Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace
Updated: Feb 24 2015
Video of an Author Event
Talk at Town Hall by Christian Appy, Professor of History of the University of Massachusetts speaking about his new book:
American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. He will be speaking about the Vietnam War's legacy and
how it changed America's national identity and the lessons we should learn from that war and how to move forward from its shadows.
Posted: 21 February 2015
Posted: 06 March 2013
March Joint General Membership and Board Meeting
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10 AM
Room 307, El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Avenue S., Seattle, WA
Posted: 06 March 2013
West Bank Report Back: Elliott Adams
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7 pm
University Temple United Methodist Church
Fire Place Room, 1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105
Former VFP President Elliott Adams will be speaking about his recent visit to the West Bank.
Posted: 28 January 2015
April 15th Tax Day Anti-War Action in Seattle
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, time TBA
Midtown Post Office at 301 Union St (at 3rd Ave.) in downtown Seattle
Please join members of Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace on Tax Day as we help raise public awareness about the militarization of the US federal budget and about nonviolent alternatives to passively paying for wars and weapons we don't want.
We will be distributing copies of the War Resisters League's pie chart leaflet--"Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes" which analyzes the 2015 federal budget.
Posted: 27 January 2014
Last revised: 12 February 2014
West Coast GI Coffeehouse Tour
When: 7 PM on Saturday, March 1, 2014
Where: University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle
Speakers: Alex Bacon, Meike Capps-Shubert, Malachi Muncy, Gerry Condon, and Ryan Holleran
Local Sponsors: Greater Seattle Veterans for Peace, Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation, University Temple United Methodist Church
Revisiting War Crimes During the War in Viet Nam: Nick Turse Book Reading and Screening of Winter Soldier
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6:30 PM
Where: Johnson Hall 102 on the University of Washington's Seattle campus
This event is free and open to the public and will feature a reading by Nick Turse, author of the controversial and acclaimed Kill Anything That Moves (2013) about US war crimes during the war in Viet Nam, in conjunction with a rare showing of the 1972 documentary film Winter Soldier. Following the reading and film there will be a panel discussion with Nick Turse, Bill Turley (noted scholar of the war in Viet Nam), Mike Dedrick (Veterans For Peace), and others.
A related exhibit of material from the UW Libraries Special Collections will be on display in the Allen Library Lobby from January 11-30, 2014.
Posted: 22 November 2013
WikiLeaks Whistle-blower Attorney to Speak in Seattle
When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7:00 PM
Where: University Temple United Methodist Church (in the Fireplace Room), 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle
David Coombs, defense attorney for American prisoner of conscience US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning will be speaking about United States v. Manning. Find out what's being done to support Chelsea Manning following the recent 35-year military prison sentence imposed on the heroic truth-teller.
$5-$10 donation requested at the door. Wheelchair accessible. For more info call 206-499-1220. Download the event flyer.
Auburn Veterans Day Parade, Booth, & VFP Armistice Day Social
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Downtown Auburn, WA (parade map)
2013 will be the eighth year for Veterans For Peace to march in the annual Auburn Veterans Day parade, one of the largest Veterans Day parades west of the Mississippi River. This year's parade pays "special tribute to the Paralyzed Veterans of America". The City of Auburn is also a "proud" Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and "will be paying special tribute to the service, valor and sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War" (for an alternative perspective on the Vietnam War commemorations, please see "The Vietnam War and the Struggle For Truth" by VFP member and Vietnam veteran John Grant).
Last year we didn't learn until almost the last minute if we would be allowed to march. With the help of the ACLU, we had to fight for our First Amendment rights. Our victory was significant not least of all because our presence is important for the many people who openly welcome us each year, for those who may feel they can only silently support us, and for young people who need to hear a different voice about the military and war. All members of Veterans For Peace and veterans and other supporters who subscribe to the VFP Statement of Purpose are encouraged to march with us this year.
- Our Entry Number: #147
- Our Staging Area: J Street SE (south of E. Main Street)
- Our Staging Time: Please be in the staging area no later than 11:30 AM (the parade starts at 11 AM)
- Vehicle: We will have six seats in a vehicle in the parade for those unable to march (contact Dan Gilman for details)
- Parking: We have permission to park at St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church, 123 L St. NE (cross-street 3rd St. NE), Auburn, WA (map). The bathrooms will be open for our use and there will be hot coffee on hand. Also, if you meet any church members please be sure to thank them for their hospitality
- Road Closures: See "2013 Parade Street Closures & Detour Routes" (pdf)
See also: "2012 VFP 92 Auburn Veterans Day Report"
Posted: 16 October 2013
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Posted: 15 October 2013
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Posted: 25 September 2013
Last revised: 28 September 2013
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A Resolution Concerning the National Security Agency
WHEREAS, the National Security Agency (NSA) "is a Combat Support Agency of the Department of Defense" and the "Secretary of Defense exercises authority, direction, and control over NSA" (DoD Directive 5100.20, §5; January 26, 2010); and,
Tell Congress, No US Attack on Syria
There are perhaps very few times when pleading with politicians to do the right thing is a demonstrably fruitful exercise. However, the recent reversals of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama on their march to war with Syria give us some hope that the congressional vote next week on Obama's plan to attack Syria is one of those rare moments when it may be useful to contact elected officials.
For example, some local members of Congress are on the fence. Democrat Suzan DelBene issued a statement on Saturday that says, in part: "I oppose the Bashar al-Assad regime, but I am concerned about the U.S. getting into another long-term military operation without clearly defined objectives. As I stated previously, any military action in Syria must be done with careful consultation with Congress and the American people. I will be listening to my constituents, the President, my colleagues and our military leadership in the coming days in preparation for this important vote." Other members of Congress may be similarly undecided on the matter of war with Syria.
Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Greater Seattle chapter of Veterans For Peace is urging all VFP members to contact the members of their congressional delegation to make it clear that we oppose US intervention in Syria and we want the US military to refrain from attacking Syrian targets.
Posted: 24 June 2013
July 4th Action & Two Action Reports
Independence Day Action
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 3 PM until 5 PM
Pier 62/63 Park (1951 Alaskan Way) on the Seattle waterfront
Last year eight people participated in VFP 92's first July 4th action at Pier 62/63 Park. We distributed all 400 of our James Madison war-versus-liberty cards in less than the allotted time for the action and VFP flags were displayed along with three of the Washington Veterans Against the War peace flags. Please join us for another successful repeat action this year.
Posted: 22 May 2013
Last revised: 03 June 2013
Bradley Manning, USS Liberty, & Mohammad Mossadegh
All events below are sponsored by Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace.
Bradley Manning Support March
Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Westlake Park (4th and Pine) in downtown Seattle
Bradley Manning's court-martial trial begins June 3rd. Saturday is an International Day of Support for Bradley Manning. Join us for a spirited march through downtown ending at Victor Steinbrueck Park.
VFP 92 Remembers the USS Liberty
Friday, June 7, 2013 from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM; Ferry Leaves Seattle at 10 AM
Farragut Ave. Gate of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton
This year is the 46th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, which was commissioned in Bremerton in 1964. Veterans For Peace will travel to Bremerton to remember the dead, honor the survivors, and educate the public about the attack and US foreign policy. We'll be displaying a banner and distributing copies of the "Commonly Asked Questions About the USS Liberty" brochure. Be sure to wear your VFP hats, shirts, vests, etc. The round trip walk-on passenger fare for the Seattle-Bremerton ferry is $7.70 for adults (age 19 - 64) and $3.85 for Senior (age 65 & over)/Disabled.
Mossadegh Legacy Awareness Tour event
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St. (at 15th Ave. NE in the University District), Seattle
Moji Agha is the founder of the Mossadegh Legacy Institute (MLI), a new non-profit foreign policy organization inspired by the legacy of the late Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. Mr. Agha will speak on the MLI's work promoting the virtues and values of Dr. Mossadegh, who was trained in the law at the École Libre des Sciences Politiques in Paris and the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Mossadegh was first elected to the Iranian Majlis/Parliament in 1944 and elected by the Majlis as Prime Minister in 1951. In 1953, after nationalizing Iran's oil industry, Mossadegh was ousted in a coup d'etat orchestrated and carried out by the American CIA with the cooperation of British MI6. The MLI is endorsed by Richard Falk, Noam Chomsky, David Swanson, Cindy Sheehan, Tariq Ali, and others. Free validated parking for this event is available in the University Book Store lot. Download the event poster.
Posted: 03 June 2013
Blow the Whistle on War Profiteers at the Seattle Science Festival
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 3 PM
Meet near the corner of 2nd Ave N. and Thomas St. near Seattle Center
This is a joint action by Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace and the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action to protest the presence, in the Seattle Science Festival's Science EXPO, of two giants in the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about. Boeing and Lockheed-Martin, two of the world's largest military contractors, are exhibitors in the EXPO this year. Boeing is, among other things, a major supplier of drones to the US military. Lockheed-Martin is the manufacturer of the US Navy's Trident ll D-5 submarine launched ballistic missiles, the delivery vehicles for the massively destructive W76 and W88 thermonuclear bombs.
Posted: 11 May 2013
Report: Boston Marathon Bombing Leafleting
Submitted by: Michelle J. Kinnucan
On April 27, seven members of the Greater Seattle chapter of Veterans For Peace ventured into the heart of Seattle's commercial district where we distributed approximately 300 copies of the chapter's Boston Marathon Bombing/US Drone Attacks leaflet. The leaflet was generally well-received and positive reactions far out-weighed negative reactions in both intensity and frequency. This writer had three people make a point of speaking to her to compliment the leaflet and thank VFP for sharing our perspective.
Posted: 27 March 2013
Two VFP 92 Endorsed Anti-Drone Actions
These are excellent opportunities to educate the public, who polls show over 50% believe drone attacks are acceptable, on the dangers and problems of drone warfare. Please spread the word and plan to attend one or both of these actions.
- Witness Against Drones will be conducted by the Seattle Mennonite Church on Good Friday, March 29th, starting at noon at the Seattle Federal Building (2nd and Marion). Activities to include a liturgy on the proclamation of the Passion according to John, singing, and movement around the Federal Plaza. All are welcome to join in.
- No to Drones Rally and March. As part of the national April days of action to protest the use of drones by the CIA and military and to educate the public on the issue. A rally and march are scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at Westlake Park (4th and Pine) in Seattle, starting at 4pm. There wil be informed speakers, music by Jim Page, and a short march to Boeing's HQ in Seattle. VFP 92 is one of the sponsors along with Ground Zero, FOR, Physicians for Social Responsibility as well as VFP 143 and others. Help spread the word on this family-friendly event.
Posted: 08 February 2013
People's Forum: Solve the Budget Puzzle
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7 PM
Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 First Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104