April 20, 2020 - Earth Day 2020, Peacemaking in the Time of COVID, Watch Party: Sir, No Sir!, Message from our ED, Racial Justice Has No Borders Townhall Now Available for Viewing!, Repeal the AUMF, Department of Defense Secrecy, SDVFP Sends Love to La Jolla VA, Throwback Photos, Beyond Viet Nam Webinar now available, VFP member Megaciph releases new song, In the News and Calendar
Earth Day 2020 - What Have We Learned from COVID-19
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While we can't all go outside and make a stand for climate action, we can take a moment to reflect on the lessons of the past few months.
COVID-19 makes plain what many of us have known all along - that we need to be different. We need to learn how to live a peaceful, respectful existence with each other and with the world around us. However, decision makers are trying to roll back environmental protections and unleashing industries to dump waste and chemicals that will do long term damage to the climate and public health. It is our job to help ensure that all the pieces are put together - to include the environmental impacts of war and militarism.
We are having a member call to discuss "Peacemaking in the Time of COVID". COVID-19 makes plain the various areas of work that we need to do to shore up our social support structures and ensure that all people living in our lands are taken care of, for the benefit of not only the individual but for our society as a whole.
Join us for a brainstorm and discussion with members on ways Veterans For Peace can respond!
Veterans For Peace will be hosting an online screening of the pivotal film, "Sir, No Sir!" and have a discussion following the screening.
Sir! No Sir! is a 2005 documentary by Displaced Films about the anti-war movement within the ranks of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. The film was produced, directed, and written by David Zeiger and features members of Veterans For Peace
The current health crisis is impacting all of us in new ways. I know we have lost some valued members of our community. My heart goes out to all of you in these difficult times.
The VFP national office is trying to adapt as best we can. Some changes include working from home more, delaying store orders to not burden mail services, preparing to close down the brick and mortar office in St. Louis and developing more online tools for activism and communication.
Our annual convention will be moved to an online format with extended days. We are preparing to help members who need a tutorial on using their computers to access the events and participate in the meetings. Despite the awkwardness of streaming a convention, it will allow international and deported veteran members participate more. Please have patience as we sort out the information on the website.
The good news is currently our membership is increasing as we are above our expectations for renewals, new members and even post 9-11 members for the first quarter of 2020.
We don't know what the future will bring as our economy falters and political leaders fail us. We do know that VFP members will rally together to support one another and their community. We know we will continue to keep an eye on rampant militarization and speak truth-to-power.
The world needs Veterans For Peace more than ever.
Thank you for your dedication and please be safe and stay healthy so we can continue our mission for world peace.
VFP Social Hours
We experimented with VFP Social Hours this week and members enjoyed the chance to chat and catch up (or meet) with other Veterans For Peace members.
We are going to continue these twice a week! We will be having a VFP Social Hour every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm. (EDT) | 1 p.m. (CST) | 12 pm (MST) | 11 am (PST).
We will post the "Join" link in the Calendar section on the front page of our website before every Social Hour.
We know that many of you are also trying to figure out how to hold virtual meetings with your chapters. We have created a webpage of "Tips and Suggestions" that provide some resources.
If you would like some support on how to work zoom, sign up here and Colleen or Sam will contact you and help walk you through some simple "How-To's".
Racial Justice Has No Borders Townhall Now Available for Viewing!
Racial Justice Has No Borders, a new, broad anti-war coalition that seeks to re-center the conversation about U.S. wars and militarization on the needs and leadership of those most impacted. This coalition puts a focus on diaspora, refugee, veteran, Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who bear the brunt of this country’s militarism to challenge the myth that more police, wars, and weapons have made any of us more safe or secure.
The town hall is part of a shared campaign demanding the immediate end to the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been the pillar of escalated U.S. military intervention under the banner of the War on Terror.
Our first campaign towards this vision is demanding the immediate end to the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that continue to serve as the pillar of escalated US military intervention around the world under the banner of the War on Terror.
Will you join us in the fight to repeal the AUMFs and stop endless wars? You can take action today by :
Share the Townhall with five friends (maybe an online watch party!)
Congress Must Reject Department of Defense Efforts to Shroud Its Budget Proposals in Secrecy
Veterans For Peace joined with 35 organizations to sign on to a letter that draws urgent attention to a shortsighted and dangerous proposal contained in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act proposal. The proposal would increase the department’s ability to hide even more of its out-of-control spending from the public and congressional oversight. Specifically, the Pentagon seeks to eliminate the longstanding requirement that the department submit an unclassified version of the Future Years Defense Program database to Congress.
The San Diego Veterans For Peace (SDVFP), Chapter 91, has cultivated a strong relationship with the local VA nurses union, the National Nurses United. To demonstrate their support and thanks for the dedication of the nurses and doctors and staff supporting veterans at the La Jolla VA Hospital, the SDVFP chapter bought lunch.
Send us your favorite VFP Throwback photos!
With an organization that has existed since 1985, we know that many of our members have great memories, photos, and videos of anti-war work and community bonding throughout the organizations' rich history of activism. We want to hear your stories and share your photos!
Ways you can send them:
DM (direct message) us on any of our social media channels
"In this time of global crisis amid the COVID19 pandemic I have just released a climate justice song titled, "Everybody Arise" produced by and featuring my friend Steve Wallace, singing a feel good neo-soul chorus. The record is very relevant and I hope you will like it."