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Rachel Corrie is a posthumous honorary member of Veterans for Peace Rachel Corrie Chapter 109Olympia Washington with a view of Capitol Lake

Veterans for Peace 

Rachel Corrie Chapter 109
Olympia WA

Veterans Working Together for Peace & Justice Through Non-violence. Wage Peace!

Veterans for Peace, Inc. (VFP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.

Statement Of Purpose

We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others

(a) Toward increasing public awareness of the costs of war
(b) To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations 
(c) To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
(d) To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
(e) To make non-violent conflict resolution an integral part of national policy
(f) To seek justice for veterans and victims of war

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

We urge all people who share this vision to join us. Membership Application Form (English)  or Spanish

Arlington NW / Iraq War Memorial 2006 - Olympia WA   Photos

 

Breaking News:

 


VFP Korea Delegation Report Our own Larry Kerschner was part of the delegation!

Thank You Lt. Ehren Watada [Official Website]

  (Photo by George Hill)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF U.S. MILITARY RESISTANCE and peace movement support for resisters by Zoltan Grossman

Resources for Active Duty Service People  

Spc. Suzanne Nicole Swift

Pvt. Ryan Patrick Meeks - Vancouver WA

  • AWOL soldier says he's had enough of war - "I tried to turn myself in," he said. "I went the right route, I thought. I showed the Army I was diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), but they didn't even look at it. They just wanted to send me back to Iraq."

The National Veterans Foundation has opened a toll-free helpline (1-888-777-4443) for Troops, Veterans and their families. All calls are answered live by trained veterans, who listen, provide crisis intervention services, emotional support and information, or immediate referrals to local providers who can help. The NVF Helpline has already served more than 275,000 people in need.

"As I see it, our mission remains un-changed to establish ourselves as the credible source of information and first-hand experience of  the real costs and causes of war and to use that information to convince the public of its own desperate need to change the course of America away from militarism and military domination of the planet." -- Woody Powell, former VFP Executive Director

How much does it cost to keep a single US soldier in Iraq with the increasing prospect of being killed or seriously injured? $350,000 a year!  See http://www.stopwar.org.uk/Statistics.htm

 

Cost of the War in Iraq

Events Calendar

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    Arlington West: Veterans Speak Out
    A Film by Chris Hume and Scott Galindez
    11.14.05

     

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  1. Can the Volunteer Army Finish the Job in Iraq? NPR segment on recruiting

  2. http://leonardclark.com/audio-files/Leonard-Clark-from-Iraq-June-27-2005.mp3

  3. http://leonardclark.com/audio-files/Leonard-Clark-from-Iraq-July-2-2005.mp3

  4. http://leonardclark.com/audio-files/Leonard-Clark-from-Iraq-July-4th-2005.mp3

  5. http://www.democracyforamerica.com/iraq_stories stories from those who see firsthand the toll the conflict has taken on families and communities.

Chapter 109 Minutes

Action Teams

  1. Depleted Uranium Action Team
  2. Membership Action Team
  3. Know All You Can Know - Truth in Recruitment  Action Team
  4. Veterans Affairs Action Team
  5. Funds Action Team
  6. "Action" Action Team
  7. Lt. Watada Support Action Team

 

Action Items

Return Washington State National Guard Personnel to Our Home State

Depleted Uranium

Send Phone Cards to Wounded Vets

My Lai Peace Park Project "Winds of Peace" is a great, healing project that we all can support. We can help build schools, etc. and do grassroots fundraising for projects in Vietnam. Our meeting in Olympia raised over $900. Just think of what a concerted effort would bring, Mike will be returning to My Lai in February and called me to express his appreciation for the time he was with us.  Read about Mike's visit from Meera who was there.  Meera Shanti's story .

"Toys from the Heart" Campaign  Bob Rudolph, Chapter 109, and his wife have launched a project to boost the morale of our troops and bring joy to Iraqi children.

AFSC's online movie tells the truth about the ongoing loss of life in Iraq -- and encourages viewers to sign their petition to bring the troops home. [2 min]Watch it now

We need to be ready to speak and write:

We should always be prepared to share our VFP Statement of Purpose whenever an opportunity arises. Recently, VFP chapters were invited to hear Michael Moore on October 19th in Seattle. We all wore our VFP T-shirts. I'm sure that caught the attention of Elisa Hahn from KING 5 TV. She briefly interviewed me and I was sure that my comments would never be aired. Wrong! I was told they were and even a brief statement  made it into their webpage for the news that night. We have a message that cuts across political parties and needs to be heard by everyone! 

We must write letters to the editor to express our opinion. See Bob Rudolph's responses in "We Must Speak Up." Bob has  received replies from elected officials and from newspaper editors that should encourage us all to write!  Bill Compfer received a positive response from former President Jimmy Carter commending Veterans For Peace. [See letter]

I also use Progressive Secretary to help me write and send letters on behalf for free. Progressive Secretary has sent hundreds of  letters for me so far. Donations help with their computer and mailing expenses --Dennis


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