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
Note: If you attended one of the Veterans For Peace Martin Luther King Day programs, for references related to the talks, and links to more on MLK and war/militarism, visit www.vfp93.org/mlk-war
The next VFP Chapter 93 meeting will be Saturday, February 20th, 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, February 20th, 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 February 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 Chapter 93 Giving Online Presentation At Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan & The Ann Arbor Public Library To Commemorate Martin Luther King Day In January
With the COVID-19 pandemic still having a grip on Michigan, this year’s area Martin Luther King Day activities will be conducted online. In 2021, VFP Chapter 93 will concentrate on the rise of militarism in the United States, and specifically the increase of military tactics and equipment into local police departments with a talk theme of “MLK and Militarism: Beyond Militarism; Where Do We Go From Here”. The Zoom online presentations are as follows…
Eastern Michigan University – Sunday, January 17th at 3pm (to 3:45pm – Live talk) – Pre-registration needed at http://bit.ly/MLK-EMU-VFP. Once on the EMU Symposium Platform, go to “Live Sessions” and scroll down to “Concurrent Session 2: MLK and Militarism: Beyond Militarism; Where Do We Go From Here?” and click on the Zoom link at https://emich.zoom.us/j/82242512601?pwd=cDZ4dXFLSFBzWlErc3FkOUk3R0JPQT09. For more information about all of the EMU MLK Day activities visit www.emich.edu/mlk/schedule/index.php.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor – Monday, January 18th at 2:00pm (to 4pm – Live talk) – Link to Remote Event: https://umich.zoom.us/j/97810634734 - For more information on all University of Michigan MLK Day events visit https://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/
Ann Arbor District Library – Monday, January 18th 5:00pm to 5:30pm (pre-recorded talk) at https://aadl.org/node/575155.
The violence that broke out on January 6th in the U.S. Capitol by people who seek to halt the certification of the 2020 election results was both unsurprising given U.S. history and was also shocking to witness. The events highlight the reality that Trump, members of his administration and the silent GOP Senate have used their positions to foment hatred, racism, and sexism, to garner support for their own agenda. However, as we all know, the problem is not Trump but a deeply entrenched and longstanding system of white supremacy.
As military veterans who know the true costs and causes of war, members of Veterans For Peace reject state violence and state-sanctioned violence. We have had to watch dishearteningly as fellow Americans invoke violence against others. These actions follow a long history of white supremacist actions in this country against indigenous, Black and Brown peoples. Furthermore, many of the people who fill the ranks of these mobs are (often white) military veterans.
As veterans ourselves, we have seen how white supremacy and violence are perpetuated in the U.S. military. The U.S. military continues to be an active recruitment tool for violent extremism and hate groups. This culture of toxicity, often fully embraced and/or condoned by military leadership continues to be a pipeline to violent right wingers, border patrol and police. We know that this pathway to violence must stop.
VFP supports peace abroad and peace at home. We support true peace which begins with defending racial and social justice by challenging systematic violence. We stand in strong opposition to the increasing trend of hate groups and political action groups that exaggerate the myths of the so-called "American" identity into moralizing political violence.
Veterans For Peace encourages our members to remain vigilant and united. It is our belief that positive change comes through nonviolent organizing, direct action, education, mobilization, and having a firm vision and commitment to help make a better tomorrow. We must continue creating a community that stands in stark opposition to the U.S. military and organize our fellow veteran community to unlearn dangerous ideology and break the conduit of violence. We can help deflect rightful discontent created by the neglect and betrayal of our institutions to constructive organizing. Let's help create a community that is an alternative to bigoted violence and pursue an egalitarian solution to our common root problems.
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.
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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