September 27, 2019: VFP Stands up for Climate, Chapter Recaps, San Diego VFP tells Trump: NO War in Iran, Silencing Our Veterans: a Bridge Too Far, White Supremacy in the U.S. Military, An Update from Ireland, Shut Down Creech, School of Americas Watch, In the News, Reminders and Calendar!
International Peace Day
Catastrophic climate change is an imminent danger facing the world. This year for International Peace Day, the U.N. 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.
VFP members and chapters across the country marched in local Climate Strike actions and took part in many different actions and events to celebrate International Peace Day.
On Sunday, September 22nd, VFP Members in Chapter 34 took part in the People's Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine and Save the Planet Rally and March (part of a series of actions that took place in NYC). The event featured Cornel West, Roger Waters, members of the Embassy Protection Collective, Extinction Rebellion, music by Ben Grosscup plus many solidarity, climate crisis, and resistance groups.
Members of VFP Chapter 26 took part in the local student Climate Strikes. From their Facebook page: "Inspiring to be out here with so many of Chicago's youth taking the lead and discussing climate change."
Chapter 55 - Joan Duffy (Santa Fe, NM)
VFP Chapter 55 joined the local Youth Climate Change Gathering and Climate March.
Chapter 91 - San Diego
San Diego Veterans For Peace Chapter 91 members joined several different Climate Strike actions in solidarity around the county. VFP member Jim Brown joined SanDiego350 members at Encinitas Village Gate Middle School's strike, September 20, 2019
Chapter 104 - Evansville, IN
Members VFP Chapter 104 gathered on Saturday to commemorate International Day of Peace and honor humanity’s quest for peace. Local members presented a young tree to gift to the City of Evansville as a gesture of good will. They say the tree symbolizes the belief that peace is possible when rooted in non-violence, justice, and respect for all people.
In a statement sent to local media, President of Evansville VFP Bart Lindenschmidt said, “We think the people of Evansville aspire to a peaceful community, and we share and support that desire as a fundamental need of people everywhere.”
Chapter 9 - Smedley Butler Brigade (Boston, MA)
Members of VFP Chapter 9 took part in the Boston Climate Strike. Senator Markey stopped for some photos.
Be sure to check out our Wrap Up page that includes more Chapters taking Climate Action!
San Diego VFP tells Trump: NO War in Iran
Local activists held a rally at Horton Plaza Park in downtown San Diego on Wednesday to protest President Trump’s visit to the city. Veterans For Peace San Diego was there!
In recent days, a group of military operational psychologists has sent a letter to APA authorities expressing outrage over a panelist who was scheduled to participate in a symposium at last month’s annual convention.
Monisha Rios, a former Veterans For Peace National Board Member, and founder of MIRA, has been involved heavily in organizing and coalition-building within the American Psychology Association (APA) and keeping a close eye on military psychology and the APA's historically profitable relationship with war.
Michael McPhearson: White Supremacy in the U.S. Military
Michael McPhearson was a guest on The Santita Jackson Show on Thursday, September 26th, to talk about White Supremacy in the U.S. Military. Motivated by the story of Army SPC Jarrett William Smith, she asked me on the show to talk about White nationalism in the U.S. military. Smith was recently charged with distributing bomb-making information over social media.
Listen now! (Michael's interview starts at the 1:06:20 mark)
Check out Michael's blog to see a list of resources that he refers to in the interview.
An Update from Ireland
Former US Army veterans Ken Mayers (82) & Tarak Kauff (77) take a couple of hours out from their three-week walk from Shannon to Malin Head to talk about their Shannon Airport St. Patrick's Day peace action & Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim talks about the urgent need to oppose the import of US fracked gas to the Shannon Estuary.
Right now, Ken and Tarak are nearing the end of their walk.
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).
"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
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 next week. 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!