July 09, 2014
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 115 in cooperation with VFP 27 are holding the 12th annual Peacestock (formerly known as Pigstock) event in Red Wing, MN on Saturday, July 12,2014 starting at 9:00am and running till 8:00pm. Peacestock includes speakers, poets, musicians, and peaceful people from all over the Red Wing and Minneapolis/St. Paul area and Midwest.
We discuss various topics but this year our theme is "The Surveillance State" and our keynote speaker will be Ben Wizner, ACLU attorney and legal councel to Edward Snowdon. Mr. Wizner will be speaking about the future of government spying on its citizens and how it relates to
The Wild Colonial Bhoys will provide terrific music.
Go to www.peacestockvfp.org for complete details.
July 07, 2014
Article courtesy of freenewspos.com
Ellen Barfield is co-founder of the VFP Women's Caucus and the VFP women listserve, former VFP Vice President and board member, Head VFP REpresentative to the United Nations Department of Public Information, and cofounder of the Baltimore Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter #105.
US activists answer: What is patriotism?
What comes to mind when you think of the word "patriot"? George Washington crossing the Delaware River, a Union soldier tapping on a timpani, or dusty American soldiers huddled in trenches? For most Americans, the word patriot probably does not conjure up images of peace activists throwing blood onto nuclear facilities, black men and women refusing to get up from segregated lunch counters, or journalists exposing classified government documents.
But should it?
July 02, 2014
Join us in honoring over 6,800 U.S. Troops killed in Iraq and AfPak Wars
When: July 5, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Daytona Beach Intl Speedway
June 12, 2014
I wish to thank the Times Union and Dennis Yusko for the recent coverage of my trial and acquittal, “Protester acquitted of charges,” May 1.
People may wonder why we are protesting drones. The answer is simple: More than 2,400 men, women and children, more than 270 of them civilians, have died in drone attacks, according to an analysis by the Bureau of Investigate Journalism.
June 06, 2014
Leah Bolger is interviewed on how the British government has prevented the release of the full account of former prime minister Tony Blair's exchanges with ex-U-S president George W. Bush before the Iraq war.
June 03, 2014
89 new tombstones will grace this year's Memorial Mile
Gainesville Veterans for Peace has added 89 tombstones to its eighth annual Memorial Mile, each representing a soldier who has died fighting wars within the past year.
The 6,782 tombstones are in remembrance of those who have fallen while fighting in Afghanistan since 2001 and in Iraq since 2003.
The memorial will be on display starting at 7 a.m. Saturday through dusk on Memorial Day along Northwest Eighth Avenue near Westside Park, between 22nd and 34th streets.
June 03, 2014
Courtesty of Gainesville Sun
Richard Hudgens wipes a tear from his eye as he stands in front of a booth along Northwest Eighth Avenue on Saturday afternoon.
He's wearing an American flag pin, and one given to him by the federal government.
He was enlisted in the Army in 1968 during the Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War.
Now, his job is to protect the 6,789 tombstones that make up the "Memorial Mile," a mile of tombstones that symbolizes all the lives lost among service members during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He is in one of the two tents set up to help the public find their loved ones among the thousands of tombstones.
"I should be used to this," he said.
June 02, 2014
Chapter 80 was denied the right to participate in the Duluth Memorial Day parade. We have had floats in prior years so this was a surprise. The response from the public at past parades had been generally positive.
Ironically, we had a new float message specifically for this parade. Knowing there is tension with mainstream veterans groups because they are “patriots” and we are “protestors”, we crafted a more conciliatory message:Honor the Fallen, Heal the Wounded, Work For Peace. We also continued our message of exposing the costs of war with half the float being a people vs. war budget pie chart. Unfortunately we were not allowed to bring this message to the public at the parade.
VFP San Francisco Chapter joins Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo NOW and End Indefinite Detention
May 29, 2014
Led by CloseGitmo.net and World Can't Wait, activists from throughout the Bay Area joined together in San Francisco for the Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo! A large coalition from Witness Against Torture, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Amnesty International, SOA Watch, American Legion Post 315, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, local Friends Meetings, and many others, donned orange jump suits and T-shirts, created a mock jail filled with black hooded prisoners, sang songs, read poems and writings from Gitmo detainees, and engaged several hundred in a powerful witness. The rush hour rally, at San Francisco's highly visible cable car turnaround, moved many visitors to the City who accepted orange ribbons and postcards detailing the torturous practices of prolonged solitary confinement and forced feedings endured on a daily basis by prisoners in Guantanamo. Many learned for the first time that the majority of the detainees have never been charged, and have been classified as ready for release....and still they remain in GITMO subjected to regular human rights abuses.
May 23, 2014
After nearly three days of deliberation at the recent annual conference of Northern California Veterans For Peace, the 10 chapters in attendance decided that one of their most pressing tasks was to tell the truth about the Viet Nam War - in direct confrontation with Washington's current "rewrite the war" campaign. On Memorial Day, in May of 2012 President Obama and the Department of Defense (DoD) launched the 50th anniversary remembrance of the Viet Nam War (January, 1962 to April, 1975). The 13-year-long, $65 million commemoration, which will officially end in 2025, entails: 750 events, major media blitzes, educational campaigns, travelling museums, and much more.
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