Veterans For Peace Chapter 46 Monterey, CA

Veterans For Peace Chapter 46 Monterey, CA Veterans for Peace (VFP) is a national organization of veterans and associate members who advocate for the ultimate abolishment of war through non-violenc
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

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 To increase public awareness of the costs of war To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons To seek justice for veterans and victims of war 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.

Mission: Exposing the True Costs of War and Militarism Since 1985

Monterey Peace & Justice Center
03/10/2020
Monterey Peace & Justice Center

Monterey Peace & Justice Center

SUPPORT THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION - The House will vote this week (March 10 through 13) on a Senate-passed resolution that would rein the sitting president's ability to use military intervention on Iran.

📞 Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) 202-225-2861 or call his local office
831-424-2229. Here is a sample phone script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from ________.

I'm calling today because I am very concerned about the Trump Administration’s apparent desire to start a conflict with Iran. I demand Rep. Jimmy Panetta support SJ Res 68 and make it clear that Congress will not authorize another costly, deadly, and tragic war in the Middle East.

Thank you for your time and attention.

IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.

More info at: https://5calls.org/issue/iran-war-powers-resolution/

A huge step forward in ensuring our military is not used as an instrument to interfere in the affairs of other nations.
02/13/2020
Senate passes resolution limiting Trump against Iran in bipartisan vote

A huge step forward in ensuring our military is not used as an instrument to interfere in the affairs of other nations.

The president is expected to veto the measure, which aims to keep him from launching future strikes against Iran without first seeking Congress’s permission.

This is a MUST LISTEN. Hear from our executive director, Garett Reppenhagen, about the experiences that drove him to be ...
02/04/2020
Veterans For Peace

This is a MUST LISTEN. Hear from our executive director, Garett Reppenhagen, about the experiences that drove him to be an anti-war activist.

‪First interview from Scott Carrier #HomeOfTheBrave podcast of Veterans For Peace Director Garett Reppenhagen about his experience in a lost war against terror and how the #antiwar movement helps heal his #moralinjury. https://homebrave.com/home-of-the-brave//anti-war-stories-garett-reppenhagen

Listen to Dr. King's speech: Beyond Vietnam.
01/21/2020
Democracy Now!

Listen to Dr. King's speech: Beyond Vietnam.

A daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the U.S.

Why would you risk their lives, Donald?
01/14/2020
U.S. troops describe 'miraculous' escape at Iraqi base attacked by Iran

Why would you risk their lives, Donald?

AIN AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (Reuters) - Troops at the Iraqi air base that bore the brunt of Iran's first direct missile attack against U.S. forces said they were shocked by its intensity and grateful to emerge unscathed. The scale of the damage at the Ain al-Asad base showed Iran's destructiv...

No War With Iran: Day of Action
01/08/2020
No War With Iran: Day of Action

No War With Iran: Day of Action

We will not be forced into another war. On Thursday, January 9, at 5 p.m. local time, the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to oppose Trump's war and say #NoWarWithIran. Trump's reckless action has needlessly endangered countless lives of U.S. troops, Iraqis, Iranians, and countless...

Veterans For Peace
12/12/2019
Veterans For Peace

Veterans For Peace

We just released this statement in collaboration with About Face (Iraq Veterans Against the War)

"The release of the Afghanistan Papers this week has laid out in clear detail the failed policy and the catastrophic level of malfeasance that reach the highest levels of the U.S. government. Every level of government bears responsibility for misleading the American public and for creating the conditions in which an unchecked military operates without accountability.

As veterans who have served in these wars and past wars, we are exasperated by leaders that lie to us and lack the moral courage to do anything about it even when there is proof. We demand accountability in real and tangible ways. We are tired of seeing headlines that only result in a Congressional member’s outraged tweet, statements on the campaign trail and slick tv spots, while nothing changes."

We are so proud of Phil Butler. Read this article on an amazing person who dedicated his life to peace and justice after...
12/11/2019
Monterey combat veteran honored for peace work

We are so proud of Phil Butler. Read this article on an amazing person who dedicated his life to peace and justice after enduring eight years as a POW in the Vietnam war.

MONTEREY — Decorated combat veteran Phillip Butler has lived what he calls three lives of a warrior, but it’s his third life that surrounds him today — dedication to peace. Current and…

Veterans For Peace
12/06/2019

Veterans For Peace

Guess what?! You can still help us reach our goal for #GivingTuesday! Become a sustainer for Veterans For Peace for just $10 a month! http://bit.ly/SustainVFP

We are able to execute our mission effectively by having a location to operate out of. We hope you will consider support...
11/25/2019

We are able to execute our mission effectively by having a location to operate out of. We hope you will consider supporting the the Monterey Peace & Justice Center in the Monterey County Gives! campaign.

WAGE PEACE!

https://www.montereycountygives.com/nonprofit/monterey-peace-and-justice-center/?fbclid=IwAR0q84VObpTyZDpeQKWihGflFzj40Fv0so47WKupbAHZM3rBqI95gbgMNrY

We're grateful to our early Monterey County Gives! contributors for supporting the Monterey Peace and Justice Center's "Big Idea" for 2020. https://www.montereycountygives.com/nonprofit/monterey-peace-and-justice-center/

When you support MPJC, you also strengthen a host of organizations that use the Center as a home base for meetings and events, including:
🔹 Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Monterey County Branch
🔹 Peace Coalition of Monterey County
🔹 Veterans For Peace Chapter #46
🔹 Communities for Sustainable Monterey County
🔹 "Peace Through Understanding" - free English Second Language classes
🔹 Sustainable Seaside
🔹 The Green Party
🔹 Yaocuauhtli Danza Cultural

163 organizations are participating in this year's MC Gives! campaign. Please consider including MPJC in your year-end philanthropy. A matching grant will be added if you make your gift before midnight December 31st. Help keep MPJC and these other vital community resources thriving.

For a calendar of peace and social justice programs and events around the county, find the Weekly Peace Calendar at:
tinyurl.com/weekly-peace-calendar/

Come celebrate, support and honor VFP Chapter 46's President Emeritus Phil Butler
11/22/2019

Come celebrate, support and honor VFP Chapter 46's President Emeritus Phil Butler

Veterans For Peace
11/15/2019
Veterans For Peace

Veterans For Peace

On #VeteransDay, we are asked to ignore all the horrors of US militarism for the “sake” of veterans — despite trillions of dollars diverted from education, health care, infrastructure, even veteran support, in order to pay for the military." #ReclaimVeteransDay

Veterans For Peace
11/15/2019
Veterans For Peace

Veterans For Peace

Amazing piece that details opposition to the Vietnam War among active duty GIs and veterans. This details that it was organized, intense, and widespread. Yet it goes virtually forgotten in public recollections of the era.

Veterans For Peace
11/14/2019
Veterans For Peace

Veterans For Peace

"Killing in war does not come natural to young [people]. They have to be conditioned to do so and the US government has spent tens of billions of dollars, if not more, perfecting the process of conditioning young [people] to kill. When a young man enters the Marine Corps to become a rifleman he will go through 13 weeks of recruit training. He will then go for six to eight weeks of additional weapons and tactics training. During all these months he will be conditioned to kill. When receiving an order he will not say “yes, sir” or “aye, sir” but will respond with the yell “Kill!”. This will last for months of his life in an environment where the self is replaced with unquestioning group think in a training environment perfected over centuries to create disciplined and aggressive killers."

The New York Times Opinion Section
11/11/2019
The New York Times Opinion Section

The New York Times Opinion Section

“Thanks to the failure of the press, and to the stupidity of Hollywood,” wrote Sgt. Denis Nunan, camped in Italy, to his mother on March 23, 1945, “the Home Front has no real conception of war, and only by letters home can the truth be made known.”

11/11/2019

“Under the helmets, the faces are young and tormented, stubbled and dirty, taut with the strain of battle. They sob over dead friends. They stare exhausted into the fog and rain. They crouch in a muddy foxhole. This goddamn cigarette could be the last.

—Robert McFadden, reporter, “David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies,” The New York Times, June 7, 2018.

Editorial Comment: “It would be cowardly to ignore them.” —Marie Colvin (1956-2012), war correspondent

11/08/2019
Fire Drill Fridays

Iraq Veterans Against the War is doing it right.

🔥 WE’RE LIVE 🔥 Join Jane Fonda, Cherri Foytlin, Phyllis Bennis, Krystal Two Bulls, Jodie Evans, Ciara Taylor, and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield from Ben & Jerry's to draw attention to the intricate connection between war and military and the climate emergency.

Then we march to the White House with Remove Trump.

Wherever you are, join the conversation using ​#FireDrillFriday 🔥

11/03/2019
Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW

One of the best Veteran Organizations on the planet.
The best is Veterans For Peace of course

Can we count on you to help America's veterans?

Thank you, Bernie Sanders for helping raise awareness about the disgusting and unpatriotic practice to deport U.S. veter...
11/03/2019
Bernie Sanders

Thank you, Bernie Sanders for helping raise awareness about the disgusting and unpatriotic practice to deport U.S. veterans.

CC: Rep. Jimmy Panetta

Trump's xenophobia and anti-immigrant hatred can never be what this country is about. When we are in the White House, we will place a moratorium on deportations and we will undo every damn thing Trump has done to demonize immigrants and Latinos.

Armistice Day
10/31/2019
Armistice Day

Armistice Day

Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost since the organization's inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events. However, in 2008 the effort became a national effort with the passage of an official Veterans For Peace resolution. Since then, chapters across the country have b...

Veterans For Peace
10/29/2019
Veterans For Peace

Veterans For Peace

Religious leaders AND Veterans stood up for the human rights of asylum seekers, and beat the bogus Federal charges against them.

We are so proud of our chapter member, Michael Dempsey who is serving on the national board of directors of Veterans For...
10/26/2019

We are so proud of our chapter member, Michael Dempsey who is serving on the national board of directors of Veterans For Peace.

The board got to gather with Albuquerque VFP. Full meetings today to cover SOVA, 2020 convention planning, transformative justice and consensus decision making. Been an effective use of time.

Support veterans standing up for human rights at the border.
10/24/2019
Help Veterans and Clergy put the US Government on Trial!

Support veterans standing up for human rights at the border.

On December 10th, 2018 we were arrested at the US-Mexico border while gathering with more than 400 people of faith, veterans, and supporters calling for an end to border militarization and for humane immigration policies that respect the rights and dignity of all people. We did so ...

10/20/2019
Veterans For Peace

Our neighbor chapter held a fantastic Armistice Day celebration last year. How will you celebrate the day dedicated to world peace on November 11th?

"Armistice100 Santa Cruz" wins award for best "Spirit in Action!" at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

Last year VFP Chapter 11 (Santa Cruz) and other dedicated groups devoted themselves to honoring “Armistice Year” having monthly events culminating in a large celebration on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Armistice100 Santa Cruz, by filmmaker L.B. Johnson documents those efforts, masterly weaving image, music, and narrative from a year of healing events. It was selected to be in the series of shorts on the theme, “Movement For Peace” in the Santa Cruz Film Festival and and won an award for best "Spirit in Action!"

Dear Governor Gavin Newsom and Rep. Jimmy Panetta,We are writing to you today to ask you to release and grant clemency t...
10/16/2019
Take Action For Jose!

Dear Governor Gavin Newsom and Rep. Jimmy Panetta,

We are writing to you today to ask you to release and grant clemency to USMC veteran Jose Segovia Benitez who is presently being held at the I.C.E. Processing Center in Adelanto, California.

Jose served in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged from the military for his service. Not only did Jose reaffirm his allegiance through his combat service in Iraq and his honorable discharge, he also continues to suffer from his service to the United States in the form of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Jose deserves to be allowed to live in the country in which his allegiance has been demonstrated.

We urge you to pardon Jose Segovia Benitez so he can continue the process of gaining his citizenship.

Sincerely,
VFP Chapter 46 Monterey

Help Us Stop the Deportation of Veteran Jose Segovia Benitez!

Rep. Jimmy Panetta,Here is another example of a war veteran being deported. If you can do something about this then plea...
10/16/2019
Marine Iraq War veteran to be deported Tuesday to El Salvador

Rep. Jimmy Panetta,

Here is another example of a war veteran being deported. If you can do something about this then please do so. He is a California resident.

Peace,
VFP Chapter 46

Jose Segovia-Benitez served in the Marine Corps from 1999 to 2004. He has not lived in El Salvador since he was three-years-old.

From Veterans For Peace:Next Monday, Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day!Veterans For Peace believes that the federal holiday ...
10/12/2019

From Veterans For Peace:

Next Monday, Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day!

Veterans For Peace believes that the federal holiday commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the “New World” is an affront to Indigenous peoples everywhere and particularly to native peoples of the Americas. We denounce the celebration of a person who carried out mass killings and genocidal acts against Indigenous peoples and paved the way for European colonization of native lands and enslavement of native peoples.

Today, Veterans For Peace asks that you sign our “Remove the Stain” petition. 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 know that this petition and the law will not erase the violence used against the Sioux people. We, however, believe these medals from Wounded Knee should immediately be rescinded.

Read the Statement and Sign the Petition on our VFP website here: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/indigenous-peoples-day?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=0dcf9ebc-5e7f-4aab-b3d5-85a48b213146

10 Arrested in Anti-Drone Protest at Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base
10/05/2019
10 Arrested in Anti-Drone Protest at Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base

10 Arrested in Anti-Drone Protest at Nevada’s Creech Air Force Base

In Nevada, antiwar groups say 10 activists were arrested Wednesday as they held a nonviolent civil disobedience protest against U.S. drone attacks outside the gates of Creech Air Force Base northwest of Las Vegas. The base is home to drone operators who pilot deadly drones for both the U.S. military...

Veterans For Peace
09/28/2019

Veterans For Peace

Todays Photos at
Climate Strike Week: Protest Boeing for killing HB 2020

Friday Sept 27 - 3:30 PM to 5 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/925323454501420/?ti=cl

What this all about?

"Boeing produced an analysis that determined HB 2020 would increase the Gresham factory’s energy costs by $1 million per year. But text messages acquired by Salem Reporter show when the governor’s staff asked for that analysis in an attempt to address the matter, company officials declined, saying it was proprietary information."

Source: https://mailtribune.com/news/state-news/cap-and-trades-fate-was-sealed-by-democratic-dissent

Photo by Dan Shea except where he appears in photo then had a fellow demonstrator take photo with my camera.

He locals in Monterey, California. We highly recommend you all go to see “Official Secrets” at the Osio Theater.  True s...
09/26/2019
The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner

He locals in Monterey, California. We highly recommend you all go to see “Official Secrets” at the Osio Theater. True story of how a woman at GCHQ leaked a classified report about US / UK lying to the UN / both nations about WMDs that Bush / Blair claimed was justification for the Iraq invasion.

Watching the film our blood was boiling as the story developed, knowing the tragic results . . . and we’re still in an 17 year old war because Bush - Cheney - Rumsfeld - Bolton - Wolfowitz lied to America.

Set up nearly 18 years ago to house detainees in the war on terrorism, the prison on the remote naval base has grown into what appears to be the most expensive on earth.

San Diego Veterans for Peace
09/16/2019

San Diego Veterans for Peace

There are few activities on Earth as environmentally catastrophic as waging war.

Veterans For Peace
09/15/2019
Veterans For Peace

Veterans For Peace

Advisory Board member, Kathy Kelly writes "Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace."

Address

1364 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA
93955

General information

Veterans for Peace, also known as Vets for Peace, was started in 1967 by returning Vietnam veterans. Then faded into oblivian in the mid 1970's. In 1985 Veterans for Peace, Inc (VFP) was revitalized and incorporated as a 501(c)3 national veterans organization. Much of VFP, Inc's focus was on US involvement in Central America in the 1980's. Shortly after Iraq invade Kuwait in the late summer of 1990 many of VFP's 40+ chapters started being active again. The closest VFP chapter to Monterey was Chapter 13 in Santa Cruz some 45 miles north of Monterey. In late 1990, combat troops from Fort Ord's 7th Light Infantry began flying C-141 cargo planes out of the Monterey municipal airport. As a result when local peace groups started protest in the streets of Monterey a few of us decided to start our own chapter in Monterey. Gordon Smith a VFP member of the Santa Cruz VFP chapter contacted VFP National and along with former Vietnam POW Phil Butler and Roland Fletcher VFP Chapter 46 was started. Since that time Phil Butler has remained a member of VFP 46 and had served on the VFP national board for several years.

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Friday 14:30 - 17:00

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(831) 536-4940

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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


  • To increase public awareness of the costs of war

  • To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations

  • To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons

  • To seek justice for veterans and victims of war

  • 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.

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    Pass it on
    Speaking truth to power
    Are we paying ATTENTION
    It never ends, we have to stay vigilant
    Thanks Gerry
    This is why we as veterans have to step up our counter recruiting in schools.
    Chapter 72