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 
8 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 
8 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
‘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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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.

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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
"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 
11 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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
A military widow's thoughts on Memorial Day | Examiner.com
The following letter will be placed at The Wall in Washington, D.C. this Monday, Memorial Day, along with others from Veterans for Peace or those affected by the war in Vietnam. It was written by Dana Chwan, whose husband Michael D. Chwan was shot down over North Vietnam.
Veterans_For_Peace  Full_Disclosure_Campaign 
may 2016
Electeds to Reflect on Memorial Day
The event ​— ​titled “What does Memorial Day mean to me?” and hosted by Veterans for Peace during its monthly Costs of Wars installation ​— ​will feature speeches by Rep. Lois Capps, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, and Mayor Helene Schneider.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CA  Memorial_Day 
may 2016
Memorial Day observances | Monroe Woodbury NY | Local News
The Memorial Day Service of Lamentation and Hope will include music, storytelling and candles of remembrance. A special collection will be taken in support of the First Lieutenant Louis Allen Scholarship and Community Foundation in Chester.

The event is co-sponsored by the Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council, Veterans for Peace Hudson Valley Chapter 177, and the Veteran Family Support Alliance.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Memorial_Day 
may 2016
Savannah area hosts Memorial Day observances, other weekend events | Do Savannah, arts and entertainment news for the Creative Coast
10 a.m. May 30. Johnson Square. Veterans For Peace Savannah Chapter 170 invites the public to a traditional commemoration of Memorial Day. Members will read the names of Georgians who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_GA  Memorial_Day 
may 2016
Obama’s Vietnam Arms Deals Likely to Increase US Tensions With China
President Barack Obama’s decision to end the US arms embargo on Vietnam may lead to increased US tensions with China, former Veterans for Peace President Mike Fermer told Sputnik.
Veterans_For_Peace  Vietnam  arms_trade 
may 2016
Area News: May 24, 2016 | Community News | thedailystar.com
Wise was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969 with service in Vietnam and Cambodia. He returned in 1993, 1995 and 1997 to deliver medical supplies. He is a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of “Poems and other stuff” and “Basic Load.”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  poetry  culture_of_peace 
may 2016
Virginia author David Swanson visits Gainesville, advocates nonviolence | Local & National | alligator.org
Gainesville’s Veterans for Peace, a national organization that advocates for nonviolent social change, invited Swanson to speak.

“It’s true what he said,” said Sheila Payne, an associate member of the organization. “We all look away from headlines we don’t want to see.”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  Nonviolence 
may 2016
Memorial Day event set at Riverwalk | The Pueblo Chieftain
Also at 11 a.m. Monday, the local chapter of the Veterans for Peace will host its annual ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Elizabeth and 26th streets. The cost of war will be addressed by guest speakers. - See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/4754397-120/veterans-pueblo-memorial-ceremony#sthash.utexvV4W.dpuf
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CO  Memorial_Day 
may 2016
What’s on CCTV this week - News - Cambridge Chronicle & Tab - Cambridge, MA
In honor of Memorial Day, the following programs will air: “Insights: Memorial Day For Peace,” a non-traditional Memorial Day celebration to commemorate all those victimized by war, put on by the Veterans for Peace at Christopher Columbus Park in downtown Boston, Memorial Day 2012.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  Memorial_Day  culture_of_peace 
may 2016
Memorial Day parade organizers seek more participants | Duluth News Tribune
Two years ago, the parade generated controversy when the local chapter of Veterans for Peace was banned from the event.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  parade 
may 2016
Obama Urged To Meet Agent Orange Victims
Friday, May 20, 2016
May 22-23 - VFP 2nd Annual Lobby Days in DC

The kickoff to VFP's 2nd Annual Lobby Days will be the arrival of the 2016 Ride For Peace bicyclers in Washington DC led by VFP 90-year old member Sam Winstead on Sat May 21st. If you are interested in joining the 2016 Ride For Peace, signup here or send an email to sam.4peace@yahoo.com.

The Swords To Plowshares Belltower will be set up in Washington DC, next to the Lincoln Memorial from May 19th-31st. Volunteers are needed. Please email Roger Ehrlich at progerehrlich@gmail.com.

Currently, VFP members in 16 cities will be carrying VFP's message on ending nuclear weapons, supporting Vietnamese and U.S. victims of Agent Orange, and opposing hate speech in political campaigns to their Members of Congress.

Whether in DC or in your home town, adding your voice to VFP Lobby Days will make a difference to you and others.

SIGN UP to join us in Washington, D.C.

Let us know if you need a room while in DC

If you can’t come to D.C., you can ask local offices to arrange a conference call with the appropriate legislative aide in Washington. It is ideal to set these meetings up well before your visit.

Visit the Lobby Days page on the VFP website for a video entitled, How to Effectively Lobby Congress and talking points on our lobby issues.

Let us know how you want to participate! We will provide background material, talking points, phone scripts and other support.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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May 23-26: Ralph Nader Presents Breaking Through Power in Washington, DC

Fifty years ago the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed sparked a serious awakening in our society that launched initiatives and organizations that have dramatically improved our personal health and safety, in the home, workplace, marketplace and the environment.

To celebrate this milestone, and to reflect and renew our civic spirit and resolve we are convening an unprecedented gathering of public interest organizers, advocates, experts, and concerned citizens for four days, May 23,24,25,& 26, 2016 at historic Constitution Hall in Washington DC.

Ralph Nader will recognize seventeen (17) organizations who have struggled on small budgets to make a change in our country. Executive Director, Michael T. McPhearson will speak on Monday, May 23rd.

Barry Ladendorf and Michael T. McPhearson will both speak on Wednesday, May 25 to the topic of Breaking Through War. They will discuss strategies to resist the pressure for perpetual war, and to proactively promote peaceful alternatives.

Register Today.

May 23

Breaking Through Power- How It’s Done

May 24

Breaking Through the Media

May 25

Breaking Through War

May 26

Breaking Through Congress

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Why I am Attending Breaking Through Power (I Hope You Will Too)

Submitted by Micheal T. McPhearson

To celebrate the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed,and to motivate us to demand and build real democracy in our country, Ralph Nader has organized an event appropriately titled Breaking Through Power. We will gather for four days in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. and all of you are invited. I ask you to attend as it is a critical time in the struggle for peace and justice, and we are the peacemakers and justice seekers.

This election season, we see profound anger and frustration from people across the country. They are angry because deep down in their core they know that something is wrong, and they are searching for answers. Some national leaders are providing either the same old answers or answers that lead to hate and division. We who seek to peace and justice work to provide answers that address issues of human dignity and needs. Breaking Through Power provides an opportunity to envision these answers together. We cannot bring about the change we seek as individual movements or organizations. We must do it in solidarity.<Full Article>

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Left Forum Conference

Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public.

United for Peace Left Forum 2016: Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing our Power! (May 20-22nd in NYC), and we want to know if you'll meet us there.

Theresa Shoatz (daughter of BPP political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz), Patrick McCann (immediate past national president, Veterans For Peace), and Noelle Hanrahan, Prison Radio correspondent. will present workshop: Tear Down the Prison Walls!

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Veterans For Peace Shirt with MLK Quote

We have had a few requests for new t-shirt colors/styles, so we have launched another shirt campaign. We have men and women's styles in a number of different colors: pink, blue, green, white, grey. Check it out!

Front: VFP Logo
Back: MLK Quote "The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils"

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In This Issue:

May 22-23 - VFP 2nd Annual Lobby Days in DC
May 23-26: Ralph Nader Presents Breaking Through Power in Washington, DC
Why I am Attending Breaking Through Power (I Hope You Will Too)
Left Forum Conference
Veterans For Peace Shirt with MLK Quote
Travel Opportunities for Activists
2016 Convention Update

Workshops - Applications are being reviewed, all applicants will be notified no later than May 30th.

Purchase Ad for Convention Program Book

Convention and Dorm Registration - Open
Poetry Reading Signup


Purchase Table

2016 Proposed Convention Program

Book Tour: War is a Lie by David Swanson
Chapter Leaders Let us Know Your Plans for Memorial Day!
Save the Dates: Upcoming VFP Endorsed Actions/Events
2016 Convention Update


Peace At Home, Peace Abroad
A Just and Sustainable Future for the World’s Children

The 2016 convention hosting chapter is VFP San Francisco Chapter 69. The dates for the convention are Thursday, August 11 thru Monday, August 15 @ University California - Clark Kerr campus in Berkeley CA. Please note the change from our past program. This convention will not be Wednesday thru Sunday.


Thanks to everyone for the tremendous response to the convention workshop proposal solicitation. We have over 50 proposals to choose from. Unfortunately, we only have space for 24 workshops. The quality of workshop proposals is very high. We are having a tough time deciding which ones to pick. Faced with this challenge and working out many details, we have to extend the notice time to NLT May 30th. We hope to be finished before then.

If your workshop is not one of the ones selected, please understand that space and time is limited and that the committee has no choice but to only select 24.

Purchase your Ad for program book

Ad prices are the same as previous years. Please review the ad guidelines. Deadline for submitting an ad is Friday, July 8, 2016. Ads should be submitted in black and white.


Submit your nominations for a deserving VFP member. Deadline July 11, 2016

Confirmed Speakers

Ann Jones - Keynote Banquet Speaker
Oliver Stone - Friday night social event
Andrew Bacevich
Helen Caldicott
Antonia Juhasz
Roy Scranton


Tabling may be limited, so be sure to purchase your table early. The campus will provide 6 ft tables.


Convention and dorm registration are now open. Click the button below to register online, or download the registration form and/or dorm room registration form and send snail mail to:

Veterans For Peace
Attn: Registration
1404 North Broadway
Saint Louis, MO 63102

Poetry Reading

Sign up today to have your name added to read poetry @ the 2016 VFP National Convention. Poetry Readings are scheduled for Thu, Aug 11 immediately after the President's Reception. Deadline to submit your name is Fri, Jun 24th.

Proposed Convention Program

Thu, Aug 11 - Presidents Reception/Poetry Reading
Fri, Aug 12 - Opening Plenary, Workshop Presentations, Public Evening Event
Sat, Aug 13 - Business Meeting, Banquet
Sun, Aug 14 - Workshop Presentations
Mon, Aug 15 - Closing

Visit the program tab of the convention website for additional information.

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Book Tour: War is a Lie by David Swanson

David Swanson will speak about the latest developments in the telling and the debunking of lies about wars. He'll answer questions and sign copies of his new book, War Is A Lie: Second Edition.

Events are planned for NC, DC, MD, WA, OR, NY, CA, and MN.

The book is on sale everywhere.

May 28, San Francisco, CA, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, Sign up on FB.

May 28, Marin County, CA, 4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, Sign up on FB.

May 29, Oakland, CA, 3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA, Sign up on FB.

May 29, Berkeley, CA, 7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Codepink Golden Gate. Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley. Contact Cynthia Papermaster, cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com
Sign up on FB.

May 30, Fresno, CA, 2 to 4 … [more]
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I could never speak up and stand out without the community around me. My congregation in Rock Tavern has been a critical support, as has the community of Veterans for Peace.
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 We will assemble leading scholars with military and national-security backgrounds, veterans groups such as Veterans for Peace, and long-time peace-advocacy associations, to explain how organized peace advocacy is far more powerful than destructive war.
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Community in Brief: 05/14/2016 | Local News | record-eagle.com
The annual Supporting the Future event goes from 7-10 p.m. on May 21 at the Dennos Museum Center. The event benefits the John Lewis Veterans for Peace NMC Scholarship.
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may 2016
US Army Chaplain Submits Resignation Over Drone Warfare | Military.com
Antal is a minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, New York, a chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, and a founder of the Hudson Valley, New York, chapter of Veterans for Peace.
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may 2016
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The free event, which is organized by Veterans for Peace, is held to honor the ideal of peace through the perspectives of young people.
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