Monday Night Forum!!

Monday, July 28th from 6 – 9 pm
OccupyForum Presents
Jiwon Chung and friends
Theatre of the OppressedInternal Oppression
Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of critically important issues!

As we’ve previously experienced, Theater of the Oppressed is a collection of games, techniques and exercises for using theater as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. It uses the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as a laboratory for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding solutions to the fundamental problems of conflict, inequality, injustice and human suffering. Last time we focused on oppression by external power; this time we’ll explore how internal oppression controls us.

Augusto-Boal-Jonathan-McIntosh-305Augusto Boal‘s Theater of the Oppressed has spread across the Americas and more than 70 countries worldwide. Theatre of the Oppressed is taught in classrooms and in the streets, bringing together students, scholars, administrators, policy makers, and community activists in the pursuit of social justice and human rights. Its use is particularly timely today given the worldwide attention to the rights of the indigenous peoples represented by the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.

jiwon-chungJiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theater of the Oppressed. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, Adjunct professor at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and past President of the national organization for Theater of the Oppressed. Author of numerous books, articles, and performances, he is considered a pioneer in the integration of somatics, theater of the oppressed, and socially engaged art. The focus of his work is in the application of theater as a tool for social and political change, using Theater of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and 3 decades of Vipassana meditation.

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Peace or Perish Abolish War on Planet and Poor

2014 Veterans For Peace National ConventionVeterans For Peace 29th Annual Convention
Jul 23 – Jul 27, 2014
University of NC at Asheville
1 University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804
Host: VFP Chapter 99 in Asheville, NC




  • Cynthia McKinney, American Politician and Activist
  • Matthew Hoh, 1st US official to resign in protest over the Afghan war
  • Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Founder of SOAW
  • Camilo E. Mejia, First Combat Vet Resistor
  • Col Ann Wright, Former U.S. Army Colonel
  • Ross Caputi, Marine Corps veteran of the 2nd siege of Fallujah
  • Margaret Stevens, VFP Board Member
  • Mike Prysner, VFP Board Member, March Forward
  • Maggie Martin, IVAW Executive Director & Membership Coordinator
  • Ben Griffin, Founder of VFP UK Chapter
  • Brian Willson, Vietnam Veteran
  • Leah Bolger, Past VFP President
  • Patrick McCann, VFP Board President
  • Michael McPhearson, VFP Interim Executive Director
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SF Veterans Town Hall Collaborative

Wednesday July 23, 2014
Philip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave, 2nd Floor, AZ Room
9-11am & again at 3-5pm

Learn about some of the issues facing our Veterans and to hear about the resources, programs, and benefits available for our veterans and families at the next San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative.

The SFVTHC date for 2014:

  • Friday August 29, 90 – 7th Street, new Federal Building
  • Wednesdays, September 24, 450 Golden Gate Ave, Philip Burton Federal Building
  • Wednesdays, October 22, 450 Golden Gate Ave, Philip Burton Federal Building
  • Wednesdays, November 26, 450 Golden Gate Ave, Philip Burton Federal Building
  • Wednesdays, December 17, 450 Golden Gate Ave, Philip Burton Federal Building


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VA Town Hall Meetings: Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Dear Veteran:

I want to hear from you if you are having difficulty securing a medical appointment with either the VA Palo Alto or VA San Francisco health care systems. Please call my district office at 650-342-0300; or email Mark Nagales in my district office at

I will also hold two town halls to give you the opportunity to speak in person about issues you have with the VA appointment system. The Palo Alto town hall will be jointly held with Rep. Anna Eshoo and myself.  Here is the town hall schedule:

  • Monday, July 7, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Building 101 auditorium VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.
    Director Lisa Freeman will participate.
  • Monday, July 21, 2014, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Building 7 auditorium, VA San Francisco Medical Center, 4150 Clement, San Francisco.
    Director Bonnie Graham will participate.

Anyone wishing to speak or attend either Town Hall should “register” with my office by telephone: 650-342-0300, or email Seating is limited.

There will be no public discussion of an individual’s health. Please limit comments to how hard or easy it was to see VA health care personnel.


All the best,

Member of Congress


Katrina Rill
District Press Secretary
Office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14)
U.S. House of Representatives
155 Bovet Road, Suite 780
San Mateo, CA 94402
(T) 650-342-0300
(M) 650-208-7441
Save paper. Think before you print.



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American Legion Post 315, Veterans For Peace, SF Veterans Lions Club — Celebrate SF PRIDE

SFPride480Meet us at the Grandstand Veterans For Peace Chapter 69American Legion Bob Basker Post 315,  and the San Francisco Veterans Lions Club once again help set-up and manage the Grandstand for the SF Pride Parade. Proceeds benefit SF Pride.

Grandstand Parade Seating
Sunday, June 29, 2014
United Nations Plaza
09:30 AM Gates open, seating begins
10:30 AM Parade begins at Market & Beale Streets
Tickets: $35 Eventbrite

Grandstand seating provides a comfortable viewing area to enjoy one of the world’s largest and best-known parades. Continue reading

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A Long, Hard Recovery From Fort Hood Shooting

Sgt. Patrick Zeigler

Elizabeth Nida Obert / enida@pos
Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, who spent time at Saint Marys Hospital after being shot during the Fort Hood shootings, is a guest faculty member during Mayos annual brain injury conference. His wife, Jessica, is also pictured.

July 3-5, Pier 39, San Francisco
Mayo Clinic’s Mobile Exhibit
US Army Sgt. Patrick Zeigler will be at the exhibit 3-4 hours a day to meet visitors and share his story of military service and recovery.

Read Jeff Hansel‘s The Post-Bulletin story Friday, June 22, 2012

A Long, Hard Recovery  From Fort Hood Shooting

When a traumatic brain injury hits home, it gets a lot of attention at first, but that attention fades with time.

But for those directly affected, the reality of brain injury grows, as does the resolve to deal with it.

For Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler and his wife, Jessica, recovery from the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings at Fort Hood continues all day, every day.

He’s had 31 months of full-time, acute care and rehabilitation at 10 hospitals in five states. They feel as if hospitals are their home. Read the entire story…



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VFP VietNam Tour 8: Da Nang Thermal Dioxin Clean Up

Thermal dioxin desorption system started in Da Nang
April 19, 2014
Source: Vietnam News Agency (VNA)
By VietnamPlus

A thermal desorption system was put into operation at Da Nang Airport on April 19, as part of a US-funded project to clean up dioxin-contaminated soil and sediment in the central city.

US Senator at the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Senator Patrick Leahy

US Senator Leahy at the ceremony (Source: VNA)
The event saw the presence of Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, and US Ambassador David Shear.

Up to 45,000 cb.m of contaminated soil and sediment will be dug and placed in containers. Once being heated up to a temperature of 335 degrees Celsius, nearly 95 percent of dioxin will be destroyed.

The two governments plan to conclude the four-year project by late 2016. For years, both the US Democrats and Republicans have given overwhelming support to Vietnam in dealing with environmental pollution and health care.


Read about the history of Agent Orange and Diaxon in Vietnam. Spray first began over 5 decades ago in 1961.

Bill Creighton, April 19, 2014

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VFP VietNam Tour 7: Khe Sanh UXO Explodes

Khe Sanh
Quang Tri Province
April 15,  2014
Mine Action Alert

Wartime ordnance explosion severely injures ethnic coffee farmer near former U.S. Marine base at Khe Sanh

Injuries to Lay’s right hand were so severe that doctors had to amputate it. Lay’s other hand was shattered by the blast. Photo by Project RENEW.


Coffee drinkers love Vietnam’s Arabica coffee grown at Khe Sanh, a former battleground in the central province of Quang Tri. But they probably don’t know that to grow one of the best coffee beans in Vietnam, indigenous farmers face a deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) even though the fighting ended nearly 40 years ago. Yesterday that legacy kept on giving.

In a coffee field near the Ta Con Airstrip, which is the Vietnamese name for the U.S. military’s Khe Sanh Combat Base, a loud explosion seriously injured a young Van Kieu man around 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Ho Lay was working with his brother digging holes in the ground, preparing to plant their new coffee crop. The 21-year-old man unearthed a piece of ordnance. He picked it up and shouted to his older brother, Ho Van Linh, who was working a short distance away. Continue reading

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VFP Vietnam Tour 6: Danang Airport

Agent Orange Remediation Project: Danang Airport, Viet Nam

751Veterans For Peace Chapter 160 Member Chuck Palazzo arranged a tour of the Danang Airport Agent Orange Remediation site. It is a rare opportunity and the visit has to be cleared at the highest levels. Very few visitors are allowed entry to the site. Before hand, we received a briefing on the remediation process and safety guidelines, and then, wearing hardhats and safety jackets, we toured the site.

Basically, it goes like this. The on-site dioxin contaminated dirt is placed in a huge dumpster, Continue reading

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VFP VietNam 2014 Tour: 5 Friends of the VFP

The Cake Of Friendship

© Michelle Flores

Preheat the oven of love                                    Decorate with the frosting of trust
With plenty of secrets and hugs                      This really is a must

Mix in giggles and laughs                                   Enjoy the cake do not eat it fast
That make your sides split in half                   Just like your new friendship make it last

Bake with the love and care
And all the things you both should share

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Photos: Bill Creighton, April

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