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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…”

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

Download and distribute the Event-Flyer

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)

 

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

Veterans For Peace Statement on Roe Vs. Wade

June 30, 2022
“Veterans For Peace (VFP) was organized by military veterans and allies to bring an end to all war and the oppressive systems that enable it. VFP believes that everyone has the absolute right to control their bodies, including reproductive functions, and have access to adequate healthcare. The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade constitutes a war on rights of bodily autonomy and self-determination, and as such, VFP has a responsibility to fight against it.

Present and historical discourse centers the overturning of Roe v. Wade as a women’s-only issue and within the gender binary. VFP recognizes the rights guaranteed under Roe v. Wade had a wider impact on the bodily autonomy of all gender identities and the present ruling is part of a larger push to reassert heteropatriarchal control over the population. This cannot be tolerated. This and other recent Supreme Court decisions are an exertion of white supremacist, patriarchal, and theological power and control and not about the preservation of life.

The Supreme Court’s decision, in siding with white-supremacy, will most negatively affect the same populations who have been most impacted by previously existing restrictions on reproductive healthcare: people of color, who have the highest childbirth mortality rates in the United States, youth (particularly trans and non-binary), indigenous populations, and those in poverty…”

https://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2022/06/30/veterans-peace-statement-roe-vs-wade

VFP 92 Radio Show: Russia and Ukraine – Call for Peace to End the War

Listen to “Russia and Ukraine – Call for Peace to End the War” on Spreaker.
We talk to Gerry Condon and Marjorie Cohn about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the danger of nuclear war. Gerry is a former president of the international Veterans For Peace and a local VFP 92 chapter member. He is also a Vietnam-era veteran and conscious objector to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Marjorie is a VFP advisory board member. She is a law professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. We referred to the Veterans For Peace Nuclear Posture Review and the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (WANW) Coalition during our conversation. 

RELEASE: Veterans Warn Against “No Fly Zone” in Ukraine

March 17, 2022
VETERANS WARN AGAINST “NO-FLY ZONE” IN UKRAINE

“Veterans of several U.S. wars are urging President Biden to hold fast against growing political pressure to implement a “no-fly zone.”

A No Fly Zone is an area established by a military power over which opposing aircraft are not permitted. No Fly Zones are enforced by military interception of aircraft and missiles using deadly force, and sometimes include preemptive strikes to prevent potential violations. In other words, a country that declares a no-fly zone must then be ready to enforce the protected space, putting the U.S. in direct military conflict with Russia, escalating war between two nuclear powers.

No-fly zones have only been utilized three times in history — in parts of Iraq, following the 1991 Gulf War; in Bosnia in 1992; and Libya in 2011. Those crises were situations in which the U.S. and NATO used their superior air power to stymie the air defenses of the countries they were attacking.

The U.S. and NATO have so far resisted imposing a no-fly zone in Ukraine out of concerns that it would draw them into an armed showdown with Russia, and possibly even a nuclear war. A no-fly zone would almost certainly result in U.S. and allied aircraft directly engaging Russian aircraft — something that NATO leaders strenuously tried to avoid during all four decades of the Cold War”….

https://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2022/03/17/release-veterans-warn-against-no-fly-zone-ukraine

Veterans For Peace Encourages Diplomacy Not War

February 24, 2022
“Veterans For Peace condemns the invasion of Ukraine. Our mission remains the same. We are committed to a sustainable and just peace. As veterans we know increased violence only fuels extremism. We have watched, and in some cases been firsthand witnesses to how the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, etc. have had their countries and lives destroyed by U.S. and Russian military involvement.
The only sane course of action now is a commitment to genuine diplomacy with serious negotiations – without which, conflict could easily spiral out of control to the point of further pushing the world toward nuclear war. Genuine diplomacy is a commitment to compromise and maintaining open lines of communication.
We reject punitive sanctions that harshen the lives of people across the region”….
https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/diplomacy-not-war-peace-ukraine

VFP Seattle Radio Show: Unfreeze Afghanistan – Masuda Sultan & Dr. Cheryl Benard

Listen to “Unfreeze Afghanistan – Masuda Sultan & Dr. Cheryl Benard” on Spreaker.In this episode, we talk to Dr. Cheryl Benard and Masuda Sultan, two organizers from Unfreeze Afghanistan. We discuss the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Instead of unblocking access to frozen Afghan assets so that the people of Afghanistan can help themselves, the Biden Administration plans to distribute half the funds in a humanitarian relief effort. He plans to use the other half to compensate Sep 11 Families for their tragic loss.

Masuda is an Afghan American who has spent many years in Afghanistan helping to build Afghan civil society. Dr. Benard was a senior analyst and program director in the National Security Research Division of the RAND Corporation and is the author of several books about Afghanistan and post-conflict societal reconstruction.

VFP Seattle Radio Show: Jan 6th Insurrection and the Ukraine Russia Crisis

Listen to "Jan 6th Insurrection and the Ukraine Russia Crisis" on Spreaker. Co-hosts, Vietnam War veteran Mike Dedrick and Gulf War veteran Michael T. McPhearson

Jan 6th Insurrection and the Ukraine Russia Crisis: In this episode, we talk to Iraq War veteran Kelly Wadsworth and Vietnam War veteran Randy Roland about their thoughts on veterans’ involvement in the Jan 6th resurrection in the U.S Capitol. We also talked about the U.S. role in the Russia and Ukraine crisis.

 

No More Ukraine War

From United For Peace and Justice:

“The Ukraine crisis intensifies, with no clear path to resolution. An endless fog of propaganda makes understanding difficult, but a few things are clear. The governments of the United States and its allies bear responsibility for refusing to include the post-Soviet Russian government in a security system that would allow it to feel secure within its borders. Further introduction of more weapons and forces, overt or covert, into Ukraine and its disputed regions by any party only increases the likelihood of a war that careens out of control. The United Nations Charter prohibits “the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state…” World Beyond War and Code Pink offer petitions calling for a step back from the brink.”

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/no-war-in-ukraine/                                                         https://www.codepink.org/ukraine_nato/