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
For updates from Veterans For Peace on events in the Ukraine, please visit the national VFP at www.veteransforpeace.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/veteransforpeace. Also, to be placed on the national VFP bi-weekly email news update visit https://veteransforpeace.salsalabs.org/eblast0/index.html. Local actions on the crisis will be posted at the Chapter’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/VFP74), web page (www.vfp74.org) and Chapter email/newsletter list (sign up to be placed on the list at https://www.vfp74.org/newsletter).
Next VFP Chapter 74 Chapter Meeting - Monday, June 13th, 2022 - 7:30pm - Zoom Teleconference
The Monday, June 13th, 2022, 7:30pm, Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by Zoom teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, five minutes before 7:30pm on Monday, June 13th, click on…
To join the meeting by telephone only, call 312-626-6799 and when prompted, enter a Meeting ID of 854 1822 7679 and a passcode of 114992. Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not. The meeting agenda is the first item in the June newsletter when published (this post will be updated when the newsletter is published).
Please consider attending this online meeting and help our VFP Chapter grow and become more active!
Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 - www.vfp74.org
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
VFP Arlington Michigan Display In Downtown Detroit On Memorial Day – May 30th
Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 and 93 have again joined forces to set up the Veterans For Peace Arlington Michigan display (one grave marker for every Michigan soldier killed in the Afghan and Iraq wars – 230 total) in downtown Detroit on Memorial Day. The purpose of this display is to honor those who have fallen, to provide a place to grieve, and to educate the public about the costs of war, as well as the needs of those returning from conflicts. The display will be held on Monday, May 30th, 11am to 5pm, in downtown Detroit’s Grand Circus Park (Woodward at East Adams – map link at https://goo.gl/maps/MjhWcB4ospmmwwFu6). For more on the display itself, visit https://www.vfp93.org/arlington-michigan.
Steve Saelzler Memorial Donations
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Steve Saelzler, the deceased Chair of Veterans For Peace Chapter 74, please consider supporting the Wayne State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies - https://cpcs.wayne.edu. 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!
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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