January 24, 2017
Chapter 89 Veterans For Peace Nashville is pleased to announce a 1/2 day retreat on Saturday March 11.
The retreat will be held at 12 South Yoga (2814 12th Ave South Nashville TN 37204)
The retreat will consist of 4 parts (all times central):
1. Lunch at 12:30 at Burger Up Nashville (2901 12th Ave South Nashville TN 37204) 615-279-3767 (vegetarian menu available)
2. 2:00-2:50 Restorative Yoga. Please bring shorts and workout clothes. Yoga mats provided. This class will be for all levels
3. 3:00-3:50 Non-denominational meditation (chairs provided)
4. 4:00-5:00 Veterans Rap Session
All members of Veterans For Peace (Full/Associate) and Spouses are welcome.
The cost of this event depends upon the number of people who come. We are expecting the cost per attendee to be between $10 and $20
January 23, 2017
An update on San Diego, Chapter 61's Compassion Campaign.
by Dave Patterson
On a cold night in January I joined Stan Levin and Gil Field delivering sleeping bags to the San Diego homeless, what we call the compassion campaign. Dealing directly with the homeless is painful because there they are in our faces with their cold, hunger and suffering laid bare. What’s surprising is the number of people with just a thin blanket that will decline a sleeping bag because others nearby need it more. How ironic that people with nothing can have more compassion than those of us with plenty.
One man was sitting on the steps with no jacket, no bedding, nothing but a small bag. He said he had just been released from the hospital where he was treated for food poisoning, and when he returned to the street his stuff was gone. Stuff in this case is all one’s personal belongings, including clothing to keep him warm and dry. Another man with just his clothes on his back was just in from Michigan. I hear that some municipalities in cold places like Michigan will give their homeless bus tickets to warmer places because they have no way to care for them, and they will certainly die on those cold streets. More frightening is the number of women camped on the street, surrounded by insane people and frequently abused.
Disparity between the haves and the have-nots is always on display that night. One trendy venue had a cool porch with space heaters where the revelers overlooked a nice city park. The place was full of young people having fun and I thought to myself how pleasant it would be to join in if I were younger. Around the park however were rows of homeless living in makeshift tents or sleeping on cold concrete with nothing to cover them. Those with could see the homeless, and those without could hear and see others enjoying the good life. I’ve taught myself not to assign blame for such circumstances, but still the stark disparity is depressing.
When I got home I poured myself a glass of wine, sliced myself some cheese and settled in when it hit me that I wasn’t far removed from those at the trendy bar overlooking the hapless. I have food and drink and a warm comfortable home to relax in, while our homeless suffer in the cold. I come away from this knowing that if we could muster the collective resolve, we can solve this serious problem of homelessness. The Dalai Lama was right when he said that compassion is the radicalism of our time.
January 19, 2017
January 13, 2017
From Mike Marceau, VFP Member
There were at least 100 people in front of the Supreme Court on Wed Jan 11th, as well as 20 "detainees" in orange jumpsuits. Groups participating included Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International, Veterans For Peace. I got there late, so I may have missed a few others.
After a few remarks by group leaders, there were several letters from detainees read aloud. There was also comments from US Army Chaplain James Yee, who served at Guantanamo as Muslim chaplain.
From there the group marched to the Hart Senate Office Building. About half went inside (I did not) to try and present a petition to senators. It was refused. Several people were arrested during this action.
There is a brief news clip on the Witness Against Torture Facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9LZmJX6RvA
January 05, 2017
Dear VFP members:
I’ve taken the liberty of borrowing from the title of Sir Winston Churchill's first book of his WW II trilogy for the subject of this email. In doing so I want you to hear of my anxiety at the possibilities under a Donald Trump presidency.
"Donald Trump is the most illegitimate president in American history. He lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, losing by a higher percentage than any winner of a presidential election in modern history. Trump “ (Huffington Post)
He is a racist, misogynist, egotistical, ignoramus, law breaker with no demonstrated knowledge of our Constitution or legal governmental processes. He spontaneously “tweets” threats about nuclear buildups and war. He attacks and threatens media and even individuals who write or state disagreements with him, bringing on threats to life from his crazy followers. He constantly prevaricates and outright lies in order to make his points. He is anti-public-education, anti environment, and a non-believer in climate warming.
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