May 25, 2015
By now, most of you probably know what a fabulous event Doug Rawlings put together yesterday. It worked out just as planned, with a dignified group of us walking along the wall laying the letters, and many reports of people picking them up and reading them and other interactions. People appreciated our presence and the messages on our shirts. Roger's Bell Tower was spectacularly placed right near the Lincoln Memorial, attracting a lot of passersby. The weather was beautiful and we had a lovely celebration afterwards at one of the Busboys and Poets Cafes, where owner and activist Andy Shalal arranged for the cards printed with VFP's statement of purpose to be included in the little folders that hold the checks as a special Memorial Day offering.
Memorial Day Message from Veterans For Peace: Honor All Soldiers and Civilians Who Died in War Heal the Wounds, Work for Peace
May 23, 2015
Veterans For Peace members will participate in a wide range of activities in cities and towns all across the nation to observe Memorial Day. Veterans For Peace is a group of military veterans, family members and friends who pledge to serve the cause of world peace and work to abolish war.
“We bring a different message to Memorial Day than what is usually promoted by the media, the government and the war-hawks,” stated Michael McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace.
“We don’t glorify war – we seek justice for veterans and victims of war, and we work to abolish war itself,” said McPhearson.
Veterans For Peace members around the country will march in parades, lay wreaths, give talks and speeches, recite poetry, and honor U.S. service members and civilians who died in or as a result of war.
In Washington, D.C., Veterans For Peace members and friends will gather at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial at 10:30 am to deliver approximately 150 letters written to soldiers whose names appear on The Wall. The letters are from people of different generations and political persuasions from all around the country, and were solicited by the Vietnam Full Disclosure Campaign.
May 21, 2015
Written by: Mark Foreman/Project RENEW Committee Chair
As some of you may know, last January the VFP Board of Directors agreed to act as the fiduciary between Project RENEW and USAID if Project RENEW could secure a 6.8 million dollar grant from USAID. Project RENEW's grant proposal is designed to help Vietnamese victims of Unexploded Ordinance and the affects of Agent Orange. Project RENEW submitted it's Concept Paper to USAID in early April and USAID responded with a letter of rejection in mid-May. USAID rejected Project RENEW's Concept Paper for two reasons:
May 15, 2015
Get your limited edition t-shirt, and support the growth of the SOAW movement for justice and self determination in the Americas. The image is based on a photo by Linda Panetta, taken at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia.
May 08, 2015
The Belltower will be installed near Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial from May 14- May 27, and we need YOU to help maintain the 24 hour presence and make the most of this very busy, prominent location. The installation coincides with the arrival of Sam's Ride for Peace, VFP 1st Annual Lobby Days, and Memorial Day events at the Vietnam Wall.
Contact Roger Ehrlich@ firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 696-5995 if you think you can volunteer or to find out how you can participate and support the project even if you can't come to DC! More info at stpbelltower.blogspot.com and on FB.
May 04, 2015
Laurel Krause gave this speech today @ Kent State. Her sister Beth was one of the victims.
Thank you for attending the 45th commemoration of the Kent State Massacre and honoring, remembering this important day.
April 17, 2015
Bring 'em home to the 2015 VFP Convention in San Diego
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
April 10, 2015
The Pentagon is intent upon taking control of how we remember the American War in Vietnam. Their myth-making has already begun and will continue for a decade of fifty year commemorations. Some of us are not going to stand by and let this happen. We are fighting back. We in Veterans For Peace are taking our earned places at the table -- and we are inviting you to join us. WE ARE STARTING WITH YOUR LETTERS TO THE WALL.
These architects of that moral travesty think they can tell our children and grandchildren what the war years were like. But they are dodging some important truths here. They are not giving full voice to all of us who were in that war -- from the disaffected and rebellious soldiers, to the families of soldiers, to the thousands of Americans who took to the streets in protest or argued with their fellow Americans, to the Southeast Asians who bore the brunt of their disastrous foreign adventurism. Don't let the Department of Defense voices carry the day. Join us. WRITE A LETTER TO THE SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN VIETNAM.
Join Veterans For Peace's Full Disclosure campaign by writing a letter to the soldiers whose names are carved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. No matter what your role was in the American War in Vietnam -- combatant, loved one of a combatant, war resistor, conscientious objector, citizen -- we think your voice needs to be heard.
April 09, 2015
We will embark on our third VFP trip to Cuba later this year. Members and supporters of our message of peace are welcome to join us. However, please be advised that we only take 15-20 people on our tours, led by VFP member and Cuban documentary film maker Jim Ryerson, who has been to the island more than 25 times. Because of the opening in travel to Cuba, some groups are planning tours with as many as 150 people. If you are looking to get the feel of Cuba, you are not going to get it marching around with scores of Americans.
Ask your fellow VFP members who have joined us on our trips what it would be like to have 10x’s the number of people going to each location. The Cuban infrastructure just is not built to handle it at this time. We will have exact dates and prices soon, but if you are interested, please get on our list. Like the other 2 trips, this one will sell out.
For more information, email Jim Ryerson @ email@example.com
April 03, 2015
Join VFP member Sam Winstead as he visits Congress after biking to DC from Raleigh, NC on his 4th annual Ride For Peace. If you can’t make it to DC, you are encouraged to arrange meetings in local offices during that time.
VFP will focus our efforts on moving the money from the military to community needs, supporting diplomacy with Iran and limiting the Pentagon’s 1033 Program that sends military equipment to civilian police forces. As the time nears we will provide additional materials to support a powerful and effective VFP voice to our government.
Remember, the diplomatic solution with Iran is moving forward due to effective popular demand. We can make a difference.
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