May 25, 2015
VFP Chapter 168 reached 10,000 patrons of the Louisville Bats vs Pawtucket Redsox ballgame at Slugger field on May 23. Our table was in a busy are so we had high visibility. A few Iraq War vets came by and said they agreed with us and were happy we were there. One man with his 4 small children came by and spoke to me for quite a long time. He was very concerned about the future for his kids and the endless wars and what kind of world we were leaving behind for them. Another man
May 22, 2015
When: Monday, May 25th, 2015 from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM
VFP Evansville Chapter 104 Offers Area High School and Post Secondary Students A Chance to Win $500 Cash
May 15, 2015
Simply submit an organized, thoughtful essay on one of four(4) questions involving world affairs and peace and justice gets students in the contest. VFP’s educators and scholars will evaluate the 1,000 word submissions and select a winner on November 15. Submissions to VFP 104, P.O. Box 6713, Evansville, IN 47719 or firstname.lastname@example.org will be accepted until October 15.
May 15, 2015
Oscar Lopez Rivera, now age 72, is the longest-held political prisoner in Puerto Rican history. He was charged with seditious conspiracy - the same charge for which Nelson Mandela was imprisoned -for his participation in Puerto Rico's independence movement. He was never accused of hurting anyone or participating in any violent crime -only of fighting for his country to be free.
What: Tell President Obama that 34 Years is Long Enough!
When: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Where: 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
May 15, 2015
Members from VFP Spokane chapter will host a reading of "How We Remember War" and a tribute to Jacob George.
When: Sunday, May 24, 2015
Where: Community Building Lobby
Light Refreshments, Free to All
May 14, 2015
This Memorial Day, Veterans For Peace is asking its members and supporters to examine the Vietnam War, in which America became involved 50 years ago.
Ken Barger (President, VFP49): When I served in Vietnam, I came to realize that most people I was fighting were not "communists", but simply common people who were defending their homeland from a foreign invader to impose our vested interests on them... just like we would do. A few years ago when I went back to Vietnam, I found a thriving society and met many gracious people. I had two thoughts:
May 07, 2015
On April 28th, members from VFP joined the War Resisters League at an action for nuclear Disarmament called Shadows and Ashes: Direction Action For Nuclear Disarmament. VFP Board Member, Tarak Kauff was arrested.
We must honor and implement the Nonproliferation Treaty. Here is how you can help. Call your representative 202-224-3121 and insist on nuclear abolition.
May 05, 2015
Though it feels somewhat arrogant, I must begin by stating that I am a combat vet. I don’t speak about it often, and even then, only in small snippets. I don’t really feel a need to describe my experiences to others, as there will always be much lost in the translation from memory to story. I deployed with the Marines in Fallujah (2004-2005), and with the Army in Kirkuk (2008-2010). The only reason I say it now is to establish validity with all of you; I too have felt disdain for those who talk about something they’ve never experienced.
I’ve seen more than some, and less than others. And what I’ve seen has lead me directly to the place I am today- Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri. I usually write as a “fellow Rabbit (community resident)”, but today I’d like to speak to all of you from my veteran roots, to explain my reasoning and hopefully appeal to some of you. Here is some of my story.
I joined the Marines in 2002 among the panic that ensued after 9/11. We were PISSED- and so was I. At the time my best career prospect was moving up the management chain at KFC- and I felt that the military would make me stronger, more disciplined, more confident, and more respectable among my peers than a life of food service ever could.
May 05, 2015
Elated, sad and hopeful--these were the top three feelings I had after two days in El Salvador. Elated to be one of 21 human rights delegates including Fr Roy Bourgeois and Ann Wright on a trip sponsored by School Of the Americas Watch (see www.soaw.org) on the 35th Memorial of Archbishop Oscar Romero's assassination by a graduate of SOA/WHINSEC. Sad to see the poverty and the affects of the 1980-92 civil war and US imperialism. And hopeful because the people of El Salvador elected a leftist president and because of the international solidarity movement helping the people to improve their lives. We were there 20-29 March.
May 04, 2015
This is a true story of a young man’s journey through the Vietnam War. It’s a story about the impulsive nature of youth, the corruptive forces of war and the loss of innocence. It’s a story of courage and honor, tragedy and brutality, self-sacrifice, compassion and heroism. It is a story about a war that most likely should have been avoided and one that deeply dived this nation. I was a 18/19 year old machine gunner in Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines. We were fleet Marines stationed on the USS Okinawa spending the majority of our time in combat bogged down in the mud and blood of Vietnam.
The attachment is about three Marines in a shallow foxhole during one dark and bloody night in Vietnam. This incident took place during operation Bold Mariner, January, 1969.
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