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!

Our phone # is:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ronald Harayda -- Rest in PEACE

From War Crimes Times, Vol. III No. 2, Spring 2012:


I've paid some of my dues & I'm doin' my time.
I've been busted for some victimless crime.

Corporate media only feeds you trivial crap
while Soma & toxins drip out of your tap.

Hope is the dope that leads you to dream.
Wake up! Take Action! Carpe Diem!

I've heard all about high crimes & their cost;
crime is the price we pay when compassion gets lost.

Nobody can feel your pain, that's for you alone.
How deep does good go once you've been bad to the bone?

Hope is a dope that keeps you serene.
Wake up! Take Action! Carpe Diem!

When we sow fear on both sides of our shore,
can we let ring our chimes of freedom anymore?

Go where we tell you, don't follow our ways,
& you'll soon discover who profits & who pays.

Hope is a rope that binds you to the machine.
Wake up! Take Action! Carpe Diem!

Can you hear your neighbors' call thru the rhetorical fog
as they are dragged off to some shadowy gulag?

Your children are bedazzled, befuddled & beguiled;
when you dare to ask why you're treated like a child.

Hope is the smokescreen for corporate schemes
Wake up! Take Action! Carpe Diem!

Don't believe all those stories you read & hear,
else you'll find yourself under the shadow of fear.

Hope is the dope that leads you to dream.
Wake up! Take Action! Carpe Diem!

Hope is the dope that keeps you in a dream.
Wake up! Take Action! Carpe Diem!

                                            —Ronald Harayda
—Ronald Harayda
USAF medic '65 to '69
producer of  VFP-TV & Radio
and past president of VFP Chapter 099