April 29, 2016
In photo: VFPer Ann Wright (Hawaii) and Leslie Harris Associate member Dallas)
April 28, 2016
Central New York VFP and IVAW participated in a news conference in front of the Syracuse, NY PD calling for the end of police militarization, racial profiling and the targeting of Muslims.
April 27, 2016
Twice monthly for about a decade, volunteers with Veterans for Peace installed thousands white crosses on the beach between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor, a poignant reminder of American lives lost during the Iraq War. The installation, known as Arlington West, paid homage to soldiers laid to rest at Washington, D.C.’s Arlington National Cemetery. “We did 10 years, then it seemed like nobody gave a damn anymore,” said Korean War veteran Ron Dexter, who’s been with the project since 2003. “So we took a year off and kicked around ideas about what people might respond to. We’re just trying to wake people up.”
While the spirit of the mission remains the same, Dexler added, its message has deepened and the name has changed to Costs of Wars. Beyond lost American lives, the installation showcases mounting numbers of refugees, entire regions in the Middle East destabilized by war profiteers, and the thousands of returning young soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“There is a simmering stew of discontent in this country,” said Bill Palmisano, an installation volunteer for 12 years. “The Occupy movement caught our self-appointed masters by surprise. Bernie Sanders is giving them heartburn and insomnia. There is no good defense against a peaceful movement for radical change, and I consider this installation a powerful device in the fight against war as an instrument of foreign policy. Plus, I get to work with the most caring, sharp, and engaged group of activists.”
Costs of Wars goes up again on May 1. Volunteers are welcome; setup starts at 8:30 a.m., and takedown is at 4 p.m.
Article first appeared on Independent.com - http://www.independent.com/news/2016/apr/26/arlington-west-evolves-costs-wars/
April 22, 2016
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April 21, 2016
Tomas Young returned from Iraq a paralyzed war veteran, and spent his last ten years courageously speaking against America's wars while battling heroically with injuries.
A national speaking tour will begin May 2, remembering Tomas Young, his fight to balance struggles as a paralyzed veteran with his drive to speak out for veterans care and against the war.
Events will also celebrate the release of Tomas Young’s War, a new book by Mark Wilkerson with a Foreword by Phil Donahue, an emotional and powerful book that sheds light on many crucial but often overlooked issues such as veterans’ care, public attitudes toward the disabled, medical marijuana, and the terminally ill.Tomas Young’s War shares everything, as unflinchingly honest as Tomas himself: the depression, the pain, the love, and laughter...the life of this man whose world was turned upside down by an Iraqi bullet more than ten years ago. Throughout, it serves as a powerful testament to the true cost of war.
Please join Mark Wilkerson, author of Tomas Young’s War, on a speaking tour sponsored by Haymarket Books, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Peace.
April 18, 2016
Vets for Peace Chapter 27 is hosting a memorial celebration in honor of Wayne Wittman this coming Sunday (not Saturday), April 24 in the community room of VFP #27 new office site:
4200 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
No need to bring anything. There will be a catered meal served at noon. You're welcome to bring your own beverage; if the spirit moves you feel free to bring a dessert to share.
Following the meal there will be a talking stick circle where everyone is welcome to share their favorite memories of Wayne.
Questions call Barry Reisch at 651-757-8012.
Irish VFP Member Edward Horgan to Appear in Ennis Court for Attempting to Inspect US Military Planes at Shannon
April 14, 2016
Shannonwatch and Veterans for Peace member Edward Horgan will appear in Ennis District Court tomorrow, Friday April 15th, to answer a charge that he entered a part of Shannon Airport to which persons were not permitted, contrary to airport byelaws. Dr Horgan was attempting to do what the authorities have repeatedly refused to do, which is to inspect US military aircraft in order to establish if they were in breach of international laws at Shannon.
April 14, 2016
This story was written by Dr. Gary Trosclair, psychotherapist, Jungian analyst, and author of I’m Working on It in Therapy: How to Get the Most out of Psychotherapy
Raised in Western Massachusetts, Eric Wasileski was the fourth generation of his family to volunteer to serve his country. While he had a practical motivation to enlist (college tuition payment), and a thirst for adventure, he also viewed military service as a noble calling. He served in the Army National Guard for two years, and then served with the U.S. Navy for 6 years, including combat service in Operation Desert Fox in 1998, a forgotten chapter of the battle in Iraq.
Eric was a Missile System Supervisor on the USS Stout in the Persian Gulf. While he didn’t actually pull the trigger to launch missiles, he was the one that enabled the voltage that would propel them to their targets.
April 13, 2016
In photo, NYC Chapter 34 members, Frank Toner, Bob Carpenter and Susan Schnall appear outside of Grand Central Station. NYC members were joined by IVAW, VVAW, Verizon workers, and hundreds of protestors.
VFP Chapter 34 will meetup at 4:30pm at the entrance on Lexington Avenue between 42-43 St.
April 13, 2016
The 5th Maine Peace Walk will take place on October 11 – 26. The organizing team is made up of individuals who are dedicated to creating a more peaceful, sustainable and just world. We come together out of our deep concern about the many different wars being waged on Mother Earth, ranging from over-fishing, deforestation, and human-caused extinctions, to climate disruption and endless war.
Close to home we support the Penobscot Nation’s struggle for Justice for the River, opposition to the East/West Corridor, and conversion of war production to alternative energy at Maine shipyards. We know from past experience of walking through rural and urban Maine that many people will be reached with our messages. We hope this spiritual act of walking and sharing conversation and food will help people in our state feel less isolated and despairing about the future.
We welcome everyone to join our walk for an hour, a day, or more and to help in any way they can to contribute. We invite environmental, peace, church, and social justice organizations to sign on as a co-sponsor of the walk. We ask co-sponsors to make a donation of their choosing and to help spread the word about the walk to their members/community. Tax-deductible donations can be made by check to Global Network, designated “For Peace Walk” and sent to:
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
Co-Sponsors: Penobscot Nation; Smedley D. Butler Brigade Veterans for Peace (Boston area); Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; Maine Veterans for Peace Chapter 001; Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats (COAST); Veterans for Peace (National); Peninsula Peace and Justice; Maine Natural Guard; Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center; Veterans For Peace, Jim Harney Chapter 003; Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine; Greater Brunswick Peace Works; Alliance for the Common Good;Grandmothers Against the East/West Corridor; Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC); Pax Christi Maine; Friends of the Piscataquis Valley.
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