Renew Vietnam Screening

2015 0717 Project Renew filmscreeningPreview Screening & Q&A
Friday, July 17, 6-9pm
Grease Diner
6604 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
Renew Vietnam Indiegogo Campaign

Benjamin Welmond’s latest film project tells the story of Project Renew, an organization in Vietnam’s Quang Tri province dedicated to removing unexploded ordinances — bombs, mines and other dangerous explosives — in one of the most bombed places in history. In Quang Tri province there are over 800,000 pounds of bombs and Agent Orange still in the soil.

Q&A with filmmaker Benjamin Welmond and Project Renew’s founder Chuck Searcy and Veterans For Peace SF Chapter President Bill Creighton follow the screening. They discuss the legacies of these dangerous explosives and current information on the fight for institutional support to victims of Agent Orange.

The screening is an opportunity to get involved and learn about Project Renew. To donate and see the trailer for the film, please go here: At the July 17 screening “Renew Vietnam” t-shirts and tote bags, available for purchased to support the film’s post-production.

Project Renew

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June 20: Golden Rule Sails For Peace Again

2015 0620 Golden Rule launchGolden Rule Splashdown: June 20, 2015
2pm: Christening, presentations
4pm: Launch
Zerlang and Zerlang Marine Services
1493 Fay Avenue, Samoa, California
5-8pm: Viewing, speakers, food & refreshments
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka, California
Information: Golden Rule Project
Contacts:  VFPgoldenruleproject@gmail.com707.443-5180

The Golden Rule—Sailing Out of History The historic Golden Rule antinuclear protest boat is setting sail again, continuing its journey for peace and nuclear disarmament. In 1958 four Quaker activists attempted to sail the Golden Rule into the seas around the Marshall Islands, in order to halt US nuclear atmospheric testing. They were stopped and arrested in Hawaii and spent time in jail, but news of their quest went around the world, inspiring others to act. The 1958 voyage of the Golden Rule is credited with helping to achieve the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, which banned nuclear testing in the air, underwater and outer space.

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule—Sailing Out of History

For over four years, members of Veterans For Peace Garberville Chapter 22 and Humboldt Bay Chapter 56 on the northern coast of California have been working hard to restore the Golden Rule, after it was dredged up from the bottom of Humboldt Bay. The Golden Rule is now a national project of Veterans For Peace, with VFP members and allies from all across the country contributing time, money, expertise and elbow grease.

Everyone is invited to a big “Splashdown” celebration on Saturday, June 20, in Eureka, California, where the Golden Rule will be “christened” and hit the water again. Special Guest speakers from Greenpeace, Physicians For Social Responsibility, Quaker Friends, and Veterans For Peace will be joined by families of the original crew. First person oral histories will be shared by peace activists such as David McReynolds of the War Resisters League and Shigeko Sasamori, who, at 13 years old, was badly burned by the atomic bomb that the US dropped on Hiroshima, and has become a leading international advocate for total nuclear disarmament.

The maiden voyage of the restored Golden Rule will be to San Diego for the Veterans For Peace National Convention, August 5-9, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The theme of the convention is “Peace and Reconciliation in the Pacific.”

Thus will begin a ten year voyage for the Golden Rule. For the first two years, the Golden Rule will make port stops up and down the west coast carrying on its educational mission for peace, nuclear disarmament, safe, sustainable energy and a clean environment. For more information on how you can help or even join the crew, visit the website of the VFP Golden Rule Project.

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2015 St Patrick

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Photos: Judith Sandoval

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The Nation: Lethal Legacy Of The Vietnam War

..”Ever since he returned to Vietnam, Chuck Searcy has wondered at the mystery of Vietnamese forgiveness, not least because of the healing it has brought to the American vets who come back to confront their demons. He told me of a friend in Da Nang, a former Marine from the Bronx, who had summoned the courage to go back to My Lai. “There was a woman there, one of the survivors,” Searcy said, “and she reached out to him and held his hand and said, ‘We have forgiven you, now you need to forgive yourself.’…”

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A March & A Meeting

Denny Riley
December 14, 2014

121314 JSandoval 5886The sun came out in San Francisco yesterday as we marched in step with thousands of people across America, shouting “Black lives matter!” “Hands up don’t shoot!” “I can’t breath!” and carrying signs and banners emblazoned with the names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and Tamir Rice, unarmed black men and boys who’d been gunned down by police. We staged a die-in on Market Street by the Powell Street cable car turn around, the hub of San Francisco’s shopping district and called out, “Stop shopping! Start marching!” I was with a group from Veterans For Peace and three of us carried the Veterans For Peace flag. Many sad feelings rolled through the march but one good feeling was the number of demonstrators who were young and white. Hope is alive if the majority begins to see the problems and take action to make a change. Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Emergency Hospitals & America’s The Longest War

Hospitals Treat Needy Regardless Of….
Sherri Maurin
November 25, 2014

In late November, President Obama reversed his long held commitment to the American and Afghan peoples, so troubled by war, to end combat missions.  The loss of lives on the Afghan side is virtually incalculable, and the cost of lives, injuries, suicides and other suffering.

Dr. Hakim, and Kathy Kelly both know the cost of that war intimately and on November 25 were interviewed on Democracy Now. Continue reading

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Al-Aqsa Mosque Demonstration

Al-Aqsa Mosque
Meta Peace Team
October 31, 2014

103114-0287-800The troubles that surrounded the closing of the Al Aqsa Mosque (which President Abbas called it a declaration of war and which complicate relations with Jordan because the Mosque and East Jerusalem are acknowledged as under Jordanian rule) were the back ground for today’s demonstrations. A Zionist activist who has been advocating demolishing Al Asqa Mosque (the third most holy site in Islam) and building a Jewish temple in its place was shot presumably by an Arab. But the Israeli military later killed a suspect rather than arresting him (wounding him and then killing him at close range before allow an ambulance in), leaving people wondering if they were just using the incident as a chance to target someone they wanted to get rid of. There were planned and unplanned demonstrations in most villages. We went to Qalandiya, a city west of Ramallah. The apartheid wall goes through town and the check point there has been the site of a weekly demonstrations protesting the building of the wall.

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Olive Harvest

1027_7718-800Eight Trees, Family Of Five
Meta Peace Team
Burin, Nablus, West Bank
October 27, 2014

On Monday October 27, 2014, the MPT team participated in the olive harvest with a family living in Burin, a village in the Nablus region. The village lies in the valley between two illegal settlements on the surrounding hillsides: Bracha and Itshar. Burin has been frequently targeted by settlers in these illegal communities, in forms such as physical attacks on villagers, attacks on villager’s houses and property, and attempted destruction of olive trees. Additionally, a main road used by both settlers from nearby illegal settlements and Palestinians lays in the middle of the village’s olive fields, presenting an easy opportunity for car passengers to stop and cause trouble. The Israeli occupation forces have also recently put up road blocks on the main road into Burin, making transportation to and from the village difficult, if not impossible. Continue reading

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Orwa Hammad Funeral

Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets Fired After Burial
Meta Peace Team
Silwad, Palestine
October 26, 2014

US Teen killed by Israelis

Funeral for Orwa Hammad, fourteen year old US citizen who was fatally shot by the Israeli military (village of Silwad)

On Sunday, the MPT team attended the funeral for Orwa Hammad, the fourteen year old US citizen who was fatally shot by the Israeli military last week. Over a thousand people (mostly men) came out in the village of Silwad to mourn his death. All the shops were closed in honor of him and cars and buildings were covered with posters honoring him.

The funeral had to be postponed until Sunday so his father could arrive from Louisiana and his mother from Jordan. Walking with the precession which filled parallel streets we met the parents of other children who were recent victims of Israeli Continue reading

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Olive Harvest In Burin

1028-0199-800Picking Olives
Meta Peace Team
Burin, Nablus, West Bank
October 28, 2014

Today we picked olives in Burin, a short “service” ride south of Nablus. We have picked in the area quite a lot because illegal settlements (Bracha and Yitzar) have been established on the hills on both sides of the valley and the only road from one of them comes right into Burin. The couple we picked with today was quite young, were nice and, took good care of their olive orchard.


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