This space is dedicated to the proposition that we need to know the history of the struggles on the left and of earlier progressive movements here and world-wide. If we can learn from the mistakes made in the past (as well as what went right) we can move forward in the future to create a more just and equitable society. We will be reviewing books, CDs, and movies we believe everyone needs to read, hear and look at as well as making commentary from time to time. Greg Green, site manager
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Veterans For Peace Calls For Solidarity with Standing Rock
VFP Calls for Solidarity with Standing Rock this Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving season, we are witnessing, yet again, brutal acts against Indigenous People and their lands. The Dakota Access Pipeline is yet another act of violence and genocide against Native people and reminds us that our colonial past is actually our present. It threatens the safety of land and water across the country, as well as violating treaties. However, the prayerful and powerful resistance at Standing Rock is inspirational and has galvanized worldwide solidarity.
Veterans For Peace understands that the struggle for Indigenous rights cannot be decoupled from other movements for equality and justice. This Thanksgiving we know that there are many struggles around the globe, at home and abroad. As veterans, we are aware of our legacy as military veterans as participants in the ways in which we have perpetuated injustice across the globe and against indigenous people. We, as Veterans For Peace believe that violence and injustice must be challenged and ended in all its forms and that human dignity must be protected and defended.
We know that many people have come to see this holiday as a way to value gratitude, reflection and peace. Veterans For Peace continues to be grateful for all those who work for peace and express great admiration for the resistance of all peoples against injustice.
This Thanksgiving, we ask that you take action and stand in solidarity with the native resistance at Standing Rock.
We also recognize that the answer is not to avoid all shopping on one day of the year, but rather to change our relationship with consumption more thoroughly. And to do so year round, rather than on one particular day. We know that we can also redirect spending away from corporate chains and online giants toward locally owned, community-based businesses (and justice organizations like VFP!) as a means to combat consumerism
We know how important it is to spread the message of peace throughout the year, and one of the easiest and simplest ways to do that is by wearing Veterans For Peace gear. Starting on Saturday, the VFP Store
is going to offer a special discount 10% off orders equal or above $30.00.
From Saturday-Saturday, next week, enter the code ShopVFP to receive your discount!
For peace-oriented people interested in counter-recruiting, we have a new resource available: "A Soldier's Life". This website and video are made for high school students to discourage them from enlisting in the military.
The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice and Veterans for Peace co-created the video with professional photographer and CCPJ Board member Richard Lord.
Please feel free to share this with young people and their families.
Veterans For Peace Ballots for the 2016 elections need to be postmarked by Wednesday, Nov. 30th! It's so important for YOUR voice to be represented! So don't forget to vote, and remind a fellow VFP friend!
Join us in February 6-12 2017 for a tour of Eastern Cuba. See the Caribbean portion of this fascinating island on a fun filled 7 day tour to Santiago, Holguin, and other sites in the lesser known parts of Cuba. Check out the itinerary and prices
We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL Please contact me by phone or email if you think you are interested in joining us, and I'll tell you about the flights in Cuba. Cuban airfare is $145, which is not included in the tour cost. Jim Ryerson, 323-504-5054, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen James, on her program, "Prison Pipeline" on KBOO, hosts a special discussion about veterans and the criminal justice system with Vietnam veteran William B. Brown and Robert Stanulis. Both doctors have worked on numerous criminal cases involving veteran defendants in both state and federal courts and will discuss PTSD and the need for culturally competent mental health providers, prosecutors, etc. in the evaluation of veteran defendants.