August 28, 2014
Submitted by Board member, Barry Ladendorf of VFP Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter 91 in San Diego, CA.
On December 2, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution declaring August 29 to be the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. It was hoped that the resolution would increase the public’s awareness and educate people everywhere “about the effects of nuclear weapons test explosions . . . and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world.”
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This multilateral treaty requires states to ban all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military and civilian purposes. The treaty has not gone into force because eight nations, the United States, Israel, North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt, have either not ratified or not signed the treaty. And, yet it is fitting that the UN set aside a day to encourage its member states, NGOs and other institutions and the media to “inform, educate and advocate the necessity of banning nuclear weapons tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world.”
Solidarity Actions for Justice for Mike Brown, for Eric Garner, for Trayvon Martin, for Renisha McBride and so many more
August 14, 2014
Groups on the ground in St. Louis are calling for nationwide solidarity actions in support of Justice for Mike Brown and the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere. (See call below)
It is important for Veterans For Peace and the greater peace movement, to support and participate in these events and where possible organize one because the peace we seek abroad is directly tied to seeking peace at home. This crisis in Ferguson/the Greater Saint Louis area is a facet of the war abroad returning home. The militarization of the police is in full effect and the social and economic forces oppressing poor people and people of color here mirror those oppressing people around the globe. We must work for peace at home so that we can build allies for peace abroad. People cannot work for peace thousands of miles away when they cannot find peace at home. We will not have one without the other. This unfortunate tragedy is an opportunity to build power for change. Let’s be thoughtful, respectful and mindful as we do our work, but most of all, let us not miss or waste this moment.
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.
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