Veterans For Peace Chapter 74, located in the Metro Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe Counties), is named in honor is named in honor of Michael Gramlich and Steve Saelzler, two local VFP members. Michael was a southeast Michigan veteran who for over 40 yeas was a leading-edge peace activist. Michael's quest for peace began in earnest following his experiences with atomic bomb tests in Nevada.  Likewise, Steve was also a local peace advocate and a Vietnam Veteran who lived to make a more peaceful world. 

 

Veterans For Peace itself seeks to increasing public awareness of the costs of war, restrain our government from intervening in the affairs of other nations, reduce the arms race as well as eliminating nuclear weapons, and to abolish war as an instrument of international policy.

Meetings & Events

Steve Saelzler - Rest In Peace Dear Friend And Brother

It is with deep regret we announce that Steve Saelzler, Chair of Veterans For Peace Chapter 74, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021. May peace be with you our brother!

 

A full obituary for Steve that appeared in the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News can be viewed at

https://www.freep.com/obituaries/det109300. Also, Steve's brother-in-law, Everette Keith, has put together a tribute to loaded with photographs at https://steve.erkbiz.com. Condolences for the passing of Steve Saelzler on can be sent to…  Charmaine Guerriero & Family, 7121 S Huron River Drive, Rockwood, MI 48179  -  or  - oThe Saelzler Family, 28355 Relda Drive. Brownstown, MI 48183

 

 

Photo’s of Steve above are him helping set up the annual VFP Arlington Michigan display (one marker for every soldier killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars) at Detroit’s Grand Circus Park on Memorial Day and when he appeared on a Chanel 50 TV interview in June 2017 where he was promoting peaceful resolutions of conflicts and Veterans For Peace. The third photo is Steve talking to a Peace Studies class at Wayne State University about being a combat soldier in Vietnam and why that experience made him a Veteran For Peace member.
 

Due to record pandemic levels that are still growing, memorial services for Steve Saelzler on January 16th (at the Downriver Alano Club) and January 30th (at the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery) have been postponed. 

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Steve Saelzler, please consider supporting the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. The goal of the Center is to develop and implement projects, programs, curricula, research, and publications in areas of scholarship related to international and domestic peace, war, social justice, arms control, globalization, multicultural awareness, and constructive conflict resolution. Steve made a number of visits to peace and conflict resolution classes, talking about his experiences in the military, why he joined Veterans For Peace and urging students to apply for Peace Studies Scholarships offered by Michigan VFP Chapter 93 (https://www.vfp93.org/peace-scholarship). Donations can be sent to Wayne State University, PO Box 674602, Detroit, MI 48267-4602. Also, please make the check out to Wayne State Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and put in the memo "deposit into index 225476." Thank you!

Next VFP Chapter 74 Chapter Meeting - Monday, March 14, 2022 - 7:30pm - Zoom Teleconference

The Monday, March 14, 2022, 7:30pm Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by Zoom teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. The change in meeting day is an attempt to see if a larger audience can attend a VFP meeting if it is held on a week night rather than a Saturday afternoon. The Zoom meeting logon link and telephone access procedure will be posted by mid-February. Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not.

Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter

  • The Mid-January VFP 74 Newsletter (with updates about postponed memorial services for Steve Saelzler and Martin Luther King Day events) can be viewed in a PDF or Word/Open Office format

  • The earlier January 2022  VFP 74 Newsletter can be viewed online in both a PDF or Word/Open Office format.

Ideas For Non-Violent Action

​​​In these difficult times, these 198 methods of nonviolent action have all been used in historical instances of nonviolent struggle - http://www.mapm.org/documents/198_nonviolent_methods_2007.pdf

Vietnam War - Full Disclosure

The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Vietnam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. The Full Disclosure web site - www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org - has sections on the Vietnam War Chronology, Educational Resources, Advocacy and more.

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