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 is scheduled for Saturday, December 21st at 10am. Meetings are at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, just south of Ann Arbor and not far from I-94. The meeting site offers free parking. For directions to the meeting location, go to http://www.uuaa.org/directions-and-transportation. Everyone welcome, veteran or not!
Current Chapter Newsletter
VFP Chapter 93 Giving Presentation At Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan & The Main Ann Arbor Public Library To Commemorate Martin Luther King Day On January 20th
Our VFP Chapter will be giving a set of workshop talks at Martin Luther King Day celebrations on Monday, January 20th. The theme of the VFP presentations will be “What They Didn’t Want Martin To Talk About: War & Militarism.” The presentations will be at the following locations and times on January 20th, 2020…
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor – January 20th at 2:00pm - Wolverine Room - Michigan League - 911 North University Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (map at https://goo.gl/maps/QigUMSE1KoC2). Further details at http://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/events/ (scroll down to 1/20/2020 events that start at 2pm and look for “What They Didn’t Want Martin…”)
Ann Arbor Public Library – January 20 at 7:00pm - Main Library - 343 South Fifth Avenue (map at https://goo.gl/maps/q8CAyErdfbJovPLf8) – Fourth Floor Meeting Room. Details at https://aadl.org/node/393654.
Before Dr. King’s tragic death in 1968, he was speaking out more and more against war even though many criticized him for doing so. Even today, on Martin Luther King Day, it is quite uncommon for any mention of his thoughts on war as such teachings still make people uncomfortable. In some respects, the legacy of Martin Luther King Day has become that of “safe” and non-controversial events and speeches. Rarely these days is anything ever said about Dr. King’s thoughts on how “the giant triplets” threatening the human race include not only racism and poverty, but also war, and how these triplets are all interrelated. As often seen in wars, the "other side" is labeled "not like us" (racism) and countries boost military spending yet cut social programs (poverty).
In 1967, when Dr. King gave his famous speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” he observed how unpopular speaking against militarism was. He said that people asked him, “Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent? Peace and civil rights don't mix....” How true his observation remains today, in that to speak out against military solutions is once again called unpatriotic.
With that said, the Veterans For Peace talk "What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About" concentrates on his speeches and teachings relating to war and militarism, showing them as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago. All events are open to the public. For more on Martin Luther King, war and militarism, click here.
VFP Chapter 93 - 2019 John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert For Peace Scholarships Report
Now in its 12th year, the annual VFP Chapter 93 John Lennon Birthday concert to raise funds for the Chapter’s Peace Scholarship fund was a real success. This year’s concert brought in $4,220 net profit (ticket and merchandise sales), the biggest amount ever raised. Also, attendance was great filling up most of The Ark.
Of course none of this would have been possible without the organizational skill of Chris Buhalis along with all the musical artists who donated their time and talent as well as The Ark staff and volunteers, those who publicized the event (The Ark, Ann Arbor Observer, WCBN, Current and others), our VFP volunteers and most importantly, our audience who attended.
We again would like to thank our musical artists who made this event what it was and urge you to support them throughout the year by attending their performances and purchasing their recordings. Those artists are…
Chris Buhalis - www.chrisbuhalis.com
Laith Al-Saadi - https://laithalsaadi.com
Judy Banker - www.judybanker.com
Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis - www.daveboutette.net/dave-boutette-kristi-lynn-davis
Kevin Brown - www.corndaddy.com
Annie & Rod Capps - http://maynardmusic.com
Rochelle Clark - www.facebook.com/thepottersfield
FUBAR - www.facebook.com/a2fubar
Shari Kane & Dave Steele - www.sharianddave.com
Billy King - www.reverbnation.com/billykingdom
John Latini - www.johnlatini.com
Midwest Territory Band - www.bigskyrecording.com/home/midwest-territory-band
Michael O’Connor - www.mocmusic.com
Jo Serrapere - https://joserrapere.com
Dick Siegel - www.dicksiegel.com
Michael Smith - www.cadillaccowboys.com
Rollie Tussing - https://rollietussing.com
The Parallels Between 2019 And The Iraq & Vietnam War
The Trump administration, anxious to bolster it’s approval ratings, is now bringing up the possibility of war with Iran, or Venezuela, two countries that also have large oil reserves. Haven’t we heard this before, and will we learn from history?
Iraq War parallels to 2019 - https://youtu.be/2bB2Ibp35os
Vietnam War parallels to 2019 - https://lobelog.com/lessons-from-the-gulf-of-tonkin-incident
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
"Peace Is Our Profession"
If you are a veteran, or know a veteran that needs help....