Veterans for Peace works to educate on the true costs of war & advocate for a more peaceful & just society. Milwaukee chapter 102 is an affiliate of the national Veterans for Peace organization.
VFP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. The national website is www.veteransforpeace.org
Mission: 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 seek justice for veterans and victims of war
(e) To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
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.
Meet Jesse Frewerd, a combat veteran and singer-songwriter who will perform at our Armistice Day program on Nov. 11. Cllck the link to learn his story. And join us on Nov. 11.. See comments for link to register.
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A new report from gun safety nonprofit Everytown found that one-third of this decade's mass shootings were done by people motivated by white supremacist views or teachings. The group examined media reports and evidence from each mass shooting between 2009 and 2019. "For decades, the gun lobby has no...
The big moment is finally here: the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) just reached the 50 ratifications needed for entry into force! Just now, Honduras ratified the treaty - only one day after Jamaica and Nauru submitted their ratifications - bringing about a historic milestone. In 90 days the TPNW will enter into force and become binding international law!
Mark Foreman is a founding member of our chapter and has been an officer of our chapter and the national VFP board.
Mark Foreman grew up in a patriotic family, but during his teen years developed a strong opposition to the US war in Vietnam. The inevitability of the draft lottery motivated him to avoid combat by enlisting in the US Navy. Unaware the Navy provides medics (corpsmen) to US Marine fighters. In 1968,....
Five takeaways from the Trump/Biden Military Times veterans forum
Biden promises tax credits for veterans caregivers, Trump believes veterans unemployment will rebound. And the two candidates have very different plans for improving veterans medical care options outside the VA system.
Jason Moon, an award-winning singer-songwriter, Iraq war veteran, and Veterans For Peace member, will perform at our Nov. 11 Armistice Day program, a Zoom webinar. Jason, founder of Warrior Songs, spends his life helping other veterans health from trauma through music and the arts. (See the comment section to register)
Jason served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 as a General Construction Equipment Operator in a combat engineer battalion. He was honorably discharged from the Wisconsin Army National Guard in August 2004.
After returning home, Jason struggled with the challenge of reintegrating into civilian life. Prior to his deployment he had been a singer/songwriter, but, overcome with strong emotions about his combat experience, Jason was unable to finish a single song.
Jason became plagued with insomnia, depression, hyper-vigilance, nightmares, and numerous other symptoms. Troubled by the changes in himself, Jason sought treatment and was diagnosed with PTSD.
His road to healing was extremely difficult, culminating in hospitalization after a failed suicide attempt in 2008. After being released from the hospital, Jason vowed to no longer allow PTSD to control his life. He took a more vigorous approach in his healing and began connecting with other veterans who struggled with similar challenges.
In 2009, Jason was interviewed for the feature film documentary “On the Bridge”, and was asked to record an original song for the credits roll. The experience energized him to begin to write music in earnest again, and led to the release in 2010 of his album “Trying to Find My Way Home”, which chronicles Jason’s journey in overcoming the difficulties of living with PTSD.
Jason toured the country over the next year, meeting a huge number of veterans who testified to the power and positive effect of his music in their own journey to recovery. He learned he had the ability to turn his pain and struggles into something they could relate to – music.
Believing that other veterans could benefit from the cathartic process, of creating music, Jason took steps to form Warrior Songs, a non-profit organization bringing hope and healing to veterans through music!
Did you know that veterans can get a free copy of Jason Moon's CD "Trying to Find My Way Home". Just send a note with a mailing address to [email protected]....
October 12, 2020 by Nukewatch Leave a Comment Nukewatch Quarterly Fall 2020 Click the links below to access articles from the Fall 2020 Quarterly Newsletter. Page numbers take you to the pdf of each page as they appear in the print version. Individual articles are also tagged by issue category. Cove...
World BEYOND War
Global military spending on war & preparations for war is $2 trillion a year, half of which is spent by the U.S. government alone.
Here are the potential social and environmental benefits of diverting $2 trillion/year away from war: https://buff.ly/37f0RqR #PeaceIsPossible
Artist Shepard Fairey collaborated with five Midwestern artists to create the colorful mural.
World BEYOND War
#DYK: The overall cost of the war in #Afghanistan has been over 100,000 Afghan lives, and 3,502 NATO and US military fatalities. It has been calculated that the US has so far spent $822 billion on the war https://buff.ly/37qK1FN #PeaceIsPossible #WarCrimes #HumanRights
Why We Struggle, by VVAW board member Bill Branson.
A large percentage of us volunteered for service in Vietnam. At the time, we bought in to the lies being told us about the war, and about America. Some of us began to see the truth during the war, but things didn't really sink in until we came home. Many of us who were drafted began to see the crack...
📣 Big BIG news from CODEPINK! After 18 inspiring, action-packed years, CODEPINK co-founders Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin are passing the leadership on to a new generation of wonderful, radical, hardworking activists.
Just because Jodie and Medea are passing the torch doesn't mean they're going anywhere! They will continue to work on CODEPINK campaigns and in coalition with organizations across the globe in the call for peace and justice. After all, there's a lot more work to be done! Join us >>> bit.ly/BigNews–CP
Center for Veterans Issues
We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Guitars4Vets Milwaukee Chapter and Ellenbecker Investment Group, Inc. to bring Veterans an opportunity to learn how to play guitar and meet some new brothers and sisters! Space is limited and CVI is proud to host these classes at our Milwaukee Vets Manor.. RSVP at [email protected]
Years after they fought in Afghanistan, US troops watch as their children deploy to the same war
“When we started this, people asked why I was going, and my response was, ‘So my sons don’t have to fight this war,’” said Master Sgt. Trevor deBoer, who has deployed to Afghanistan three times.
African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable
Join the Cole family and community tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at Hart Park, 7300 W. Chestnut in Tosa.
Let these words activate our communities. Tracy Cole has been outspoken about getting justice for her son #AlvinCole. On Thursday, October 8th, she was pulled from her car and assaulted by officers in #Wauwatosa in a horrific encounter that her daughter Tahudah Cole livestreamed before police arrested the entire family. Tracy Cole was nonviolent, unarmed, and tried to identify herself as well as inform officers of her medical condition, but she was brutalized and demeaned before being sent to the hospital for her injuries. Officer Joseph Mensah, who killed #AlvinCole as well as #AntonioGonzales #JayAnderson and possibly others, is currently on paid leave from the Wauwatosa Police Department.
Let these words bring you out to the streets to demand justice for 17-year old #AlvinCole and all the lives harmed and stolen by police violence.
How will Trump and Biden handle veterans issues? Here’s what they told us.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden answer questions from veterans organizations about policy issues affecting the veterans community.
Today would have been George Floyd’s 47th birthday. He should still be alive today, celebrating another year with his family and friends. We need justice and to ensure that this never happens again—starting with passing real police reform—including banning chokeholds and creating a national standard for use of force.
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The members of our chapter are comprised of veterans who served in the Vietnam era through to the present day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. All veterans are eligible to join whether they served in peace time or combat. Associate members who are not veterans are also welcomed to join in our work to promote peace.
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4 pm today, join Veterans for Peace-Madison and friends :
*** Post 9/11 veteran Brittyn Calyx who will talk about the cost of war on the individual veteran and the impact of war on their own life.
***Vietnam veteran, artist, and peace activist David Giffey, who will speak on the societal costs of war,
***Dr. Eileen Ahearn, a long-time psychiatrist at the VA in Madison, Wisconsin who will take a look at war and moral injury and
***Rev. David Couper, who brings his experience as a veteran, former Madison police chief, and Episcopal priest, and will discuss the militarization of policing.
Each panelist will be given about 10 minutes to speak, followed by Q&A. We will use the Zoom chat box to field questions from our panelists.
Thank you for the invitation to join this page. I am an Air Force veteran, 1967-71.
Fly a kite for peace anytime, anywhere during Kites not Fighter Jets kite fly. Decorate a kite and enter our contest. Details in FB event.
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Money for human needs not rich man's greed.
The Linus Pauling Chapter of VFP was represented on the first day of the Week of Climate Action, which was International Peace Day.
Pleae help to get out the message that the military is a major contributor to climate change and that its main purpose has become to control the world's fossil fuel supplies. It is the way that the US preserves the Petrodollar system, which requires that we remain addicted to oil.
Tomorrow, ONE WORLD Zoom call - 12 pm Noon. YOU ARE INVITED!
Attended The Highground ceremony for the International Day of Peace.
Celebrate the 40th Annual International Day of Peace
Monday, September 21th
Join us for any part of this safely-distanced multi-community celebration!
Peace Caravans will drive to Kenosha, engage in 3 hours of community clean-up projects, and will share a light outdoor supper with Kenosha residents.
Peace Caravan Send-off Gatherings:
* Milwaukee - Parking Lot at 633 S. Hawley Rd. - 10:00 am
Supplies will be available to help decorate your car or window.
Caravans will arrive at Grace Lutheran Church - 2006 60th St. in Kenosha at about noon.
Is anyone organizing a Wall of Veterans for Milwaukee?
I’m assuming this is a good group in which to raise this question... if not I apologize.
With DHS agents scheduled to come to Milwaukee and the related turmoil I think we can expect during the DNC, it seems that we need a wall of veterans at the protests.
If you know of efforts to pre-organize, please let me know. If you’re interested in joining a wall, please comment or DM me.
I'd like to do more activities and join in your events. Add me on facebook if you like.