September 20, 2019: Veterans Say End War and Militarism, Shut Down Creech, Remove the Stain, People's Mobilization to Stop the U.S. War Machine, Back from the Brink, SOVA Updates, Swords to Plowshares Belltower, VFP Member Zahid Gets Naturalization Interview, Monisha Rios on the peace movement and colonialism, Golden Rule Film Screening, School of Americas Watch, Waging Peace Exhibit, In the News, Reminders and Calendar!
On International Peace Day, Veterans Say End War and Militarism
Catastrophic climate change is an imminent danger facing the world. This year for International Peace Day, the U.N. has declared the theme to be “Climate Action for Peace”. Taking action on climate change is vital as a way to promote peace throughout the world. Ending war and militarism are vital if we are to create a sustainable future.
So today as hundreds of you are marching for #ClimateStrike and celebrating International Day of Peace this weekend, please share our statement that ending war and militarism are vital!
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.
"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
People's Mobilization to Stop the U.S. War Machine
In New York City, on September 20-23, Veterans For Peace has endorsed and is participating in the People's Mobilization to Stop the U.S. War Machine.
The U.S. War Machine is out of control, causing chaos throughout the world and fueling the climate crisis, but people power will stop it! Speakers will include Roger Waters, members of the Embassy Protection Collective, Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Extinction Rebellion, representatives of the International Action Center and People's Power Assemblies NYC and many more. Rally will feature a special performance by Rebel Diaz. Learn more!
Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War
Please join Back from the Brink on September 25 as they launch the next phase of the Back from the Brink initiative with a national webinar: Back from the Brink - Organizing Locally to Prevent Nuclear War. We’re excited to build our momentum by sharing our successes, lessons learned so far, and strategies for engaging elected officials and the public locally. This webinar is for everyone, from longtime advocates to those who are just getting started.
Veterans For Peace is an endorser of the Back from the Brink Campaign
Monisha Rios on the peace movement and colonialism
Monisha is a veteran and a peace activist and part of the Puerto Rican diaspora. We talked about the peace movement and the intersection with other movements for liberation, the various forms of colonialism and how people can learn about our own history as a colonial power.
Swords to Plowshares Belltower Founder is NC Peacemaker of the Year!
Roger Erlich, co-creator of the Belltower and Veterans For Peace member, is being recognized by NC Peace Action as 2019 Peacemaker of the Year. Congratulations Roger - keep fighting for Peace and keep making a difference in this world!
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).
Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit: UMass Boston reception
Ron Carver’s Waging Peace in Viet Nam exhibit opened yesterday at UMass Boston. The opening reception was graced with poets Doug Rawlings, Dave Connolly, and Lamont Steptoe, and Vietnam-era resister Susan Schnall. Thanks to Howie and Nate for these visuals!
Muhammad Zahid Chaudhry (“Zahid”) has a naturalization interview with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) based on his Earned and Qualified Military Service in the U.S. Army.
Could this interview be the affirmative outcome he’s been hoping for after 18 years of having been traumatized by threats of deportation? Or is it yet another diversion intended to distract him from ongoing government attempts to deport him?
Two veterans active in the Stop Privatization Campaign – Vietnam veteran Skip Delano, representing VFP's Save Our VA Action Team in NYC and Marine veteran Alex McCoy, representing COMMON DEFENSE -- spoke about their own experiences with VA healthcare and efforts to turn back plans to send millions of veterans to private sector and Urgent Care doctors. The Breakout Session was held three times to allow more nurses to attend which nearly 150 nurses did. Read more
An Update from Buzz Davis, Tucson, SOVA Team
Buzz Davis gives an update on his work in Tucson and with the SOVA action team. Also includes a poem on aging!
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: email@example.com
TheDay 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.
Save the Date! The next Chapter Contacts call is October 10th! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!