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
The next VFP Chapter 93 meeting will be Saturday, May 15th, 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, May 15th if your computer has a microphone and video, go to the Zoom meeting link at https://zoom.us/j/96774053939. No computer access? Call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID of 967 7405 3939 to join the meeting via phone. The meeting agenda will be in the May 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 Arlington Michigan Display In Downtown Detroit On Memorial Day
Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 and 93 have again joined forces to set up the Veterans For Peace Arlington Michigan display (one cross for every Michigan soldier killed in the Afghan and Iraq wars) in downtown Detroit on Memorial Day. The display will be held on Monday, May 31st, 11am to 5pm, in downtown Detroit’s Grand Circus Park (Woodward at East Adams – map link at https://goo.gl/maps/MjhWcB4ospmmwwFu6).
Add Your Name To The Petition Asking Climate Envoy John Kerry To Include Militarism In Climate Talks
On April 14th senior advisors to John Kerry, US special climate envoy, met with a group from Veterans For Peace that included VFP Chapter 74 member Jim Rine (https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/climatecrisis ). In the meeting, the group discussed the open letter (www.veteransforpeace.org/files/8716/1841/8353/Final-VFPLettertoEnvoyKerry.pdf) to Kerry, urging him to include US militarism in future climate negotiations. Some cosigning organizations are 350.org, CODEPINK, American Friends Service Committee. Some notable cosigning individuals are Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Dahr Jamail, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Wenona LaDuke.
Some facts on climate militarism:
· US military has the largest carbon footprint of any organization in the world.
· US pressured that the 1997 Kyoto Protocol not include military emissions (for any country) and then pulled out.
· Emissions from 800 US foreign bases are counted as being from the “host” countries and not the USA.
· U.S. military emissions equal those of Sweden, Denmark, or Portugal.
Add your name to open letter now: http://bit.ly/VFPKerryPetition
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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