April 26, 2013
VFP members came from as far away as Hawaii and New Hampshire to participate in "The People's Response" to the opening of President George W. Bush's library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX this week. The week's events were organized by lifetime Associate member Leslie Harris, member of Chapter 106 in Dallas, and included numerous activities such as an interfaith service, panel discussions and presentations, music, direct actions, and protest. On Wednesday evening Phil Donahue presented his film "Body of War" followed by a live Skype discussion with Tomas Young and his wife Claudia. The main event of the week was a rally and protest on Thursday at the same time as the library was being dedicated. Local organizers had to get a court order to be allowed to protest outside the campus of SMU.
April 23, 2013
The Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of Veterans For Peace was acknowledged in the Congressional Record on Thursday April 18th by Congressman Keith Ellison who acknowledged something else as well: the illegality of war.
Inspired by a book written by VFP associate-member David Swanson titled When the World Outlawed War, Veterans For Peace and allies in the Twin Cities have been organizing efforts to commemorate the work of Frank B. Kellogg this coming August 27th. That will be the 85th anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Pact in Paris, France -- a treaty that remains the supreme law of the land under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution and which bans war.
Larry Johnson of Veterans For Peace in Minnesota explained: "Steve McKeown, in our group, is one of the few people around who knew anything about the Kellogg-Briand Pact, and he got us going on it after David's book came out. As veterans, for peace, we are intimately aware of the maxim, 'First casualty of war is the truth', so if even most Minnesotans know nothing of Kellogg's Nobel Peace Prize and the still binding international law, what else are they not telling us?"
April 17, 2013
This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the closing of the U.S. Navy bombing range in Vieques, Puerto Rico. For six decades prior to 2003, approximately one trillion pounds of explosives were dropped in practice exercises.
After decades of protest and a campaign of non-violent civil resistance that began in 1999 and included the arrests of over 1,500 people, the Navy was forced to close the bombing range on May 1, 2003. Peace-loving people had defeated the most powerful military force in history without firing a single shot.
April 08, 2013
San Diego Veterans for Peace have been protesting outside a General Atomics facility in Poway every week for the past seven months. "Our fourth and fifth amendment rights are going to go up in a cloud of drones, if we're not careful," warned Dave Patterson.
March 19, 2013
View the details of the CPC budget. The National Priorities Project has created a side-by-side comparison of the Ryan, Murray and CPC budgets. NPP also has a four-point call to action which addresses sequestration, the lack of a 13 and 14 budget and the debt ceiling.
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Action Alert: Call Maj. Gen. Linnington and tell him the “aiding the enemy” charge is an outrage and Bradley deserves to be free!
March 14, 2013
Once Maj. Gen. Linnington’s voicemail box is full – you can also leave a message at the DOD: (703) 571-3343 – press “5″ to leave a comment.
*If this mailbox is also full, leave the Department of Defense a written message.
One of the most moving aspect of Manning’s testimony was his explanation as to why he released the so-called “Collateral Murder” video, which shows the gunning down of two Reuters journalists and bystanders by apparently bloodthirsty and remorseless American soldiers in a US aircraft.
Manning described being deeply troubled by the video, especially the crew’s “lack of concern for human life” and lack of “concern for injured children at the scene.” Manning directly stated that he wanted the American public “to know that not all people were targets that needed to be neutralized” but “people living in the pressure cooker environment of asymmetrical warfare.”
March 11, 2013
On Wednesday March 13th the Congressional Progressive Caucus will release its “Back to Work Budget” which creates jobs, taxes wealthy individuals, plugs corporate tax loopholes, cuts the Pentagon budget to 2006 levels, and saves healthcare costs.
A vote is expected next week and the Progressive Caucus wants at least 100 YES votes. The Back to Work Budget will be offered as a substitute amendment to the Ryan budget, so it won’t have its own bill number – but members will get to vote on the floor of the House.Thank you, Let’s continue to be the leaders in creating a culture of peace.
March 01, 2013
"I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience.”
Bradley Manning has shown us once again that he is a hero. On Thursday, February 28, he made a profound and historic statement to a military court and to the world. Reading from prepared notes for over an hour, Bradley detailed how he released classified military and government documents to Wikileaks, and he explained why he did so.
I believed if the public, particularly the American public, could see this it could spark a debate on the military and our foreign policy in general as it applied to Iraq and Afghanistan. It might cause society to reconsider the need to engage in counter terrorism while ignoring the human situation of the people we engaged with every day.... I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience.”
What Manning released through Wikileaks was evidence of the regular killing of civilians by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the regular cover-up of these war crimes. The Iraq War Logs and the Afghan War Diaries also revealed that military and civilian leaders were lying to the U.S. people when they presented rosy assessments of the progress of those wars.
February 18, 2013
Letter sent to Congress with signatures from 119 organizations
Dear Members of Congress:
The undersigned organizations represent millions of Americans with a tremendous stake in the outcome of the ongoing budget process. As Congress debates the debt ceiling, automatic spending cuts and spending in 2013 and going forward, our organizations urge you to ensure adequate funding to preserve the basic functions of government and real security for all our people.
There are two paths toward accomplishing this goal and both must be followed. First, additional new revenues must be enacted. President Obama has identified at least $600 billion in new revenues if the wealthiest Americans are required to pay their fair share. We can raise more than $600 billion by closing tax loopholes for corporations, for the wealthiest 2 percent and for companies that outsource jobs overseas.
February 11, 2013
It's crunch time. Congress has until March 1st to hammer out a deal on $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts. You and I know that this could be our best opportunity yet to finally rein in Pentagon spending. But now we must make our voices heard.
This is the broadest campaign in modern American history to call for an end to wasteful Pentagon spending —so join us. VFP is organizing a National Day of Action on Feb. 27 and we're going to tell Congress: stop wasting money on things we can't afford so that we can pay for the things we need — important programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and help for our veterans.
And this is where you come in.
We need to hear from our veterans who are dedicated to fixing our bloated Pentagon budget and want to send a message to Congress. Are you a U.S. veteran who is willing to speak out about our unsustainable Pentagon budget? Click here to share your story.
Or if you know of a veteran who has a great story to tell, could you please forward this email along?
We view reining in wasteful Pentagon spending as a mandate. We have a choice in our country: invest in the middle class and prosperity for all — including our returning veterans, many of whom are out of work — or continue down the road we're on — a road where Pentagon contractor CEOs drive the allocation of our tax dollars and dictate our national security agenda.
Our Pentagon spending represents a bygone era. The Cold War is over. It's time to build prosperity at home.
But we need your help.
Or if you know someone who has a great story to tell, could you please forward this email along?
Together we can rein in uncontrollable Pentagon spending.
Veterans For Peace are one of the 113 national organizations endorsing this action.
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