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, 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. Veterans For Peace 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
Next Chapter Meeting - Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 2pm Teleconference
Due to the temporary closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday, July 24th Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by Zoom teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, a few minutes before 2pm, July 24th, click on… https://zoom.us/j/94555739354?pwd=bTdlM3dDeElFUzVhelE5bXU5RDFyUT09 - Note: Meeting log-on link was changed on 7/22/2021. The meeting agenda is contained in the July 2021 Chapter newsletter (see below). Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not.
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
Veterans For Peace Climate Crisis and The War Machine Music Contest - Submission deadline extended to August 1st!
Veterans For Peace is asking artists to write songs and create music videos around the theme of “Climate Crisis and The War Machine.”
The “Climate Crisis and The War Machine Music Video Contest” is about making the links that break the chains of big oil. The US military is the largest consumer of fossil fuels and the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s time to challenge the status quo and free people from the illusion that war keeps us safe.
These videos will be featured not only as a part of the Veterans For Peace National Convention, but on our social media, website, and our Gamers For Peace Twitch Channel. We will choose a first prize and runner up in each of the following five categories: Hip-hop, Pop, Country/R&B, Folk/Spoken Word, and Rock. The music video can take many forms, anywhere from a live performance recorded on your phone, to a fully produced, multi-camera music video. All levels of experience are welcome! First prizes get $1000 each and runners up get $500 each. In addition, each of the 10 winners chosen will perform at a concert for The Veterans For Peace National Convention on Aug 14, 2021. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2021 at at 11:59:59 (CST).
Official contest rules are at https://www.veteransforpeace.org/files/5516/2265/4051/Contest_Rules.pdf and the entry form at https://veteransforpeace.salsalabs.org/climatecontestregistration. (Please note that although the linked PDF has the deadline listed as July 15th, it has been extended until August 1st).
Militarism and Climate Change Presentation
A “Militarism and Climate Change” presentation will be given during the 2nd half of the Chapter 74 July meeting on July 24th. The talk will discuss the often ignored US military’s contribution to the climate crisis. Based on unofficial estimates, the US military’s emissions rank 47th out of 170 countries. Officially, the Department of Defense (DoD) does not have to report emissions and does not designate emissions from its some 800 overseas bases as US’s. This is a bipartisan problem. During the 1997 negotiations of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the Clinton/Gore Administration exerted pressure to exempt the reporting of any military emissions from any country. The US, with George W. Bush as President, then pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol.
The presenter will be Jim Rine of VFP Chapter 74 who is also a member of the newly formed Climate Crisis & Militarism Project within VFP (https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/climatecrisis). Jim was also part of a team of VFP members who met with the staff of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, on 14 April of 2021. All are invited to attend this presentation using the Zoom meeting link of (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89741129850?pwd=aVN2QlF4VmZ6eFA5MXVTdWNwN05hUT09. The VFP 74 Chapter meeting will start at 2pm and the Militarism and Climate Change program should start around 2:20pm.
Detroit Leave No One Behind Mural Project
On May 31st, volunteers from the META Peace Team (www.metapeaceteam.org), Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery (www.swordsintoplowsharesdetroit.org), and Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 – www.vfp74.org and 93 – www.vfp93.org, installed a “Leave No One Behind Mural Project” poster on the west side of downtown Detroit’s Central United Methodist Church www.centralumchurchdetroit.org.
The Leave No One Behind Mural Project is a multi-sited public art project that seeks to uplift the stories of thirty-three deported veterans, Dreamers, childhood arrivals, and permanent residents. For more information on the Leave No One Behind Mural Project visit https://leavenoonebehindmuralproject.org or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/leavenoonebehindmuralproject. For information about deported veterans visit www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/vfp-national-projects/deported-veterans-advocacy-project.
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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