Why Do Veterans Support Donald Trump? - BillMoyers.com
In January, I helped Veterans For Peace launch Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. The purpose of the campaign is to push back on the most recent wave of anti-Muslim speech and actions that are sweeping the country after the Paris and San Bernardino attacks late last year and rising in the aftermath of the horrible mass shooting in Orlando.
Veterans_For_Peace  Islamophobia  McPhearson  VCI 
12 weeks ago
Peacestock to confront topic of terrorism | Republican Eagle
As grief over the loss of 50 lives and injuries suffered by 50 more during a shooting at an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub resonates across the globe, this year’s theme, “Terrorism: Definitions, Causes and Effects,” is particularly relevant, organizers said.

Bill Habedank, executive director of the Red Wing chapter of Veterans for Peace and primary organizer of the event
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  culture_of_peace 
june 2016
U.S. Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal
A member of the national advisory board of Veterans for Peace, Cohn’s latest book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues
Veterans_For_Peace  Advisory_Board  Syria 
june 2016
Buzz Davis and Ian Smith: VA needs more staff and facilities, and better management — not privatization | Opinion | host.madison.com
Buzz Davis, of Stoughton, a longtime progressive activist, is a disabled veteran, member of Veterans for Peace and former VISTA volunteer, Army officer, elected official, union organizer and state government planner.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_WI  Veterans_Administration 
june 2016
Seeking a Debate on ‘Regime Change’ Wars – Consortiumnews
William H Warrick III, retired Family Physician and 25-year member of Veterans For Peace. Former US Army Security Agency Intelligence Analyst (1968 – 1971).
Veterans_For_Peace  Syria  Russia 
june 2016
Veterans Talk about Hate and Violence after Orlando Nightclub Tragedy
#VetsVsHate was inspired by efforts including the Veterans Challenge Islamophobia campaign, an national initiative of Veterans For Peace launched earlier this year in collaboration with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW).
Veterans_For_Peace  Islamophobia  Orlando 
june 2016
One More Warship: Remarks at the Launching of a ‘Stealth’ Destroyer | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Among my Naval Academy classmates was Bill Fitzgerald. He, too, proudly served in Vietnam. In 1967, Bill died heroically when his base was overrun by Viet Cong. The USS William Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke destroyer, was launched in January 1994. I was here on that occasion as well, only across the street.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_ME  militarism 
june 2016
Protesters arrested outside destroyer christening at BIW — Midcoast — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
A group of 12 protesters, several of them members of the organization Veterans for Peace, were arrested Saturday morning outside Bath Iron Works as thousands gathered in the shipyard for the christening of the future USS Michael Monsoor.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_ME 
june 2016
Craftsmen turn confiscated guns into garden tools | KRQE News 13
Garcia, along with groups like the Mennonite Church and Veterans for Peace met for what they describe as a day to heal from gun violence in our community– all politics aside.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NM  culture_of_peace 
june 2016
‘Peace boat’ welcomes visitors at Terminal 1 | The Columbian
The Golden Rule is a project of Veterans For Peace Inc. and the group’s symbol of a nuclear-free world. It will be open for tours from 1 to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_OR  Golden_Rule 
june 2016
Wide-ranging coalition rallies in Albany to demand Cuomo rescind anti-BDS order – Mondoweiss
Other speakers included: Ursula Rozum, staff organizer at Syracuse Peace Council; Tarak Kauff of Veterans For Peace; Rick Ufford-Chase from Community of Living Traditions via the Presbyterian Church; Rani Allan of Adalah NY and the Palestine Solidarity Alliance of Hunter College; - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/ranging-coalition-rallies/#sthash.fcpskJtD.dpuf
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Palestine  BDS 
june 2016
Ruling causes dissent among commissioners, citizens | Gainesville.com
The sidewalk on the north side of the roadway will become 8 feet — the widest sidewalk configuration possible while still accommodating “Memorial Mile,” the Veterans for Peace annual Memorial Day tombstone installation remembering veterans who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  memorials 
june 2016
Peace group opposes air show, Blue Angels at cherry festival
"These are instruments of war and have no place at the Cherry Festival," Tim Keenan, president of the area chapter of Northern Michigan Veterans for Peace, told the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MI  militarism 
june 2016
Operation Mom’s Couch Shows How War and Violence Permeates Our Culture | Chicago magazine | Arts & Culture June 2016
The 38-year-old goateed visual artist is wearing a “Veterans for Peace” T-shirt and seems far removed from his years guarding warplanes, munitions, and bombs.

But for Garcia, the military’s tentacles are long and violence continues to affect him to this day. He says he’s closer to combat now in Chicago, than he ever was serving in the Air Force, and that shootings happen regularly near his Pilsen home.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IL  culture_of_peace  militarism  peaceathomepeaceabroad 
june 2016
Golden Rule Peace Boat visits the Gorge | Hood River News
At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the community is invited to an Indigenous Water Blessing and Potluck Picnic at the Port Marina Park — bring food and drink and meet the crew.

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This will be followed by a 7 p.m. panel presentation at Riverside Community Church, 317 State St., featuring Oregon Conservancy Foundation, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Columbia Riverkeeper, and Living Islands
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_OR  Golden_Rule 
june 2016
Bridging Divides of a New Cold War – Consortiumnews
As NATO steps up military maneuvers near Russia’s borders and congressmen fume about “Russian aggression,” a delegation of Americans including former U.S. officials is looking for face-to-face ways to encourage peace, writes Ann Wright.
Veterans_For_Peace  Russia  Ann_Wright 
june 2016
Veterans Tell Cuomo: Don't Touch the First Amendment | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Members of Veterans For Peace (VFP) will join a demonstration at the Capitol Building in Albany, NY, June 15 to express opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s June 5 executive order that would create a blacklist of groups, institutions, businesses that support or endorse boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as a tool in the struggle against Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people;
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Palestine  BDS 
june 2016
Ryukyu Shimpo – Okinawa, Japanese newspaper, local news » VFP’s members announce statement: “We feel shame and deep regret,” on US military violence against women in Okinawa
Veterans For Peace (VFP)’s members, including Douglas Lummis, Daniel Broudy and Ann Wright released a statement regarding the May, 2016 crime committed against an Okinawan Woman allegedly by a former U.S. Marine in Uruma City, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government office on June 9.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_Okinawa  military_sexual_trauma 
june 2016
Veterans for Peace recognize poetry contest winners. | Achievers
The 7th annual Veterans for Peace Poetry Contest included 266 poems submitted by Alachua County students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The winners were recognized on May 14 during a Veterans for Peace Poetry Reading and Scholarship event at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  poetry 
june 2016
Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Antal, Former Army Chaplain Who Resigned Over Military Policy - Truthdigger of the Week - Truthdig
Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we’re looking for newsmakers whose actions in a given week are worth celebrating.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Chris_Antal 
june 2016
In One Ear: Follow the Golden Rule - In One Ear - The Daily Astorian
Now recovered and restored, the ship personifies the Golden Rule Project, and is owned and operated by the Veterans for Peace. The project is committed to ending arms races, abolishing war and nuclear weapons, using nonviolent means and helping the environment.
Veterans_For_Peace  Golden_Rule 
june 2016
What's Doing | Brainerd Dispatch
The Brainerd Peace Fair's featured speakers are Todd Pierce and Gary Payne. Pierce is a retired U.S. Army Major, former Guantanamo Bay prison defense attorney, Veterans for Peace member and civil libertarian
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  culture_of_peace 
june 2016
Sailboat sustains minor damage in Fleet Week crash with patrol boat | OregonLive.com
The Golden Rule peace boat sails in opposition to nuclear weapons and war, according to its website. It's a project of the nonprofit Veterans For Peace organization.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_OR  Golden_Rule 
june 2016
Local church celebrates 104th anniversary
The documentary includes stories about Willson’s life, premiered in Hanoi, Vietnam, about a month ago and is being shown in Unitarian Universalist congregations and Veterans for Peace Centers around the country.
Veterans_For_Peace  Brian_Willson 
june 2016
Why did Muhammad Ali convert to Islam?
Veterans for Peace director Michael McPherson described him as "ahead of the curve" in opposing the Vietnam War.

"He was an African-American Muslim who criticised US foreign policy. It's hard to do that today; but back then, black people had to prove their allegiance, patriotism and belief in America," McPherson said, according to Al Jazeera. "I wish we had more people who speak out when something is wrong."
Veterans_For_Peace  Muhammad_Ali 
june 2016
Calling Out Drone War as a War Crime – Consortiumnews
In fact, many of us through Code Pink, Women for Peace, and Veterans for Peace, have traveled to the areas where the United States has used these drones, in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Yemen.
Veterans_For_Peace  drones 
june 2016
Reaction to pro-Israel order mixed - Columbia-Greene Media: News
Fred Nagel of Rhinebeck, a member of Veterans for Peace and Jewish Voices for Peace, said Cuomo’s move was against what the U.S. has stood for.

“Our right to boycott has always been a part of our history,” he said
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  BDS 
june 2016
The life of Muhammad Ali 1942-2016 - Al Jazeera English
"He was ahead of the curve in calling the Vietnam War wrong and he doesn't get enough credit for that," Michael McPherson, director of the anti-war group, Veterans for Peace, told Al Jazeera.

"He was an African-American Muslim who criticised US foreign policy. It's hard to do that today; but back then, black people had to prove their allegiance, patriotism and belief in America. I wish we had more people who speak out when something is wrong."
Veterans_For_Peace  Muhammad_Ali 
june 2016
Blue Angels pilot killed in crash identified | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
More and more folks, especially veterans, are questioning whether these high risk publicity fly overs (often for commercial enterprises) are worth the risk of lives and the costs involved.

10% of Blue Angels pilots have been killed in practices or performances.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CA 
june 2016
"I Refuse to Serve as an Empire Chaplain": U.S. Army Minister Resigns over Drone Program | Democracy Now!
Rev. Chris Antal minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New York, and a founder of the Hudson Valley, New York, chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  conscientious_objection 
june 2016
Activists rally in Hyannis against gun violence - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA
Billy Stewart, with Veterans for Peace, said people need to communicate with state representatives on Beacon Hill.

“We need to lobby,” he said. “We need to write to our senators. ... We need to pressure our government.”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  gun_violence 
june 2016
The US Militarizes Children in Our Schools​
Then I met up with the Vets for Peace people at State and Lake -- a small group of men and women handing out stickers that read: "No military in Chicago Public Schools. Education, not militarization."
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IL  Truth_in_Recruiting  militarism 
june 2016
Ryukyu Shimpo – Okinawa, Japanese newspaper, local news » Citizen groups express sorrow and anger in Washington, D.C. after Okinawan woman was allegedly murdered by former US marine
Members of citizens groups, including Veterans for Peace, Steve Rabson, a professor emeritus at Brown University and an advocate of intellectuals opposing construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, and Stephanie Ortoleva, a human rights lawyer and the president of Women Enabled International, took part in the protest action.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_DC  Okinawa 
june 2016
A Mile-long Memorial to U.S. War Dead | The Progressive
On Memorial Day this year, I spoke at a rally organized by the Clarence Kailin chapter of the Veterans for Peace in Madison, Wisconsin. - See more at: http://www.progressive.org/news/2016/05/188759/mile-long-memorial-us-war-dead#sthash.L1qdqKZl.dpuf
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Letters: Taking care of current members of the military
But Veterans for Peace has an additional mission that we hold even more dear: to keep current service members alive and well. We want them to come home free of emotional and physical scars. Unfortunately, U.S. foreign policy often works against the safe return of veterans. Members of the military do not make foreign policy. ... To support military members, all impending wars need vigorous discussion and debate.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CA  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
A Veteran's Perspective On Memorial Day - BillMoyers.com
As Americans mark Memorial Day, a holiday that invites us to reflect on the cost of war, we are reprinting these remarks that a leader of the Veterans for Peace made last week at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power conference in Washington.
Veterans_For_Peace  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Veterans for Peace Puts On Memorial Day Ceremony | FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT | Welcome to FOX 21 Online
The Organizations believe in honoring those who gave their lives for their country by working for peace. Representatives say it’s crucial to Observe Memorial day by honoring those who served, by not glorifying war and promoting violence in our culture.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Scott Camil: Country didn’t learn from sacrifices in Vietnam | Gainesville.com
— Gainesville resident Scott Camil was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969 and served in Vietnam from March 1966 to November 1967. He wrote this piece for a project in which Veterans For Peace delivered letters to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., for Memorial Day.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  Full_Disclosure_Campaign  Vietnam 
june 2016
YOUR WEEK IN OCEAN: The Golden Rule, Sailing to Make History Once Again | Lost Coast Outpost | Humboldt County
Standing on the glossy, newly painted aqua-blue deck of the Golden Rule at the launch party for her second expedition, its hard to believe this boat was destined to become firewood just a little over five years ago.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CA  Golden_Rule 
june 2016
Join the parade and march for peace - Opinion - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA
Are we destined to continue to wage war and turn a deaf ear? Memorial Day should stir our resolve in recognition of what our servicemen and -women have gone through and, also, how far we each have to go to say, “Enough — enough”! Put on your pants! Join the parade and march for peace!

— Max Money of Centerville is a Marine Corps Korean War veteran and a member of Veterans for Peace.
VFP_MA  Veterans_For_Peace  Memorial_Day  parade 
june 2016
Editorial: Cheers, jeers and tears | Gainesville.com
Tear: The Memorial Mile, which isn’t being done this Memorial Day weekend along Northwest Eighth Avenue.

Veterans for Peace had in recent years put rows of tombstones along the road representing U.S. military members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, the project was displaced by road and sidewalk work. Organizers are unsure if it will be able to return on Eighth or whether an alternative site would work.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Father of fallen soldier heals by helping others facing the same grief - Chicago Tribune
underneath the "L" tracks on Lake Street a handful of veterans from the Chicago chapter of Veterans for Peace held court, handing out stickers with peace messages to anyone who would take them and waving their own flag.

The group was protesting what it called the militarization of the city's youths — pointing to schools that push students toward the military — as well as local police departments.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IL  Memorial_Day  militarism 
june 2016
Local view: Breaking things, hurting people not best way to solve global problems | Duluth News Tribune
Please join members of Veterans for Peace and others this Memorial Day at 11 a.m. to “Honor the Fallen, Not the War” at Lake Place Plaza. We will appreciate your support in making a statement for peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Memorial Day events in the Coastal Empire, SC Lowcountry - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports
- Veterans For Peace Savannah Chapter 170 will read the names of Georgians who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Those in attendance are welcomed to stand with VRP and also read names of their loved ones who died in service.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_SC  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Memorial Day events in the Northland | Duluth News Tribune
Twin Ports Veterans for Peace and Grandmothers for Peace groups will host a public Memorial Day observance starting 11 a.m. at Duluth’s Lake Place Plaza Peace Statue located at Michigan Street and Second Avenue East. The observance will remember, honor and mourn the sacrifice of service members, all war victims, and those who have given their lives for the causes of peace and justice for all people.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Twin Cities Memorial Day events 2016 - StarTribune.com
St. Paul: 9:30 a.m. event sponsored by Veterans for Peace on grassy area near Vietnam Veterans Memorial on State Capitol grounds. Speakers, poetry, music.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
A day for remembering veterans | Superior Telegram
On Memorial Day, we remember those who died serving in the armed forces. Too often in eulogizing the casualties of past wars, we unintentionally promote the next war.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Costs_of_War  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
The Day - Witness for Peace concert debuts Monday - News from southeastern Connecticut
St. Francis House and local members of Veterans For Peace will present the inaugural Witness For Peace concert on Monday at 10 a.m. at New London’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, on the corner of State and Bank streets. The concert is in support of the peace vigil which has been lead by Cal Robertson in New London for more than three decades.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CT  culture_of_peace 
june 2016
Plain Talk: Stand up for peace on Memorial Day | Opinion | host.madison.com
Among the many Memorial Day observances that will take place Monday is the annual Veterans for Peace program at Madison's historic Gates of Heaven synagogue in James Madison Park.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_WI  Memorial_Day 
june 2016
Memorial Day closings and events | Local News | host.madison.com
A Peace Rally program will begin at 12:45 p.m. Monday in the Gates of Heaven building at James Madison Park, 302 E. Gorham St. The program, hosted by Veterans for Peace-Clarence Kailin Chapter 25, will include speakers, music, scholarship awards and poetry readings. Guest speaker is Ruth Conniff, editor-in-chief at The Progressive magazine.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_WI  Memorial_Day  poetry_contest 
may 2016
Construction on NW 8th Ave. could spell the end of 'Memorial Mile' | Gainesville.com
Scott Camil of Veterans for Peace, which stages the project, said the Memorial Day weekend display may never return to Eighth Avenue and may never happen anywhere else if a suitable alternate site is needed but cannot be found.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  Memorial_Day  memorials 
may 2016
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