August 30, 2019 - Veterans For Peace Annual Convention Wrap-Up!
Keynote Speaker: Ruth Aloua (Loke)
Ruth (Loke) was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Veterans For Peace convention.
Ruth Aloua is a Kanaka Maoli from the Kona District. Her grandmother's lineage binds her to the island Hawai’i and her grandfathers to Maui. She is a mahi’ai (farmer) and a kia’i loko (fishpond guardian) whose work extends to the peaks of Mauna a Wākea to the plains of Pōhakuloa into the deepest depths of the ocean to the realm of Kanaloa. She is an advocate for peace and justice fostering nonviolent interaction between people, land, water, ocean and air.
Deb Abrahamson is the founder and director of SHAWL- Sovereignty, Health, Air, Water and Land. She spoke at the Veterans For Peace 2019 Convention about the poisoning and destruction of indigenous lands and people.
"Attending the Veterans For Peace national convention in Spokane WA was a bit of homecoming for me. I felt as though I had found my tribe. I met dozens of people who have repeatedly put it all on the line to organize, agitate and resist the inherently evil American Industrial Military Complex. At the same time I was happy to be able to witness first hand the internal struggles of the organization and meet face to face my brothers and sisters in peace who strive to hold the imperialists feet to the fire."
The Initiative to Clean up Unexploded Bombs in Vietnam
As part of the wonderful exhibit, Waging Peace, VFP member Chuck Searcy of Project RENEW describes the major success and strides in making Vietnam safe from the devices of death dropped on the country by the United States.
Deported Veterans Issues & Advocacy Project workshop covered legislative initiatives, legislative outreach team building, unified lobbying, and fundraising.
"It was a real honor to have been chosen to represent deported veterans in Tijuana. I had a wonderful experience and felt the convention itself went well and was very productive. I was able to reach many VFP members in regards to our cause in our Tijuana Chapter #182. Thank you again to all for the warm welcome and extraordinary efforts to make my stay comfortable" -Lupita Ciprian, Tijuana Chapter
Check out the President's message, the discussion of resolutions and board nominations! (Look for a follow up email in the coming weeks with the final listings of all Ballot information and more from the Business meeting)
"US Air Force refueling tankers from Fairchild Air Base, Spokane, Washington refuel Saudi Arabia bombers that kill people in Yemen! Good reason for our Vets For Peace protest at the Air Base!!!" - Ann Wright
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla land-boat “sailed” around Spokane, WA, during the 2019 Veterans For Peace Convention. Sailors sang, chanted, and passed out flyers along the way. It was a good voyage, many were informed, and a good time was had by all!
Arlington North West
Dave Dittemore and George Taylor, VFP34 Tacoma, brought the Arlington Northwest display of 1500 grave markers that visibly demonstrate the cost of war. The memorial could be seen from mulitple spaces in Spokane!
Spectrum Singers is an all-inclusive and intergenerational SATB chorus based out of Spokane, Washington. They performed at the Sunday Closing Plenary of the VFP 2019 National Convention. Hear the Spectrum Singers!
The Closing Ceremony also featured a conversation between Executive Director Garett Reppenhagen and Outgoing E.D. Michael McPhearson.Check it out!
Next Deadline for Chapter Reports: September 10, 2019
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Veterans For Peace ballots are around the corner. To vote you must be a verified member, in good standing, of Veterans For Peace. If you need to renew your membership, click here! To send in your DD214 (or other verified documentation), email shelly@veteransforpeace!