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!
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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).
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.
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.
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