The US Peace Memorial Foundation has awarded its 2016 Peace Prize to Veterans For Peace “In recognition of heroic efforts to expose the causes and costs of war and to prevent and end armed conflict.” The Peace Prize was accepted by Michael T. McPhearson, Veterans For Peace Executive Director; Barry Ladendorf, President of the Board of Directors; and by Doug Rawlings, a VFP Founder.
Michael Knox, Chair of the Foundation, presented the award Veterans For Peace last night at the national convention banquet. In his remarks, Knox said, “Thank you, Veterans For Peace, for your tireless antiwar work, creativity, and leadership. Your organization is an inspiration to peace loving people throughout the world.” <More>
In August, VFP held our 31st annual convention in Berkeley, CA. This year, over 380 people attended the convention, of which 45 were Post 9/11 veterans. The convention was cross-generational with veterans from WWII to the current era of wars and active duty personnel. We also had veterans from our international chapters in the UK, Okinawa, and Tijuana, Mexico.
Throughout the week, we heard from many speakers: veterans, activists, scholars, and military families about the state of these times and the need for our work. The convention included *** major plenaries, *** workshops, *** mini plenaries, a banquet dinner and social gatherings. Veterans For Peace was also the recipient of the 2016 Peace Prize, from the US Peace Memorial Foundation. Check out some of photos from the convention. More photos and video will be available soon!
Two Korean-American were denied entry. In Photo: Will Griffin (left) and Ken Jones (right) and Bruce Gagnon (Center) <Read more>
Aug 27 - Remembering the Kellogg Briand Pact
Sep 18-25 - Campaign Nonviolence Week of action in your city
Sep 21 - International Day of Peace
Sep 23-25 - World Beyond War Conference: No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism in Washington, DC
Sept 26 - Tour of VFP Authors Advocating Peace in Southern CA
Sept, 2016 - Ann Wright and Diane Wilson sail on Women's Boats to Gaza
Oct 7-10 - SOAW Convergence at the U.S./Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona
Oct 11-26 - 2016 Maine Peace Walk - Stop the War$ on Mother Earth in various cities in Maine
Nov 11 - Armistice Day
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