September 6, 2019 - ‘Remove the Stain’ Act, Deported Veterans, VFP Members in Russia, No Weapons of War in Baltimore!, Close U.S. Military Bases Abroad, International Agent Orange Day, SOVA Confronts Cory Booker, VFP members in Russia, VFP heads to SOAW, Boots on the Ground to Freedom, In the News, Golden Rule news and Calendar!

 
Remove the Stain

Veterans say “Remove the Stain”

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.  See Rep. Denny Heck's press release.

Show your support - add your name to the petition now.

 

 
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These Deported Vets Say Rescuing Migrants Is Their Duty

But for much of the last year, the Center and the veterans it serves have responded to the call of duty once again, throwing time and resources into helping thousands of migrants stranded in this dangerous border city as a result of the Trump administration’s efforts to choke off the asylum process.  “This is our mission now,” said Lopez, a former Army reservist who was deported in 2016. “For me, I’m an American, and I figured it was my duty.”

Read more!

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Veteran Members Sign on to Letter Calling for a Closing of U.S. Military Bases Abroad

The Overseas Base Realignment and Closure Coalition, “a group of military base experts from across the political spectrum,” is calling on Congress to mandate a reporting requirement on overseas bases. In a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the group of experts says the information that the Department of Defense currently provides on the cost and location of overseas bases is very “limited” and the “data is frequently incomplete.” 

Read more!

 

 

 
Protesting in Baltimore

No Weapons of War in Baltimore!

VFP members in Baltimore protested the Port of Baltimore's role in the war on the people of Yemen last month.  The weapons were originally shipped from New Hampshire and then exited the country in Baltimore.

Check out more info here

 

International Agent Orange Day

International Agent Orange Day

Agrochemical Monsanto's (profitable) role in the wars on South East Asia of 50 years ago is why Veterans For Peace recently held an 'Expose Monsanto Vigil' in downtown San Francisco on August 10th, International Agent Orange Day. That war was one of the largest chemical poisonings of entire countries in the history of the world - the use of the defoliant Agent Orange on the jungles and food crops of Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. And the damage to humans and the ecosystem continues today.

Read more from Associate member, Nadya Williams

 

 
Cory Booker greeting Pat Scanlan

Pat Scanlan Confronts Cory Booker on the Mission Act

Presidential Candidate Cory Booker at a visit to Salem NH. Vietnam Veteran Pat Scanlon gives his views on a bill called the "Mission Act", which suggests the privatization of the veterans facilities. hospital & clinics and no additional funding, that he opposes. 

Watch the video!

 

Ann on RT set

VFP Members in Russia

"Several members and associate members of Veterans for Peace have arrived in Russia for a “citizen diplomacy” trip, sponsored by the Center for Citizen Initiatives.  Ann Wright, Leah Bolger, Bart Bolger, Todd Pierce, Regis Trembley, Ed Horgan, Barbara Briggs-Letson will be doing their small part to  let people in Russia know that we like them and do not want our politicians getting us into a military conflict. Certainly no small feat but seems like a worthy goal given today’s geopolitical situation."

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Veterans For Peace heads to SOAW

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).

Find out how to reserve your room!

 

Tarak and Ken

Boots on the Ground for Freedom

On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 am in front of Limerick Prison, where they were incarcerated, Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, both U.S. military veterans will begin Boots on the Ground for Freedom, a series of walks through Ireland to promote peace.

"The U.S. military is using this civilian airport as a U.S. base, thereby contributing to death and destruction throughout the Middle East and North Africa. What I find particularly heart-rending is that some of this material goes to support the Saudi attack in Yemen where there are over a million people on the verge of starvation. After the starvation that devastated Ireland in the 19th century, it is particularly tragic and bitterly ironic that this nation should be complicit in the starvation of over a million people." said Mayers.

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Golden Rule in Hawaii

News from the Golden Rule!

After sailing for twenty days across the vast Pacific Ocean, the Golden Rule peace boat arrived back in Hawai’i, 61 years after her storied voyage to stop nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific. Veterans For Peace President Gerry Condon and Col. Ann Wright were among the cheering supporters as the Golden Rule come through the channel towards Wailoa Harbor in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i. 

Golden Rule is sailing to Hawaii as part of a 2 ½ year voyage to do our part to stop the possibility of nuclear war and bring attention to the environmental and human cost of nuclear and military activity on Pacific Islands as well as how Island communities are Challenging Nuclear Madness and Militarism.

Check out the Golden Rule Newsletter for all the latest news!

 

 

VFP in the News

VFP in the News!

 

 
VFP in the News

Important Reminders!

Next Deadline for Chapter Reports: September 10, 2019

  • Send your 200 words to: editor@veteransforpeace.org
  • Don’t forget to include chapter reporter’s name along with chapter name, number, and location. 
  • Photos must be high resolution to look good in print. Best size is 1200 pixels wide or more. Please include a caption and when feasible identify everyone in group shots. Thank you!

 

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

September 7-22 - VFP Trip to Viet Nam

September 21 - International Day of Peace

September 20-23 - People's Mobilization to Stop the U.S. War Machine

September 29-October 5 - Creech Assassin Drone Base Actions

October 5-6, 2019 - "No War 2019: Pathways to Peace," World Beyond War conference, Limerick, Ireland

October 5-12 - Keep Space for Peace Week of Actions

November 11 - Armistice Day

November 15-17 - School of Americas Watch in Fort Benning, GA

For more calendar events, check out our website!

 

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