Hundreds of Veterans For Peace members attended marches all over the country on Saturday January 21st. In D.C., VFP marched in a contingent of progressive veteran and military family groups, including: IVAW, MFSO, Common Defense, Beyond the Choir and Black Knights Men's Choir.
A central part of the mission of Veterans For Peace is make visible the cost of war. The U.S. military has an epidemic of military sexual trauma. Veterans Affairs report that 1 in 4 women respond "yes," that they experienced MST, when screened by their VA provider. Keep in mind these numbers only reflect women who have chosen to report sexual assault and harassment.
Women face discrimination and harassment around the world in most every society. Veterans For Peace is appalled that the new Commander and Chief and President will be a man who has proven himself to be hostile to women’s rights and shown disregard to understanding his own misogynist behavior. Trump is a reflection that our society must change. We must fight sexism and build inclusive and fair communities. We stand with women at home and abroad for safety, and full access to their human rights.
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¡Presente!: Charlie Liteky
Charlie Liteky passed away on Friday, January 20th, 2017. Charlie was an Army chaplain in Vietnam who won the Medal of Honor for rescuing more than 20 wounded men but later gave it back in protest and became a life long peace activist.
Charlie was a huge hero to many who knew him in the Anti-War Movement. Not only did he give back his Medal of Honor (which was presented to him by President Lyndon Johnson for saving the lives of many soldiers in Vietnam) he also fasted for over 40 days with S. Brian Wilson, Duncan Murphy and George Mizo in 1986 on the steps of The Capitol Building in Washington DC - in their: ‘VETERANS FAST FOR LIFE’ - protesting U.S. policy in Central America. Charlie also participated many times in protesting: ‘The School of The Americas’, located at Fort Benning, Georgia and was arrested and sent to prison for crossing the line at Fort Benning. Charlie was long-time friends with S. Brian Willson, Father Roy Bourgeois, David Hartsough and many others in the anti-war movement.
In 2003, he traveled to Baghdad with other peace activists to bear witness to the U.S. war in Iraq. He published "An Open Letter to the U.S. Military" in objection to the war.
Chapter 27, Minneapolis, MN is asking chapters to light a candle this weekend to remember Charlie and his contribution to peace and justice.
March 5-21 - Veterans For Peace Annual Trip to Viet Nam
March 11 - Half Day VFP Retreat in Nashville: contact Joey King: email@example.com
April 4 - 50th Anniversary of MLK, Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam" Speech
April 7-9 - Global Network Conference: "Pivot Toward War: U.S. Missile Defense & the Weaponization of Space". Huntsville, AL
Aug 9-13 - VFP Annual Convention-"Education Not Militarization", Chicago, IL
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