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
Facebook: Veterans For Peace – Spokane Chapter #35
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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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