March 07, 2014
Pat Scanlon, Coordinator of Veterans for Peace and the Smedley Butler Brigade, talks about plans for the alternative "St. Patrick's Peace Parade," which follows the main St. Patrick's Day/ Evacuation Day Parade in South Boston on March 16. Interview for BNN News. Aired March 5, 2014.
March 06, 2014
While Veterans For Peace and other peace groups around the country are working hard to Stop These Wars, the empty chairs in this picture represent the vast majority of Americans who do nothing. As Edmund Burke ( Irish Statesman 1729-1797 ) so famously stated: " The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Photograph by Mike Hastie, taken in Palestine in November 2013, while Veterans For Peace members were on a peace delegation. I truly believe, if Anne Frank were to come back from the dead, she would be waving a Palestinian flag.
Clergy, Veterans Among Five Arrested Ash Wednesday at U.S. Killer Drone Protest at Beale Air Base; Ashes Spread Memorializing Children Killed by Drones
March 06, 2014
URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
for Wednesday, March 5, 2014
MARYSVILLE/BEALE AFB (8:31 a.m.) – Five people – including three members of the clergy, and two veterans/one from World War II – were arrested during an Ash Wednesday service around 8 a.m. today at the gates of Beale Air Force Base, site of the surveillance drone Global Hawk.
Participants, who were charged with trespassing, said they were risked arrested to "memorialize" the children killed by the U.S. government's fleet of killer drones. Beale's drones perform reconnaissance work for U.S. Predator Drones.
The demonstrators spread ashes memorializing those of children killed by U.S. drones overseas.
March 03, 2014
Courtesy of Counterpunch
by BRIAN J. TRAUTMAN
The Pentagon’s budget proposal for next year was announced last week by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. In an interview with The New York Times, Hagel argued that to meet today’s national security needs, the Department of Defense (DoD) must shift its focus and capabilities away from “fighting grinding ground conflicts” and towards “new arenas of combat.” To achieve these ends, the budget calls for a realignment of the military that would reduce the total number of ground troops to its lowest level since 1940 and discontinue some military equipment deemed obsolete or unnecessary. According to Hagel, current levels of both assets are “larger than we can afford to modernize and keep ready.” The proposed budget also includes reductions in personnel benefits and base services, as well as base closings. The targeted cuts, however, are only one aspect of the budget. The other involves the new sources of priority spending.
February 25, 2014
Elliott was found guilty and sentenced for protesting against drone warfare at Hancock Air Force Base near Syracuse, New York.
As our government puts me behind bars I feel I am able to offer one small voice for those who are screaming voicelessly under the war crimes of our government. Note I say our government for if it is not ours or we don't make it ours, than we are as complicit as the so called “Good Germans” were who allowed the Nazis to convert their country to despotism.
As I follow my codefendants to jail I ask everyone, don't think about me, remember the innocent children dieing from our drones. Remember their mothers and fathers, their siblings and friends - so many people paying such a high price because we, the US citizens, are afraid to make our government do the right thing. When you object to living in a surveillance state imagine living under drones where because of a few seconds of inattentiveness or bad judgment half way around the and your community will to be smoked.
February 20, 2014
Photos courtesy of Kelsey Durham
Dozens of protesters took to the sidewalk Friday outside the office of U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in hopes of persuading him to vote against the fast-tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that opponents fear would send thousands of American jobs overseas.
February 20, 2014
Courtesy of Counterpunch
Brian J. Trautman is a military veteran and an instructor of peace studies at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. He is also a peace activist involved with a number of groups, including Veterans for Peace and Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice. On Twitter @BriTraut
In one of his most famous writings, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said of injustice, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” In other words, the very existence of injustice has implications for us all. Thus, we each have a responsibility to actively challenge unjust power structures wherever they should surface. According to the United Nations, “the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have never been more relevant than they are today.” Structural injustices are pervasive in the United States, perhaps more than in any other Western industrialized nation. They include record levels of economic inequality and mass incarceration and attempts to slash entitlement programs, restrict women’s reproductive rights, and erode voting rights. Globally, injustice exists more frequently in other forms, such as poverty, hunger, worker exploitation, sex trafficking, resource privatization, and severe restrictions on women’s and gay rights. In every corner of the world people’s rights and dignity are under constant assault by different forces.
February 18, 2014
Report given by Paul Appell, member of VFP Don Connors Chapter 61 in St. Louis, MO
The banner was a hit in Chicago. Many of the participants commented positively on the banner as did others that we encountered on the street. Despite Chicago being under a winter storm warning and getting several inches of snow, the event went on with some reduction in participation due to the weather. It started on State street in front of ABC tv studios, who had a reporter and film crew that recorded the speakers at that location, including Kathy Kelly etc.
We then marched north down State street with Lobo and I holding the banner to lead the march to the Viet Nam Memorial along the Chicago River where some of the vets spoke. The Iraq and Afghanistan vets gave moving speeches. We then went over to Michigan ave. (with the Chicago police stopping traffic so we could cross the intersections as a complete group)and marched up Michigan ave for many blocks to the water tower park for more speeches and demonstrations. All the response was positive from those we met.
February 17, 2014
For Immediate Release
LGBT GROUPS AND VETERANS TO WALK IN SOUTH BOSTON ON MARCH 16
Boston, Mass. - February 14, 2014 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) groups will march in South Boston on March 16 ----- not in the traditional parade ----- but in the welcoming and inclusive Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, that follows the first parade on the same parade route, organized by Veterans For Peace.
For the fourth year in a row, LGBT Groups will march in the Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade in South Boston. “Some day these walls of exclusion and division will come tumbling down, said Carisa Cunningham, the Di-rector of Public Affairs for the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). It will be a proud day for the City of Boston when one’s sexual orientation is not a litmus test for who can participate in a parade”.
February 14, 2014
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