Posted: 22 May 2013
Bradley Manning, USS Liberty, & Mohammad Mossadegh
Bradley Manning Support March
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
This year is the 47th 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
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.
Posted: 11 May 2013
May General Membership Meeting & Armed Forces Day Action
Our educational topic this month is veteran suicide. After the meeting we'll go to Pier 62/63 Park (1951 Alaskan Way) on the Seattle waterfront to distribute copies of the chapter's Armed Forces Day cards. Westlake Plaza is our backup location in case of bad weather.
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: 16 March 2013
April General Membership Meeting
Please note the date change. The day was changed from our normal third Saturday of the month due to room unavailability on the 20th. Per the vote of the chapter membership in September 2011, undesignated funds collected at the first general membership meeting of each calendar quarter go to Coffee Strong. After the meeting we'll go to Westlake Plaza to distribute copies of the chapter's Boston Marathon Bombing leaflet.
The title of our education topic--"Peace: Getting Our Thinking Focused"--for this meeting is inspired, in part, by a line from A. J. Muste's classic 1928 essay, "Pacifism and Class War." The supplemental readings for the talk are listed below. It is not essential that you read any of them but the talk and discussion may be more rewarding if you do.
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.
Posted: 16 March 2013
April 15th Tax Day Anti-War Action in 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 Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Budget.
Photo by George P. Hickey
Posted: 08 February 2013
People's Forum: Solve the Budget Puzzle
Posted: 23 December 2012
The general membership of Veterans For Peace, Greater Seattle, Chapter 92 calls upon its members and supporters to turn out for Seattle's 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration. The theme this year is "Let Freedom Ring!" Workshops and a rally will be held at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle.
Workshops begin at 9:30 AM and are followed by a rally at 11:00 AM. After the rally, at 12:30 PM, we will leave the high school and march to the Federal Building at 915 2nd Ave via Union St. & Madison St. The route is 2.2 miles long and mainly downhill. VFP members are especially encouraged to wear VFP vests and carry one of the chapter's VFP flags during the rally and march.
To read a few select quotations from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., click on the "Read more" button below.
Posted: 31 December 2012
2012 President's Farewell Address
Posted: 23 December 2012
At our meeting on December 15 we heard from Fred Miller of the Peace and Justice Alliance. Fred is proposing that we join him and others in organizing a fund-raising event next year to help VFP members restore the Golden Rule (pictured at right).
After the Dec. 15 meeting, five VFP 92 members went to Benaroya Hall. There we handed out the last 325 of our "O Little Town of Bethlehem" cards to passersby and people attending the 1 PM performance of Handel's Messiah.
Case closed. VFP 92's lawsuit against the City of Auburn is over. On Dec. 15, federal judge Marsha Pechman signed an order enjoining the City from engaging in viewpoint discrimination against Veterans For Peace with respect to the Auburn Veterans Day parade. The injunction will be in effect for at least the next five years.
Posted: 23 November 2012
Emily Horswill Memorial
Casual attire is preferred. In lieu of flowers, donations to one of following: Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 6th Ave., Seattle, Wa 98101; The Mountaineers 7700 Sand Point Wy. NE Seattle Wa 98115; or Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace, PO 31947, Seattle, Wa. 98103 or the charity of your choice.
See also "Remembering Emily Horswill"
Posted: 06 December 2012
Remembering Emily Horswill
Emily Ungerecht HORSWILL
Emily Horswill (in red) protesting the US occupation
of Iraq in 2010 in downtown Seattle.
Posted: 06 December 2012
VFP Election News
The following members were elected to the 2013 VFP 92 Board of Directors: Dan Gilman (President), Keith Orchard (Vice-President), Walt Williams (Secretary), Michelle Kinnucan (Treasurer), Mike Kearney (Director-At-Large; 3-Year Position), and Cliff Wells (Director-At-Large; 1-Year Position).
Posted: 12 November 2012
2012 Auburn Veterans Day Report
More than forty members of Veterans For Peace from Greater Seattle, Tacoma, and elsewhere marched last Saturday in near-perfect weather in the City of Auburn's annual Veterans Day parade (photos below). This was VFP's seventh consecutive appearance in the parade and we're proud and pleased to have been able to, once again, add our clear, singular pro-peace voice to the messages conveyed by the other 184 entries in the parade. Our contingent featured an American flag at its head, four peace flags, and nearly one dozen VFP flags.
The last-minute courtroom drama provoked by the City of Auburn also resulted in significant media coverage for VFP this year. As in past years, most spectators were friendly and supportive but this year was special as, in light of our legal battle, many people all along the parade route made a point of saying things such as, "We're glad you're back in this year." Several Auburn residents came to our staging area this year before we entered the line of march to express their support and disagreement with the position of the city government; one Auburn resident felt so strongly that she decided to march with us.
For the second year in a row we also had a booth in Auburn. It was staffed by four VFP members, who report that a steady trickle of visitors came and "almost all were familiar with our attempted exclusion from the parade and were supportive to a person that we had a right to be there." Flyers about the history of Armistice/Veterans Day and VFP information were distributed.
Much thanks are due to ACLU-WA cooperating attorney David Whedbee of MacDonald, Hoague, and Bayless, and ACLU-WA staff attorneys Sarah Dunne, La Rond Baker, and Margaret Chen for our courtroom victory. We're also grateful to the Rev. Susan Armer and St. Matthew Episcopal Church--located just four blocks from our staging area--for their hospitality in providing us with parking, bathrooms, hot coffee, and donuts.
After the parade, about twenty-five of us enjoyed lunch and good company at a local Auburn restaurant. Mike Dedrick attended the ACLU's annual Bill of Rights dinner that evening and reports that the emcee's announcement of our legal victory and that we had marched in Auburn was met with cheers.
Photo by Cliff Wells
Photo by Alan Berner of the Seattle Times
Posted: 12 November 2012
Veterans For Peace v. City of Auburn Media Coverage
"This is an Auburn parade with a pro-military message," [Auburn City Attorney] Heid said Monday. "The Veterans for Peace have a different message. ... We part company with them there." ...
Keith Orchard, who paid his price during a tour of Vietnam nearly half a century ago, is a member of Veterans for Peace. "We try to make people aware of the costs of war," Orchard said. -KIRO, 09 Nov 2012.
U.S. District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman said Veterans for Peace must be allowed to march in the Auburn Veterans Day parade Saturday. She called Auburn's policy a textbook violation of the First Amendment.
About 40 members of the antiwar group marched in the parade, as they have in the past, and met with loud cheers and applause as they passed through town waving U.S. flags with peace signs substituted for stars.
"We are no less veterans simply because we believe peace is the proper approach in this world and not wars," says David Kannis, a member of Veterans For Peace.
Whether people agreed with the group's message or not, veterans say they should be part of the event.
"I think that Veterans Day has been so politicized and so hyped that it has lost what it's original intention was; it was Armistice Day, which was a day partially dedicated, not only to veterans, but also to discussions and furthering the cause of world peace. I don't see how you can talk about veterans without talking about peace." -Mike Dedrick on KIRO, 12 Nov. 2012.
Posted: 09 November 2012
Auburn Parade Details for Saturday
The First Amendment rights of anti-war/pro-peace veterans were vindicated today when Chief Judge Marsha Pechman ruled in VFP 92's favor today in federal court, granting our request for a Temporary Restraining Order and a Preliminary Injunction ordering the City of Auburn to permit us to march in the City's annual Veterans Day parade as we have done for the previous six years. It would a shame to win this hard-fought victory and not turn out in good number so we encourage all Veterans For Peace members to join us in Auburn tomorrow.
Here are the details:
Posted: 08 November 2012
City of Auburn Responds to Parade Suit
VFP's Complaint, Declarations, and other documents can be found on the ACLU's "Veterans for Peace v City of Auburn" page. Below are some excerpts from two of the declarations filed in support of the City of Auburn's position
From the Declaration of Pete Lewis:
5. In 2009, I discussed with the City's Parks and Recreation Director the length of the Parade and the need to shorten it. [Note: In 2011, when VFP marched in the parade it had 185 approved entries, this year it has 184.] We also discussed the types of participants whose inclusion in the Parade furthered the purpose of the Parade most. ... In this process, we specifically wanted to control the message delivered by the City with this parade. We wanted to demonstrate that Auburn is patriotic, and we believe that delivery of that message will enhance the reputation of Auburn and help the City thrive, economically and socially. ...
7. The VFP has marched with signs that say things such as "End the Wars," and "Bring All the Troops Home Now," as well as signs that indicate VFP's estimates of the cost of the war and VFP's opinion that military deaths are not worth those costs. While these sentiments may be legitimate and understandable, and while the City respects VFP's rights to its opinions, they are not in keeping with the intentions, goals, and the purposes of the Parade ...
8. Because of the complaints received about VFP's signs, after the 2011 Parade, I directed City staff to revise the City's written goals and purposes for the Parade ...
10. The VFP's participation in the Parade [in 2012] was rejected because of their historic unwillingness to conform to the mission and purpose of the Parade. ...
From the Declaration of Tony Dohse:
3. I am willing to participate in the parade so long as the message we are delivering shows unconditional support for veterans. I wanted to partner with the City to deliver that message of support and support the city's efforts to put on this parade.
4. I do not want to be in a parade that offers contradictory messages, like the one offered by the VFP in past parades. This was my intent when I looked at the parade application.
Posted: 05 November 2012
VFP Sues Auburn Over Parade Exclusion
The text below is from the web site of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. The story was also covered by the Seattle Times where Auburn City Attorney Dan Heid is quoted saying: "This is an Auburn parade with a pro-military message ... The Veterans for Peace have a different message. ... We part company with them there." Heid indicates that since 2010 (the article erroneously says 2009) "the city has had increasing concerns about Veterans for Peace ... in past parades some of the members 'have carried peace flags.' " Radio station KPLU has also covered the story.
See also "Veterans for Peace v City of Auburn" for case documents and updates.
See also: "VFP-ACLU 1st Amendment Victory in Seattle." This concerns a 2010 incident involving the Port of Seattle police.
Posted: 04 November 2012
Three Armistice/Veterans Day Events
Auburn Veterans Day Parade, Booth, & Get Together
The Auburn Veterans Day parade is billed as one of the largest Veterans Day parades west of the Mississippi River. In 2010, an estimated 5,000 people lined the streets to watch it. Veterans For Peace have marched in the parade for every one of the last six years. 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.
Unfortunately, our application and a subsequent appeal to march this year have been rejected. The word from city officials is that they don't like our "message" and they don't think we "honor" veterans and current military personnel. In fact, VFP honors them by working to restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations and by working to abolish war as an instrument of national policy so that no member of the armed forces will ever be ordered to place limb, life, or soul in jeopardy for an unjust or unworthy cause. We honor them when we use and guard the Constitutional freedoms, including speech, that we swore to defend in our oaths of enlistment/office.
In any case, we are still hoping to march in the parade and encourage all Veterans For Peace to join us in Auburn, if possible. Supporters who subscribe to the VFP Statement of Purpose are also welcome. In the event that we cannot march lawfully we will use lawful means only to protest or raise awareness of our exclusion. Check back on this site for more details soon.
Our application for a booth this year was approved. The booth is located near the military recruiting displays on S. Division St. just south of E. Main St. There will also be a VFP after-parade social gathering in Auburn. Contact us if you want to attend.
Soldier's Heart Veterans Day Silent Vigil
Coffee Strong Anniversary Dinner and Dessert Auction
Posted: 04 November 2012
Last year, Richard Johnson of Canada's National Post produced an amazing graphic which illustrates that "Despite the pending troop withdrawals in Iraq and those in Afghanistan between now and 2014, the United States remains a superpower on a scale not seen since the days of the Caesars."
Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace obtained permission to do a limited print run as an educational and fund-raising project. These 15" x 24" posters are great for educators and activists and every office, classroom, and community cafe ought to have at least one. They are printed in full-color on high-quality glossy paper at a local union print shop. Posters start at $12 each with quantity discounts. Download an order form on the VFP 92 store page.
Posted: 04 October 2012
VFP 92 October Events & News
General Membership Meeting
National Veterans For Peace Voting Deadline
By now, all Full Members in good standing should have received their election materials from the national office. If you think you should have gotten the election materials but didn't then please call the national office at 314-725-6005 or email them at
. This year, for the first time, all Full Members will be able to vote on bylaws amendments and resolutions. Three measures on the ballot were endorsed by VFP 92 earlier this year: 1) Bylaw 2.2 Proposal to provide Associate Members the privilege of voting on VFP National resolutions; 2) Resolution 2012-06 to end VFP's affiliation with Amazon.com; and, 3) Resolution 2012-12 "Supporting Democracy, Equality & Peace in Palestine". In July, VFP 92 also voted to oppose Resolution 2012-11 "Rescinding Obama Impeachment Resolution". Ballots must be postmarked by October 24, 2012.
Report on Patriot Day Action
VFP 92 Endorses National Demonstration Against Italian Weapons Sales to Israel
Auburn Veterans Day Update
Last year was our sixth appearance in the Auburn Veterans Day parade. Unfortunately, VFP 92 was notified today that our application to march this year was rejected. The relevant portion of the message said: "Unfortunately, each year, receive more applications than we can successfully accommodate, and we have to choose those that most closely meet the goals and purpose of the event. Regrettably, we are unable to approve your organization to participate in the parade this year." However, our application for a "static display," i.e. a booth, was approved and we'll need volunteers to help staff that for our second year in a row.
Posted: 03 September 2012
VFP 92 September Events & News
Bradley Manning Action
9/11: Veterans For Peace Offer Patriot Day Greetings
VFP 92 September General Membership Meeting & Folke Bernadotte Action
VFP & IVAW: What We're Doing & How We Work Together
Posted: 19 July 2012
8/6: Hiroshima to Hope
VFP 92 is a co-sponsor of this year's commemoration of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Click on the image below to enlarge it.
Posted: 19 July 2012
Seafair Fleet Week Activities
On August 1 we'll support Ground Zero's "water-based nonviolent protest against the glorification of weapons of war at the Seattle Seafair" and we'll greet "members of the 2012 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk, who began their walk for peace in Portland on July 22" (see press release here). We'll be joined joined by members of the Washington Veterans Against the War Peace Flag Honor Guard. Then on August 4 we'll help educate folks waiting in line for warship tours about the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and current US-Israel foreign policy by displaying a banner and distributing copies of the "Commonly Asked Questions About the USS Liberty" leaflet.
Posted: 03 July 2012
July VFP 92 General Membership Meeting
Per the vote of the membership at the chapter's regular monthly meeting on September 17, 2011, undesignated funds collected at the first general membership meeting of each quarter go to Coffee Strong.
Posted: 04 July 2012
Report: Independence Day Action
Eight people participated in VFP 92's July 4th action at Pier 62/63 Park on the Seattle waterfront. All 400 of our James Madison war versus liberty cards were handed out and because we ran out early we switched to Bradley Manning info cards, distributing about 100 of those. VFP flags were displayed along with three of the Washington Veterans Against the War peace flags.
Posted: 03 July 2012
Richard Falk & Pride Parade Reports
Greater Seattle Veterans For Peace co-sponsored the June 8 Seattle appearance of Richard A. Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights. He spoke to a crowd of several hundred at the University Temple United Methodist Church. Falk began his talk by speaking at length about the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty. Falk asserted attack was "deliberate" and said its "coverup" by the Johnson administration was based upon fear of a "domestic Jewish backlash". The rest of Falk's talk focused on three "myths" that explain the relationship between the US and Israel, a relationship where Israel "manipulates" the United States.
On June 24, twelve folks marched in our Bradley Manning contingent in the Seattle Pride parade and displayed a Bradley Manning banner, VFP flags, and peace flags. About 500 Bradley Manning stickers and 750 info cards were handed out to spectators.
Posted: 13 June 2012
Independence Day Action
We'll be doing educational leafleting and will be joined by members of the Washington Veterans Against the War Peace Flag Honor Guard.
March for Bradley Manning in the Pride Parade
VFP 92's War Resister Support Action Team is organizing a contingent in this year's Pride Parade in support of alleged US Army whistleblower Bradley Manning. The parade starts at 11 AM at 4th Avenue & Union streets and will proceed north down 4th Avenue to 2nd and Denny Way near Seattle Center. The parade will last approximately two and a half hours and will be held rain or shine. Plan for the day by wearing a good pair of walking shoes and bringing a hat, water, sunscreen and/or raingear as needed. For parade contingents, it should take about an hour to travel the distance.
VFP 92's entry number is C94 and our staging location has been moved to Columbia Street (staging zone "Lime") between Fourth & Fifth Aves. Look for the Bradley Manning banner. Plan on arriving at the staging location at 12:30 PM SHARP! Please do not show up early as the area will be used for 150 groups throughout the entire staging process. Bring posters, t-shirts, and any other items proclaiming your support for Bradley.
Posted: 13 June 2012
USS Liberty & Colin Powell Reports
Six members of VFP 92 were on hand to greet attendees of the Memorial Day service on the USS Turner Joy in Bremerton. Three members returned to Bremerton on the Friday, June 8--the 45th anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty--to do educational leafleting at lunch time at the Farragut Ave. gate of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The chapter's USS Liberty banner was displayed, chapter members were well-received on both days, and a combined total of about 445 copies of the "Commonly Asked Questions About the USS Liberty" brochure were distributed. About 350 copies of the chapter's "It Didn't Work for Ali " leaflet were distributed at Seattle's Westin Hotel on the occasion of Colin Powell's appearance there on June 6. Six members of VFP 92 were joined by friends from Ground Zero and other peace organizations. We were later joined by a contingent of folks from Occupy Seattle who livened things up Cacerolazo-style.