Veterans Sparking Renewed Activism in Peace Movement

For Immediate Release

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Michael McPhearson 314-303-8874
Mike Ferner 419-729-7273

Veterans Sparking Renewed Activism in Peace Movement

WASHINGTON - Veterans
For Peace is stoking renewed activism in the U.S. peace movement, with
the arrests of VFP's top leadership at yesterday's White House protest
and numerous activities scheduled by VFP chapters around the country
coinciding with tomorrow's eighth anniversary of the invasion of
Afghanistan.

VFP chapters and members have organized
a Vigil for Peace in Tampa near the headquarters of the U.S. Central
Command and U.S. Special Operations Command; a demonstration in Chicago
at Hyde Park, near to President Obama's home; a popular education panel
in Nashville, TN; a lobbying day at local congressional offices in
Saratoga, NY; a "Rethinking Afghanistan" discussion in Corvallis, OR; a
"One More Day Too Many" vigil in Bellingham, WA; and other activities
in Santa Barbara, Boston, Port Angles, Washington; Evansville, IN;
Seattle WA; Daytona Beach, FL and San Francisco. See full list of events.

"Increasing U.S. military casualties are contributing to the heightened
pace of activity in VFP and elsewhere in the peace movement, but people
are also turning their frustration with the Obama administration's
policies into action," said VFP Executive Director, Michael
McPhearson. 

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Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.

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