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Veterans Sparking Renewed Activism in Peace Movement


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

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

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.

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