VFP flag across the street from the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC.
Over the last several days, VFP members from around the U.S. have joined the vigil outside the Embassy of Venezuela in support of VFP member Ken Ashe and other peace activists who are under siege inside the Embassy. The activists are in the Embassy at the invitation of the democratically elected government of Venezuela.
VFP members here this week include Bill Perry, Mike Hearington, Bruce Berry, Al Glatkowski, Russell Johnson, San Adams. VFP president Gerry Condon and Board member Maurice Martin are also present. And Ken Ashe, of course, who is among those inside the Venezuelan Embassy.
Late last night, Tuesday, five VFP members participated in a successful delivery of food, medicines, and clothing to our friends inside the Embassy. Despite intimidation and physical blocking from right-wingers, we remained nonviolent, and achieved our objective.
But Wednesday afternoon, while attempting a second food delivery, Gerry Condon was surrounded by Secret Service and thrown to the ground. See this Twitter thread to see how violently he was arrested while remaining completely peaceful. Update: Gerry has now been released from jail and plans to return to the Venezuelan Embassy later this afternoon!
The rhetoric by the Trump administration against Iran is reaching dangerous levels. The National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region.
VFP member Andrew Schoerke has written a piece detailing the increasing threats over the last year.
In 2018 National Security Adviser, John Bolton, directed the Pentagon to provide military options to strike Iran (NYT 1/7/19). At a conference in Warsaw, Secretary of State Pompeo told reporters that "You can't achieve peace and stability in the Mid East without confronting Iran" (NYT 2/14/19). Again, before visiting Kuwait, Israel and Lebanon in March, Secretary of State Pompeo said that the top item on his agenda was countering Iranian influence in the region (Reut. 3/20/19). In its issue of April 7, Time magazine ran a lead story about how the Trump administration had designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "Foreign Terrorist Organization." Time further reported that this action came after "...a month's long escalation in the administration's rhetoric against Iran, and its support for militia groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen as well as anti-Israel groups in the region and beyond."
Members In Action
San Diego SOVA TEAM at Rep Mark Takano’s “Town Meeting”
San Diego VFP President Ed Fox and Jim Brown attended Rep Takano’s meeting Thursday April 25 to talk to Rep. Takano about Save Our VA! They also managed to get in a word about repealing the AUMF!