Saturday, November 5, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
From Jim Brown: VFP out front in the SOA-Watch March to the Mexican Border in Nogalis, Arizona. 770 people marched before a rally, together, on both sides of the border. Chris Berg, John Spitzberg, Ken Jones and Jim Brown were marching. Banner was calling attention to Veterans being deported, followed by 20 VFP Flags in the front. Picture by Josie Lenwell with Code Pink.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The VFP099 office is no longer in the Courtyard Gallery at 109 Roberts Street. It is now, for the time being, at the Center for Art and Spirit, One School Road, Asheville 28806. It's a shared space, and is only staffed on Tuesday afternoons. However, it is a place where members can arrange to meet each other or other parties. The entrance is at street level on the lower floor, the doors are normally locked. Contact Lyle Petersen for access or to borrow the keys. 828-206-0245.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
FUTURE LECACY OF CHILDREN
By VFP099 member Ed Sacco
Published in Asheville Citizen-Times April 11, 2016
How do we prevent our society from snuffing out the best of a healthy childhood, and infecting our youth by a way of life that lacks Spiritual courage? At this time in history, the future legacy we create for all of humanity, especially our children, depends on our active participation in healing our nation.
To be a visible witness, to stand against the illusions of our “way of life” requires the courage of a spiritual warrior. One who will stand fast and see through the “soft rhetorics” of celebrating our military power which diverts us from the evils of war. War is hell! Good people seem to be overwhelmed and paralyzed with inaction, or withdrawn to “a way of life” for comfort and security, ignoring the horrible suffering that war inflicts. Notice how Americans admire and celebrate the military more than any other institution including organized religion, Congress, schools, and the press.
I lived the American dream, proud to live in a country that offered hope, had a citizen army, didn’t torture like our enemies, and offered social programs including an affordable college education. The “progressive spirit” was shared by most. The first president I voted for was Dwight Eisenhower who promised to end the Korean war. Later the Nixon administration expanded our democracy by lowering the voting age to age 18.
The world wasn’t perfect. The capitalistic system I supported has not resulted in a contented and happy people. We now idolize the “free market;” favoring profits over people. The lessons and tragedies of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam did not bring us peace, but led us to constant war. I do not wish to discredit the military, but the policies of politicians“we the people” elected to office.
I am thankful for the spirit of my formation years, but, what kind of world are we modeling for today’s youth? In 1966, 80% of American college freshmen identified “a meaningful philosophy of life” as an essential goal. In 1996, 70% identified “being well-off financially” as the top value; a meaningful philosophy of life fell to sixth place with 42%.
President Eisenhower, a military man, knew the horrific influence of war. He warned that this was not a way of life for the hopes for our children.
Today, war is the new “normal.” No teenager in America can remember a time when our country was at peace. We need to take a stand for peacemaking, for compassion and empathy, and selfless service for others. The future legacy we create for all our children depends on it. We cannot serve a loving God otherwise.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
“In Asheville, NC, a local activist contacted the Imam of the Islamic Center to see if they would like people to stand vigil outside when they meet for prayers on Friday afternoons. The Imam accepted our support, and a coalition of members from various organizations, incl other clergy and Veterans for Peace, stood for the first time last Fri. It was very rewarding; after services the members invited us for lunch and tea. The men and women (separately) discussed Islam and learned about one another. I can't begin to articulate how wonderful it was to engage in honest discussion and learn about each other's lives—that we all want the same things—peace and a better world for our children. We have people committed to stand every Friday, incl Christmas and New Year's Days, into mid-January and/or as long as the Center's members feel they want us there. This is a great way to show the Muslim community support and learn about Islam."