Call to Act for Peace on Armistice Day, Nov. 11
Diplomacy Not War in North Korea
Veterans For Peace calls on all members and all peace-loving people to take a stand for peace this Armistice (aka Veterans Day), Saturday November 11. We call for nationally coordinated local actions to demand diplomacy not war with North Korea, and the abolition of nuclear weapons and war. Veterans For Peace joins with the wider peace movement for actions before and after November 11th.
In 2017, ninety-nine years after the end of World War I, “the war to end war”, the world finds itself on the brink of a nuclear war. The threat of a horrific nuclear exchange is possibly higher than it has ever been. The President of the United States Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to attack North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - DPRK), going so far as to say, while speaking to the U.N., that the U.S. will “totally destroy” the country. North Korea has also caused great alarm with its own threats, while testing long-range missiles and nuclear bombs. Twitter confrontations and saber rattling have only served to escalate tensions.
The road to war is a slippery slope on which one misstep can lead to the beginning of catastrophic war. Even the use of conventional weapons would lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. Millions will die if there is a nuclear exchange. Such horrific acts of violence can spread like a virus and easily lead to further global instability and a new world war. The people of North and South Korea should not face the possibility of horrible killings and destruction that they experienced during the 1950-53 period in the Korean War. The people of the world must speak out and act together to demand peace.
Veterans For Peace calls for the observance of November 11 to be in keeping with the holiday’s original intent as Armistice Day, to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace," as it was celebrated at the ending of World War I when the world came together to recognize the need for lasting peace. That desire for peace led ten years later to the General Treaty for the Renunciation of War (Kellogg-Briand) which made war illegal. The U.S. ratified the treaty and is bound by its terms pursuant to Art. 6 of the Constitution. After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warriors quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day, as a result, has been flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.
This year with a rise of hate and fear around the world it is as urgent as ever to ring the bells of peace. We in the U.S. must press our government to end reckless rhetoric and military interventions that endanger the entire world.
Instead of celebrating militarism, we want to celebrate peace and all of humanity. We demand an end to all forms of hate, patriarchy and white supremacy and we call for unity, fair treatment under the law and equality for all. We call for a tearing down of walls between borders and people. We call for an end to all hostilities at home and around the globe.
Today the U.S. has a president who says diplomacy with North Korea is a waste of time. Diplomacy is in fact the only hope, no matter the cost. War is the immoral and tragic waste. The world has said it before and is saying it again now. NO to WAR!
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Let's #ReclaimArmsticeDay as a day for peace. This is what you can do today:
- Fill out this form to let us know what you’re planning on November 11th.
- Check out our #ReclaimArmisticeDay page for action ideas.
- Sign up for the #ReclaimArmisticeDay Thunderclap, which will go out on November 11th at 11am.
- Sign this Urgent Petition to Presidents Trump & Moon: “Negotiate don’t escalate”
- Follow VFP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.
- Change your Facebook profile picture until November 11th to spread the word.
- E-mail email@example.com to request a bundle of VFP and Armistice Day materials.
Ideas for Action on Armistice Day:
- Join together with others for local actions (peace march, rally, vigils) to call for No War on North Korea.
- March in the Veterans Day Parade with signs calling for “No More Korean War; From Armistice to Peace Treaty with N. Korea; End the Korean War Now; Yes to Talks, No to Bombings, etc. Make sure to print out flyers to hand out!
- Ring bells at 11am on November 11th, as was done at the end of World War One. Approach churches and ask them to ring bells at 11am on November 11th.
- Support SOAW Border Encuentro. This year's theme "Tear Down The Walls, Build Up The People." Please join VFP and many other peace & justice groups at the border in Nogales, Arizona from November 10-12.
- Write an op-ed or letter to the editor. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion on our website.
- Share Your Vision of Peace! Submit a 10–20 second video illustrating your vision of peace. When you create your video, please state your name and city/state and complete the following sentence: "As a veteran, I believe peace is possible when _______________."
- Take action on Twitter! Use these sample tweets:
- I will be celebrating #VeteransDay as a day dedicated to peace #ReclaimArmisticeDay @VFPNational
- Veterans will ring 11 bells this year to remember #ArmisticeDay, a day of #Peace @VFPNational
- Instead of celebrating militarism, celebrate peace & all humanity #VeteransDay #ReclaimArmisticeDay @VFPNational