February 07, 2013
A message to VFP members from Medea Benjamin:
John Brennan's confirmation hearing to become head of the CIA will take place on Thursday, February 7. There is suddenly a flurry of attention around a white paper that lays out the administration's legal justification for killing Americans with drones overseas, and some of the Senators are vowing to ask Brennan "tough questions."
Whether or not your Senators are on the Intelligence Committee, they can publicly raise concerns with Brennan. I have a few suggestions, and you can add more of your own.
Please forward this message widely to like-minded friends.
January 18, 2013
What you can do to stop drone wars and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s opposition to militarism, racism, and extreme materialism.
1. Take 30 seconds to join 60,000 others in pushing for a ban on weaponized drones.
2. Take 30 seconds to demand that the millions being wasted on inaugural balls go to those who have lost their jobs, healthcare, and homes.
3. Be in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to say: No Blank Check for Israel!
4. Join a meeting of anti-drone activists in Washington, D.C., on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 400 I (Eye) Street, SW Washington, DC (near Arena Stage); Metro: 1 block from Waterfront Metro (GREEN LINE). Contact 571-501-3729.
5. Attend a rally and march in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning.
6. Do a die-in Monday in Washington, D.C., organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR). At the U.S. Capitol sometime after noon. Those dying-in will be risking arrest, and as we lie on the ground we will cover our bodies with a red-painted sheet to represent a bloody shroud, and with a large picture of a drone victim. We invite you to participate in this action -- either risking arrest, or to be there in solidarity and witness. We call on all participating to commit to nonviolence. There are a number of people who would like to participate in both the Arc of Justice Rally and Parade, and then participate in the die-in. We have organized our action so that people will be able to do both. If you are planning or thinking about risking arrest, please contact email@example.com – especially if you will be joining us at 11:45 am after the Arc of Justice Parade.
January 04, 2013
Dear Friend of Veterans For Peace,
Click here to tell Congress we're willing to share some sacrifice with the Pentagon and wealthiest 2%.
The media say the "fiscal cliff" has been avoided, but we'd be better off if Congress and the President had avoided this week's deal.
While unemployment compensation, Social Security, and Medicare survived for the moment, the deal raised taxes more on working people than on the wealthy, gave giant gifts to corporations, and left war preparations spending unsustainably high.
And the stage has been set for a bipartisan push to cut useful spending in the coming months.
The time to raise our voices is now! We need to overwhelm Congress with our message: End the wars—bring our tax dollars home!
December 24, 2012
NO BUDGET DEAL ON THE BACKS OF VETERANS AND SENIORS
According to numerous media reports, President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner have discussed cutting $130 Billion in Social Security benefits as part of the so-called “fiscal cliff” budget deal. This is unconscionable. Social Security, which is self-financed and not responsible for one nickel of the national deficit, should not be on the chopping block.
Social Security is what American seniors survive on. As Dean Baker reports, “The median income of people over age 65 is less than $20,000 a year. Nearly 70 percent of the elderly rely on Social Security benefits for more than half of their income and nearly 40 percent rely on Social Security for more than 90 percent of their income. These benefits average less than $15,000 a year.”
Most people don’t have savings to fall back on. Half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings and nearly half of baby boomers are at risk of not having enough savings to pay for basic necessities and health care.
Furthermore, veterans who are on Social Security disability would be among those who would be impacted most by the proposed cuts in Social Security Cost of Living Increases. Balancing the budget on the backs of veterans and seniors is not okay.
December 13, 2012
Dear Friend of Veterans For Peace,
Please become a part of this movement to Rebuild our Country - Move our Tax Dollars from the Pentagon to Job Creation and Human Needs. We need a new set of priorities that place the needs of the people ahead of the profits of the privileged.
Peace and Justice Groups, Military Families, Veterans, Unions, Retirees, and the Unemployed are all supporting our Jobs Not Wars Petition demanding that Congress and our President Give Us Work Not War. If you have yet signed, simply click here to Sign the Petition.
If you have already signed, we Thank You!
Please continue to help Spread the Word by forwarding this Petition to all your friends and associates. If you belong to an organization, no matter how big or small, who agrees with our Petition, ask them to Endorse the Campaign Here
November 29, 2012
My name is Brian Terrell. I'm co-coordinator of a group called Voices for Creative Nonviolence. We support the petition to ban drones organized by RootsAction. On November 30th I report for six months in a federal prison in Yankton, S.D., as a result of protesting drones.
The appearance of war being made easy by drones is resulting in more war. In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and in places we don't know about, in places where we are not at war, we're sending these unmanned pilotless airplanes into foreign air space to hunt down people who've been accused of crimes only in the private court of the administration. They're hunted down and killed along with anybody who might be in the immediate vicinity.
Drones are creating new wars rather than scaling down old ones. Drone pilots in Afghanistan have been targeted and killed. Drone pilots in the United States suffer PTSD at higher rates than real pilots
Drone victims are 98% innocent civilians according to the recent Stanford/NYU study. The other 2% are targeted victims of murder without charge, trial, due process, or in many cases even knowing the target's name.
Drones buzzing over houses traumatize children before they kill them. That those children are (in most cases) not American hardly diminishes the immorality.
Back on April 15th, about 40 people, mostly from the Kansas City area, went to Whiteman Air Force Base and held a short rally outside the gates on a public right of way. We had a petition -- an indictment we called it -- that listed the laws that drones are violating and the damage they are doing. We took that to the gate and were stopped. Three of us asked directions to deliver the petition and were immediately put in handcuffs. About 40 military police in full riot gear appeared (video) and did a choreographed dance including high kicks and grunts and beating their shields, two steps forward and one step back, to get rid of the rest of the U.S. citizens, who were acting legally under the First Amendment.
At my sentencing I told the judge:
"Our expert witnesses testified that our behavior was consistent with the activities that the drafters of the First Amendment intended to be protected, not persecuted, by the government. The order and security of the base would not have been compromised had the security police allowed us to proceed to the headquarters to deliver our petition. No testimony to the contrary was offered this court.
Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.
--Brian Terrell for RootsAction.org
Organizations Supporting This Petition (partial and growing list):
Call President Obama and Tell Him to Ban the Use of Weaponized Drones and Stop His "Kill List Program" Immediately!
November 12, 2012
Please call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and tell him to ban the use of weaponized drones and stop his "kill list program" immediately! Please sign the Roots Action petition, Ban Weaponized Drones from the World.
This video presents the October 25, 2012 Resistance Action at Hancock Field, Syracuse NY to end the use of weaponized drones and stop the killing of so many women, children and men.
November 09, 2012
Judge Peckman issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction today allowing the Greater Seattle Chapter (VFP Chapter 92) to march in the annual Veteran's Day Parade.
Updates will follow!
Judge orders Auburn to allow anti-war vets group to march in parade (Courtesy of blogs.seattletimes.com)
October 31, 2012
UPDATE: URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
Main Gate Blockaded 4 Hours, Nine People
BEALE AFB (Marysville), Ca. – After blocking the main gate for more than four hours, nine (9) military veterans and peace activists from throughout California were arrested around Noon Tuesday here at Beale AFB protesting the inhumane and cruel U.S. Drone Program, killing thousands of innocent men, women and children around the world. The 'Beale 9' were cited for trespassing. Court proceedings are pending.
About 100 activists from as far away as Fresno, the SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Nevada City/Grass Valley and other California cities unfurled large banners and carried model drones and large photos of child victims of drone strikes to show the dark side of drone warfare.
Beale AFB has been a target of anti-drone protests for years. Beale AFB is home to the U2 and the Global Hawk, the unmanned surveillance drone that is an "accomplice" in drone killings.
October 31, 2012
Veterans for Peace chapters across the nation are meeting in major cities to celebrate the original Armistice Day as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible we must end it now.
Fighting ceased in the "war to end all wars" on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Thirty million soldiers had been killed or wounded and another seven million had been taken captive during World War I. Never before had people witnessed such industrialized slaughter. Congress responded to a universal hope among Americans for no more wars by passing a resolution calling for “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding … inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.” Later, Congress added that November 11th was to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
And so it will be, with events planned in over 50 cities, many of them including the ringing of 11 bells at the 11th hour on November 11th. In some cities, Veterans For Peace is partnering with MoveToAmend.org to advance the cause of removing money from politics -- understanding such corruption to be a major driving force behind wars. In some cities, groups will be striving to revive awareness of the Kellogg-Briand Pact which grew out of the antiwar sentiments after the Great War and which bars our nation and over 80 others from "recourse to war for the solution of international controversies."
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