June 7, 2019 - Save Our VA, Introducing Garett Reppenhagen, Book Review, Nevada Peace Walk, Peace In Our Times Summer Edition, Upcoming Trip Delegation opportunities, VFP Protests Trump in Ireland, Climate Change, Vets Challenge Islamophobia, Okinawa and more!
#SaveOurVA June 5th and 6th Days of Action
On June 5th and 6th, 2019 veterans around the country took action to rally in support of the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) and speak out against privatization and the roll out of the MISSION Act.
Veterans For Peace is excited to announce that that have hired a new Executive Director. Please join us in welcoming Garett Reppenhagen. Garrett is a veteran of the Iraq war and joins us with a history of anti-war and climate activism, as well as a dedication to serving the veteran community. He will be starting on June 29th.
Gaza Freedom Flotilla on the Chicago River July 18-20
Save the date! From July 18-20, 2019, Voices for Creative Nonviolence will join with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s US Boats to Gaza campaign, supporting their North American Freedom Flotilla for Gaza project with three days of Chicago actions to include a Saturday July 20th mini-flotilla of kayaks, canoes and rowboats on the Chicago River, bearing messages in support of freedom for the people of Gaza.
VFP is excited to announce a special delegation to Nicaragua, July 12-21. The delegation will coincide with the 40th anniversary (July 19) of the Sandinista Revolution. We will meet with grassroots community groups and agricultural collectives,spend a few days in the capital Managua, visit Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast, where we will meet with Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous communities and meet with government officials and learn about ongoing covert U.S. intervention in Nicaragua. Read more about the trip.
Please check out and share this new documentary video “Our Island’s Treasure” on Henoko by GUA youth member Kaiya Yonamine! It discusses the huge impact of U.S. military bases and how disastrous it is for Okinawa. #RiseForHenoko
Summer Edition of Peace In Our Times Now Available for Order!
In this issue a major focus is on the environmental catastrophe creeping up on all of us and the huge role the U.S. military plays in moving life on earth closer to a place of no return. Also some bright rays of hope tucked here and there between the lines, for example a simple solution to this crisis prescribed by Four Arrows--and the U.N. Download a copy!
Auspicious Journey-The Gift of Peace in a Time of War
VFP Member Bruce West, Jr, wrote a book called Auspicious Journey- The Gift of Peace in a Time of War. Jeff Stein reviews the book "for the first time, uses the novel as vehicle to illuminate a soldier's story of connection, growth and learning, unique among the tales told of war in general, or Vietnam in specific."
“I’m not shocked by the Irish Government’s attitude to Shannon, but it’s wrong. You have 80% of the people in this country who want Irish neutrality to be real. To be real, you don’t let the US military use Ireland, just as you didn’t let the Nazis during World War Two. They wanted to, but Ireland would not allow it,” said Kauff, a member of Veterans for Peace.