For Immediate Release
July 19, 2023
Veterans For Peace Chapter 104
Veterans For Peace Says: No Cluster Munitions
10 AM — Saturday July 22
Amphitheater Behind the Pagoda
Evansville, Ind. (7/19/2023)
In keeping with a commitment to ending war and healing the wounds of war, Veterans For Peace will hold a public demonstration to educate people on the unacceptable harm of cluster munitions and to voice opposition to the recent U.S. decision to provide these weapons to Ukraine.
Cluster munitions (bombs) are a humanitarian nightmare long after the dead are buried and the shelling has stopped. When they fail to detonate—a characteristic flaw of these munitions—they can lie dormant for years until they are swept and removed at great cost… or detonated accidentally by an unwitting victim.
In a global study in November 2006, Handicap International concluded that 98% of recorded cluster munition casualties were civilians. Children are the most likely to pick up a grenade and suffer the loss of life or limb.
Veterans For Peace is an international, veteran-led organization that works to: increase public awareness of the costs of war; restrain our government from intervening, overtly, and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations; resist racism and repression in our home communities; oppose the militarization of law enforcement; end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons; seek justice for veterans and victims of war; and abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
John Michael O’Leary, Vice President
Gary May, Emeritus Member