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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Veterans Organization Supports Colin Kaepernick

ST. LOUIS, MO. -

Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military members, released a statement in support of Colin Kaepernick.

To question his patriotism and use smear tactics to quiet him is in direct contradiction to the spirit of the right to freedom of expression. His act of protest is a political act to register his discontent with the actions of his government. It is a nonviolent act that demands positive change for a better future for all of us. It is exactly the kind of speech the First Amendment was designed to protect and as veterans we applaud his use of his rights for the cause of equality and justice; rights and ideals that we are told we served to defend.

Veterans For Peace supports Kaepernick’s right to freedom of expression. We applaud his choice to exercise that right and call on others with high visibility to speak out and take action in various ways for peace and justice and demand a fair and just national response to address these and many other critical issues faced by people both here in the U.S. and abroad.

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Michael McPhearson, Executive Director, Veterans For Peace-National;

 “I am a veteran. I have refused to stand for the national anthem. When I do, I do not salute or place my hand on my heart. Racism affects every system of government to the wars we fight abroad to the senseless deaths of black youth at the hands of police.  I stand solemnly with my head down at parade rest reflecting on all the unjust acts my nation is doing to people both at home and abroad.”

McPhearson was a field artillery officer of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Bill Creighton, President, San Francisco Chapter of Veterans For Peace;

Our country has a rich history of nonviolent resistance to injustice.  Colin Kaepernick is exercising his right of freedom of speech.  As a veteran, who served for the values laid out in the Bill of Rights, I firmly support his right to speak out and act on his beliefs.”

Interviews available upon request.

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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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