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War Resister Support Action Team
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Veterans For Peace Chapter 92

(VFP 92) is the local chapter of Veterans For Peace in the greater Seattle area.

Abolish Nuclear Weapons
 
Anti-nuclear activists called for the abolition of nuclear weapons in Seattle on the eve of the historic US-North Korea summit
Seattle, Washington, June 11, 2018: .
Activists from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action began their Summer campaign against nuclear weapons by holding banners over Interstate 5 during the morning rush hour.
The two banners read “ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS” and “RESIST TRIDENT—NO NEW NUKES.”
Monday morning's action took place on the eve of the historic summit between the United States and North Korea to bring attention to the very real danger of nuclear weapons and the need for the US to lead efforts toward disarmament.
While the US has been calling for the complete denuclearization of North Korea, it continues to modernize and upgrade its nuclear weapons and delivery systems. It has declared, along with some other nuclear weapon states, that it will never sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), also known as the Ban Treaty.
Eight of the US Navy's fourteen Trident ballistic missile submarines are based just 20 miles west of Seattle at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The Navy is currently moving forward with plans to replace the existing fleet, and the Pentagon is developing a low-yield version of the W-76 thermonuclear warhead deployed on the Trident II D-5 missile.
Ground Zero Communications Coordinator Leonard Eiger said, "If the US is serious about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, it should begin by at very least signing and ratifying the Ban Treaty. Only then can it begin to negotiate, in good faith, with North Korea regarding its nuclear weapons.
Members of Veterans for Peace, Seattle, Chapter 92 joined Ground Zero members on the first Monday of bannering.
Photo attached: Members of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and Veterans for Peace, Seattle, Chapter 92 holding banners over Interstate 5 on the NE 45th Street overpass on June 11, 2018 - Photo by Glen Milner
 

 

Veterans Condemn Israeli Slaughter of Unarmed Palestinian Protesters

Snipers from the Israeli Defense Forces shot and killed at least 52 unarmed Palestinian protesters this last Monday, May 14. Over 750 men, women and children were injured by live fire, including paramedics who were trying to help the wounded. Israeli drones drenched the protesters with tear gas.
This brings the death toll to over 100 Palestinian protesters, with thousands wounded over the last six weeks, while demanding their right to return to the homes from which they were illegally ejected 70 years ago. The Nakba, or "catastrophe," which is marked on May 15, continues for the Palestinian people.
The very same day is celebrated in Israel as the birth of the Zionist nation. This year Donald Trump sent a gift, one that had been promised by presidents Bush and Obama, but not delivered. The U.S. has moved its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the Israeli-occupied city of Jerusalem. Palestinians envision eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.
As veterans, we condemn the shooting of nonviolent protesters.  Was the ammunition purchased with our tax dollars? The U.S. gives enormous amounts of military aid to Israel, along with political cover in the United Nations. By moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, President Trump is making it clear: forget about Palestinian self-determination. By undermining the Iran Nuclear Deal, Trump is also giving Israel a green light to step up its aggression against Iran and its allies in Syria and Lebanon. Israel also has an estimated 200 nuclear missiles pointed at Iran.
Veterans For Peace condemns the ongoing violence against the Palestinian people and their legitimate struggle for human rights and self-determination. We call for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel. We encourage all our members to join in the international campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel in order to pressure it to end its apartheid policies and practices against the Palestinian people.
Take Action to Urge Congress to Cut all U.S. Aid to Israel
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Veterans Worry that Trump Administration Wants War with Iran

Veterans For Peace condemns the decision of President Trump to pull the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an international agreement to deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The U.S. has no legitimate reason to withdraw from the JCPOA. By all accounts, Iran has remained in total compliance...