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.
March 11, 2015
During the March 6th Shut Down Creech action, U.S. Veterans delivered a message to Creech Air Force Base drone operators and other personnel offering support for those who decide they no longer want to participate in drone assassinations. Thirty-four (34) activists were arrested for protesting the drone assassination program conducted by the CIA and USAF
Veterans for Peace Cancels Annual Saint Patrick's Peace Parade after Judge's Initial Ruling Allows City to Deny Noon Start Time on March 15
March 09, 2015
ACLU lawsuit on behalf of VFP will continue to challenge City's 11-month delay in acting on permit application, and favoritism for South Boston Allied War Veterans parade, which excludes most LGBT and veterans' peace groups.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 9, 2015
Christopher Ott, communications director, 617-482-3170 x322, email@example.com
Patrick Scanlon, Veterans for Peace, 978-590-4248, Vets4PeaceChapter9@gmail.com
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) today announced the cancellation this year of its annual St. Patrick's Day Peace Parade, which had been scheduled for noon on March 15. The cancellation follows a lengthy delay by the City of Boston—which for nearly a year refused to respond to VFP's permit application. It also follows a federal court ruling in VFP's lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts against the City, issued on the evening of Friday, March 6, which declined to order the City to issue VFP a permit for noon. The ruling leaves in place the City's decision to favor the parade run by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which traditionally begins at 1pm and has excluded gay organizations, Veterans for Peace, and other peace organizations.
The ruling also allows the City to continue its past practice of relegating the Veterans for Peace Chapter 9, Smedley D. Butler Brigade parade to a late start on a winter afternoon. In reaching that decision, Judge Leo Sorokin concluded that, at this stage of the litigation, VFP could not show a First Amendment violation "at this time." But Judge Sorokin recognized that between March 2014, when VFP filed its permit application, and February 2015, when VFP filed suit, City officials did not "respond to the VFP regarding its permit application" and did not "respond in any way to the various inquiries made by [VFP's] counsel regarding the permit."
March 04, 2015
To our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters at Creech Air Force Base,
This week, veterans of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan are arriving in Nevada to join protests outside Creech Air Force Base against Drone Warfare. We are not protesting against you, the airmen (and women) who are drone operators and support personnel.
We are reaching out to you because we understand the position you that you are in. We were once in that position ourselves, some of us quite recently. We know what it feels like to be caught up in strange and brutal wars not of our own making, and not clearly in the interests of our nation. We want to share some of our hard won truths, and to offer you our support.
March 04, 2015
This advertisement does a number of things in 15 seconds that U.S. television has not done before. It presents a moral case against drone murders (the U.S. government's terminology, and strictly accurate). It opposes drone murders as illegal. It shows victims. It provides the name and website of an organization opposing drone murders. And it directly asks drone "pilots" to refuse to continue. It also makes the Nuremberg argument that an illegal order need not (in fact must not) be obeyed.
This is, as far as I know, and as far as its producers know, the first anti-drone-war commercial on U.S. television, as well as -- I believe -- the first content of any sort on U.S. corporate television to do the things listed above.
This ad is airing from February 28 to March 6 on CNN, MSNBC and other networks in the Las Vegas area, just a few miles from Creech Air Force Base, a major drone operating and training facility where a major protest is underway. It will begin airing in other cities soon.
February 13, 2015
Join the Smedley's for their 5th Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade. The only “PEACE PARADE” in the country!
The ACLU has issued a press release to announce the filing of a lawsuit in federal court against the City of Boston.
Read the Smedley's Call for Help.
January 29, 2015
Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC
Coming out of a meeting held in Washington, DC, on January 10, plans are coming together for an antiwar intervention in the U.S. capital.
A series of events will be held just as the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq -- recently restarted in a new form -- passes the 12-year mark since the March 2003 invasion.
Here's the schedule so far:
Wednesday, March 18: Peace gathering and fellowship.
Thursday, March 19th: Lobbying on Capitol Hill, followed by a tour of the war machine: homes and offices of war criminals.
Friday, March 20th: Afternoon and evening teach-in: Ending Current Wars, Ending the Institution of War.
This event will examine ISIS and U.S. warmaking in Western Asia and elsewhere; the damage militarism does to the natural environment, economies, and civil rights; and how the war system can be replaced with a peace system.
Saturday, March 21st: Protest at the White House, followed by march.
This nonviolent intervention was originally proposed by Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox and the Soapbox People's Network. It has been endorsed and will be supported by the ANSWER Coalition, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, CODEPINK, the Granny Peace Brigade of New York City, KnowDrones.com, Military Families Speak Out, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare, United National Antiwar Coalition, Veterans For Peace, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, WarIsACrime.org, Witness Against Torture, World Beyond War, and World Can't Wait.
To endorse, volunteer, get involved or learn more, go to: http://SpringRising.org
Contact Dede at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join and share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/430232700485435
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.
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