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 January 2021 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, March 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, March 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 March 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 Martin Luther King Day Talks Online
While it was different to not give talks to a live audience, our Chapter still gave presentations to audiences from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), the University of Michigan (UM) and the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) with the 2021 theme of “Beyond Militarism; Where Do We Go From Here”. For the longer (40 minute) EMU presentation visit https://youtu.be/8dctbkJEUWk. For a shorter (24 minutes) presentation, visit the AADL talk at https://aadl.org/node/575155.
The Detroit Winter Soldier Investigation: 50 Years Later
(From the national VFP web page…) Like this year, February 1st, 1971 was a Monday, but unlike this year it was the 2nd of 3 days of the Winter Soldier Investigation (WSI) in Detroit, organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Over 100 veterans testified. The panelists spoke of atrocities they had seen or carried out. WSI got very little press at the time, but it did get some attention from anti-war members of Congress.
The My Lai massacre had occurred in March 1968, and became public knowledge in November 1969. Supporters of the war were claiming that My Lai was an isolated incident, but WSI put the lie to that. The testimony was both a revelation of damning information about a brutal war, and an important expression of the anti-war veterans’ movement. Both the information and the movement played important roles in getting the US out of Viet Nam.
WSI was unprecedented in two ways: 1) the participants in war crimes were among those exposing them – for the purpose of stopping such crimes; and 2) the panel members were not generals, politicians, bureaucrats or academics, but rather rank and file soldiers. Fifty years later, we are reeling from the violent insurrection at the Capitol and the fallout from an attempted racist coup carried out by adherents of the Confederacy and Nazism, an attack that included some veterans. It was funded by wealthy interests, and led and abetted by Trump and major forces within the Republican Party. There are threats right now, implicit and otherwise, to Democratic members of Congress from certain of their Republican colleagues.
A dozen years ago, President Obama said we must look forward, not backward; this meant there would be no official public exposure and accountability for crimes like torture under the Bush-Cheney regime. The Nuremburg Trials say otherwise. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa say otherwise. The Winter Soldier Investigation says otherwise.
To view the actual 1971 Winter Soldier hearings, the YouTube link to the “Winter Soldier” film is at https://youtu.be/cP7iwF9a5sA. For more written word on Winter Soldier visit https://wagingnonviolence.org/2021/02/fifty-years-ago-winter-soldier-exposed-vietnam-war-crime/.
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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