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, December 19th at 10am. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be held by teleconference only using Zoom (https://zoom.us). To participate, at 10am, December 19th, if your computer has a microphone and video, go to the Zoom meeting link at https://zoom.us/j/96774053939. No computer access? Call 312-62-6799 and enter the meeting ID of 967 7405 3939 to join the meeting via phone. The meeting agenda will be in the December 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 John Lennon (Belated) Birthday Online Concert – The Ark Family Room Series
A belated annual John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert was held online on Veterans Day (November 11th) to benefit the VFP Chapter 93 Peace Scholarship Fund and The Ark. While the concert was free to watch online, donations were gladly accepted and to that extent, nearly $1700 was raised for the Peace Scholarship Fund alone!
Musical artists performing at the concert were Laith Al Saddi, Judy Banker, Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis, Annie & Rod Capps, Rochelle Clark with Jason Dennie, Rachael Davis, Dave Keeney & Sophia Hanifi, Billy King, Dick Siegel, San & Emily Slomovits, Jen Sygit and emcee Chris Buhalis. A big thank you goes out to all the artists that performed with a special thank you to Annie Capps and Chris Buhalis for lining up the talent and taking care of all the details to make the concert happen. We aldo urge you to support the musical artists throughout the year by attending their performances and purchasing their recordings (their individual web pages can be found in the listing for the 2020 John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert found at www.vfp93.org/john-lennon-concert).
If you missed the concert, you can still view it at The Ark’s web page by visiting https://fb.watch/1_pryLz-_K/ (the concert is 1 hour and 15 minutes with dialogue in the beginning at the 1 minute 20 second point.
PS - The John Lennon concert has been the major fundraiser for the VFP Chapter 93 Peace Scholarship Fund which grants funds to Michigan students enrolled in peace studies or conflict resolution programs (such as those at both Wayne State University and Michigan State University). Any and all contributions to the VFP Chapter 93 Peace Scholarship Fund are especially welcome now and entirely tax deductible. To make a donation visit www.vfp93.org/peace-scholarship-donations
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.
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.
Support Local Musicians That Support Veterans For Peace!
A number of local musical artists volunteered their time on November 11th to support the annual John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert which raises funds for the Veterans For Peace Chapter 93 Peace Scholarship Fund. Please consider attending their online concerts and financially supporting them through a donation.
These local musical artists supporting Veterans For Peace are scheduled for the following upcoming concerts…
Gemini - Ark Family Room Series (San & Emily Slomovits sang at the VFP concert)
At Facebook LIVE - https://theark.org/ark-family-room-series
Sunday, November 29
1:00 pm, Free! Donations Welcome
Chris Buhalis- LIVE from The Ark! - Ark Family Room Series (without Chris, there would not be any VFP benefit concerts!)
At Facebook LIVE – https://theark.org/ark-family-room-series
Saturday, December 5th
8:00 pm, FREE! Donations accepted.
Laith Al-Saadi LIVE from The Ark! - Ark Family Room Series
At Facebook LIVE - https://theark.org/ark-family-room-series
Friday, December 11th
8:00 pm, Free! Donations Welcome
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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