-Briand Pact which grew out of the antiwar sentiments after the Great War and which bars our nation and over 80 others from "recourse to war for the solution of international controversies."
October 09, 2012
Is it possible to find 2 Million Friends?
2 million Afghans have already died in the past four decades of war in Afghanistan. And war still rages on with the continuing military action of the U.S. and its NATO allies. The Afghan Peace Volunteers are asking us to help them find 2 million friends to join them in a call for peace in Afghanistan. The initiative calls on ordinary citizens of all countries to join with Afghan citizens, who are tired of corruption, hatred and war, to be friends.
October 01, 2012
UPDATE: Veterans For Peace and other allies in our coalition to ban weaponized drones are headed to Pakistan in a delegation organized by Code Pink. Please add your name to the petition now, and forward this to everyone you know, so that we can make clear to Pakistanis how many of us oppose the endless killing imposed on their country by our unmanned planes.
Veterans For Peace will deliver the petition to elected officials, tribal leaders, and victims' family members.
September 28, 2012
Dedicated and disciplined nonviolent military veterans are planning a peaceful vigil in New York City to protest the beginning of 12 years of war in Afghanistan, to remember the fallen from this and all wars and to assert free speech and assembly rights.
The time will be 6 p.m. on October 7, 2012,as the United States and NATO complete the eleventh year of the current occupation of Afghanistan and launch the twelfth. The crowd at the Republican National Convention cheered for complete immediate withdrawal, but the nominee's plans don't include it. The crowds at rallies for President Obama's reelection cheer for both the continuation of the war and its supposed status as "ending," even though the timetable for that "ending" is longer than most past wars, and a massive occupation is supposed to remain after the occupation "ends." Veterans For Peace, an organization dedicated to the abolition of war, is hoping to inject a discordant note into this happy discourse -- something that the ongoing reports of deaths just don't seem to manage.
September 25, 2012
Major combat began in Afghanistan on October 7th, 2001. This year the war’s anniversary falls during a national debate over jobs, the economy, taxes, and the fate of vital services from Social Security and Medicare to schools and transportation.
There is a way to put this all together and bring it down to the local level: city council resolutions that say “reduce Pentagon spending and revive our communities.”
The New Priorities Network, Veterans for Peace, Code PINK, Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project and others are supporting National Resolutions Week. During the first week in October “we the people” are calling on City Council members to weigh in on US military spending. We are asking them to pass resolutions on military spending and local needs, or forming groups to work on future resolutions, or going to city council meetings and making the connection between city budget cuts and runaway war spending. We are taking the saying “all politics is local” and putting it in practice.
Join in! Visit the New Priorities website to learn how to introduce military spending resolutions in your city. Helpful Links include “Organizing Strategies,” an Organizer’s Guide and other resource material. For hands-on help email email@example.com.
September 17, 2012
Dear friends, we need your help to help promote this petition calling for the US to stop its opposition to our UN resolutions on depleted uranium. We have been delighted to be joined by Internation Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) in making this call, along with the Womens International League For Peace and Freedom.
If you haven't already done so, please sign up today (it takes a few seconds) and then forward to your friends, colleagues and families. For too long the US has blocked international action on DU, we need your help to remind them that they can no longer go on acting with impunity.
September 06, 2012
Go to http://www.stopthesewars.org/ for more.
Let's see a solid turn out of veterans for this. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your reason to be there!
As Vietnam veteran Paul Appell eloquently said, “War veterans, loved ones of the fallen, and certainly those living in war zones do not have the option of closing down their memories at 10 p.m. … Some of us are not going away at 10 p.m. or any other time. If they do not like it, maybe they should have thought of that before they sent us to war.”
September 06, 2012
Members of the VFP Direct Action Team are organizing a gathering at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in New York City Oct. 7. Our intention is twofold:
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