December 11, 2015
VFP is calling on the President to:
Ballots have been counted by volunteers of the St Louis Chapter 61. Because of the delay of members receiving his/her ballot, we are extending publishing the final count until next week to allow time for all ballots to be received.
A special blast will be sent with the election results.
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There are numerous articles w/pictures about VFP's presence in Korea. The police were happy to see the delegation leave. Islanders received the delegation warmly and their solidarity with local residents who are opposing a U.S. Navy deep water port was appreciated.
The Korean left, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist resistance has been very strong in Jeju for many years, decades, and they have suffered for it, much like the Palestinians. The delegation had a great deal of respect for the deep experience of people, met and earned much from them.
Photos courtesy of Ellen Davidson:
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Congress has extended its deadline to pass a federal budget until Wed, Dec 16. We can use these days to insist we want a bill with NO policy riders refusing entry to Syrian refugees and other right wing agendas.
Even without the riders, this is not a budget we want. It still heavily prioritizes military spending over human needs. There are real alternatives. One good example is the "People's Budget" which is proposed each year by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Tell your Representative and Senators you want a clean budget bill. No riders de-funding!
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We will lead one final tour to the island in March 2016.
Here is the March itinerary. http://cubaexplorer.com/tours/jrv/
We take just 15 people, providing an intimate chance to get to know the Cuban people and our fellow veterans Our tours are led by VFP member and Cuban documentary film maker Jim Ryerson, who has been to the island more than 25 times.
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Dates of travel: Mar 14 - Mar 30, 2016Each year since 2012, members of Việt Nam's Hoa Binh (Peace) Chapter 160 of Veterans For Peace invite up to 20 veterans, non-veterans, spouses & peace activists to come to Việt Nam for an insider's 2-week tour. The Hoa Binh chapter is the first & only overseas VFP chapter of American veterans living in Việt Nam!
The mission of the tour is to address the legacies of America’s war, as well as visit a beautiful country & form lasting ties of friendship & peace.
For more information, email Nadya Williams @ firstname.lastname@example.org
VFP-UK members throw down their medals on Downing Street this week. <Watch video>
Gary Butterfield and Gil Field, members of the San Diego Chapter 91 along with two local high school students sought out homeless veterans with little or no sleeping gear to hand out sleeping bags. Chapter 91 call their efforts, Compassion Campaign. Read the high school student's reactions to the experience.
Dec 12 - Memorial Service for Michael Clift in San Diego, CA
Dec 16 - Book Reading: We Gotta Get Out of This Place in Madison WI
Dec 24 - Anniversary of Christmas Truce of 1914
Jan 18, 2016 - MLK Day
Mar 27- April 2, 2016 - Shut Down Creech AFB
Apr 15 - GDAMS (Global Day Against Military Spending)
Apr 22 - Earth Day
May 14-21, 2016 - Sam's 5th Annual Ride for Peace, Raleigh, NC to Washington, DC
May 30 — Memorial Day (Observed)
Aug 11-15, 2016 - VFP Annual Convention at Clark Kerr campus of University of California Berkeley, CA
Sep 21—International Day of Peace
Nov 11 - Armistice Day
Did you know?
In 2005, the Dallas convention was most notable for the launching of Cindy Sheehan and Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.
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