Veterans For Peace Chapter 93, located in south central Michigan, is named in honor of two legendary peace activists, Utah Phillips and J. David Singer. Veterans For Peace Seeks to increasing public awareness of the costs of war, restrain our government from intervening in the affairs of other nations, reduce the arms race as well as eliminating nuclear weapons, and to abolish war as an instrument of international policy.
Current Chapter News & Events
Veterans For Peace Chapter 93 Meeting – Thursday, July 15th, 2pm At The Art Fair (With Zoom option)
The next VFP Chapter 93 meeting is an abbreviated meeting that will be held at the Veterans For Peace information booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. The booth is on Liberty Street, between Division Street and 5th Avenue with a Google map link of https://goo.gl/maps/W5MXzhMaPBjSVsym7.
To participate via Zoom, if your computer has a microphone and video, go to the Zoom meeting link at https://zoom.us/j/92641908470?pwd=M0hFU3ZlQS8vdHVDUCs2LzcrN09Zdz09. No computer access? Call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID of 926 4190 8470 to join the meeting via phone (use passcode of 087617 if requested). The meeting agenda will be in the July 2021 newsletter, once published (see below). Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 93 event, be they veteran or not.
Current Chapter Newsletter
VFP Chapter 93 At Ann Arbor Art Fair – Volunteers Needed!
VFP Chapter 93 will again have its annual booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair on Thursday, July 15 (10AM – 9PM), Friday, July 16 (10AM – 9PM), and Saturday, July 17 (10AM – 7PM). The display will be on Liberty Street between Division and 5th (Google map link at https://goo.gl/maps/35Fm9rk7Zeb5D4mWA). Stop by and say hello. We will also have tickets for sale for our annual John Lennon Birthday Concert fundraiser on October 7th ($20). Volunteers are needed to staff the information table, even if you can help for an hour or two, and it would be VERY much appreciated! If you can help out, please contact Bob Krzewinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-218-3307.
Annual VFP John Lennon Concert Fundraiser Tickets Now Available
Tickets are available now for the annual VFP John Lennon Birthday benefit concert - Thursday, October 7th, 2021. This is the annual fundraiser at The Ark in Ann Arbor for the Chapter's Peace Scholarship Program and will be emceed by Chris Buhalis. All artists will be performing works of John Lennon on his October birthday, as well as other peace-themed songs. Concert starts at 7:30pm. Tickets $20 at https://theark.org/shows-events/2021/oct/07/veterans-peace-john-lennon-birthday-concert. More details at www.vfp93.org/john-lennon-concert.
Veterans For Peace Climate Crisis and The War Machine Music Contest!
Veterans For Peace is asking artists to write songs and create music videos around the theme of “Climate Crisis and The War Machine.”
The “Climate Crisis and The War Machine Music Video Contest” is about making the links that break the chains of big oil. The US military is the largest consumer of fossil fuels and the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s time to challenge the status quo and free people from the illusion that war keeps us safe.
These videos will be featured not only as a part of the Veterans For Peace National Convention, but on our social media, website, and our Gamers For Peace Twitch Channel. We will choose a first prize and runner up in each of the following five categories: Hip-hop, Pop, Country/R&B, Folk/Spoken Word, and Rock. The music video can take many forms, anywhere from a live performance recorded on your phone, to a fully produced, multi-camera music video. All levels of experience are welcome! First prizes get $1000 each and runners up get $500 each. In addition, each of the 10 winners chosen will perform at a concert for The Veterans For Peace National Convention on Aug 14, 2021. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021 at at 11:59:59 (CST) and there is a $20 application fee.
Official contest rules are at https://www.veteransforpeace.org/files/5516/2265/4051/Contest_Rules.pdf and the entry form at https://veteransforpeace.salsalabs.org/climatecontestregistration.
VFP John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert Now On CD
In April 2020, our Veterans For Peace Chapter released a compact disc (CD) recording of the musical artists performing at our October John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concerts over the years for our Chapter’s Peace Scholarship program. And like the Concert, a purchase of the CD also goes to benefit the Peace Scholarship program.
The John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert CD can be purchased for $15, plus $3 for shipping, by PayPal (click on the yellow "Buy Now" button below to pay by PayPal or credit card). To purchase by check, mail $18 (payable to Veterans For Peace) to the Chapter Treasurer - Mike Muha, 13177 Trinkle Road, Chelsea, MI 48118.
Selections on the John Lennon CD include Revolution (Chris Buhalis, Peter “Madcat” Ruth), Maggie Mae (Dave Boutette, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, Dave Keeney), You’ve Go To Hide Your Love Away (Annie & Rod Capps, Jason Dennie), Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Billy King with Emily Slomovits and band), In My Life (Emily Slomvits with Billy King), Dear Prudence (Jo Serrapere), Across The Universe (Jen Sygit), Rest Easy Little Darlin (John Latini), Crippled Inside (Dave Keeney, Sophia Hanfi), Working Class Hero (Rochelle Clark), Come Together (Shari Kane and Dave Steele) and Imagine (Billy King).
A sincere thank you goes to CD Executive Director Diane Zahn, Fred Ellert, Curt Hamilton, Dave Roof, Annie Capps and Cathy Muha for their work on the CD as well as all the performers who donated their time and talent. And a huge thank you Chris Buhalis, who makes these concert fundraisers happen. It should also be noted that the licensing fees and royalties have been paid for the CD production.
Vietnam War - Full Disclosure
The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Vietnam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. The Full Disclosure web site - www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org - has sections on the Vietnam War Chronology, Educational Resources, Advocacy and more.
Apply For A Peace Scholarship Application
Scholarship applications for the Chapter's Peace Scholarship Program can be obtained by clicking here.
Ideas For Non-Violent Action
In these difficult times, these 198 methods of nonviolent action have all been used in historical instances of nonviolent struggle - http://www.mapm.org/documents/198_nonviolent_methods_2007.pdf
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