For Immediate Release
Veterans Demand Immediate Withdrawal of National Guard in Charlotte
ST. LOUIS, MO - Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military family members, released a statement demanding an immediate withdrawal of the National Guard in Charlotte.
Veterans For Peace denounces the ongoing instances of police violence against people of color, this time resulting in the killing of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Terence Crutcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma. We also stand in opposition to the State of North Carolina’s militarized response to protests in Charlotte.
As Veterans For Peace, we know that increased militarization in our communities will never bring peace. We know that peace is only achieved with a strong commitment to justice. We have seen perfectly reasonable demands from protesters and community members that have so far been ignored by the state and the Charlotte police. The family of Keith Scott deserves justice as do all victims of police violence.
"As a veteran I'm outraged that our country is increasingly calling out the national guard to quell citizens engaged in protest.” said Kourtney Andar, VFP National Board member. “Bringing in heavily militarized troops is meant to intimidate - not keep people safe. Everyone in this country has a right to express dissent."
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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.