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Waging Peace In Vietnam: Coming to Seattle Sept 28 -Oct 28, 2022!

“It’s Time to Set the Record Straight. During America’s War in Vietnam, tens of thousands of GIs and veterans created a robust movement in opposition to the war. Yet its history is largely unknown…”

WHAT: An exhibit that focuses on individual and collective acts of resistance—marches, strikes, arrests, stockade revolts, mutinies and other actions by rank-and-file military personnel and returning veterans—which impaired the ability of the United States government to continue waging war in Viet Nam, thereby helping to bring it to an end. Related to the exhibit on the UW campus, there will be a rich selection of events.

WHERE: Exhibit on display at University of Washington, North Allen Lobby in Allen Library, just off Red Square

WHEN: Exhibit runs from September 28 through October 28, 2022.
Library hours are 9AM to 8PM Monday through Thursday
9AM to 5PM Friday
1PM to 8PM Sunday
closed Saturdays

RELATED EVENTS: The following events will coincide with this exhibition:

NW Soldiers and veterans who opposed the war CONFERENCE at 9:30AM to 5PM on October 6 in HUB Room 332 (the student union building). This conference will feature a morning panel discussion with actual GI war resisters in the Pacific Northwest, and afternoon panel discussions with representatives of civilian organizations who supported GI war resisters, and representatives of veterans’ organizations whose missions are to oppose war.
RECEPTION immediately after the conference until 7PM, in HUB Room 334.
WAR, PEACE, & RESISTANCE IN POETRY AND SONG at 6:30PM in HUB room 145: an evening of poetry and music celebrating resistance to war.
THURSDAY FILM SERIES on the UW Seattle campus (co-sponsored by Mt. Baker Meaningful Movies), Thomson room 101, at 6PM documenting the resistance movement by draftees, active duty personnel, and war veterans during the Vietnam War era:
Sir! No Sir! on October 13,
The FTA Show on October 20, and
The Boys Who Said NO on October 27

CONCURRENT EXHIBIT IN TACOMA Concurrent with the Seattle exhibit on the UW campus, there will be a related exhibit in Tacoma in the Collins Memorial Library at University of Puget Sound, titled “Dissent and Resistance Within the Military.” Sponsored by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities. For more information about this exhibit, contact Jane Carlin, UPS Librarian, (253) 879-3118, or jcarlin@pugetsound.edu. Members of the public are invited to visit the Collins Memorial Library to view the exhibition.                                                                                          Please visit this web link for the hours:  https://library.pugetsound.edu/home

NW GI Resisters Panel Discussion in the Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 2PM-3:20PM, free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities and the Dept of History, UPS

STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST The Seattle Chapter of Veterans For Peace is sponsoring a student essay contest. There is a $500 prize, generously funded by the Howard Zinn fund of VFP. Essays of 500 to 650 words must relate to the exhibit Waging Peace in Viet Nam: US Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War, or its related events. Deadline October 28, 2022. Pulitzer Prize photojournalist Nick Ut will select the winner.

For more information:    https://wagingpeaceinvietnam.com/

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Help Bring the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit to Seattle

Attention Students!  $500 Prize!  Student Essay Contest
Waging Peace in Vietnam: What it means to me and its lessons for today:  
                           Contest info (pdf)

 

 

Exhibit: Dissent and Resistance within the Military

East Reading Room, Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound

September 28-October 28

(from the website at: https://wagingpeaceinvietnam.com/exhibits)

“During America’s war in Vietnam, the antiwar movement among active-duty soldiers and veterans was central to the success of the larger U.S. protest movement—and had a profound impact on the course of the war. In the mid-Sixties, as the U.S. escalated troop numbers, tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors and pilots refused to fight, sail and fly bombing missions. As scholar David Cortright notes: “It is arguable that by 1970 U.S. ground troops in Vietnam had ceased to function as an effective fighting force. The disintegration of military morale was a factor in the Nixon administration’s decision to accelerate troop withdrawals.”

Oct 5 event: Chism Series, “Toward a Just Memory: Resistance, Violence, Art and the American War in Vietnam.”

Panel Discussion: Dissent and Resistance within the Military

East Reading Room, Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound

October 5, 2022  2:00-3:20

Related to the Exhibit: Dissent and Resistance within the Military, East Reading Room, Collins Memorial Library, September 28-October 28,

and coordinated with local members of Veterans for Peace, this panel discussion will feature activists who will talk together about their engagements with dissent and resistance at Fort Lewis and in its surrounding community, activities ranging from work with the Shelter Half Coffeehouse and the Fed UP newspaper to antiwar organizing within the Army, including in the Presidio Stockade following arrest. The panel discussion will engage issues related to the ethical and moral implications of opposing the war from within the military, as well as the differential motivations, tactics, impact and experiences of these actions.

Event Poster: 

oct 5 chism event (11 × 17 in) (1)

Chism Series Schedule:

Final Chism Schedule with Detail

 

PRESS RELEASE: 21 September 2022 “OBJECT WAR CAMPAIGN” LAUNCH : Petition to support Conscientious Objectors and Deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

PRESS RELEASE     21 September 2022

“OBJECT WAR CAMPAIGN” LAUNCH : Petition to support Conscientious Objectors and Deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

                                       

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, 21st September, Connection e.V., the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, the European Office for Conscientious Objection and War Resisters’ International are calling for a signature campaign for deserters and conscientious objectors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The #ObjectWarCampaign calls on all citizens from everywhere to join the global effort to ensure protection and asylum to conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine involved in the current war in the region. They are our hope to refuse war and let peace prevail!

On April 6, 2022, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, had called on Russian soldiers to desert and promised them protection under refugee law. So far, this promise has not been fulfilled.

Within the scope of #ObjectWarCampaign, a petition has been prepared for everyone to sign in. The petition is addressed to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola. The petition emphasizes the need to uphold the right to asylum to conscientious objectors and deserters from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine by hosting states. The petition launched on the WeMove.eu website can now be signed in GermanEnglishFrenchItalian and Greek.

There are an estimated 100,000 Russian military draftees and deserters refusing the war of aggression. An estimated 22,000 Belarusian military draftees have left their country because they don’t want to participate in the war in Ukraine. Everyone who has refused service risks several years of prosecution because of their stand against the war. They are hoping for protection in various countries.

Ukraine suspended the right to conscientious objection and closed the border for men between 18 and 60. Over 100,000 men have evaded war involvement in Ukraine and fled abroad. Currently, Ukrainian citizens have temporary residence in the European Union. The #ObjectWarCampaign petition demands that the right to conscientious objection to military service is fully guaranteed in Ukraine.

The petition signatures  are a crucial sign of support for conscientious objectors and deserters. This campaign highlights the importance of opening borders to those who oppose the war at great personal risk in their countries, and calls on everyone around the world to support those who refuse to fight and kill.

Every recruit can be a conscientious objector, every soldier a deserter. Let’s support those who refuse to kill and end war together!

#ObjectWarCampaign
#StandWithObjectors

The launch of the petition has been anticipated by an appeal sent in June 2022, to the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe -supported by 60 organizations from 20 countries – detailing why protection and support for deserters and conscientious objectors on all sides of the Ukrainian war is necessary and moreover that it is a human right. There have already been discussions about this in the European Parliament.

More information:

The appeal to the European institutions can be found here.

Background information can be found here.

Contact and interview requests:

Zaira Zafarana, International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR), zaira.zafarana@ifor.orgwww.ifor.org (English, Italian)

Rudi Friedrich, Connection e.V., +496982375534office@Connection-eV.orgwww.Connection-eV.org (German, English)

Semih Sapmaz, War Resisters’ International (WRI), semih@wri-irg.orgwww.wri-irg.org (English,Turkish)

Sam Biesemans, European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO), +32477268893ebco.brussels@skynet.bewww.ebco-beoc.org (French, Dutch, Italian, English)

Click here to download the official statement.

VFP Member at Solidarity School, August 21

8/21/ 22 International League of Peoples Struggle at Seattle U
A VFP92 member Tabled with WPiVM master leaflet and essay contest leaflet+ the basic layout for school counter-recruiting.
He attended 2 workshops, AM about the campaign against Boeing, PM, IWA (International Womens Alliance) Both were good.
Plenary in morning , then afternoon.
Veterans For Peace can and should work with ILPS as well as with the Campus against US led war group, which is part of ILPS.
Also note: GABRIELA, Students supporting Palestine, BAYAN, Stop the Sweeps! And other orgs are part of ILPS.
ILPS is encouraging organizations to join them. They said that to become part of ILPS a n organization needs to agree with their unity on one of the 20 issues they deal with. ILPS is open to mass organizations, not political parties or individuals.
ILPS can present more info about themselves at an educational at our GMM. I think ASAP would be good. They are be younger, diverse people who are consciously anti-imperialist.

Stay Tuned…

Community News: Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony, September 21–West Seattle

“West Seattle Rotary Club Peacebuiding Committee will be installing and having our next Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday, September 21, at 11:30 am, at C&P Coffee Company on California Ave.  9/21 is United Nations International Day of Peace, so having a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony on this day is very special for us and the owners and staff of C&P Coffee.  Please add this event to your ‘What’s Happening” calendar and join us for this event.”

https://westseattlerotary.org/                        https://candpcoffee.com/

Stand by for Pix…

Seattle Rally for Nuclear Abolition

Join Citizens for the Universal Abolition of Nuclear Weapons at noon on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle for a march to and rally at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building where we will call for the universal abolition of nuclear weapons. This event is organized entirely by volunteers. Click here if you would like to help with this important event!

Our keynote speaker is David Swanson. David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk World Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and U.S. Peace Prize recipient. Longer bio and photos and videos here. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook,

Another speaker is Tom Rogers, who has been a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo since 2004. A retired Navy Captain, he served in various capacities in the US Submarine Force from 1967 to 1998, including command of a nuclear fast attack submarine from 1988 to 1991. Since coming to Ground Zero he has provided a combination of operational experience with nuclear weapons and the willingness to use that expertise as a nuclear weapons abolitionist.
More information about the rally is here.

 

Condemn Raids on African People’s Socialist Party and Uhuru Movement!

by The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC):
We encourage all anti-imperialist, progressive, antiwar, civil liberties organizations, union and community organizers to speak out against the July 29 FBI raids in St Petersburg, FL and St Louis, MO
In a 5 am surprise attack, including flash bang grenades and seizures of files, phones and computers, the FBI sought to terrorize members of the African Peoples Socialist Party for speaking against U.S. war in Ukraine. The FBI indictment of a Russian national makes claims of a “Russian foreign influence” operation. This type of charge has historically been used to silence opposition to U.S. government policies internationally.
We condemn these McCarthyite tactics. This is a racist attack on a well-known Black organization and an effort to criminalize freedom of speech and freedom of association.
We support the constitutional right to speak and organize against U.S. wars and racist injustice. We assert our right to write, speak with and to visit with peoples in countries targeted by U.S. wars and sanctions. This includes movements of exchange and solidarity with Cuba, Palestine, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Iran, Libya, Korea, China, Russia and other countries.
Our most basic rights are threatened by this outrageous act of political repression.
Stop FBI Attacks!
An injury to one is an injury to all!
for more info and to sign this statement:
https://unac.notowar.net/condemn-fbi-raids-on-african-peoples-socialist-party-and-uhuru-movement/

Peace activists to meet the U.S. Navy fleet on Monday, August 1, in Elliott Bay

“Local activists will stage a water-based nonviolent protest against the glorification of weapons of war at the Seattle Seafair festival. Peace activists will meet the U.S. Navy fleet in Elliott Bay. Other peace activists will meet on the newly rebuilt Pier 62 on the Seattle waterfront at the same time for a nonviolent demonstration against weapons of war.
What: Peace activists at Seafair. Peace Fleet! This is the twenty-first year for this demonstration.
When: Monday, August 1, noon, Peace Fleet in Elliott Bay.
Where: In Elliott Bay, near Pier 66. Bell Harbor Marina will be open for kayaks and for mooring vessels. Demonstration on land on Pier 62.

Why would we demonstrate for peace at a Seattle maritime festival? We are here for the unrepresented and forgotten victims of these weapons of war and to call attention to the crimes of our nation. And because the celebration of warships in our harbor helps bring about the normalcy of modern war. The fleet arrival at Seafair is a public relations and recruiting event for the U.S. Navy. Previous years have brought Trident nuclear submarines complete with nuclear warheads and Navy warships used to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles in the first and second Wars on Iraq and the twenty-year War on Afghanistan. The fleet is displayed for five days in downtown Seattle at tremendous cost to taxpayers while crucial social services in education, health care, housing, and transportation are impaired for lack of funds.”
https://www.gzcenter.org/event/peace-fleet-meets-the-u-s-navy-fleet-on-monday-august-1-in-elliott-bay/

From Hiroshima To Hope Every August 6th

“76th Anniversary Remembrance”
“From Hiroshima to Hope is planning to once again hold our annual commemoration of the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Green Lake in Seattle on August 6, 2021. We are carefully monitoring COVID safety protocols to ensure the safety of event performers and participants. Our lineup of performers for our multicultural arts-based event is shaping up to be one of our best ever. Get ready for dynamic presentations from poets, musicians, and other performers. We are especially looking forward to a return of our lantern-floating ceremony.”
https://fromhiroshimatohope.org/76th-anniversary-remembrance/ 

event details: https://fromhiroshimatohope.org/event-2/

Veterans For Peace Seattle will have a table at the event