New! December 2018 Newsletter

SPOKANE VETERANS FOR PEACE CHAPTER #35
Niche #310 25 W. Main Avenue Spokane, WA 9201
Phone: 509-209-2385 E-mail: vfp35spokane@riseup.net
WWW.SPOKANEVETERANSFORPEACE.ORG
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INTRO TO SPOKANE VFP P.1
NAT’L VFP CONVENTION P.2
OUR ADVISORY BOARD P.3
JOIN SPOKANE VFP AND WORK FOR PEACE
THERE IS NO WAY TO PEACE, PEACE IS THE WAY
A. J. MUSTE
EXECUTIVE BOARD
RUSTY NELSON, PRESIDENT
GEORGE TAYLOR, VP
HOLLIS HIGGINS, SECRETARY
RAY THORNE, TREASURER
TOM CHARLES, AT LARGE
BEN RALL, AT LARGE
ADVISORY BOARD
JIM SHEEHAN
SHARON SMITH
CASEY ANDREWS
BUELL HOLLISTER
FRED STRANGE
SALLY WINKLE
LARRY SHOOK
BART HAGGIN
VOLUNTEERS
VALERY WALEY
Locally our focus is on supporting compassionate civic and humanitarian activities that create a Culture of Peace. We often table at events, walk in parades, and
demonstrate at public rallies, protests & campaigns in support of Human Rights. We
support actions that our members embrace.
JOIN SPOKANE VETERANS FOR PEACE
Only way to join VFP is to send your DD214 to National VFP along with $40.00/year.
Associate members can join for $25.00/year. Local chapter dues are voluntary 10.00/year.
We meet every second Wednesday at 6:45 PM in the Saranac Building Learning Studio to share information and plan our Peace work. It’s up to us to leverage the Peace Vets Voice!
LEVERAGING THE PEACE VETS VOICE
Yes, it sounds like a theme song lyric, but it’s true that the anti war/militarism platform and the pro-Peace action narrative put Peace Vets in a unique position as advocates for building communities and common care. How to leverage that voice, with strategies and tactics that work over time is a priority. VFP is now an International Network with chapters in Viet Nam, the UK, Mexico, Okinawa, &
Ireland. Our Peace Ship, the Golden Rule, will soon embark on a 3,000 mile journey
bringing a “no nukes” message to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Okinawa, South Korea, and others. There are multiple working groups on issues, like Agent Orange & Unexploded Ordinance. VFP holds advisory NGO status at the U.N.

VFP Spokane Wins Bid for 2019 National Convention!

August 15-18, 2019 Spokane Doubletree Hotel

 

Convention Program  [*Subject To Change]
DAILY Meditation, Yoga, AA
ART SHOW & VENDOR FAIR
President’s Reception
Poetry Reading
Movies
Plenary Sessions & Breakout Workshops
Business Meeting
Social Hour & Banquet
Open Mic
Spokane VFP Chapter President’s Welcome
On behalf of Chapter #35, I urge you to make plans to join us this August in the
Inland Northwest. Like your community, Spokane is under attack by greed, militarism & tortured climate, but we thrive on a legacy of actvism from the
Wobblies, a determined social jus6ce community, & warm summer days with
refreshingly cool nights in a thrilling natural settng.
Just because we’re saving the world, there’s no reason not to have a good time.
Rusty Nelson, President,
Veterans For Peace
Spokane, Washington
THERE IS NO WAY TO PEACE, PEACE IS THE WAY. A.J. MUSTE
DEVELOPING A PERSONAL PEACE PRACTICE
What Can I Do For Peace?
Good ques6on! Start with
yourself. If you change,
others may change as well
(but there’s no guarantee.)
Consider working in the
physical, mental, emotional
and spiritual realms. Daily.
*Take care of your body by proper nutri6on and daily exercise.
*Remain mentally alert by reading and thinking and expressing your ideas.
*Emotional stability can be maintained by grounding techniques and by allowing
proper outlets for feelings. Find like-minded friends.
*Devote some time to relationships with ideas beyond the physical plane.
Connecting with Nature is a good way to do this.
Developing a discipline and daily routine can help focus on what is needed and
provide support for your actions for PEACE.
SACRED LANDS & SACRED LIVES
We all live on sacred land. It is only by recognizing, realizing and understanding
this that we can sanctify our actions on this land. This is an important theme of any
PEACE convention where we come together to work for the good of all society.
When we work for the care and sustainability of our Sacred Land, our lives
become Sacred as well. It is via Conscious Awareness that we offer our work for a
Sustainable Spokane. Civil society depends upon a very important construction:
< we all care for all >
Spokane VFP continues our work for peace with your assistance. Our focus is to
support our members and friends as their projects manifest.Please find out
about and support our allied oganizations!
LEVERAGING VETERANS VOICES FOR PEACE
is an important theme of this annual National Convention. We have seen militarization of our society, the rise of white nationalism, fear mongering
against immigrants & refugees. We see U.S. administrations scoff at International Laws, Treaties, Conventions, and U.N. Declarations. We’ve seen funding cuts to essential programs and institutions that safeguard our democracy & underpin our entire society. Peace Veterans can speak with first hand knowledge ofwaste & destruction brought about by military actions around the world. A t-shirt from
World Beyond War so states: “The first casualty of war is Truth; the rest are mostly
civilians.” That means women & children. “Genocide by dislocation” is a primary cause of the shortened & hazardous lives of refugees in wartime. Now’s a good time to Leverage the Peace Vets Voice!
EYE ON US: VFP #035 Creates New Advisory Board
VFP Chapter #35 is pleased to announce the formation of our Advisory Board to help guide the future activities and well being of our organization. Initial members of the Advisory Board are Jim Sheehan, Sharon Smith, Casey Andrews, Fred Strange, Sally Winkle, Buell Hollister, Larry Shook, and Bart Haggin
#35 Action Committies
*Truth In Recruitment
*Communications
*Membership
*Focus On Fairchild
*No Military Armed Forces
Torchlight Parade
*Nuclear Free Zone Spokane
*Int’l War Crimes Tribunal
*Convention Spokane 2019
*Save Our VA
*Name Change Geo. Wright Blv
*Reclaim Armistice Day
*Police Accountabilithy
*Civil Rights at the Border
JOIN OUR WORK
Membership In Local Chapter: Just Show Up!
Meetings: 2nd Wednesdays at 25 W. Main, 3rd Floor Learning Studio
JOIN NATIONAL VFP: Send $40 + DD214 on line
Associate: Send $25 on line
Spokane VFP Achievements Since 2010
Founded in 1989, re-started in 2010 by Rusty Nelson, Chapter #35 is active in the region with 21 current members. We paraded every year in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Past actions include the Pride Parade & the Women’s March. We’ve rallied with PJALS
for Tax Fairness & held workshops at the P&EJAC. Our chapter was awarded grants from
Resist! & VFP Zinn Fund.VFP Spokane with Washington Physicians For Social Responsibility was instrumental in passing a resolution making our City a Nuclear Free Zone.Memorial Day readings were held in 2015 & 2017 from our books, VET LIT; How We Remember War, and Vet Lit 2; So It Goes. Armistice Day Bell Ringing ceremony Nov. 11th.
Important Report Back Rallys supporting the Poor People’s Campaign brought VFP speakers to the Gathering Place next to City Hall. Our tables appeared at Earth Day &
Perry Street Fair. In concern for climate disaster our chapter joined Raging Grannies
blocking BNSF oil & coal trains. In Taylor vs. Washington State, the necessity defense was
granted: law was broken for the higher good.
Golden Rule Peace Ship Hawaii voyage delayed to Spring 2019
A sea trial showed that the Golden Rule is not quite ready for an ocean crossing. We need bigger light-weight sails and some additional work first. If you want to receive a daily email from the Golden Rule once we’re underway, please go to
https://groups.google.com/d/forum/grdaily
In the meantime, we’ll send updates to the group about once a week. Our latest newsletter is available at Golden Rule eNews Fall 2018 Constant Contact. Screen the
New Golden Rule Documentary! Making Waves: The Rebirth of the Golden Rule, A 25 minute documentary about the Golden Rule’s history and current mission is now available to view and download here! Follow the Golden Rule on Facebook.
Truth In Recruitment
Advice to students about military enlistment is now available at District #81High School Counseling Offices.
 
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001: $4,678,556,044,506 (as of 11/30/18)
Every hour taxpayers in the United States pay $32,077,626 for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001.
Upcoming Events >>>> >
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
MLK, Jr. MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2019 10:00 AM RALLY & MARCH
We support this principled campaign which exposes racism, inequality,
consumerism and militarism in the United States.
Women’s March:
Make Merry – 2019 Women’s March fundraiser featuring electric violinist Pamela
Benton at Patsy Clark Mansion, Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 to 7:30.
Women+s March Spokane 2019, JANUARY 19TH, 334 W. Spokane Falls Bl, 10-3.
We support the equality of women, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, Equal
Pay, and respect.
World Beyond War
AlternativeApproaches to GlobalSecurity Book Launch &Symposium –
November 29, 2018 Georgetown Universithy https://youtu.be/r9h9MFASwrY
We work to Create a Culture of Peace via non-violent means to eliminate poverty
and establish free and universal higher education for all.
Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane:
PJALS Winter Party & Potluck, December 18, 6-8 PM.
We support PJALS and urge attendance at the 10th annual Peace & Economic
Justice Action Conference, Feb. 23rd, 2019 at Unitarian Universalist Church.
Activist Development
Your donation to Spokane VFP enables our Peace Work, providing materials &
graphics for tabling & logistics for events, demonstrations & rallys. It allows us to endorse Peace Campaigns and bring speakers to our region.
Support VFP today!
Spokane Nearly Live Issue 01 December 2018 Published by Spokane Veterans ForPeace
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VFP National Convention in Spokane, August 15-18, 2019

Imagine, a PEACE CONVENTION IN SPOKANE! This is a Big Occasion. Please Join Us.
November 30, 2018
The 2019 National Convention of Veterans For Peace will be hosted by VFP Chapter 35 in Spokane, Washington, August 15-18. We have just signed a contract with the Doubletree Hotel, located right next to the Spokane River in downtown Spokane.
This year’s convention will be one day shorter than past conventions, which will make it less expensive for all. The Board meeting will take place on Thursday during the day, and the President’s Reception and Poetry Reading will take place on Thursday evening. There will be one day fewer for plenaries and workshops, as we try out a somewhat different format.
We are also thinking about gearing the plenaries and workshops toward strategizing for effective national campaigns. With input from many members, we hope to come up with bold new plans that will focus our veterans’ voice and attract new members.
The rooms at the Doubletree Hotel are nice and reasonably priced for the VFP Convention ($133 + 12% tax = $148.96). Since the convention will be shorter by one day, this will be even more affordable.
A little about Spokane: it is a beautiful city whose star is rising. It is very popular with tourists. The downtown area is gorgeous, with tons of great restaurants and stores. There is a vibrant and growing progressive community. Everything is centrally located and convenient to the Doubletree Hotel. The Spokane International Airport, five miles from downtown Spokane, is served by five airlines with nonstop service to 13 airports (as of 2016 – probably more now as Spokane is experiencing significant growth).
Spokane VFP Chapter 35 is very active on multiple fronts, from opposing militarism to protecting the environment. Within striking distance of Spokane are active VFP chapters in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, Washington, as well as Portland, Oregon, all of whom will be actively helping to plan and build the Spokane convention. We can expect some special guests from nearby Canada as well.
So mark August 15-18 on your calendars. You will want to be part of another great VFP Convention, this time in the beautiful Northwest.
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This military explosive is poisoning American soil The explosive compound that helped make America a superpower is now a domestic threat. By Ranjani Chakraborty Dec 29, 2017, 2:30pm EST

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/12/29/16826118/military-explosive-poison-american-soil

ProPublica months ago began investigating the scope of the environmental problems caused by the US military on domestic soil. What they found was arresting. The Pentagon has catalogued more than 40,000 contaminated sites across US states and territories, and so far has spent more than $40 billion attempting to clean them up. They’ve found no other single entity — corporation, government agency, or individual — responsible for so much environmental degradation. Faced with these liabilities, the Pentagon has routinely sought to minimize its responsibility for fixing its environmental problems. It burns hazardous waste and explosives because it’s the cheapest way to dispose of them, even though the burning process has been outlawed for most American industries since the 1980s. It employs contractors to dispose of hazardous waste and clean up toxic sites, then claims it is not responsible when some of those contractors commit fraud, improperly handle toxic material, or cut corners on cleanups. In some cases, the Pentagon has explicitly refused to cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency and let dangerous sites linger unaddressed. But perhaps nothing better exemplifies the Pentagon’s approach to its pollution problem than the story of RDX, one of the world’s most powerful conventional explosives. RDX was developed by the US military during World War II. It is now believed by many to cause cancer, and is increasingly turning up in drinking water supplies near military sites across the country. The video above explores how the Pentagon has resisted scientific evidence that RDX causes cancer, even as the human health and environmental dangers of it have surfaced.

This story is the fourth installment in Vox’s collaboration with ProPublica. You can find this video and all of Vox’s videos on YouTube. And you can get more ProPublica journalism here. Subscribe and stay tuned for more from our partnership.

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Veterans for Peace, Chicago, August 12, 2017

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July 29, 2017, 10 AM to 1 PM. Twenty-seven committed souls braved 92 degree heat at the main gate of Fairchild Air Force Base to share little known information about Fairchild. Organized by Spokane Veterans for Peace, we were young and old, male and female, religious and secular. Black and white.

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Trump Just Said Only WEAK Veterans Get PTSD

http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/10/03/trump-just-said-weak-veterans-get-ptsd-heres-iraq-vets-responded/

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