August 29, 2014
It is with great pleasure that VFP Da Nang Vietnam Chapter has announced the availability of its first Smartphone App: Da Nang, Vietnam: The Essentials Guide.
Da Nang, Vietnam: The Essentials Guide is the first in a series that will deliver concise, meticulously researched and up-to-date information about all of Vietnam’s major tourist destinations, as well as off-the-beaten path locales.
This, the first in a series of travel related applications, is free to the public.
August 26, 2014
VFP member, Jay Wenk, WWII decorated combat infantryman and Woodstock Town Board member does us proud.
Article courtesy of Woodstock Times. http://www.woodstockx.com/2014/08/22/town-board-declares-it-will-never-accept-any-defense-weapons/
In the wake of aggressive police action against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and the trend of police departments obtaining military equipment from the Pentagon, Woodstock lawmakers passed a resolution seeking to assure residents that it won’t happen in this town.
“The Woodstock Town Board declares it has never accepted, nor will accept or procure military arms and/or heavy armor for its police department now or in the future,” the resolution, proposed by Councilman Jay Wenk reads.
August 20, 2014
Dear #Ferguson police,
While I am not a member of the law enforcement community I do train police officers and law enforcement personnel in CA on interacting with and deescalating situations with veterans in crisis. I hope you will take my advice from the same place those I train here take my expertise.
The tactics you are using are not deescalating the crisis in #Ferguson. In fact many of the tactics you are using are escalating the situation. You are dealing with a lot of trauma in Ferguson right now and you need to view the way people are reacting to you through the lens of trauma informed care. A man was killed and that is going to cause a community trauma, not to mention the micro & macro aggressions black people deal with on a daily basis.
August 20, 2014
About 88 years ago Carl Sandburg wrote this about justice. “if justice is become an abstraction or a harlot, what does her harder sister necessity say?” Justice denied or only available to the rich means that the harder sister may prompt those seeking to care and protect their family and community members to use counter productive means like violence.
I was thinking about Sandburg’s poem a lot when I was in Ferguson Saturday. When a TV station a few feet from the spot where Michael Brown was shot interviewed me, I quoted Sandburg.
VFP Members, Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers View the Ferguson Incident as A Teachable Moment for the Nation
August 19, 2014
The killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO police officer, who was identified Friday as Darren Wilson, and the aftermath in which nonviolent protesters and reporters were met with a violent and militarized police force have exposed something that has been building for years. Many have written about the militarization of the police and the disproportionate impact they have on people of color, but now more Americans are seeing this reality and cannot escape it.
Michael Brown is one of four unarmed black men killed in the last month by police. On July 17, Eric Garner was killed by an illegal chokehold in New York. On August 5, John Crawford was shot in a store in Beavercreek, OH. Just after Brown’s death, on August 9 Ezell Ford , a young man with known mental illness, was shot in Los Angeles. These are four examples of many, according to a recent study , a black man is killed every 28 hours by police, security guards or vigilantes. The whole nation is experiencing these tragedies; reality is being forced upon us. <Full Story>
August 13, 2014
Gerry Condon, the vice president of the board of Veterans for Peace told msnbc that “as veterans who have experienced the horror and futility of war, we are quite concerned that Hillary Clinton seems to be promising an ever more aggressive foreign policy.”
August 08, 2014
Report provided by Chuck Palazzo, member of VFP Hoa Binh, Vietnam Chapter 160.
It saddens me to share this news. Hue, a 25 year old Vietnamese Agent Orange victim being cared for and learning skills from DAVA, has passed on. I am personally saddened by this because Hue was a friend. Regardless of her disabilities, she always smiled and persevered to learn sewing skills at Center 3. She also represented DAVA at the past two fundraisers we did in town - one just a couple of weeks ago. Last year she told Tien she wanted to return again this year because of the happiness it brought to her.
She shared with Tien that she felt she was leaving us soon and wanted to be with her family - that was a week ago and that is where she died. We received word this afternoon.
The US and the manufacturers MUST do something - this makes absolutely zero sense. I get angrier and angrier - we have to do something and soon. Enough of this. No more excuses. For Hue, her suffering is over. For the rest of the victims - all three generations and across the world - it continues with no end in sight.
August 05, 2014
What really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964 remains murky 50 years later, despite a number of books and inquiries into a naval skirmish off the coast of North Vietnam. But it became Lyndon Johnson’s justification for widening the war, and Congress quickly gave him the authority he wanted.
An amendment to the Gulf of Tokin resolution, drafted by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson but never introduced, might have changed history.
President Johnson went on television to say he had ordered retaliation after “renewed hostile actions” against U.S. ships. The American response would be “limited and fitting,” he declared. “We still seek no wider war.”
August 05, 2014
Each month the Nuclear Resister organization has a peace vigil at Davis Monthan AFB, faithfully attended by VFP member Alice Ritter. Today our vigil focused on nuclear abolition since this week is the 69th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
August 01, 2014
Syracuse July 31, 2014. After two hours of deliberation,Vietnam Veteran and Buffalonian Russell Brown, was acquitted tonight by a six person jury in DeWitt Town Court, East Syracuse. He was facing charges of Obstruction of Governmental Administration (OGA), a misdemeanor carrying up to a year incarceration and up to $1000 fine, as well as Disorderly Conduct charge, a violation. Mr. Brown who went before the court Pro Se (he served as his own counsel) was assisted by Buffalo Attorneys Daire Irwin and Paul Fallon.
Mr. Brown was arrested during a nonviolent protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base on April 28, 2013. In a roadway across from the Airbase, he lay down to symbolize the death of drone victims. There are biweekly demonstrations at Hancock Airbase. Several times a year there are larger demonstrations and nationally coordinated events. On six occasions there have been arrests, leading to six trials since 2011. Mr. Brown's trial is the second acquittal. There are twenty activists are facing prosecution, working with Upstate Drone Action.
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