December 02, 2013
In spring 2002, Kenneth Mayers co-founded the Santa Fe chapter of Veterans for Peace, a global organization that relies on the voices and experiences of military veterans to advocate for peaceful solutions to conflicts. Last month, Mayers joined with other Veterans for Peace activists in the Palestinian village of Bi’lin to protest the constant tear-gas bombing of the village by Israeli Defense Forces.
Kenneth Mayers had just finished digesting a tear-gas breakfast when he called The New Mexican from the Palestinian village of Bi’lin in mid-November to respond to the news that he has been chosen as one of the 10 Who Made a Difference. “I am honored,” he said by phone. “It doesn’t seem to me that what I am doing makes a difference. I hope it makes a difference.”
December 02, 2013
Veterans For Peace Team Members, Ellen Davidson and Tarak Kauff talk about their recent trip to the Occupied West Bank on Clearing the FOG (Forces of Greed) radio show. <Radio Interview>
Written reports and photos of trip are available @ Stop These Wars website.
November 27, 2013
More than thirty members of Veterans For Peace from the Greater Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and North Olympic Peninsula chapters marched on November 9th in near-perfect weather in the City of Auburn's annual Veterans Day parade. This was VFP's eighth consecutive appearance in the parade and we're proud and pleased to have been able to, once again, add our clear, singular pro-peace voice to the messages conveyed by the other parade entries. For the third year in a row we also had a booth in Auburn, staffed by two VFP 92 members.
After the parade, we were pleasantly surprised to be joined on the steps of the Auburn city hall by Victoria Knight, Miss Auburn 2013 , who posed with us for photos. After the parade, about thirty of us enjoyed lunch and good company in Auburn at the first annual VFP Armistice Day spaghetti lunch. We were joined there by Ray McGovern , co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity . Ray had hoped to march with us but his flight into Sea-Tac was delayed--maybe next year, Ray.
We're grateful again this year to the members, vestry, and rector of St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church for their hospitality in providing us with parking, bathrooms, hot coffee, and donuts. The church also provided the location for our lunch.
November 13, 2013
Members of the San Jose chapter of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 101, met on the corner of Fourth and Santa Clara streets in San Jose, California with other members of the community to ring a bell for peace and restore the meaning of Armistice Day the morning of November 11th. Later that evening the bell was transported to Stanford University and displayed at a panel discussion hosted by "Stanford Says No To War." There were three members on the panel, Paul Chappell and IVAW members Emily Yates and Samel Triplett. Paul Chappell, as usual, was an inspiration and gave us a lot to think about. Both IVAW members did a heartfelt presentation describing their experiences. Emily Yates sang several of her songs that were to the point and straight from the heart. After the event we were able to talk to people about Armistice Day and pass out VFP information to an audience that was very receptive.
Here is a link to a five minute video of the VFP101 Ringing Bells for Peace 2013.
November 11, 2013
"Thank you for your service." For more than the three decades that I have publicly acknowledged being a veteran, I continue to hear over and over this professed appreciation. Recently I was admitted to the Portland, VA hospital and once completing her medical intake interview the attending physician made sure she thanked me for my service. I cringed. My service? She had left
In 2012 the Pentagon (Department of War) launched a thirteen-year national Vietnam War Commemoration public relations project (until 2025) explicitly designed to justify, glorify and honor the Viet Nam War, including its soldiers. In fact, it is a poorly masked effort to obliterate from our
November 11, 2013
Mayor Tom Barrett officially proclaimed Nov 11 as Armistice Day in Milwaukee, and VFP members helped ring the huge city hall bell 11 times at 11 a.m. We also leafleted inside and outside of city hall with information about Armistice Day and the real costs Milwaukeeans are paying for war.
Categories: Chapter 104
November 08, 2013
Recently, co-founders of NC chapter 099 of Veterans For Peace, Ken Ashe and Tim Pluta, joined hands with Korean Veterans For Peace on Jeju Island, South Korea in front of the April 3rd Peace Museum.
This was arranged when Ken, my son Tim, and I went to Gangjeong Village to support the resistance to the building of the US backed naval base on the "island of peace".
Now available (although it is a challenge to obtain it since the current conservative government does not want to disseminate the information) is a book that is fairly well translated into English by the Jeju April 3 Peace Foundation.
November 06, 2013
Anti-war veterans decry parade snub
Sponsor says group ‘ineligible’ for holiday event; appeal to Phoenix mayor planned
By Eugene Scott The Republic | azcentral.com Tue Nov 5, 2013 10:16 PM
A veterans group denied a spot in Monday’s Veterans Day Parade plans to protest the decision outside Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s office today.
Richard A. Smith, spokesman for the Winter Soldier Chapter (Phoenix) of Veterans for Peace, an international non-profit that promotes alternatives to war and often opposes military action, said his group’s application was denied by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans, the parade’s presenting sponsor, because it did not approve of a quote the group wanted read during the event.
The quote is: “Members of Veterans for Peace use their military experience to testify to the brutal consequences of war and seek peaceful and effective alternatives. As veterans, they embrace a heightened sense of responsibility to serve the cause of peace through non-violence as exemplified by Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.”
Honoring Arizona’s Veterans also requires participants to sign a waiver releasing Phoenix from responsibility if anything were to go wrong.
October 24, 2013
A Soldier Looks At His Country’a War
U.S. Imperial Aggression…Building a Fascist State
The principle acts of terrorism in any war is the strategic bombing of urban populations. As a fighter pilot in the 507th Fighter Group flying off the island of Ie Shima near Okinawa, I was part of the bombardment of Japan in WW II. While we did fire-bomb Tokyo and announced it in the news, hardly anyone heard of the many other Japanese cities we fire-bombed. We dropped the first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, and followed with another one on Nagasaki. I flew over Nagasaki three days after it was bombed and saw no city, only scorched earth where once stood a port city.
October 18, 2013
Judge refuses to drop sabotage charges.
VFP Chapter 80 is asking for your help. July, 2012 three patriots, Greg Boertje-Obed, a member of VFP Chapter 80, Michael Walli, a Vietnam veteran, and Megan Rice, an 82 year old Catholic nun, entered the nuclear weapons factory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to protest the production of nuclear weapons. They have been convicted of felony charges for sabotage and destruction of property. They are incarcerated. Sentencing has been delayed until January 28. They face years in prison. You can help by sending a letter to the Federal Judge to support a reasonable, lenient sentence that fit’s the actual offenses committed. A copy-and-paste letter is below. Learn about Transform Plowshares Now at http://transformnowplowshares.wordpress.com
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