September 13, 2019: Shut Down Creech, Remove the Stain, Deported Veterans need YOUR support!, VFP and Paul Cox Honored in Viet Nam!, Maui Declares "Golden Rule Day", Miramar Air Show, VFP at the Irish Consulate!, Ann Wright on Peace Boat, VFP Goes to SOAW, Podcast: Suel Jones, Keep Space for Peace Week, Day of Action against Domestic Violence, In the News, Reminders and Calendar!
Shut Down Creech
"As a former US Army sniper I know the costs of war. The increased use of drones helps hide the brutality of foreign conflicts and allows the US to continue violence abroad without suffering the political risks of american service members coming home in body bags. The remote nature of drone warfare offers room for indiscriminate killing and collateral damage that might be avoided if the combatant were on the ground. The technological advances in drone combat has opened new opportunities for the Military Industrial Complex that eventually will lead to fully autonomous artificial intelligence making battlefield decisions. Join us at Creech Air Force Base and shut down drone warfare!" - Garett Reppenhagen, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, former US Army sniper, Iraq War veteran
On June 25th, legislation was introduced calling for the U.S. to formally rescind the Medals of Honor that were awarded to 20 U.S. cavalry troopers after the Wounded Knee Massacre. Veterans For Peace has been working with a coalition of legislators and indigenous communities who have helped write the legislation.
Chapter 182 has also been busy providing support for our deported veterans. Raul Herrera is a deported Air Force veteran. Raul has chronic lung issues related to welding while on active duty with the Air Force. He also has chronic cardiac issues. Currently our chapter is helping Raul find stable housing and helping to support him during his hospitalization stays. However, it's critical that they receive financial support to continue these efforts.
The San Diego Chapter of the national Veterans For Peace educational organization are conducting a five year public awareness program to educate the public concerning the annual September Miramar Air Show, so as to convince thinking folks to stay home and not attend this unnecessary and harmful event. The popular annual show features the Navy Blue Angels and a variety of explosions and fires which many people may enjoy without thinking. But the local veterans have toured the show and have come to a different set of conclusions.
Ann Wright is currently traveling on the "Peace Boat". Peace Boat is a Japan-based international NGO which promotes peace, human rights, and sustainability. Working in partnership with UN SDG Action Campaign, Peace Boat’s activities onboard and in port empower participants, strengthen local capacity for sustainability, and build people-to-people cooperation beyond borders.
VFP enthusiastically supports this year's theme Commemorative Gathering - Bridging the Past and Present Remembering the 30th Anniversary of The UCA Massacre. School Of Americas Watch strives to expose, denounce, and end US militarization, oppressive US policies and other forms of state violence in the Americas.
Veterans For Peace has reserved 20 rooms at the Candlewood Suites, (3389 Victory Dr., Columbus, GA).
Veterans For Peace is an endorser of "Keep Space for Peace Week". NATO sees the US Space Command/Trump’s new ‘Space Force’ as a key instrument in their global domination on behalf of corporate interests.
Organize a local event during Oct 5-12, 2019 to oppose NATO.Let them know what and where the event will be at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1998, Suel Jones went back to Vietnam and met some of the very people he had once fought against. This experience launched him into a life of activism, including starting a chapter of Veterans For Peace in Vietnam.
This Courage to Resist podcast was produced in collaboration with the Vietnam Full Disclosure effort of Veterans For Peace
The Day of Action Against Domestic Violence, which VFP has endorsed, is less than a month away. Teams across the country are busy planning meaningful programs to increase public awareness and to remember those women who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Being part of the October 5th Day of Action is a great way to start the month out. Visit their website and see if there is a team in your area. Reach out to the team leader or email us to see how you can best volunteer in helping with the event!