VFP 4th Annual Viet Nam Tour: April-May 2015

Veterans For Peace
Vietnam Spring Tour
April 16 – May 2 2015

Seul Jones

Seul Jones, President, VFP Hoa Binh Chapter 160, President

Each spring members of the Hoa Binh (Peace) Chapter 160 of Veterans For Peace (VFP) welcomes up to 20 Veterans & non-Vet peace activists & spouses to come for a 17-day insider’s tour of Việt Nam. This year’s includes the 40th Anniversary of Reunification Day commemorating of the end of the Resistance War Against America (Kháng chiến chống Mỹ) or the Việt Nam War (Chiến tranh Việt Nam) on April 30th, 1975.

The mission of the tour is to address the legacies of America’s war & form lasting ties of friendship & peace as well as tour this beautiful country. Each person is asked to bring a minimum of $1,000 as a donation for VFP Chapter 160’s humanitarian projects in Việt Nam: bomb clearance, chemical warfare victims, hospitals, orphanages, schools, etc. The tour includes visits to the recovery & assistance projects supported by VFP. They also meet with Việtnamese families & war veterans struggling with Agent Orange (AO), Continue reading

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Project Renew Update: PBS & Athens Georgia

U.S. Veteran leads clean-up of Vietnam War’s lethal remnants
PBS News Hour
Judy Woodruff @judywoodruff
November 20, 2014

There are still ongoing lethal consequences of the Vietnam War that ended in 1975. Undetonated “bomblets,” dropped by the U.S. military during the conflict, are killing and maiming people who discover them by accident. To help close a painful chapter in history, American veteran Chuck Searcy has made bomb removal and education his humanitarian mission. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports. pbs.org/newshour/bb/u-s-veteran-leads-clean-vietnam-wars-lethal-remnants/ Continue reading

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Understanding The Land Division In The West Bank

Elliott Adams
November 3, 2014

West Bank Restricted Access Map cropped

West Bank Restricted Access Map cropped

We all are familiar with the infamous illegal settlements in the West Bank. A renewed look at the map helps expose the reality. I refer to the West Bank Access Restrictions map (download a large resolution pdf). This map contains a lot of information, so it can be hard to sort out the big picture (a low-resolution version below).

The Oslo Accords established 3 categories of land in what was left of the Palestinian West Bank. The general understanding of the Oslo Accords (1995) was that over 5 years all three areas would be transferred to Palestinians. The fine print had many exceptions, and the agreement left many difficult issues for later resolution – the map shows where things were after 17 years (2012). Continue reading

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Remembering Jacob David George

September 18, 2014
Jacob David GeorgeJacob George, a 3-tour Afghanistan War Veteran and IVAW member from Arkansas took his own life yesterday. He was an incredibly warm person, a gifted troubadour and banjo player, and as he described himself, a ‘storytelling hillbilly’.

Jacob visited Veterans For Peace 69 at the War Memorial Building in August 2011 with fellow Afghanistan Vet Brock Macintosh following their civilian return to Afghanistan. Continue reading

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AFSP: Out of the Darkness — Walk With Team Chip

Honor The Memory of Reuben “Chip” “Wage” Santos
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Walk
Sunday, September 21, 2014
9am Registration
10am Walk begins
Mission Creek Park by AT &T Park, San Francisco
Driving & Transportation
Offline donation formOnline registrationDonation

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

We will walk in memory of Reuben Chip Wage Santos and all of those we’ve lost to suicide. Together we can raise awareness and save lives.

Paula & Ruben

Prior To The Walk Event organizers provide coffee, water, fresh fruit, bagels and granola bars. Take some time to visit the informational booths, register for the drawings, grab and wear your memory beads, visit the memory wall and watch the memory video. Please also take time to listen to the inspirational speakers.

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

AFSP Out of Darkness Walk: Reuben Chip Wage Santos

Look for our sign with Chip’s photos and white balloons with his image for our gathering place. Continue reading

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Zekerhullah’s Story: Surmounting Fear Through Nonviolent Resistance

Afghan Peace Volunteers Wall

Afghan Peace Volunteers Wall

Visiting Kabul is unsettling. Reuters recently reported  that as many as 700 heavily armed Taliban insurgents were battling Afghan security forces in Logar, a key province very close to Kabul. Local officials said it is a test of the Afghan military’s strength as foreign forces pull out of the country. Reuters: Hundreds of Taliban Fighters Battle Afghan Forces Near Kabul – Officials… Ahmad Sultan, Tue Aug 19, 2014

Families of several Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) live in Wardak, Paktia, and Ghazni, which immediately surround Logar. Some have already lost family members, and it is too dangerous for them to return to visit the ones that remain. One had family coming to Kabul for a long awaited visit and it had to be cancelled because of the escalation; another said he has only seen relatives a couple of times in the past several years. Continue reading

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Depression: Pathways to Resilience & Recovery

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Cole Hall, UCSF Parnassus Campus
513 Parnassus Ave., SF
Open to the public: FREE
415 476-7755

Depression Pathways to Resilience Recovery 09/21/14

Depression Pathways to Resilience Recovery 09/21/14

Message from the UCSF Depression Center Director

Robin Williams’ recent death highlights the importance of recognizing that depression is a serious and often life-threatening illness. Estimates are that one in six Americans will suffer a mood disorder during their lifetime. Up to 80% of deaths by suicide can be traced to these disorders. If recognized in time, we know that many of these conditions can respond to appropriate treatment and prevent these tragedies. It is time to intensify our education, research, and treatment capabilities for these disorders.

— Stuart J. Eisendrath, MD

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Alarm & Analysis In Afghanistan: Reflections By Kathy Kelly & Sherri Maurin

August 31, 2014
Kabul, Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

During the summer of 2014, Kathy Kelly with Voices For Creative Nonviolence, and Sherri Maurin, an educator and Campaign Nonviolence representative from the San Francisco Bay Area, lived in a working class neighborhood in Kabul, as guests of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Througout those hot summer months, fighting increased dramatically in Afghanistan. Kabul was “a bubble,” but now Kelly and Maurin hear of rising alarm on the part of their friends and their families who fear that combinations of warlords, drug lords, criminal gangs and Taleban fighters will take advantage of the void in governance which seems likely to follow a failed election. Matthieu Aikins chronicles these very real concerns in this August 18th Rolling Stone article “Last Tango In Kabul.” Continue reading

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International Day Of Peace

Celebrate The Right Of Peoples To Peace
Sunday, September 21, 2014
4:30-6:30 Informational Booths
5:30-6:30 No Host Cocktail Hour
6:30 Dinner, Introductions, Raffle, Presentations
Grace Evangelical Luthern Church
3201 Ulloa St., San Francisco
Contact: Latonia Dixon, lionlatonia.1@gmail.com

International Day of Peace, September 21

International Day of Peace, September 21

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in acombat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably. Read more…


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Mental Health/Homeless Summit

MH-Homeless-VetExpanding Partnerships & Resources To Improve The Lives Of Veterans & Their Family Members
Friday, August 29
New Federal Building, ground floor
90 Seventh Street, San Francisco
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Boyd 415 221-4810 x342, jennifer.boyd@va.gov


VA Health CareBring together organizations that serve Veterans, to strengthen partnerships between the VA and the community.
Enhance access to Mental Health and Homeless services for Veterans and their families in San Francisco and northern San Mateo counties.

Agenda: Continue reading

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