Chapter #035 Hosts 2019 National Veterans for Peace Conference

This year, our chapter was honored to host the national convention. See below for highlights, videos, and more from “Sacred Lands, Sacred Lives: Peace Knows No Borders”.


Ruth (Loke) was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Veterans For Peace convention. Ruth Aloua is a Kanaka Maoli from the Kona District. Her grandmother’s lineage binds her to the island Hawai’i and her grandfathers to Maui. She is a mahi’ai (farmer) and a kia’i loko (fishpond guardian) whose work extends to the peaks of Mauna a Wākea to the plains of Pōhakuloa into the deepest depths of the ocean to the realm of Kanaloa. She is an advocate for peace and justice fostering nonviolent interaction between people, land, water, ocean and air.

Deb Abrahamson, the founder and director of SHAWL- Sovereignty, Health, Air, Water and Land, gave the opening plenary.  She spoke at the Veterans For Peace 2019 Convention about the poisoning and destruction of indigenous lands and people.

Brittany Ramos DeBarros spoke about her experience standing up to the military industrial complex and her work with About Face’s Drop the MIC campaign on Friday night.

A farewell video tribute to VFP Executive Director Michael McPhearson.

As part of the wonderful exhibit, Waging Peace, VFP member Chuck Searcy of Project RENEW describes the major success and strides in making Vietnam safe from the devices of death dropped on the country by the United States.

Veterans for Peace Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Kokusai (VFP-ROCK) gives an update on their most recent efforts to protect Henoko.

Closing Ceremony of the Arlington NW installation at Riverfront Park

Closing plenary discussion with Garrett Reppenhagen, the new VFP Executive Director, and Michael T. McPhearson, former VFP Executive Director, giving closing remarks and challenges to the veteran members attending the 2019 VFP National Convention in Spokane, Washington.


[Mike James Photo] For a complete look at the Annual Convention in photos, see Mike James’ beautiful photo essay here.

Coverage from Annual Convention

Spokane Public Radio

KXLY video of Arlington Memorial installation in Riverfront Park

Praxis interview with keynote Ruth (Loke) Aloua

Praxis interview with Brittany Ramos DeBarros