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/91494136992?pwd=d1JHcVZaYldPVjl1bnc3YUU3NkJKQT09. No computer access? Call 312-62-6799 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
Veterans For Peace & Earth Day
For a number of years, Veterans For Peace Chapter 93 has had a “The Environment & War” display at the annual Ann Arbor Earth Day celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Ann Arbor Earth Day event was cancelled for not only 2020, but for this year also (we hope to return for a true public Earth Day in 2022).
While local Earth Day events are cancelled, we urge everyone to visit the Veterans For Peace “Take Action For Earth Day” web page at www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/earth-day to commemorate Earth Day (April 22nd) where it is noted that… “For centuries, war has not only involved the annihilation of human life, but also environmental destruction, in the forms of both 'collateral damage' and deliberate damage to environments. Modern day warfare and technological advances have increased the ecological disturbances associated with war, both in the manufacturing and development of weapons.”
Also, please visit the www.earthday.org web page whose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earthday.Org is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
Veterans For Peace itself has many ongoing projects and campaigns to educate the public on the environmental costs of war. In 2003, Veterans For Peace endorsed the Earth Charter and became an affiliate of the Earth Charter Initiative in 2010. The Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign exists to pressure the U.S. government to honor its moral and legal responsibility to provide assistance to all Agent Orange victims and to mitigate the environmental damage in Vietnam. Through the Golden Rule Peace Boat Project, VFP educates and builds resistance against nuclear weapons. Also, the national VFP Climate Crisis & Militarism Working Group has been very, very active educating the public about climate change.
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
Earth Day Online Webinar: Linking Militarism & Climate Chaos
Tuesday, April 20, 8:00pm EDT
Free event but to receive the Zoom link please register at www.codepink.org/04202021
Featuring special guest co-hosts Maryam Guerrab and Miguel Flores of the CODEPINK Peace Collective. Featured speakers include Natalia Cardona, associate director for justice and equity at 350.org, will discuss the imperative of demilitarizing the response to the climate crisis.
Garett Reppenhagen, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, will talk about the group’s new climate crisis/militarism working group and its emphasis on the Pentagon as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
As we approach Earth Day, let us reframe the climate discussion to encourage our progressive allies, as well as President Biden and world leaders attending the Biden climate summit, to put militarism on the climate agenda. It is time military carbon emissions were included in all climate data. Join us as we ask our Congress members to be good stewards of the environment by publicly opposing Biden’s $753 billion military budget.
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).
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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