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, August 21, 2021 - 2pm Teleconference
Due to the temporary closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday, August 21st 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, August 21st, click on… https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88372237367. To join the meeting by telephone only, call 312-626-6799 and when prompted, enter a Meeting ID of 883 7223 7367. The meeting agenda is contained in the August 2021 Chapter newsletter when publiished. (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 National Convention (Online) August 12-15
Registration is now open! This year's online convention (due to the pandemic, there will not be any physical event this year – everything will be online only) has a theme of “Rising to the Moment”.
The 2021 keynote speaker is Viet Thanh Nguyens, a Vietnamese-American novelist, University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. His book, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction among other accolades, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from an American Author from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.
There are convention fees being asked (see https://veteransforpeace.salsalabs.org/2021conventionregistration/index.html) but these fees pay for the production cost of the event and also go to help support Veterans For Peace. Also, for those going through hard times, convention fees can be waived and for more information on this visit https://tinyurl.com/VFP-Convention-Assistance. For more information on the 2021 VFP online convention visit www.vfpconvention.org.
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.
If you are a veteran, or know of a veteran that needs help...