This is the website for the local chapter of Veterans For Peace in Western North Carolina, based in Asheville.
For the most complete and current content about our activities and issues, please visit us on Facebook: Veterans For Peace Chapter 099

You don't have to be a veteran to belong, just a person who wants peace and is committed to taking action to achieve it.

Joan Baez is quoted as saying, "Action is the antidote to despair."

If you feel despair at the many costs and endlessness of our wars please consider joining us in taking action.

Peace and Justice Reading List
Begin with this short book written by the highly decorated Marine General Smedley Butler: "War is a Racket" Click the link to read the book in its entirety on line or download/print it. ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
Then go on to learn more with this list:

To Become Radicalized in the Cause of Peace, please click here: https://youtu.be/ygCPqufDkvI


Statement of Purpose

We, as military veterans, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others both nationally and internationally

To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war 


To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations 


To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons 


To seek justice for veterans and victims of war 


To abolish war as an instrument of national policy. 


To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

For More Information (Including how to become a member): www.veteransforpeace.org


Join us for the weekly vigil at Pack Square Vance Monument, Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
MONTHLY MEETING TIME: The Third Tuesday of each month from 5:45PM to no later than 7:15PM. Held at The Block off biltmore, 39 South Market Street, Asheville.

All are welcome; please join us!

Our phone # is:
(828-490-1872)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

RESOLUTION: Stop Spending Our Tax Dollars for Hostilities in Afghanistan

Peacetown sponsored by Veterans For Peace Chapter 099 WNC (in collaboration with War Resisters League Asheville  and other organizations and individuals) requests the Asheville City Council to consider and approve:  


CITY OFASHEVILLE
IN THE CITY COUNCIL

RESOLUTION NUMBER ________


RESOLUTION ADVISING NORTH CAROLINA DELEGATES REPRESENTING ASHEVILLE CITIZENS IN THE U.S. CONGRESS AND SENATE TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF A TIMETABLE TOWARD ENDING EXCESSIVE EXPENDITURES OF OUR CITIZENS’ TAX DOLLARS ON MOUNTING HOSTILITIES IN AFGHANISTAN

WHEREAS, the financial resources available for use by governments at the local, county, state and federal levels in the United States are and must be limited; and

WHEREAS, the people of Asheville, NC have paid collectively since 2001 nearly 57 million dollars of their limited financial resources for warfare in Afghanistan alone; and

WHEREAS, citizens of Asheville, NC struggle to enjoy the benefits of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” described in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, or the “promotion of the general welfare” guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, because of necessary city-wide financial cut-backs on essential local services, such as education, infrastructure, economic development, transportation, public safety, housing, healthcare and environmental improvements; and

WHEREAS, because nearly one-half of all taxes collected by the federal government goes to fund the country’s military efforts; and

WHEREAS, because of this burdensome taxation at the federal level on Asheville citizens, such citizens find it extremely difficult to accept additional taxation and fees at the local level for above mentioned constructive and necessary local public services;

WHEREAS, continuing and surging of destructive warfare too often creates lasting and unnecessary harm to our brave and dedicated U.S. military personnel, their families and their communities, and to innocent people of Afghanistan;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the City of Asheville, NC respectfully requests that the U.S. Representative Heath Shuler of the North Carolina 11th Congressional District and both of North Carolina’s U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagen support House Bill 5015 and Senate Bill 3197 before the 111th U.S. Congress that require a timetable for de-escalation of hostilities in Afghanistan beginning in January 2011; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City of Asheville, NC urges its members of Congress to take strong and forceful action to influence the U.S. Congress to steadily  decrease funding of this and related military operations, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the financial resources used to prosecute the war be redirected to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable portions of our population, including education, health care and full benefits for returning veterans; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution shall be sent to Barack Obama, President of the United States, the members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation, the North Carolina State legislature and North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.

Adopted by the Council:
Council Members:

Date  ____, 2010
Maggie Burleson
City Clerk of the City of Asheville

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The following organizations and individuals have endorsed the Afghanistan resolution:

Buncombe Green Party Coordinating Committee
First Congregational United Church of Christ  
Jubilee Gandhi Team
Peacetown Asheville
Veterans For Peace Chapter 099
War Resisters League Asheville

Dr. Lewis E. Patrie
Rev. Ken Sehested, co-pastor, Circle of Mercy Congregation

 

Friday, January 1, 2010

Donate


Please click here to make a secure, online donation,
(click again on “Orphanage Fund”)
or send your donations, however large or small, to:
Veterans for Peace Chapter 099
PO Box 356
Mars Hill, NC 28754