November 10, 2014
President Obama is sending 1500 MORE troops to war in Iraq-- a war that requires Congressional review and approval. [Timeline of mission creep in Iraq & Syria]
October 30, 2014
Ellen Barfied, VFP Head UN Rep, is excited to report that the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance and VFP are sponsoring a morning action on Thursday, November 6 at the Federal Energy "Regulatory" (NOT!) Commission is officially a part of the Beyond Extreme Energy week of actions to challenge fracking and gas export.
When: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Where: Union Station
Time: 6:45 am - Noon
Bring VFP flags and YOUR BODY!
We will walk from Union Station to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission offices located @ 888 First St NE, Washington DC 20426.
A big VFP banner that says Stop the War on Mother Earth, US Military Biggest Consumer of Fossil Fuels on Earth! will be the focal point for the morning, and placards and flyers will explain links between fracking, gas export, and Pentagon war-making.
October 13, 2014
About 25 VFP members were in the St. Louis area In support of the "Weekend of Resistance"
The "Accountability" banner seen in photos, created by Texas VFP member, Leslie Harris.
More photos, courtesy of New York VFP member, Ellen Davidson.
October 09, 2014
A beautiful celebration of brother Jacob George, some reading of the names, and at 10 pm, instead of a small army of cops, a visit from a representative of the mayor's office, just making sure we were not being disturbed. Tarak worked very hard all week, calling members of the City Council and the mayor's office to make sure that the letter had been read. The mayor's rep says we should call him tomorrow to talk about how we can get the closing time changed permanently.
None of this would have happened without the beautiful and dignified actions we all took part in beginning with May Day 2012. We have shown the power of nonviolent direct action, strategically planned, to push back against repression. Thanks to everyone for their participation in all our events at the VVM, and we will keep coming back as long as wars of empire are raging around the world, to draw the connections, expose the lies and betrayals, and assert our right to assemble and express ourselves peacefully.
Tonight Join Michael T. McPhearson for a national briefing call on Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, MO!
October 07, 2014
Please join Michael T. McPhearson tonight to find out what you can do to help make the Weekend of Resistance mobilization a huge success.
September 26, 2014
You are invited to join us, Veterans For Peace with---- the Don’t Shoot Coalition, Organization of Black Struggle (OBS), Missourian Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), Hands Up United, ColorofChange.org and others--- in a broad effort to launch a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, MO on October 10-13. Thousands have already committed and we expect many more.
The senseless killing of Mike Brown is a movement moment for racial justice and an opportunity to advance economic and social justice for all. We in the peace movement have a special role to play in this struggle because our work is global. Our work is for peace at home and peace abroad. We know that war and militarism has no borders. If we are to have peace abroad we must confront injustice, violence and the militarization of police in our own communities. We must build peace at home.
If you plan to come to Saint Louis/Ferguson please let us know. We are in the process of planning and would like to know you are coming and will contact you.
September 23, 2014
In Photo: Tarak, Mike Hearington, and Ken Mayers. Tarak is doing a radio interview for Paki Wieland's show (Paki is at left)
Veterans For Peace had a great presence and a great day at the largest climate protest in history.
Dozens of VFPers were highly visible in black or dark blue shirts with a banner saying Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming, 21 VFP flags and a giant inflatable ‘climate bomb’ float through the streets. Special recognition is due to Mike Tork whose work got the ‘bomb’ up and repaired all day. Board Member Margaret Stevens spoke eloquently at the rally.
Members came in from as far away as California, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as many from the mid-Atlantic region and New England. We were accompanied by family members, our contingent was led by IVAW members and we connected with partners in Code Pink, VVAW and the Leftist Marching Band.
On Monday, a number of us joined thousands to Flood Wall Street in an action that shut down Broadway in the Wall Street area all day. Among other VFPers with us that day were Chris Hedges, Episcopal Bishop and Vietnam veteran George Packard and his wife Brook, and Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese with their Popular Resistance contingent. It was a very successful action.
Photos courtesy of Ellen Davidson
September 19, 2014
For nearly 30 years, Veterans For Peace has been dedicated to working for the abolishment of war as national U.S policy. We have taken to the streets, petitioned our leaders, and educated our community members about the true costs of war.
The International Day of Peace offers an opportunity for the world to pause and reflect on peaceful alternatives to conflict. Peace Day was established by the United Nations in 1981 to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
Call the Armed Services Committee (202) 225-4151 and let them know Veterans For Peace will be heard!
September 18, 2014
Today I was denied entry to the House Armed Services committee hearing with Sec Defense Hagel because I was wearing a VFP tshirt !!
Col Ann Wright
They tell us we served to protect our freedoms, now they don't want to hear from us when we stand up as veterans and say we disagree with their failing and immoral policies. Col Ann Wright took the lead and we've got her back.
Call the Armed Services Committee (202) 225-4151 and let them know Veterans For Peace will be heard!!
Members of CODE PINK and Popular Resistance protesting war at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on September 16th.
September 17, 2014
There are over 400 buses going to the People's Climate March. More than 60% of the tickets have been sold.
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