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.
Then go on to learn more with this list:

To Become Radicalized in the Cause of Peace, please click here:

TO DONATE TO OUR WORK IN THE CAUSE OF PEACE: Please send a check for your tax-deductible donation to our mailing address shown below, and THANK YOU!!

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):

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 6:00PM to no later than 7:30PM. Held at Asheville Friends Meeting, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville 28804
All are welcome; please join us!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some VFP Chapter 099 members at Freedom Square

 These photos were taken on October 8, 2011 at Freedom Square in DC.  This was the beginning of the STOP THE MACHINE!  CREATE A NEW WORLD! protest that is still ongoing.  Above is Ken Ashe talking to another veteran.  The next picture below is Ymani Simmons, with a couple of other activists.  She is wearing her Veterans for Peace shirt.  And the last picture below is Paul Turner, another local Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 member.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Some views of Freedom Plaza - October 2011

The national Veterans for Peace have a large presence here at this protest.  We are now in day three, and here are some photos from the first day (October 6, 2011) when the march to the US Chamber of Commerce returned to Freedom Plaza.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Helping Homeless Veterans into Housing -- September 10, 2011

Thanks to all of you who helped in any way with the event at the Veterans Restoration Quarters this past Saturday morning.

The Land of the Sky UCC folks met with members of Veterans for Peace 099 and several veterans from the VRQ.

There was a flurry of activity as many "welcome home" baskets were assembled for those veterans who are transitioning from the center to independent living in their own apartments. Baskets were stuffed with
donated linens, towels, dishes, kitchen utensils, lamps, cleaning materials, brooms, tools and the like. There were some big items as well that got taken to the storage facility at the VA. A  mattress, bookcase,
TV, microwave oven, etc.

 There was a short program during which we got to hear from three of the veterans who told us their stories. We had coffee and refreshments and the children present made refrigerator decorations for the transitioning vets.

It was a worthwhile event and I wanted to thank everyone who participated.

Susan Carlyle

"Every year I am moved by the stories of the veterans, and one of our members was very moved by what Ken Ashe had to say re: how the militarism of our nation impacts those who serve.  She shared his words with everyone in church on Sunday."

--Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss
Land of the Sky UCC

photos by Susan Carlyle