Veterans for Peace

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.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, October 01, 2012
Veterans For Peace Now in Pakistan Opposing Drone War
VFP members Leah Bolger, Dave Dittemore, Bill Kelly, Jody Mackey, Rob Mulford, and Ann Wright are meeting with drone victims' families, elected officials, tribal elders, and residents of South Waziristan, where U.S. drone strikes have killed thousands, while injuring and making refugees of many more. Code Pink's Medea Benjamin is an associate member of VFP. The relentless drone war continued with a U.S. drone strike in the Mir Ali area on Monday, reportedly killing three unidentified people.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Veterans For Peace Take on Drone Makers in San Diego and London
San Diego Veterans For Peace and Veterans For Peace-United Kingdom are protesting drone manufacturer General Atomics today, September 27th, in both Poway, California, and London, England. Both protests are scheduled for 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. local time.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Veterans For Peace Meets With Ahmadinejad
Members of Veterans For Peace, along with other U.S. peace activists, met Tuesday night with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Veterans For Peace President Leah Bolger addressed the meeting, stressing VFP's commitment to doing everything possible to prevent a U.S. or U.S.-assisted attack on Iran. VFP hopes to send a delegation to Iran in October. Bolger's full prepared remarks follow:
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Veterans For Peace Travel to Drone War in Pakistan
Seven Members of Veterans For Peace are part of a 40-member delegation organized by Code Pink and planning to be in Pakistan between September 28th and October 10th. VFP members Leah Bolger, Dave Dittemore, Bill Kelly, Jody Mackey, Rob Mulford, and Ann Wright will meet with drone victims' families, elected officials, tribal elders, and residents of South Waziristan, where U.S. drone strikes have killed thousands, while injuring and making refugees of many more. Code Pink's Medea Benjamin is an associate member of VFP.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Veterans For Peace Arrested Occupying Wall Street
Six members of VFP's Veterans Peace Team were arrested on Monday, along with some 180 other participants in the nonviolent occupation of Wall Street on the 1-year anniversary of the start of the Occupy Movement. They were: Lenny Bianchi, Ellen Davidson, Tarak Kauff, Jules Orkin, Ramone Puga, and Bev Rice. Other members of Veterans For Peace were among the 180 arrested. They were charged with blocking pedestrian traffic and refusal to obey a lawful order.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Veterans For Peace Supports Conscientious Objection to Drones
Two conscientious nonviolent activists, Brian Terrell and Ron Faust, were convicted on Monday of trespassing, for having attempted to deliver a document listing concerns about drones to the commander of Whiteman Air Force Base near Jefferson City, Mo., last April. A third protester, Mark Kenney of Omaha, Neb., is serving a four-month sentence after having pled guilty in June to trespassing.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
US Vets Refused Entry Into South Korea
WHERE: 335 East 45th Street, New York, New York (between First and Second Avenues) WHEN: Friday, March 16, 12:30 PM .
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Drop All Charges Against Bradley Manning!!
A national organization representing thousands of military veterans is calling on the US Army to abandon court martial proceedings against Private Bradley Manning, the accused Wikileaks whistleblower. The young soldier, who has been imprisoned for 21 months, will be formally arraigned today (Thursday, Feb. 23) at Fort Meade, Maryland. Army prosecutors say they will file 22 charges against PFC Manning, including “aiding the enemy,” a crime that can be punished by the death penalty or life in prison.
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Monday, October 31, 2011
D.C. Superior Court Rules Sidewalks Trump Free Speech Rights
The D.C. Superior Court ruled last Friday that possible pedestrian inconvenience was more important than the US Constitution or stopping wars. Arrested during a White House demonstration on March 19, 18 defendants, including 8 members of Veterans For Peace, were found guilty by Judge Canan, Friday, of “failure to obey” and “blocking/incommoding” and fined $150. The defendants argued for their 1st Amendment right to petition their government for redress of grievances.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Statement Regarding the Incident in Boston Last Night by Acting Director, Mike Ferner
Last night in Boston, our members displayed real courage, standing nonviolently between police and people in the Occupy Boston protest. Police were given orders to clear the park and initial reports I've heard say that some VFP members and perhaps others were injured by the police and that fifty people were arrested. If there were injuries, we hope they were minimal. VFP never condones the use of violence.
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