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!

 
VFP members in St. Louis at the national days of action to Save Our VA

#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.

Check out the recap of VFP Chapters taking action

 
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Introducing VFP's new Executive Director!

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. 

Click here to read a message from Garett!

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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.

Read more!

 
Rescind Invite

U.S. Army War College: Drop Islamophobes Lecture Series

About Face, MPower Change and CAIR are teaming up to ask the Army War College to rescind an invitation of Raymond Ibrahim to speak.   Can you help challenge Islamophobia at the Army War College?

Read the latest updates and further ways you can take action!

Also check out this twitter thread from MPower on the campaign!

VFP Delegation to Nicaragua

VFP Announces Delegation to Nicaragua

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.

Applications will be available soon. If interested in being sent an application, please fill out this form.

 
VFP marching in a Climate March carrying a banner that says

Veterans For Peace and Climate Change by Woody Powell

Woody Powell, former Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, writes on climate change and asks important questions for Veterans For Peace members.

Read Woody's thought provoking piece!

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Our Island’s Treasure

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

Watch now!

 
Peace In Our Times Summer Edition Now Available

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!

Order Now!  

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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."

Read the review and Order the book!

 
Will Griffin and Tarak Kauff drop Banner that says Respect Irish Neutrality

US army veterans protest Donald Trump in Ireland

“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.  

Read more!

Chief Bob at the Sacred Nevada Peace Walk

Paying the Price for Peace by John Amidon

VFP Member John Amidon writes of his experience with the Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk, an annual pilgrimage for nuclear abolition and in support of Western Shoshone sovereignty

Read more!

 
VFP in the News

Check out a few articles from the week!

Combat High: America’s addiction to war By Andrew J. Bacevich, Buddhika Jayamaha, Danny Sjursen, Gregory Daddis, Jason Dempsey, Sarah Kreps

Trump’s New Travel Restrictions Harm Both US and Cuban People

Nashville Radio Hour: Remembering JFK American Univ speech of June 1963

New program threatens to privatize VA care​

Veteran groups rally across country with contract negotiations underway

 

Whoops!  We apologize but the link to the article International Symposium on Abolition of Foreign Military Bases held in Guantanamo, Cuba didn't work last week.  Check it out here!

Upcoming Events

Calendar

June 28-29 - International Congress Against War & Military Bases & Ramstein Air Base, Germany  Drone Base camp and actions Kaiserslautern, Germany

July 8-16, 2019 - Buchel, Germany anti-nuke camp and actions- Stop the New U.S. Nuclear Bomb for Europe

July 12-21 - VFP Trip to Nicaragua 

July 18-20 - Gaza Freedom Flotilla on the Chicago River

June 10- August 6 - 2019 East Asia Peace Walk 

August 15-18 - Annual Veterans For Peace Convention in Spokane, Washington

September 7-22 - VFP Trip to Viet Nam

For more calendar events, check out our website!

 
Veterans For Peace Annual Convention

Registration is now open!

Make sure to check out our website on all things Convention related.  We are excited to see you in Spokane!

 

Veterans For Peace
1404 North Broadway Blvd.  | St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 725-6005 | vfp@veteransforpeace.org

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