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Spokane Public Schools District 81 Board Meeting
We gave this response to the Spokane School Board’s decision to arm guards in our schools:

Painfully acquainted with the use and misuse of weapons, Spokane Veterans for Peace strongly opposes the introduction of more weapons into our schools. Weapons endanger our children, not protect them, and have a track record of turning simple arguments and accidents into heartbreaking tragedy. More convincingly than any curricula, the employment of firearms in Spokane schools teach students to value violence as a means to an end and have no place in civilized society, let alone our student bodies.

Even with one-third of our country’s public schools using armed security, there are no studies to show that arming school officials makes those schools safer. In fact, two of the deadliest school shootings in our history took place on campuses with armed guards (Columbine H.S. and Virginia Tech). It should also be noted that a troubled student at our own Lewis and Clark High School was able to manipulate police officers into shooting him because they had no unarmed response to his self-destructive cry for help.

We urge that our highly valued education system not surrender to fear, despair and the gun lobby without considering the capacity of students and staff to rise above the clamor for more guns and more violence.


Spokane VFP delegation to Senator Patty Murray’s office to Protest War Against Syria, 9/1/13 (No photos yet)
Five VFP members shared views with attentive aide Murray aide Kierra Phifer for one hour.


Here are some pics of time spent in the Berkeley VFP convention in 2016


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Our man Mikel doing double duty (see next photo), Riverfront Park, September 1, 2013

Our man Mikel doing double duty (see next photo), Riverfront Park, September 1, 2013

Rogue's gallery protesting against Syria strike, Riverfront Park, Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rogue’s gallery protesting against Syria strike, Riverfront Park, Sunday, September 1, 2013

Our man Mikel doing double duty (see other photo), Riverfront Park, September 1, 2013

Our man Mikel doing double duty (see other photo), Riverfront Park, September 1, 2013

05/13 Military Spending is Killing US  Buell

2011 Magnuson Club Chef Gus

2011 Magnuson Club

2011 Magnuson Club Mikel S.

2011 Magnuson Club

2011 Magnuson Club Rusty N.

2011 Magnuson Club

2011 Magnuson Club Art H.

2011 Magnuson Club

10/13 Earthday Spokane - Art, Mike E

10/13 Earthday Spokane - Phil, Hollis

10/13 Earthday Spokane - Phil, Tom

2013 Unity in Community

2013 Unity in Community

2013 Unity in Community

2013 Unity in Community

2013 Unity in Community

2013 Unity in Community

2013 Unity in Community

2013 Unity in Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2011 Unity in the Community

2013 Perry St. Fair

2013 Perry St. Fair

2013 Perry St. Fair table

2013 Perry St. Fair table

07/13 Perry St. Fair-Art

2013 Gay Pride Parade

2013 Gay Pride Parade

2013 Gay Pride Parade

2013 Gay Pride Parade

2013 Gay Pride Parade

2013 Gay Pride Parade

 

2013 Pride Parade 1 Group

2013 Bloomsday Rusty Nelson

 

 

2013 EarthDay 028

 

VfP35 041

VfP35 035

2012 Bloomsday

2012 Bloomsday

2012 Bannering at Bloomsday, our city's huge annual race this May.

2012 Bannering at Bloomsday, our city’s huge annual race each May.

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