Waging Peace Exhibit In San Francisco

June 29 – August 14, 2022
Wednesdays – Sundays

Veterans Gallery SF
Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 102.  It’s time to set the record straight. During America’s War in Vietnam, tens of thousands of GIs & veterans created a robust movement in opposition to the war. Yet its history is largely unknown.

The Waging Peace In Vietnam a traveling exhibit & its companion Waging Peace In Vietnam book shows how the GI movement unfolded, from the numerous anti-war coffeehouses that sprung up outside military bases, and the hundreds of GI newspapers that gave an independent voice to active soldiers, to the stockade revolts & strikes & near-mutinies on naval vessels & in the air force.

Pocast: Mike Wong—“All of a sudden, this all became very real
“When I was in medic training, the My Lai Massacre hit the front pages. … All of us, including me, were devastated by it. We were utterly horrified by it. It left no doubt what we should believe about the war. Then with my lawyer, I went and turned myself in to the Presidio stockade, and refused orders to Vietnam” Read More…
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Meetings: 3rd Tuesday Of The Month

Ongoing Chapter meetings are currently online.

To attend: Contact President Bill Creighton billjcreighton@yahoo.com.

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“Youth” The Cultural Revolution

2019-1213-VFP-Youth-image003-500December 13
Friday, 6 pm
Room 206
Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco

Youth (Chinese: 芳华; pinyin: Fānghuá) a 2017 Chinese coming-of-age drama film. It follows a Chinese Army dance troupe and its members through the Cultural Revolution, the Sino-Vietnam War, and concludes when the Veterans come home in the 1990’s. The country has gone capitalist, and others are getting rich while the combat Veterans struggle with physical and psychological wounds.

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Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award Reception

2016-0810-Howard-Zinn-AwardA Pre-Convention Reception evening honors Veterans For Peace 2016 Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Visiting VFP UK members host a discussion” Undermining Militarism in the UK.” Pat Scanlon sings his new song “Extremist”

Wednesday, August 10, 7-9pm, Room 212
Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Franciso
FREE: Consider contributing your favorite dessert to share.
RSVP: veteransforpeacesf@gmail.com
More Info: vfpnationalconvention.org
Convention: August 11-15, Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley

The Howard Zinn lifetime achievement Award is bestowed to a person who has mad significant & onging outstanding contributions to the cause of peace. This individual also has made exceptional efforts to increase public swareness of the cost of war (via activism, teaching, writing, lecturing, the arts, music, film, stage, screen or radio.

Panel discussion by Veterans For Peace United Kingdom (VFP UK) menmbers features: Ben Griffin is the coordinator & founding member of VFP UK & served in the British Army Special Air Service (SAS); Daniel Lenham, served in the British Royal Air Force; Nadia Mitichell, served in the British Army.

VFP member Pat Scanlon sings “Extremist” Pat served as the coordinator of the “Smedley Butler Brigade” Boston VFP Chapter. He was featured in the “Daily Kos” as a rebel songwriter.

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31st Veterans For Peace National Convention

Logo-5-transparent-BkgdPEACE AT HOME, PEACE ABROAD
A Just and Sustainable Future for the World’s Children
August 11-15, 2016, Thursday-Monday
Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley, California
Veterans For Peace  National Convention

2016 CollageofConventionSpeakersBerkeley, California is the place to be in August when the 2016 VFP National Convention is held on the Clark Kerr Campus of UC Berkeley. Plenty of housing is available at this park like school in the heart of a very exciting city. The convention runs from Thursday August 11 to Monday August 15, a different arrangement than most years so please take note. Chapter 69 and the members of all the Northern California chapters look forward to seeing you.

Speakers: Oliver Stone, Helen Caldicott,  Andrew Bacevich, Antonia Juhasz, Rhodessa Jones (moderator), Ann Jones Keynote address.

Program: Highlights President’s Reception, Poetry Reading, Public Events: Panel 8/12  & Entertainment 8/14 , Business Meeting, Banquet, Open Mic, closing Ceremony & daily morning meditation, Plenary, Workshops, late night film showings & tabling & Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement, Service & Stewardship, & Leadership in Peace Awards

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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 ccoloradojones@yahoo.com. Support the film. The Indiegogo campaign goal is to raise $50,000.

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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.  Continue reading

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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.

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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 aaron.davis@amarillo.com

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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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