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:

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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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Veterans For Peace mark Armistice Day with 24 Hour Vigil

11 Nov 2012 - 12 Nov 2012

Asheville Chapter 099 of Veterans for Peace will commemorate Veterans Day with a day-long vigil acknowledging the true cost of war by maintaining a 24-hour presence at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville.

WHAT: Veterans for Peace Vigil
The Asheville based chapter of Veterans for Peace is maintaining a 24-hour presence at Vance Monument this Veterans Day Weekend to commemorate the true cost of war and advocate for a true and lasting global peace in the world.
Local veterans and community supporters will be standing from Sunday morning into Monday morning to draw attention to the true cost of war. A solemn reading of names of North Carolinians killed in Afghanistan and Iraq will begin at 11 AM and repeated again at 11 PM Sunday night. 

WHEN: Sunday morning 11 November at 9AM through Monday Morning 12 November at 9AM.

WHERE: Vance Monument at Pack Square, downtown Asheville, NC. The Vance monument is located at intersection of Broadway and Patton Avenue.

WHY: General Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying 'A warrior above all seeks peace, because it is the soldier who bears the deepest scars and wounds of war.' It is because of these deep scars and wounds Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 believes in taking a stand for an end to war. 

The group seeks to illustrate the true cost of war as a tool of foreign policy and draw attention to undeclared wars, extra-judicial killings (a mock up of fighter drone will be on site for the duration of the vigil), and other consequences of war.