Kickoff Party: The Boys Who Said No

The Boys Who Said No
Indiegogo Campaign Kickoff Party
RSVP: Christopher Colorado Jones


Saturday, April 2, 7pm, 1709 Addison, Berkeley, California

A documentary film in-progress on the young men imprisoned for resisting the draft during the Vietnam War. Support this film about our history and nonviolent direct action during the Vietnam War. On Saturday, April 2—Special guest David Harris and Cheri Forrester, screening of 17-minute segment and the Indiegogo clip, food and beverages! The first goal is $20,000 during the first week of the “kick-start” the campaign April 2 – 9. When people see the donations rising at a fast rate, they are encouraged to pitch in their support. For More Information and to RSVP to the Kickoff Party—contact Christopher Colorado Jones Support the film. The Indiegogo campaign goal is to raise $50,000.


69davidgoestoprisonafreeman-300x380Synopsis The Boys Who Said NO! a documentary film about an organization of young men and women who opposed conscription in order to end the war in Vietnam. They called themselves the Resistance. Their personal acts of nonviolent civil disobedience eventually helped end the draft and intensified opposition to the war.They were the vanguard of nonviolent resistance to the war and inspired a mass anti-draft movement. While an estimated 500,000 young men resisted, evaded or just refused to cooperate with the draft, 3,250 went to prison for their beliefs, the largest mass incarceration of war resisters in US history. The film takes place during the late 1960s and early 70’s in the San Francisco Bay Area where thousands of young pacifists publicly resisted conscription, risking federal prison. Read more…

The Filmmakers Director Judith Ehrlich, Producer Christopher Colorado Jones, Screenwriter Stephen Most, Distribution and Web Consultant Steve Ladd, Cinematographer David L. Brown, Film reunion interviews Steven Baigel, Robbie Leppzer

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Comfort Woman Grandma Yong Soo Lee


Grandma Yong Soo Lee, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, 09/17, 2015 Photo: Tomo  Hirai, Nichi Bei Weekly

Sunday, March 20, 2016
7pm, Room 206
Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave.,
San Franicsco, CA 94102


Visiting from Seoul, Korea, Grandma Yong Soo Lee is speaking about her life during World War II and  about the Comfort Woman who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army. She is an activist for women’s rights and those who seek an apology from Japan. She is among the last of the surviving “comfort women,” tens of thousands of Koreans and Chinese who as girls were kidnapped and forced into farm labor and sexual servitude for Japanese soldiers during World War II. Lee, 87, previously gave witness at the Sept. 17, 2015 San Francisco Board of Supervisors subcommittee meeting and they unanimously passed “comfort women” memorial resolution at San Francisco City Hall. 

Sunday’s, March 20, 7pm event is at the Veterans Building, Room #206, second floor, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, at the corner of Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street. Enter through the Van Ness front entrance, take the elevator to the second floor, turn right and proceed to room 206.

Hosted by Veterans For Peace, San Francisco, Chapter 69, and endorsed by the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted but not required.

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Add Your Voice: Historic SF BA Veterans Study

San Francisco Veterans Survey sfvetstudy.orgIt takes about 30 minutes to complete, and for a veteran’s trouble the study is providing a $15 gift card.

The University of Southern California has asked all the veterans’ organizations to join in and spread the word to their membership and encourage veterans of all eras to take the survey.

Follow this link for directions:…/research-…/san-francisco-veterans-study

This is a serious study that can be valuable to our ability to attract veterans to the Veterans’ Building. The researchers are attempting to determine the unmet needs of the Veterans in our area and make suggestions for changes in the way services are provided to Veterans.

They already have a track record for this work because they did a very similar survey last year in Los Angeles, and the report is an excellent overview of Veterans’ needs in that city. Here is a link to their report. At 64 pages. It is a bit long, but the Executive Summary and Findings are only a few pages and boil down the data to clear recommendations.

The San Francisco posts of the Legion will be able to use findings from this current study to evaluate veteran service organizations (VSOs) and the needs of Veterans is the Bay Area. The researchers need to get broad participation from the veterans in the Bay Area for the study to be truly useful. It is important that we encourage all the veterans to take the survey.

Please forward this link to any Veterans in this area with whom you are in contact:…/research-…/san-francisco-veterans-study.


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2016 Việt Nam Tour Update

Hometown Hero: John Koehler
Channel 5 News
Green Bay Wisconsin
February 3, 2016
Terry Kovarik reports

Green Bay, Wisconsin’s John Koehler is heading to Vietnam for three weeks in March on a humanitarian mission to learn more about Agent Orange to share with Veterans and their families when he returns.

Over four million Vietnamese have been exposed to Agent Orange and it is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and disabilities within the population there. Some scientists predict that it will continue to impact up to seven generations within a family . Personally, John has lost two very good friends who died in their mid fifties due to exposure when they were young men. He is looking forward to working with Vietnam Veterans of America local and state chapters as well as Veterans for Peace to help and provide support to families who are coping with this genetic affliction. He is also hoping to learn a bit more about what is being done throughout Vietnam to care for the children who will be institutionalized the rest of their life due to being exposed to Agent Orange . Continue reading

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Pirate Mike: VFP SF Chapter 69

November 2, 2015
Ammarill News: Veteran Bicyclist Killed In Accident
by Aaron Davis

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A cross-country bicyclist died Friday when he was struck by a vehicle Thursday evening along west of Groom, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said.

About 6:30 p.m., Stephen Michael Clift, 48, of San Diego, was riding his bicycle eastbound in the outside lane of Interstate 40 when a 2013 Kia driven by Cindi Trevino, 42, of Groom, struck Clift. Continue reading

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VFP 2016 Annual Spring Tour To Việt Nam

2015 Veterans For Peace Viet Nam Tour

Veterans For Peace Việt Nam Tour

Mar 14 – Mar 30, 2016
Sign Up For The Tour

Each year since 2012, members of Việt Nam’s Hoa Binh (Peace) Chapter 160 of Veterans For Peace invite up to 20 veterans, non-veterans, spouses & peace activists to come to Việt Nam for an insider’s 2-week tour. The Hoa Binh chapter is the first and only overseas VFP chapter of American Veterans living in Việt Nam! Continue reading

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Save The Veterans Building For Veterans

San Francisco's Historic War Memorial Veterans Building

“Patriotic Organization” Petition by the Posts of the American Legion
Monday, November 2, 9am
San Francisco Superior Court, Room 204
McAllister @ Polk Street

Support Us Attend the hearing and show your support for the Veterans community. We’ve worked years to be able to get this petition heard.

A hearing in SF Superior Court over the SF Posts of the American Legion’s petition asking the Probate Court to construct a definition of “patriotic organizations” as it is used in the 1921 Trust Agreement in the phrase on the Legion’s rights:

“The San Francisco Posts of the American Legion, or a majority of them, shall under such rules and conditions as they may prescribe, provide headquarters for the Veterans of the Mexican War, Grand Army of the Republic, Spanish-American War Veterans, and other such patriotic organizations as said San Francisco Posts of the American Legion may from time to time desire to install.”

Continue reading

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Meet The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule in San Francisco BayWednesday, October 7, 7 pm
GOLDEN RULE: Public Meeting/Reception
Veterans Building, Room 206
San Francisco Civic Center
401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister

The Golden Rule peace boat and her crew coordinate with Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink and others to provide a peaceful counterpoint to the US Armed Forces’ display of militarism during Fleet Week. Continue reading

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Fleet Week: VFP & IVAW On The Waterfront

2014 Fleet Week1VFP & IVAW Fleet Week table
Saturday, October 10, 10 am to 6 pm
Jefferson & Powell Sts, San Francisco
Nadya Williams, 415 845-9492
Jim Dorenkott, 415 505-4791

Our third year—information tables, banners, signs and literature to hand out, boots on display and maybe a tent,  & more… At the base of Pier 41 – by the Marine Terminal Building (white w/ blue trim). Can’t miss us – we’re always at the corner where Powell dead-ends at the water. ​Since October of 2011, with support from VFP, IVAW has had an important counter-presence at this annual promotion of the U.S. military. Continue reading

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Making Waves: VFP Peace Boat Meets Fleet Week.

2015-1006-12-Golden-Rule-flyer1000October 6-11, 2015
Sailing For A Nuclear Free World!
The Golden Rule In San Francisco
Contacts: Gerry Condon 206 499-1220,
Helen Jaccard 206 992-6364,
JeanChas Morris 707 291-5751,

Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm
Veterans Building, Room 206, San Francisco Civic Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister (southwest corner) Continue reading

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