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
Next Chapter Meeting
The next VFP Chapter 93 meeting will be Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 10am. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held by teleconference only using Zoom (https://zoom.us). To participate, at 10am, September 18th, if your computer has a microphone and video, go to the Zoom meeting link at...
https://zoom.us/j/91494136992?pwd=d1JHcVZaYldPVjl1bnc3YUU3NkJKQT09. 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). Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 93 event, be they veteran or not. For a meeting agenda, it is the first item in the Chapter’s September newsletter when published (see below).
Current Chapter Newsletter
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.
PLEASE NOTE: The concert this year will be LIVE at The Ark, but proof of vaccination is required for all patrons, artists, crew, staff, and volunteers effective August 23, 2021. A COVID test cannot be used instead of vaccination. Patrons will be asked to show their proof of vaccination and a photo ID when they enter the club. Also, masks are currently required for all Ark patrons, staff, volunteers, artists (when not on stage) and crew. Patrons may lower masks briefly when eating or drinking in the listening room but should otherwise remain masked. For more Ark COVID precautions, visit https://theark.org/covid-19-faq.
September is Suicide Prevention Month: Learn How To Be There For Veterans In Crisis
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Veterans Crisis Line:
Call and press 1: 1-800-273-8255
Text Message: 838255
Chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat
VA support for deaf and hard of hearing – click here
Reach out and stay connected to the Veteran in your life. Be There. For a Veteran facing hard times, your support can provide hope when it’s needed most—and you already have what it takes to show you care. Take a few minutes to check in today. Here are some ideas to help you get started with a call, text, or email…
Talking on the phone with your Veteran loved ones can strengthen your connection. Calling to just catch up is important—especially during this unpredictable time.
Not only does an open and honest conversation help people feel less alone, but it also can give you a window into their experiences.
If you’re worried about someone, you might need to have a more serious conversation.
Remind them you are there for them, even if physically apart. It’s easier to feel isolated these days—so reaching out is more important than ever.
Validate their experience. Listen more than you speak—don’t dominate the conversation. Even if you can’t relate to what they are going through, you can tell them you understand that they went through something difficult and show them you respect their feelings about it.
Let them decide how much information to share. Supportive and encouraging comments, rather than invasive personal questions, will create a space for open communication and avoid putting them on the defensive.
If you’re concerned, it’s okay to ask directly if they are thinking about suicide. Asking questions about thoughts of suicide does not increase a person’s suicide risk, and the answers can help you determine the next steps to take.
Resources – (click links below to open in new tab)
Suicide – Make the Connection - www.maketheconnection.net/conditions/suicide
VA’s Suicide Prevention Site - www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp
Veterans Self-Check Quiz - www.vetselfcheck.org/disclaimer.cfm
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.
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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