April 13, 2015
For Immediate Release
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 23, 2015 - Local filmmakers, Janice Rogovin and Laura McLam are ready to put the final touches on a 10-year documentary project about Boston celebrity Carlos Arredondo.
Arredondo has gotten plenty of media attention since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing when he ran towards the blasts and helped save a life. The now iconic photograph of him running beside Jeff Bauman’s wheelchair launched Arredondo into the limelight. But Rogovin says there’s a lot more to his story.
The film began in 2004 when Arredondo lit a Marines’ van on fire after learning that his oldest son, Alex, had died fighting in Iraq. Arredondo’s extreme grief over Alex's death launched him on a journey to honor his son and fight for the America he believed in. He became a well-known peace activist and then a central figure in Occupy Boston.
April 10, 2015
Our primary goal as Veterans for Peace Chapter 49 is to achieve a Peaceful and Just Society. We have served together with people of all faiths, ethnicity, and other backgrounds, and we took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Our Constitution includes guarantees freedom of religion, a principle that mutually permits and respects an individual or community to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.
We are concerned that in recent years it has become "normal" again for Americans to express hate against others, such as a phobia directed against Muslims. We believe such hate contradicts the basic principles upon which our American society has been founded. Our VFP Chapter 49 has taken the position that under the U.S. Constitution and international standards, we are called upon to respect others as human beings. As veterans, we continue to serve to realize our common ideals of being the best we can be as Americans and human beings.
Please see our VFP49 statement on Freedom of Religion for more information.
April 10, 2015
Veterans For Peace Sacramento chapter and Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County have partnered with the activist website KnowDrones.com to produce anti-drone operations ads.
Anti-drone ads shown in U.S. for first time; pilots urged to ignore ‘immoral’ laws (Article courtesy of the Washington Times)
April 10, 2015
David Swanson has been dominated by Prof. em. Richard Falk, Uni of Princeton and Prof. Jeffrey Bachman, American Uni, Washington for the Nobel Peace Price.
The content, direction and scope of David Swanson´s work seem to place him right at the center of the purpose Alfred Nobel intended to support, disarmament and demilitarization of international relations
April 03, 2015
VFP member, Kathy Bracewell, former student at UW-Madison in the late 1960’s will be the guest speaker at the documentary screening of "The War at Home" on Monday, April 6th at 7pm .
The History Department at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida is sponsoring the event.
April 03, 2015
March 30, 2015
U.S. soldiers in Germany now have a GI coffeehouse. The Clearing Barrel Bar and Café opened Saturday, March 24, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, home to Ramstein Air Base and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, among a constellation of U.S. bases, with 50,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel living in the area.
The grand opening was a big success, with over 60 people in attendance. Well-wishers enjoyed good food and drink, and marveled at the large beautifully remodeled space, with couches, tables, chairs, a bar and barstools, his and hers bathrooms, and a full kitchen.
Beautifully printed posters from the “War Is Trauma” art exhibit were displayed on spacious white walls. “War Is Trauma,”a collaboration between Just Seeds, an art collective from Brooklyn, New York, and Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), is about “Operation Recovery”, a campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops and to focus public attention towards Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma.
March 26, 2015
I was a late bloomer. My anti war activation didn't begin with my war, Korea, or even Vietnam ( though I deplored it), but with the coincidence of the first Gulf War and finding out about Veterans For Peace, in 1991. At that time, I watched, with disgust, the sanitary, long range, killing of people on cathode ray tubes. No smell, no heat, no concussion, no screaming – just black and white blooms on a screen. Pretty chicken-shit, I thought.
Then I met Jim Gilbert, an Army vet interviewed for a column by local pundit and Vietnam vet, Bill McKlellan. I read about the start-up of a local chapter of VFP, here in St. Louis, and I wanted in.
Through Jim, I met an activist nun, Maggie Fisher, who was putting out a newsletter on Latin American Affairs. My education concerning the policies that led to the current war, the enduring wars of South and Central America, Vietnam and, now, in Iraq, had begun. First order of business – read Howard Zinn's “A Peoples History of the United States”. Next, Bruce Cumings “The Origins of the Korean War”. Reading that changed my myopic view of my war and caused me a lot of pain I later dealt with in return trips to that battlefield.
March 26, 2015
Click here to read Woody's story, THE MAKING OF A VETERAN FOR PEACE
March 25, 2015
This is the picture of the infamous ditch at the My Lai Massacre site that I took when I and
This ditch is where American soldiers herded
One was done by air, My Lai was done with troops on
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