VFP eNews: October 24, 2022
#ReclaimArmisticeDay, Golden Rule Great Loop Voyage Update, WIRN Webinar, Crossings Documentary Screenings, 2022 Elections, and more!
Armistice Day 2022 is fast approaching!
Join Veterans For Peace as we once again take the lead to #ReclaimArmisticeDay and lift up November 11th as a day for peace.
Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost since the organization's inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events. Since 2008 (view the official resolution) it has been a VFP national effort. Each year, chapters across the country "Reclaim Armistice Day" by pushing the celebration of peace into the national conversation on Veterans Day.
We are asking VFP members to do what they can to keep the conversation going around peace and Armistice Day. As veterans we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans. We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.
Let us know what you have planned by filling out this form! Chapter actions will be listed on our Armistice Day webpage, so check back periodically to see if there is an event near you.
Events, Actions, and More!
Webinar - Think Tank-Military-Industrial Complex
October 26th - (8pm ET / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm PT)
The role of think tanks in the military-industrial complex (MIC) is essential, but also little understood. Often funded by war corporations, they provide the grist for the mill of the intellectual arguments and slanted worldview that support and propel US imperialism. They also serve the revolving door system for military and political officials as they come and go from positions of power.
Part of the War Industry Resisters Network Webinar Series.
Learn More or Register Now!
Former VFP Board President Adrienne Kinne Testifies on Behalf of Western Sahara
Earlier this month, former board president and current VFP board member Adrienne Kinne testified before the UN Special Political and Decolonization Committee on the question of Western Sahara. Speaking in support of pro-Western Sahara self-determination, Adrienne shares the experience of her two visits to Western Sahara and the rampant human rights abuses being perpetrated by Moroccan Occupation Forces. Read Adrienne’s full testimony.
Watch the video
Update on the Golden Rule’s “Great Loop” Voyage
VFP Golden Rule Project organizers have sent an update about her voyage and a photo essay with photos from the journey so far! Check it out: Golden Rule Reaching Thousands of People Along Mississippi River - The first six weeks of the Golden Rule's "Great Loop" voyage has been amazing, and give us great confidence in the viability of this ambitious undertaking. We have had 40 events in 19 cities, prominent articles and photos in local newspapers, radio and TV interviews, lots of education, excitement and participation, many volunteers to work on and crew the Golden Rule, and $11,000 in donations.
View the full photo essay with highlights from the Golden Rule's Great Loop journey so far!
VFP Joins Roger Waters, Ben Cohen, and Over 200 Organizations to Demand End to F-35 Program
In a time of economic uncertainty, climate crisis, and the necessity for peace and stability for people and planet, over 220 organizations join together in an international campaign to end the United State’s F-35 program. Citing “harm caused abroad, cost of the program to the taxpayer, inefficiencies and failures, the environmental impact of F-35s, and the effects training has on local communities” the large coalition of organizations are joined by Ben Cohen, Roger Waters, Noam Chomsky and others in signing a joint letter addressed to President Joe Biden and members of the United States congress. View Full Letter with Signatories
Upcoming Screenings of Crossings Documentary
CROSSINGS follows a group of international women peacemakers (including VFP Advisory Board Member Ann Wright) as they set out on a risky journey across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, calling for an end to a 70-year war that has divided the Korean peninsula and its people. The majority of Americans are not aware that there has been an ongoing war on the Korean peninsula since 1950. In 1953, an armistice ended the fighting but no peace treaty was ever signed. The lack of a formal end to the war goes to the heart of recurring conflicts between the U.S. and North Korea that today could erupt into renewed fighting and a nuclear war. Please ask your congressional reps to cosponsor the Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act (HR 3446).
Upcoming Showings: Oct 29 - Palo Alto, CA (more info), Nov 8 - San Diego, CA (more info)
VFP Spokane - SAY NO TO NUKES Picket and Rally
VFP Spokane, in conjunction with Defuse Nuclear War and UNAC developed a strategy and held an event to "Say No To Nukes" at the Foley Federal Courthouse on October 14th. Information packets were left at Senator Patty Murray's and Representative McMorris-Rodgers’ offices. The sidewalk was briefly occupied for a photo op. A variety of speakers addressed the 50-person gathering as to the importance of expressing core values for the wellbeing of Humanity. City Council President Breean Beggs congratulated efforts to continually pursue the good for our community. The rally was uplifted by performances of anti-war songs throughout and after the announcement of further actions on October 24th, the event ended with a prayer and a song for safe travels.
Read the full report back!
Ban Killer Drones
Anti-drone war cable TV spots, with voice-over by Martin Sheen, appeared on CNN and MSNBC President Joe Biden's weekend hometown, Wilmington, DE. The creation of spots was overseen by VFP member Cres Vellucci for BanKillerDrones.org, co-coordinated by VFP national board member Nick Mottern and VFP advisory board member Kathy Kelly. The spots, and information to assist drone operators, referencing two workshops held at the 2022 VFP Convention, appear at bankillerdrones.org. Kelly and Mottern are also involved in the creation of the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal, (Online, Nov. 10-13, 2023). VFP advisory board members Marjorie Cohn and Ann Wright, and noted human rights lawyer Bill Quigley, are assisting Tribunal organizers, who intend to document ways in which Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Raytheon and drone producer General Atomics have aided and abetted U.S. war crimes since 9/11.
Please Vote by TODAY (October 24th)!
The deadline to submit your electronic vote (without being sent a mailed ballot) is here! Please submit your electronic vote by TODAY, Monday, Oct 24th. After today, we will be sending out our paper ballots to those who voted last year (or filled out the request form), but have not placed their votes electronically. Electronic voting will remain open until Dec 15th, but forgoing a paper ballot and voting online helps us save money, paper, and time!
More 2022 Ballot / Voting Information
Chapter Reports Due October 31st!
VFP is combining our fall newsletter with our end-of-year fund appeal. This special publication will include chapter reports, but rather than the usual seasonal report, we are asking chapters to submit a "Year in Review" report. Focus your report (200 words) on the most positive, uplifting and inspiring activities your members and chapter were involved in this year. Please include a high resolution image. Return your Chapter Year in Review Report to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 31, 2022.
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