January 28, 2015
Back in 1979, reviewers liked to point out that Frances Ford Coppala’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was so plagued with difficulty and confusion (the star suffered a heart attack during shooting and a devastating typhoon destroyed all the sets) that the making of the film paralleled the reality of the Vietnam War itself.
A similar observation might be made of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper about Iraq. Like the Iraq War itself, Eastwood’s movie begins by exploiting a historically inaccurate delusion and, then, sustains itself for two hours on the mission to protect US soldiers against the insurgency that arose in opposition to the US invasion and occupation based on the initial delusion.
January 28, 2015
The second annual VFP trip to Cuba turned historic when it began on the same day that new regulations for American Travel went into place. A picture of VFP member John Koehler from Wisconsin went world-wide and is has become the iconic face of American travel to the island. 15 VFP members and supporters were part of our tour to Havana and environs, experiencing the art and culture and sampling the food. We talked with ordinary working men and women who were very positive about the thaw in relations between our countries. We also met with our fellow veterans who talked about their experiences in their military, and the humanitarian missions of Cuban medical personnel who have sent 125 doctors to Ebola -stricken parts of Africa.
Because of the overwhelming response to these new regulations, we are planning another trip for later this year. Contact Jim Ryerson firstname.lastname@example.org
VFP Members on Tour
January 23, 2015
Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and member of VFP International Advisory Board
Today, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare, will begin a three-month jail sentence in federal prison for a protest against drones (also known as “unmanned aerial vehicles”) at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Medea Benjamin interviews her before Kathy turned herself in.
December 27, 2014
Join us March 4-6, 2015 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada, for a national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia, and everywhere. Sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience , Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Voices for Creative Nonviolence. CODEPINK will also hold vigils daily on March 2nd and 3rd, prior to the official beginning of this Creech Convergence For Peace, and welcomes everyone to join them.
In 2005, Creech Air Force Base secretly became the first U.S. base in the country to carry out illegal, remotely controlled assassinations using the MQ-1 Predator drones, and in 2006, the more advanced Reaper drones were added to its arsenal. Creech drone personnel sit behind computers in the desert north of Las Vegas and kill "suspects" thousands of miles away. Recent independent research indicates that the identity of only one out of 28 victims of U.S. drone strikes is known beforehand. Though officials deny it, the majority of those killed by drones are civilians. In 2014, it was leaked that the CIA's criminal drone assassination program, officially a separate operation from the Air Force's, has been piloted all along by Creech's super-secret Squadron 17.
December 09, 2014
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote on authorizing our latest war in Iraq and Syria this week – perhaps on WEDNESDAY. Call your Senator before the vote using this special toll-free* number: 877-429-0678. This number will connect you with the Capitol Switchboard operator, and you can ask to be connected to your Senator’s office.
You can say: “I am a member of Veterans For Peace. I understand the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be debating the use of force against ISIL. I urge the Senator to oppose authorizing force in Iraq and Syria. However, if there are opportunities to constrain the use of force, such as by prohibiting ground troops, I urge the Senator to support those constraints.”
December 08, 2014
Hosted by Mothers Against Police Brutality, CODEPINK, National Congress of Black Women and Hands Up DC Coalition, mothers who have lost their children to police brutality will travel to Washington DC from December 9-11 to call for police accountability, policy reform and justice for victims’ families.
Come show support for ten mothers who have lost their children to police brutality. They will be Washington DC this week to call for police accountability, policy reform and justice for victims’ families!
Tuesday, December 9
*Candlelight vigil at Justice Department, 5pm. Corner of Pennsylvania and 9th St, NW. followed by a march.
November 24, 2014
Hundreds of active duty US military and veterans have sent an open letter to Missouri National Guard members urging them to join Ferguson protesters, not fight against them. Several VFP members have signed the letter.
November 24, 2014
What: Walk, Fast, and Vigil to close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
When: November 30 - December 7, 2014
Where: November 30th--from San Luis Mission to the gates of Diablo Canyon. Meet at the Mission
December 1,2,3 ----Near the gates of Diablo in Avila, 8:30-4:30
Several Buddhist monks will be holding a Walk, Fast, and Vigil to close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
Please join them as they lead a Peace Walk on Thanksgiving Sunday--November 30th--from San Luis Mission to the gates of Diablo Canyon. Meet at the Mission Plaza at 9am.
On December 1st they will begin a week's Vigil and a Fast that will culminate the following Sunday, December 7th.
The public is invited to participate in all the events.
Please forward this message to others who may be interested in attending these events. Thank you!
November 18, 2014
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