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.
April 01, 2015
The St. Louis Chapter of Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)will celebrate its 100 year anniversary on Sunday, April 12th.
Former VFP President, Leah Bolger will be the keynote speaker and speak to the topic, World Without War -- Is It Possible?.
When: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Where: Regional Arts Commission
Time: 5pm - 9pm
5pm - Wine and conversation
Please call Yvonne Logan (314-961-5994) to make dinner reservations.
Payment for the dinner($10) will be taken at the door.
Veterans For Peace
March 23, 2015
Photos & article courtesy of VFP member, Ellen Davidson
Well, proportionally, VFP had a pretty good presence, but, alas, that was due to a pretty small turnout. But it was great to see lots of friends, including the rarely spotted Art and Nancy Brennan; the ever-present Margaret F, Bill P, Col. Ann, and Ellen B; our fearless president Barry L (who spoke beautifully) and his predecessor Patrick McC; tireless staffers Michael McP and Casey S; the distinguished Ray McG (who also spoke beautifully); and many others.
March 20, 2015
In an interview with Flashpoint radio, VFP Board president, Barry Ladendorf explains why VFP members and other antiwar groups are in DC this weekend. Raed Jarrar is the first to be interviewed followed by Barry Ladendorf's interview. Raed Jarrar, is an Arab-American from Iraq architect, blogger, and political advocate based in the U.S. Capital Washington, DC.
Flashpoint Interview - Barry's interview begins at 20min 33secs
March 17, 2015
Below is a sample letter written by VFP Board Vice President, Gerry Condon. Send a letter to your editor and let your voice be heard!
Feel free to use the letter as written or modify as needed. Be sure to include your senator's name, your name and your VFP Chapter number to the letter before submitting.
Recent media reports about negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are disappointingly one-dimensional and misleading. For example, it is all but accepted that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. Yet all sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies report there is NO evidence that Iran is building a nuclear bomb. Israel's own intelligence agency, the Mossad, says the same.
Israeli leaders may feel threatened by the re-emergence of Iran as a strong regional power, as has historically been the case. But they know that Iran poses no military threat to Israel. The U.S. should not allow itself to be “played” in a regional power struggle.
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