July 25, 2019 - Veterans Condemn Racist Attacks, Korean War Armistice Day, Veterans Stand with the Mauna, Nuclear Ban Treaty, Hiroshima / Nagasaki Anniversary, Escalating Confrontation With Iran, VFP organizer stands with Cuban vets, VFP Nashville Protests Nathan Bedford Forrest, New Podcast: John Ketwig, VFP Newsletters, Convention News, VFP In the News and Calendar
Veterans Condemn Racist Attacks
As veterans, we expect a Commander-in-Chief who will unite the country and tend to the needs of all the people, especially those most in need – the unemployed, the homeless, and immigrants. Instead, we have a fascist-leaning president who thinks it is fun – and good politics – to attack the most vulnerable – to divide and conquer – all to benefit himself and his billionaire cronies. Read the entire statement.
Up to 2,000 Native Hawaiians and activists remain camped at the base of Mauna Kea, where they have been for over a week, to prevent the $1.4 billion construction project known as the Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, from getting underway. Read more.
In observance of the 66th anniversary, VFP-Korea Peace Campaign is calling upon our VFP chapters, members, and other peace groups in the U.S. or abroad to organize special events in your local area on or about July 27. Some of the suggested events are a peace forum, film showing, peace vigil, peace march, meeting with members of Congress, writing letters to local media, running an advertisement in local newspapers, making a donation to VFP-KPC project, etc.
(If you will organize an event for the Armistice Day or need any help, please let us know by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oregon Becomes Second State in Nation to Support Nuclear Ban Treaty
Veterans For Peace joined a coalition effort to help pass a bill in Oregon legislature that advocates for the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
"I was proud to help write it along with Leah Bolger and others from VFP Corvallis (I am an affiliate member) and Oregon PSR to grant all Oregonians the human right to live free of threats of nuclear weapons use and contamination. We hope it can be a model for others!!" -Linda Richards, VFP Associate member
VFP organizer stands with Cuban vets in solidarity
In June & July, Chapter 180 president Joshua Shurley travelled to Cuba on an unlicensed delegation comprised of educators and healthcare providers to protest the ban on Americans travelling to Cuba, as well to protest the six decades-old illegal and immoral US blockade against Cuba.
Tabling materials will include 'How to make a Peace Crane' handouts, 'Ban the Bomb' Postcards advocating US signature to the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, Nuclear Weapons FAQ, VFP Golden Rule Peace Boat half-page flyers, and more.
The confrontation between the United States and Iran is escalating daily. VFP member Andrew Schoerke, a retired Naval Officer of 23 years, has been following the current escalation and provides a timeline of events.
“I believe that the American way of waging war, since about the Korean War on up to present day, the weapons are so terrible, the tactics, the strategies are so brutal that American GI’s, guys from hometown, U.S.A. see this and can’t put it into perspective with everything they’d ever been taught about right and wrong and morality, and they come home and it churns inside them, and erupts as post traumatic stress damage.”
“How can you be a person of humanity, how and then support that statue, support a day when he was the head of the KKK, how can you do that?” Jim Wohlgemuth, with Veterans for Peace, asked the news station. Read more.
VFP Newsletter is out!
Veterans For Peace newsletter is now out! The VFP Newsletter is published 3 times each year for members and donors. It contains extensive chapter reports from around the country, poetry and book reviews as well as articles on current affairs. Let us know if you want to order a bundle for tabling!
LAST CHANCE! There is still time to purchase an Ad for our Convention book! Does your chapter want to have an ad? Or do you know another peace and justice organization you could ask? Find out details here!
Interested in running for the VFP Board and you are current VFP veteran member? Contact Garett Reppenhagen
Make sure to check out our website on all things Convention related. Now is the time to register, get your housing, vote for our VFP awards, submit Resolutions and ByLaws and help others get to convention! We are excited to see you in Spokane!