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, ProjectSafeHaven@hotmail.com
Helen Jaccard 206 992-6364, helen.jaccard@gmail.com
JeanChas Morris 707 291-5751, eyes2ayes@gmail.com

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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Veterans For Peace Advocates Diplomacy During San Diego Conference

30th Annual Veterans For Peace Conference Bridget Naso reports for NBC7 News, San Diego, California, August 6, 2015

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The Journey of the Golden Rule

Golden Rule, Eureka 2005 July 24. Photo: Nate Lomba

Golden Rule, Eureka 2015 July 24. Photo: Nate Lomba

The Golden Rule is the first environmental action and peace vessel to put to sea. She is the direct precursor of all the peace and justice vessels that followed in her wake. She sails to promote a nuclear-free world and a sustainable environment.

In 1958, the Golden Rule, a 30-foot ketch and its crew Capt. Albert S. Bigelow, William Huntington, Orion Sherwood and George Willoughby ignited the international movement to stop the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons; they attempted to sail into a nuclear-bomb test zone in the Marshall Islands. She was boarded by the US Coast Guard off Hawaii and her crew arrested. In Honolulu the crew was jailed, tried, and convicted.

The Golden Rule now sails again to promote a nuclear free world. Veterans For Peace restored this historic sailing ketch and is undertaking a ten-year peacemaking voyage around North America, illuminating a key chapter in American history and challenging military solutions to the world’s problems. She is once again sailing in the cause of world peace. Continue reading

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Veterans For Peace Celebrate Peace & Reconciliationter

2015 August 5-9: Peace & Reconciliation Veterans For Peace 30th Anniversary National Convention, San Diego CaliforniaVFP 30th Anniversary National Convention
August 5-9, 2015 San Diego, California

Keynote Banquet Speaker:  Seymour Hersh and Speakers: Sylvia Aurora, Dr. Kathleen Barry, Phyllis Bennis, Majorie Cohn, Ben Griffin, Dr. Thao Ha, Willie Hager, Le Ly Hayslip, Ray McGovern, Dr. Akiko Mikamo, Miko Peled

Special Events

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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2015 St Patrick

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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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