Posted: 27 January 2014
West Coast GI Coffeehouse Tour
Posted: 25 February 2014
April 15th Tax Day Anti-War Action in Seattle
Please join members of Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace on Tax Day as we help raise public awareness about the militarization of the US federal budget and about nonviolent alternatives to passively paying for wars and weapons we don't want. We will be distributing copies of the War Resisters League's pie chart leaflet--"Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes" which analyzes the 2014 federal budget.
Posted: 13 January 2014
VFP Northwest Regional Conference
The cost for this conference is $20 per person but no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. For a detailed conference schedule and registration information go to vfptacoma.com.
Revisiting War Crimes During the War in Viet Nam: Nick Turse Book Reading and Screening of Winter Soldier
This event is free and open to the public and will feature a reading by Nick Turse, author of the controversial and acclaimed Kill Anything That Moves (2013) about US war crimes during the war in Viet Nam, in conjunction with a rare showing of the 1972 documentary film Winter Soldier. Following the reading and film there will be a panel discussion with Nick Turse, Bill Turley (noted scholar of the war in Viet Nam), Mike Dedrick (Veterans For Peace), and others.
Sponsored by the Southeast Asia Center, UW Center for Human Rights, UW Libraries, Department of History, University Bookstore, and the Greater Seattle chapter of Veterans For Peace. For more information write to
A related exhibit of material from the UW Libraries Special Collections will be on display in the Allen Library Lobby from January 11-30, 2014.
Posted: 22 November 2013
The general membership of Veterans For Peace, Greater Seattle, Chapter 92 calls upon its members and supporters to turn out for Seattle's 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration. The theme this year is "Rise Up! Restore the Dream!" Workshops and a rally will be held at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle.
Workshops begin at 9:30 AM and are followed by a rally at 11:00 AM. After the rally, at 12:30 PM, we will leave the high school and march downtown. Buses will be provided to return marchers to Garfield HS. VFP members are especially encouraged to wear VFP vests and carry one of the chapter's VFP flags during the rally and march.
To read a few select quotations from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., click on the "Read more" button below.
Posted: 07 December 2013
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"
Please join members of Voices of Palestine as they raise awareness about US foreign policy and the plight of Palestinians, by distributing "O Little Town of Bethlehem" cards to people attending the 2 PM performance of Handel's Messiah. This action is endorsed by VFP 92.
Posted: 22 November 2013
WikiLeaks Whistle-blower Attorney to Speak in Seattle
David Coombs, defense attorney for American prisoner of conscience US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning will be speaking about United States v. Manning. Find out what's being done to support Chelsea Manning following the recent 35-year military prison sentence imposed on the heroic truth-teller.
$5-$10 donation requested at the door. Wheelchair accessible. For more info call 206-499-1220. Download the event flyer.
Posted: 27 November 2013
2013 Auburn Armistice/Veterans Day Report
More than thirty members of Veterans For Peace from the Greater Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and North Olympic Peninsula chapters marched on November 9th in near-perfect weather in the City of Auburn's annual Veterans Day parade. This was VFP's eighth consecutive appearance in the parade and we're proud and pleased to have been able to, once again, add our clear, singular pro-peace voice to the messages conveyed by the other parade entries. For the third year in a row we also had a booth in Auburn, staffed by two VFP 92 members.
After the parade, we were pleasantly surprised to be joined on the steps of the Auburn city hall by Victoria Knight, Miss Auburn 2013, who posed with us for photos. After the parade, about thirty of us enjoyed lunch and good company in Auburn at the first annual VFP Armistice Day spaghetti lunch. We were joined there by Ray McGovern, co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Ray had hoped to march with us but his flight was delayed--maybe next year, Ray.
We're grateful again this year to the members, vestry, and rector of St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church for their hospitality in providing us with parking, bathrooms, hot coffee, and donuts. The church also provided the location for our lunch.
Veterans For Peace march down Main Street in Auburn, WA
Photo by Cliff Wells
Miss Auburn 2013, Victoria Knight, poses with Veterans For Peace after the Auburn Veterans Day Parade
Photo by Cliff Wells
Mike Dedrick and Martin Kunz staff the Veterans For Peace booth in Auburn, WA
Photo by Cliff Wells
The Peace Flag Honor Guard marches down Main Street in Auburn, WA
Photo by Cliff Wells
Auburn Veterans Day Parade, Booth, & VFP Armistice Day Social
2013 will be the eighth year for Veterans For Peace to march in the annual Auburn Veterans Day parade, one of the largest Veterans Day parades west of the Mississippi River. This year's parade pays "special tribute to the Paralyzed Veterans of America". The City of Auburn is also a "proud" Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and "will be paying special tribute to the service, valor and sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War" (for an alternative perspective on the Vietnam War commemorations, please see "The Vietnam War and the Struggle For Truth" by VFP member and Vietnam veteran John Grant).
Last year we didn't learn until almost the last minute if we would be allowed to march. With the help of the ACLU, we had to fight for our First Amendment rights. Our victory was significant not least of all because our presence is important for the many people who openly welcome us each year, for those who may feel they can only silently support us, and for young people who need to hear a different voice about the military and war. All members of Veterans For Peace and veterans and other supporters who subscribe to the VFP Statement of Purpose are encouraged to march with us this year.
See also: "2012 VFP 92 Auburn Veterans Day Report"
Posted: 25 September 2013
Click here for a PDF version of this resolution
A Resolution Concerning the National Security Agency
WHEREAS, the National Security Agency (NSA) "is a Combat Support Agency of the Department of Defense" and the "Secretary of Defense exercises authority, direction, and control over NSA" (DoD Directive 5100.20, §5; January 26, 2010); and,
Tell Congress, No US Attack on Syria
There are perhaps very few times when pleading with politicians to do the right thing is a demonstrably fruitful exercise. However, the recent reversals of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama on their march to war with Syria give us some hope that the congressional vote next week on Obama's plan to attack Syria is one of those rare moments when it may be useful to contact elected officials.
For example, some local members of Congress are on the fence. Democrat Suzan DelBene issued a statement on Saturday that says, in part: "I oppose the Bashar al-Assad regime, but I am concerned about the U.S. getting into another long-term military operation without clearly defined objectives. As I stated previously, any military action in Syria must be done with careful consultation with Congress and the American people. I will be listening to my constituents, the President, my colleagues and our military leadership in the coming days in preparation for this important vote." Other members of Congress may be similarly undecided on the matter of war with Syria.
Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Greater Seattle chapter of Veterans For Peace is urging all VFP members to contact the members of their congressional delegation to make it clear that we oppose US intervention in Syria and we want the US military to refrain from attacking Syrian targets.
Posted: 19 July 2013
International Day of Action for Bradley Manning
Please join us in what will likely be the last internationally coordinated show of support for US Army whistleblower Private Bradley Manning before military judge Col. Denise Lind reads her final verdict–which we expect some time in August.
On July 26, there will be a rally for Bradley Manning in Washington, DC in front of Maj. General Buchanan’s office. Buchanan is the new convening authority in the trial and he has the power to reduce any possible sentence given to Bradley should he be found guilty.
The July 27 ”International Day of Action” coincides with the anticipated sentencing phase of Bradley’s trial. The outcome of that phase of the trial will result in Bradley receiving any outcome from time served to life in prison.
A thousand supporters marched on Fort Meade at the start of Bradley Manning’s trial. Now the Bradley Manning Support Network is asking supporters to organize events in communities across the globe.
The end of July also marks the third anniversary of the release of the Afghan War Diary which revealed the realities of pain and abuse suffered by many thousands in Afghanistan.
Posted: 24 June 2013
July 4th Action & Two Action Reports
Independence Day Action
Last year eight people participated in VFP 92's first July 4th action at Pier 62/63 Park. We distributed all 400 of our James Madison war-versus-liberty cards in less than the allotted time for the action and VFP flags were displayed along with three of the Washington Veterans Against the War peace flags. Please join us for another successful repeat action this year.
March for Bradley Manning in the 2013 Pride Parade
VFP 92 is in the Seattle Pride Parade again. We'll be marching in support of US Army whistle-blower Bradley Manning. Bring posters, t-shirts, whistles, and other items proclaiming your support for Bradley.
The parade starts at 11 AM at 4th Avenue & Union streets and will proceed north-northwest on 4th Avenue to 2nd and Denny Way near Seattle Center. VFP 92's entry number is L3 and our staging location is between Sqream and the Rainbow City Band and alongside Old Scouts Promise.
The parade will be held rain or shine. Plan for the morning by wearing a good pair of walking shoes and bringing a hat, water, sunscreen, and/or rain gear as needed. It should take about an hour to travel the distance. VFP 92 is six blocks closer to the finish line than last year so the parade will be markedly shorter for us this time.
Click on the image below to enlarge it or click here for a PDF version of the map.
Posted: 22 May 2013
Bradley Manning, USS Liberty, & Mohammad Mossadegh
Bradley Manning Support March
Bradley Manning's court-martial trial begins June 3rd. Saturday is an International Day of Support for Bradley Manning. Join us for a spirited march through downtown ending at Victor Steinbrueck Park.
VFP 92 Remembers the USS Liberty
This year is the 46th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, which was commissioned in Bremerton in 1964. Veterans For Peace will travel to Bremerton to remember the dead, honor the survivors, and educate the public about the attack and US foreign policy. We'll be displaying a banner and distributing copies of the "Commonly Asked Questions About the USS Liberty" brochure. Be sure to wear your VFP hats, shirts, vests, etc. The round trip walk-on passenger fare for the Seattle-Bremerton ferry is $7.70 for adults (age 19 - 64) and $3.85 for Senior (age 65 & over)/Disabled.
Mossadegh Legacy Awareness Tour event
Moji Agha is the founder of the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI), a new non-profit foreign policy organization inspired by the legacy of the late Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. Mr. Agha will speak on the MLI's work promoting the virtues and values of Dr. Mossadegh, who was trained in the law at the École Libre des Sciences Politiques in Paris and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Mossadegh was first elected to the Iranian Majlis/Parliament in 1944 and elected by the Majlis as Prime Minister in 1951. In 1953, after nationalizing Iran's oil industry, Mossadegh was ousted in a coup d'etat orchestrated and carried out by the American CIA with the cooperation of British MI6. The MLI is endorsed by Richard Falk, Noam Chomsky, David Swanson, Cindy Sheehan, Tariq Ali, and others. Free validated parking for this event is available in the University Book Store lot. Download the event poster.
Posted: 03 June 2013
Blow the Whistle on War Profiteers at the Seattle Science Festival
This is a joint action by Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace and the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action to protest the presence, in the Seattle Science Festival's Science EXPO, of two giants in the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about. Boeing and Lockheed-Martin, two of the world's largest military contractors, are exhibitors in the EXPO this year. Boeing is, among other things, a major supplier of drones to the US military. Lockheed-Martin is the manufacturer of the US Navy's Trident ll D-5 submarine launched ballistic missiles, the delivery vehicles for the massively destructive W76 and W88 thermonuclear bombs.
Posted: 11 May 2013
May General Membership Meeting & Armed Forces Day Action
Our educational topic this month is veteran suicide. After the meeting we'll go to Pier 62/63 Park (1951 Alaskan Way) on the Seattle waterfront to distribute copies of the chapter's Armed Forces Day cards. Westlake Plaza is our backup location in case of bad weather.
Posted: 11 May 2013
Report: Boston Marathon Bombing Leafleting
Submitted by: Michelle J. Kinnucan
On April 27, seven members of the Greater Seattle chapter of Veterans For Peace ventured into the heart of Seattle's commercial district where we distributed approximately 300 copies of the chapter's Boston Marathon Bombing/US Drone Attacks leaflet. The leaflet was generally well-received and positive reactions far out-weighed negative reactions in both intensity and frequency. This writer had three people make a point of speaking to her to compliment the leaflet and thank VFP for sharing our perspective.
Posted: 16 March 2013
April General Membership Meeting
Please note the date change. The day was changed from our normal third Saturday of the month due to room unavailability on the 20th. Per the vote of the chapter membership in September 2011, undesignated funds collected at the first general membership meeting of each calendar quarter go to Coffee Strong. After the meeting we'll go to Westlake Plaza to distribute copies of the chapter's Boston Marathon Bombing leaflet.
The title of our education topic--"Peace: Getting Our Thinking Focused"--for this meeting is inspired, in part, by a line from A. J. Muste's classic 1928 essay, "Pacifism and Class War." The supplemental readings for the talk are listed below. It is not essential that you read any of them but the talk and discussion may be more rewarding if you do.
Posted: 27 March 2013
Two VFP 92 Endorsed Anti-Drone Actions
These are excellent opportunities to educate the public, who polls show over 50% believe drone attacks are acceptable, on the dangers and problems of drone warfare. Please spread the word and plan to attend one or both of these actions.