Veterans For Peace Chapter 93, located in the south-central Michigan area (Washtenaw , Livingston, Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Jackson Counties), is named in honor of two legendary peace activists, Utah Phillips and J. David Singer.
Utah Phillips was not only a veteran, but a longtime peace activist, labor supporter and musical troubadour who appeared numerous times at The Ark in Ann Arbor. For more on Utah, click here. Veterans For Peace Chapter 93 is also named in honor of J. David Singer, a legendary local scholar who dedicated a large part of his life in confronting the "why" behind war. For more on David's phenomenal life, click here.
Veterans For Peace itself 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.
Meetings & Events
Next Veterans For Peace Chapter 93 Meeting – Thursday, November 16th, 7:00pm
The next VFP Chapter 93 meeting will be held online only, Thursday, November 16th at 7pm. If you would like to participate in the meeting online and your computer has a microphone and video, go to the Zoom meeting link of https://zoom.us/j/95022299743 No computer access or computer problems? Dial 312-626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID of 950 2229 9743 if prompted. The meeting agenda is the first item in the November newsletter. Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 93 event, be they veteran or not.
November 2023 VFP Chapter 93 Newsletter
Arlington Michigan Display For Veterans/Armistice Day In Ann Arbor - Saturday, November 11th
Saturday, November 11th, 11am until dusk, Veterans Park, Maple and Jackson Roads, Ann Arbor. Veterans/Armistice Day memorial display of one marker for every Michigan soldier lost in the Iraq and Afghan wars (230 markers). The purpose of this display is to honor those who have fallen, to provide a place to grieve, and to educate the public about the costs of war, as well as the needs of those returning from conflicts. Peace ceremony at 11am.
The display is at the far southwest corner of Veterans Park with parking at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena parking lot (2150 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103). Sponsored by Veterans For Peace Chapter 93. Free. Details: www.vfp93.org, or call (734) 487-9058. If you would like to help set up the display, please show at Veterans Park at 10am. For more on Veterans/Armistice Day visit www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/armistice-day. For the history of Veterans/Armistice Day visit www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.
Veterans For Peace Statement on Gaza
On October 12, Veterans For Peace issued this statement about the conflict between Hamas and Israel, in which we condemned the horrific violence on both sides, particularly the killing of civilians. We added our voice to the many calls for a ceasefire and negotiations toward a political solution because there is no military one.
Since then, conditions have worsened – terribly. If a ceasefire isn’t declared, the killing and wounding in Gaza will increase dramatically, given announced plans to intensify bombing and conduct what is likely to be a months-long ground invasion.
VFP urges our members and supporters as emphatically as we can: Take action NOW – no matter how large or small – but do it now. We must do everything we can to prevent even greater disaster! Join in a local protest or organize one yourself. Certainly picket, and think seriously about occupying local offices of Members of Congress who do not support HR 786 for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid. Tell your friends what’s happening. Write a letter to the editor. But do it now!