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!

Schedule of DC events

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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"

Place your order today

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Travel Opportunities for Activists


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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]
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_Vietnam  Agent  Orange 
2 days ago
The 'Empire Chaplain': This Army clergyman quit over the US drone program | Public Radio International
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.
Veterans_For_Peace  conscientious_objection 
5 days ago
Winning Progressive Change Is Easier Than We Think | The Nation
 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.
6 days ago
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.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MI  poetry_contest  culture_of_peace 
9 days ago
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.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  conscientious_objection  drones 
12 days ago
What's Happening: Suggestions for the coming weeks | Gainesville.com
The free event, which is organized by Veterans for Peace, is held to honor the ideal of peace through the perspectives of young people.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  poetry  culture_of_peace 
12 days ago
5 Things to do in the Parkway - News - Wicked Local West Roxbury - West Roxbury, MA
Eric Wasileski was born during the Vietnam War into a military family. A disabled veteran and client of the VA, Wasileski is an active Quaker, facilitator for Warrior Writers and organizer for Veterans for Peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  poetry  culture_of_peace 
13 days ago
Veterans for Peace presents contest winners | Gainesville.com
The seventh annual Peace Poetry contest began in January, and 266 poems were submitted.

From that group, 32 were chosen to perform and be published in the 2016 Peace Poetry booklet.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  poetry  culture_of_peace 
13 days ago
Air rifle program approved for West High School | New Hampshire
“Our criticism includes establishing such a “marksmanship” program conflicts with school board policy of “zero tolerance” for weapons,” writes Thomas. “Zero-tolerance policies have led to a child being expelled just for bringing a toy resembling a weapon. And, aren’t students warned against joining gangs and using violence to resolve conflict? We think it would be inconsistent if West High JROTC were to sponsor a program designed to acclimate children to violence and actively teach them the skills needed to become shooters. Such a program gives off a mixed message about guns to young people.” - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Air-rifle-program-approved-for-West-High-School#sthash.dGmz3iZx.dpuf
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NH  militarism  schools 
15 days ago
Divest Harvard: Thinking Outside the Yard - Harvard Political Review
The protest saw participation from Divest Harvard members—both graduate and undergraduate—as well as from other groups, both on and off campus. Representatives from Veterans for Peace attended and Harvard’s Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM) sent members in solidarity with Divest Harvard.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  climate_change 
19 days ago
Creech Air Force Base: Drones as American Terrorism
Under the desert sun, I joined “Veterans for Peace,” “CODEPINK” and “Voices for Creative Nonviolence” for their second national protest against killer drone operations everywhere.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NV  drones  Creech_AFB 
20 days ago
Poetry contest honors words of justice, hope - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA
The Voices of Peace awards ceremony, sponsored by the Cape Cod Veterans for Peace, Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter, celebrated 60 poems of the 702 submitted for the 21st annual poetry contest.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  poetry_contest 
23 days ago
A Vietnam veteran and a 1960s radical met on a bus headed for Khe Sanh. Here’s what happened. - The Washington Post
The men had joined a two-week tour of Vietnam sponsored by the antiwar nonprofit Veterans for Peace -- part of a group of a dozen veterans, protesters and others who were just curious about what the country looks like today.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_VN 
26 days ago
1965: U.S. invades Dominican Republic – Workers World
The community group NJ Action 21 held a meeting today in Jersey City to remember and learn from the revolutionary events that took place in the Dominican Republic in April 1965. Members of the Dominican community, Anakbayan NJ, the Jersey City Peace Movement and Veterans For Peace took part.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NJ  Dominican_Republic 
27 days ago
Arlington West Evolves into Costs of Wars
Twice monthly for about a decade, volunteers with Veterans for Peace installed thousands white crosses on the beach between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor, a poignant reminder of American lives lost during the Iraq War. The installation, known as Arlington West, paid homage to soldiers laid to rest at Washington, D.C.’s Arlington National Cemetery. “We did 10 years, then it seemed like nobody gave a damn anymore,” said Korean War veteran Ron Dexter, who’s been with the project since 2003. “So we took a year off and kicked around ideas about what people might respond to. We’re just trying to wake people up.”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CA  Memorials  arlington_memorials  Costs_of_War 
27 days ago
Special Advisory Committee Recommends Military Academy In RCSD
Spula and others with Veterans for Peace and the Metro Justice Peace Action and Education Take Force voiced their concerns. Spula said students need to learn critical thinking, investigating and self-direction.

"The military does everything in the opposite direction," Spula said.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IL  Truth_in_Recruiting  militarism 
27 days ago
Trump visit to West Chester University brings out supporters, protesters
“I’m out here protesting the Trump rally because WCU is no place for hate,” said Mike Peterman, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Veterans for Peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_PA  Islamophobia 
29 days ago
Ralph Nader: Breaking through power: Historic civil mobilization now
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, veterans groups such as Veterans For Peace, and long-time peace advocacy associations to explain how peace is more powerful than war.
Veterans_For_Peace  militarism  Costs_of_War 
4 weeks ago
Herb Rothschild Jr.: War and taxes - Opinion - DailyTidings.com - Ashland, OR
On Monday, which was Tax Day this year, volunteers from Citizens for Peace and Justice, Peace House and Veterans for Peace Chapter 156 distributed leaflets at area post offices. We wanted to teach people how disproportionate a share of their income tax dollar goes to war and preparation for war.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_OR  TaxDay  military_budget 
4 weeks ago
Letter | Earth Day and endless war
Our environment has become another silent casualty of the endless wars.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_KY  Costs_of_War  environemnt 
4 weeks ago
BLM oil and gas lease sale protested by New Mexico environmental groups | Red Dirt Report
Dozens of groups were present at the rally, including Wild Earth Guardians, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network, Solar Santa Fe, Veterans for Peace, and Frack Free New Mexico. It was Frack Free New Mexico which specifically listed demands on its Facebook page:
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NM  environment 
4 weeks ago
‘Trump = hate + greed’ – Workers World
Syracuse mounted the stiffest resistance to Trump on April 16, in a broad coalition called by Central New Yorkers United for Diversity and Against Hate. Groups backing and organizing the call included Service Employees Union 1199, Black Lives Matter-Syracuse, Palestine Solidarity Collective, Syracuse Peace Council, Veterans for Peace and Workers’ Center of Central New York.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Islamophobia 
4 weeks ago
Maine Activists Protest Spending on U.S. Nuclear Overhaul | Maine Public Broadcasting
Other groups represented at the protest included Maine Veterans for Peace, Peace Action Maine, PeaceWorks, Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, Maine Natural Guard, and 350Maine.

The protesters said they want their tax money spent on healthcare, education, rebuilding the nation's "crumbling" infrastructure and other programs that bolster communities.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_ME  budget_priorities  Costs_of_War 
4 weeks ago
Bill de Blasio’s Park Slope Primary - The New Yorker
Around the corner on Sixth Street, a man named Lew, wearing a “Bernie Para Presidente” T-shirt and a “Veterans for Peace” baseball hat, was handing out fliers that featured the Vermont Senator. “Actually, I can’t vote for Bernie,” he told me dispiritedly. “I’m a registered Green. I tried to switch, but it was too late.”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  militarism 
4 weeks ago
Pinboard - Save a Bookmark
Protesters came from all over the state, including New York City and Upstate New York, as members of the local Syracuse College Democrats and Veterans for Peace, joined with the Syracuse Peace Council, the Palestine Solidarity Collective, and local union members for the anti-Trump gathering.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Islamophobia 
5 weeks ago
Donald Trump protest lasts four hours in downtown Syracuse | syracuse.com
Most of them hailed from Central New York, and many were members of the Syracuse Peace Council, Workers' Center of CNY, 1199 Service Employees International Union, the Palestine Solidarity Collective, Veterans for Peace and Syracuse College Democrats.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Islamophobia 
5 weeks ago
Rally to Curb Military Spending | FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT | Welcome to FOX 21 Online
"We spend way more than anybody else in the world. We have the strongest military, we have the most well equipped military. We have the best weapons and so why do we keep spending more and more and more every year? It does not make sense and we need to change that," said Philip Anderson, president of Veterans for Peace of the Duluth and Superior area.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Costs_of_War  militarism 
5 weeks ago
Local View: New priorities needed for a better, safer America | Duluth News Tribune
We believe these priorities will make our country stronger and safer.

Philip Anderson of Maple and John Pegg of Duluth are members of Veterans for Peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  budget_priorities  Costs_of_War  militarism 
5 weeks ago
Veteran Takes On Hate Speech Against Muslims: ‘It’s Unacceptable, It's Un-American’ | ThinkProgress
Now, at 70 years old, Driscoll is working with Veterans for Peace, an organization of military veterans and allies who are working to help veterans, dismantle the war economy, and eventually end all wars, to fighting the United States’ rising Islamophobia — something he says “violates every value of the United States Constitution.”
Veterans_For_Peace  Islamophobia 
5 weeks ago
From PTSD to Peace: An Inspirational Story
He’s been on hundreds of peace walks, and is an active member of Veterans For Peace, an international organization of former soldiers whose experience has lead them to the conclusion that war is not the answer.
Veterans_For_Peace  Wasileski  PTSD  culture_of_peace  moral_injury 
5 weeks ago
Our View: Vets with mental illness deserve support | Local Opinion | postbulletin.com
American Legion and Veterans For Peace programs assist veterans with the upgrade process, but even if done correctly, the process takes one to three years to complete. The interim time can mean life or death to someone grappling with mental illness.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY  Veterans_Administration  PTSD 
5 weeks ago
Activists will argue they obstructed London arms fair 'to prevent crimes' | UK news | The Guardian
Chris Roper, an activist with Veterans for Peace who had previously worked in the arms trade, was among about a dozen protesters outside court supporting the defendants. He said: “When you are actually working for a firm that is producing weapons you are told it is for defence and making the world a safer place. But when you see what the weapons do, you realise that the truth is very different.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_UK  arms_trade 
6 weeks ago
U.S. helping defuse Vietnam’s dioxin hot spots blamed on Agent Orange - The Washington Post
“The U.S. government is never going to step up on Agent Orange,” said Suel Jones of Veterans for Peace. Jones fought in Vietnam as a Marine then returned to work with war victims. “It opens them up to a moral responsibility.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_Vietnam  Agent_Orange 
6 weeks ago
Talking to the Young in a World That Will Never Truly Be ‘Postwar’ - Truthdig
He first heard about my desire to talk to students about my wartime experiences through Veterans for Peace, an organization I belong to. “There is no counter-narrative to what the kids are being taught by the instructors in Junior ROTC, as far as I can tell,
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IL  counter-recruiting 
6 weeks ago
Poetry in Monterey CA
He’s since become a member of Veterans for Peace and the poet/author of What They Wanted, prose poems published last year on Nov. 11 – Veterans Day. Networking Aloud brings Henry to Old Capitol Books 6pm Tuesday to speak on the “surrealistic qualities of war, its undercurrents, and how American G.I.s were really fighting for each other.”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CA  poetry  culture_of_peace 
6 weeks ago
About Town | Gainesville.com
The Gainesville chapter of Veterans for Peace is accepting applications for the Peace College Scholarship to benefit high school seniors, college students and adults who have a desire to make their community better.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  scholarship  culture_of_peace 
6 weeks ago
Peace Activists Arrested in Anti-Drone Protests | The Progressive
Eight elderly Veterans for Peace members were arrested at the gates of the base Thursday morning, taken to jail in Las Vegas and later released. - See more at: http://www.progressive.org/news/2016/04/188659/peace-activists-arrested-anti-drone-protests#sthash.aXEAzVU9.dpuf
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NV  Creech_AFB  drones 
6 weeks ago
Local Officials to Participate in ‘Muslim Town Hall Meeting’ | ARLnow.com
The town hall, described as a “non-partisan community event,” is being hosted by the groups NOVA Muslim Americans and Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. It will take place in three parts:
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_VA  Islamophobia 
6 weeks ago
What a Bernie win means to Wisconsin
- Buzz Davis, of Stoughton, treas. Progressive WI - Lets Rebuild America, is a Sanders advocate, a member of Veterans for Peace and a former VISTA Volunteer, Army officer, elected official, union organizer and retired state government planner
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_WI  culture_of_peace 
6 weeks ago
Days of Revolt: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal
He’s the author of Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America. He also walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008 and 2009 and is, like Michael, a member of Veterans for Peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  Iraq  Afghanistan 
6 weeks ago
Group works to reclassify discharged vets with PTSD | Local | postbulletin.com
Nordgaard, a member of the Veterans for Peace chapter in Red Wing, said he and some fellow veterans are looking for individuals who received less-than-honorable discharges for conduct that might be related to post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  PTSD  TBI 
6 weeks ago
Letter: Red Wing can help find alternatives to major issues | Republican Eagle
The title of her speech is “Creating a Climate of Peace: Oil, War, and Climate.” This event is sponsored by Veterans For Peace, Red Wing; Citizens Climate Lobby of Red Wing and Fair Trade Books.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  climate_change 
6 weeks ago
New Veteran-led Campaign Challenges Islamophobia | Dissident Voice
Determined to defy and combat Islamophobia before more innocent Muslims are targeted and harmed, Veterans For Peace (VFP), working closely with Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), has organized a campaign called “Veterans Challenge Islamophobia” (VCI).
Veterans_For_Peace  Islamophobia 
6 weeks ago
Youth conference to focus on peace-building
Sponsoring agencies include Paxis Institute, Veterans for Peace, Tucson Youth Development and Our Family Services.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_AZ  culture_of_peace 
6 weeks ago
At UNLV, whistleblowers call for accountability in military drone program - Las Vegas Sun News
Several audience members — many of them in the Veterans for Peace — were expected to complete a week of protesting in front of Creech Thursday and Friday.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NV  Creech_AFB  drones  Costs_of_War  moral_injury 
6 weeks ago
Common Space - Ex-forces personnel speak out against military visits to Scottish schools
Both were speaking at the event as part of the ‘Veterans for Peace’ organisation, which campaigns against war, and in favour of an end to targeting young people for military careers.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_UK  Truth_in_Recruiting  Costs_of_War 
7 weeks ago
Waging peace in the Middle East | Sparta NJ | Local News
Emad Burnat, Iyad’s brother, produced the Oscar-nominated film “5 Broken Cameras,” which documents Bil’in’s weekly nonviolent protests.
This event is sponsored by the Sparta United Methodist Church and Society Committee; Veterans for Peace, Chapter 21, Northern New Jersey; and Jewish Voice for Peace, Northern New Jersey. The event is free and open to all.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NJ  Palestine  nonviolence 
7 weeks ago
Judge López To Deliver Law Week 2016 Keynote at Georgia State Law on April 6
•At noon, Tuesday, April 5, David Miller and Aamed Noormohamed of Veterans for Peace will speak about “Realities of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_GA  miltarism  Middle_East 
7 weeks ago
US Rights Advocates Urge UN Investigation Into May 2014 Odessa Massacre
Fifteen US human rights activists are urging the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee to launch a probe into the civilian massacre that took place in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa in May 2014, according to a petition submitted to the UN. Veterans For Peace is one of them.
Veterans_For_Peace  Russia  Human_Rights 
7 weeks ago
Veterans For Peace members to join in on drone program | The Daily Courier
Originally Published: March 27, 2016 6 a.m.

On Sunday, March 27, Tom Pettit Chapter Veterans For Peace members Ralph Hess, Ray Cage and Dennis DuVall will join veterans and activists from 20 different states in the second national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to the remote drone killing program at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NV  Creech  drones 
7 weeks ago
Veterans mourn comrades who suffered PTSD
Gilbert E. Landlot, president of Veterans for Peace, works in a local soup kitchen and often serves homeless veterans in the area.

"There's still a lot of people out there sleeping underneath bridges and shelters which is not necessarily a home. They need a home to start with," Landlot said.

Don't leave our soldiers on the battlefield, was Kraus' message of the day.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IA  Homeless_veterans 
7 weeks ago
‘Where Are We?’ Series Continues in April - SUNY Cortland
Heath previously gained extensive experience in civil rights litigation as one of the four lawyers representing the class action against New York state for the 1971 Attica prison assault and brutality. He also has worked with criminal defense; constitutional law and protection of free speech and assembly; protection of abused and neglected children; and fighting domestic violence.

Heath is an active member of Veterans for Peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NY 
7 weeks ago
Minneapolis protests against U.S. wars | Fight Back!
The protest was called to mark the 13th anniversary of the March 2003 'shock and awe' bombing of Iraq, the start in 2003 of the U.S. war in Iraq.

The protest was organized under the call of Say No to Endless War - Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  militarism  Iraq  Afghanistan 
7 weeks ago
Meet Nate Terani, the Muslim Vet Who Donald Trump Supporters Told to 'Get a Job'
Terani is part of an organization called Veterans for Peace, which also houses a smaller group called Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. He attended Trump's rally with four other people — two veterans and two Arizona State University students — who were also doing what he called "banner drops" to call out Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_AZ  Islamophobia 
7 weeks ago
Veterans for Peace Silently Protest Ban from St. Patrick’s Parade in Boston - The Rainbow Times | Boston LGBT Newspaper Serving New England | Gay News
This year, Veterans For Peace had applied to walk in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade but once again were denied by the Allied War Veterans Council. VFP’s unit was to be named as a Memorial Unit in honor of Tony.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  parade 
7 weeks ago
South Boston awash in emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day parade - The Boston Globe
Veterans for Peace, however, did not. Parade organizers once again rejected the pacifist group’s application, saying the parade is a celebration of the military and they are a protest group. Veterans for Peace in the past organized its own small parade trailing behind the official march. This year, it held a silent vigil along the route at the former home of one of its members who died in July, Navy Lieutenant Tony F. Flaherty.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  parade 
7 weeks ago
Veterans for Peace announces contests | Gainesville.com
Veterans for Peace is also sponsoring its second annual Peace College Scholarships. Two college scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to Alachua County high school seniors, college students or adults who have demonstrated leadership in peace and social justice activities, conflict resolution and nonviolent social change.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_FL  scholarship 
7 weeks ago
Bernie Sanders tells Tucson crowd of almost 7,000 he thinks he can win in AZ
Alice Ritter, who attended the rally as part of a group called Veterans for Peace, said Sanders is a candidate she can believe in.

“I like the way he talks straight,” said Ritter, who taught school in Vermont before she joined the Air Force
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7 weeks ago
Whistleblowers to speak at drone symposium | ZDNet
We are holding this symposium near Creech AFB because we would like members of the drone program there to attend the symposium," says Nick Mottern, of KnowDrones.com, who, with retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, is an organizer of the symposium. He said that the Air Force was invited to have a representative appear on the symposium panel but that no response has been received.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_NV  drones  Creech_AFB 
7 weeks ago
Sheriff Arpaio to police Trump’s Arizona rally - POLITICO
Veterans for Peace, a veterans advocacy group, is also having members protesting Trump, particularly against his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_AZ  Islamophobia 
7 weeks ago
13 years of war in Iraq - and counting | Opinion | missoulian.com
What we, Western Montana Chapter 133 of VFP, are asking is for our political leaders to explore a full range of options, beginning with peaceful negotiations, with military force considered only as a last resort, answering all questions before taking our country into future conflicts or more deeply into current ones. If recent history is any indicator, however, our use of military force will continue unabated. We owe our servicemen and -women more.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MT  militarism  Iraq 
7 weeks ago
Removing the Violence Model from Chicago Youth
In 2013 several members of the Chicago Chapter of Veterans For Peace attended the annual Memorial Day parade along State Street. It is billed as the largest Memorial Day parade in the nation. Expecting to see a somber parade commemorating all those killed in wars, the veterans were appalled to see thousands of Latino and black children in military uniforms marching in precision.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IL  culture_of_peace  militarism  schools 
7 weeks ago
Once again, no room for pacifists in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade - The Boston Globe
The veterans have been shut out again. That is an outrage.

“Veterans who have worked for peace are not allowed to be in the parade,” said Pat Scanlan, one of the peace group’s mainstays. “It’s crazy.”
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  parade 
7 weeks ago
Veterans for Peace hosts contest, scholarships | Gainesville.com
Gainesville Veterans for Peace is hosting its seventh annual Peace Poetry Contest for K-12 students.
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7 weeks ago
Veteran and journalist guest speakers at Peoria's Big Read keynote program - Entertainment - Journal Star - Peoria, IL
Award-winning journalist Nissa Rhee will take audience members on a journey through Vietnam to meet these veterans turned peace builders. Rhee will be joined by Vietnam War veteran Mike Kerber, who returned to Vietnam in 2013 as part of a tour led by Veterans for Peace.
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7 weeks ago
Nuclear weapons subject of talk March 16 | The Daily Courier
This free event is open to the public, and is hosted by the Tom Pettit Chapter Veterans For Peace, Prescott College Social Justice and Human Rights Masters Program, and Quad-Cities Interfaith Council.
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7 weeks ago
“Activism is not terrorism”: Rights groups call on Congress to investigate the FBI and DHS for surveillance of activists - Salon.com
A variety of civil society and activist organizations signed the letter, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, ColorOfChange, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greenpeace USA, School of the Americas Watch and Veterans for Peace.
8 weeks ago
Obituary: Wayne Wittman, union leader and peace activist - StarTribune.com
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Friday, "whether it was forming the [state] chapter of Veterans for Peace or observing elections in El Salvador, which he did for many years. He really played a role in the fight for justice."
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Wittman 
8 weeks ago
Documentary on activist actor Ed Asner shows in Sebastopol | The Press Democrat
he offers no apologies for his progressive politics, which includes support for everything from the ACLU and the Animal Defense Council to the Alliance for Global Justice and Veterans for Peace,
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_CA 
8 weeks ago
Plainfield mosque vandalized | Acrossindiana | kokomotribune.com
Faryal Khatri, communications assistant for the ISNA, read a letter from Ken Barger from Veterans for Peace.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_IN  Islamophobia 
12 weeks ago
‘1st Gulf War biggest outcome – US still there, has no intention to leave’ — RT Op-Edge
Michael McPhearson, a veteran of the 1st Gulf War, says many didn’t believe that the original goal of the 1991 operation was to bring peace to the region, adding that the US has no intention of leaving the troubled region.
Veterans_For_Peace  Iraq  McPhearson 
12 weeks ago
Twin Cities activist Wayne Wittman remembered | Fight Back!
He joined Veterans for Peace and it became a political home for him for the rest of his life. Joining VFP was a turning point for him.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MN  Wayne_Wittman 
12 weeks ago
Veterans hold rally in support of Muslims - The Boston Globe
The rally at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury was organized by the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace and drew about 200 people.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_MA  Islamophobia 
12 weeks ago
Arizona Daily Wildcat :: Peace Fair and Music Festival brings people together for positive change
Groups like Veterans for Peace, Sustainable Tucson, No More Deaths and many more will be present at the fair.

The event is known as the largest gathering of peace, social justice and environmental activist groups in Arizona.
Veterans_For_Peace  VFP_AZ  culture_of_peace 
12 weeks ago
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation : Skip the Trip
Veterans urge nominees to stand for Palestinian rights, not Israeli propaganda
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12 weeks ago
Veterans For Peace Statement on Torture Rhetoric In 2016 Presidential Campaign :: Veterans For Peace
Veterans For Peace strongly condemns and denounces the pro-torture rhetoric being used in the 2016 presidential...
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12 weeks ago
Untitled (http://wamc.org/post/veterans-peace-group-launches-anti-islamophobia-campaign#stream/0)
Veterans For Peace organization has started a campaign called Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. Brian Trautman,...
Veterans_For_Peace  Islamophobia  from twitter
12 weeks ago
Veterans For Peace Online Store — Canvas Tote Bag
New item in the VFP store - Tote Bag for only $10

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