2023-01-21 VFP92 General Membership Meeting – Minutes
VETERANS FOR PEACE
Seattle, Chapter 92 – January 21, 2023
GENERAL MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
James, Keith, Pete, Dan, Allen, Will, Jim, Percy
Victor from Resist US Led Wars
Carly from Resist US Led Wars
Dan: Point of Order. Resist US Led War reps go first? Yes.
Carly and Victor from Resist US Led War
- Invitation to sign the Resist US Led War network to be members. Linked in the agenda.
- Conversations about joint event with resist in February or March.
- Considering February 15th, maybe later.
- Raise awareness of impacts of war. Pollution
- Considering event at the Boeing location near Duwamish River
Ask: Sign on as organization, and individuals.
|Add to vote on the manifesto Board meeting agenda
|Vote on endorsing manifesto
Idea to do a joint action through the Climate and War action.
|Carly to take the lead on organizing VFP and Resist to plan the action
|Invite Pete Schoonmaker (lead for VFP92, Stephanie A., James Williams, Jim Nau, plus Resist people
|MLK Day March
Will reported on parade; needed more
Banner worked well up high.
Made the Seattle Times photos: https://images.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/01162023_MLK_1719422.jpg?d=1020×680
Could use another hand(s) to carry it.
President’s Report–James W
Vice President-Mike D
January 1, 2023 Treasurers Report brief:
Beginning December balance: $6,329.93.
Ending balance 12/31 $6,110.02
|Order book 1 copy of the Peoples History of the United States from UW, deliver to Charles or have him pick it up at the book store.
Board of Directors-Allen, Marty, Will
Dan: Peace walk in Index, WA.
Around 80 people. Kem spoke about war and peace coming from MLK.
Was it recorded? Not sure.
Action Team reports:
Truth in Recruiting—Pete,Marty, Steph
Pete: Navy came to Cleveland HS last week.
Air Force is at Cleveland on 1/25.
Not know if they will come to Franklin, Chief Sealth.
Have to check with West Seattle and Garfield.
Dan contacting Northern schools about their schedule.
Coming in March: career fair
Seattle Anti-war coalition
Dan: stopped the downtown Tuesday rallies
Re-tooling purpose and events.
March 13-15 planning Medea Benjamin tour.
At UW on March 14th.
Bellingham, PT, and other places are interested.
|Dan proposing co-sponsoring the Medea Benjamin tour for flight, travel.
|All ayes, no nays.
Washington Against Nuclear Weapons – James
Changed meeting to 2nd Thursday at 5:30.
Pete: working to updates website.
Looking to collect video and media from the Vietnam exhibit.
Jim volunteer to help.
Peace Trees Viet Nam – Kem
Dan: Citizen Diplomacy trips are happening.
Successful fund-raiser in October
Military Sexual Trauma- Allen
No report this time.
Madea Benjamin book tour in Seattle in March: codepink.org/ukrainebooktour – ?
Waging Peace in Vietnam – James – The essay winner was given his $500 check and is being sent a copy of a book.
Howard Zinn’s book: A People’s History of the United States
|Proposal to change our GMM to 2nd Saturday of each month and start earlier, such as 9:00am
|All ayes, no nay. Approved.
Next meeting 2/11 at 9 am.
James send out additional emails
Pete to add website meeting
|Steph elected to VFP National
|Action with Resist US Led Wars – Seattle
|Ray McGovern in town, will speak at Ground Zero in Poulsbo on the 29th.
|James to send Ray McGovern Ground Zero announcement to the VFP Announce list
Bainbridge Island Ferry
|Suggestion to speak out against SEAFair air”show”.
At regional VFP meeting in October, California chapter active in speaking out against Miramar show.
|San Diego chapter. Monday VFP regional meeting.
Will to ask details from San Diego at the regional meeting.
Will to devise brief outline for “De-materialize SEAFair” new campaign, to put on the 2/2 board agenda, add to 2/11 agenda.
|James, Jim, and Will may test in-person at El Centro at 2/11 GMM
IMPORTANT DATES AHEAD:
|1/23, 7 pm Sunday
|VFP Pacific Regional Meeting
|WA, OR, CA, AK, HI independent members at large and chapters can attend
To Join the Regional Meeting at 7 pm on 1/23
|2/11, 9 am
|VFP92 General Membership Meeting for February
|New day and time!
Planning in-person and online.