RECLAIMING 11/11 AS A DAY FOR PEACE (See 11/4 Post Below)

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

THE PENTAGON HAS BILLION$ TO SPEND ON WAR. OUR CHAPTER HAS ONLY OUR DUES AND YOUR DONATIONS TO SPEND ON PEACE.
PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION BY CHECK MAILED TO THE ADDRESS BELOW.
THANK YOU!

Join us for the weekly vigil at Pack Square/Former 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 7:00PM. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, 15 Overbrook Place, Asheville. All are welcome; please join us. Call Gerry Werhan: (704.957.2924)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Handout for WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 vigil on December 6, 2022


 VFP Stop the War, Save the Climate! project:

This project is designed to alert the public to the connections between the ongoing climate crisis and militarism, especially the war in Ukraine, by having veterans risk arrest to stress their commitment to the message. Even though the U.S. has finally passed a climate bill in the form of the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022,” the $369 billion energy and climate portion of the bill allocates far less than the U.S. is projected to spend on its nuclear forces alone between 2021 and 2030 and is less than 1/30th of projected military spending during the same period. This ratio of military to climate mitigation spending cannot continue if the U.S. hopes to uphold its commitments made in the Paris Agreement at COP21.

To join Veterans for Peace, or to sign up for VFP e-News, go to: https://www.veteransforpeace.org
Western North Carolina Website: www.vfp099.org 

Facebook: Veterans for Peace Western North Carolina Chapter 099

Email: president@vfp099.org
Mailing address: VFP Chapter 099, PO Box 1024, Asheville NC 28802

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Handout for WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 on November 29, 2022

 

Photo from War Industries Resisters Network on national VFP website.

Veterans for Peace recommends: War Industry Resisters Network webinar

Online, Thursday December 1st @ 8:00pm.

Register Here.

The first casualty of war, and militarism, is the truth. And the corporate mainstream media works diligently hand-in-glove with the US military-industrial complex to make this happen. Through its unquestioning repetition of government propaganda, its lies of omission, and its ratings-hungry war mongering, the media have become an essential part of the information war so endemic to US imperialism.

From Operation Mockingbird to CIA Director William Casey’s famous quote (“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”), the control of the US public’s perceptions of its government’s role in the world has been long in the making.
Now that we are on the brink of nuclear armageddon as a result of the US/NATO pursuit of continuous war against Russia and soon, it appears, with China, it has never been more important to see through the lies fed to us from the corporate media.

To join Veterans for Peace, or to sign up for VFP e-News, go to: https://www.veteransforpeace.org
Western North Carolina Website: www.vfp099.org   

Facebook: Veterans for Peace Western North Carolina Chapter 099

Email: president@vfp099.org
Mailing address: VFP Chapter 099, PO Box 1024, Asheville NC 28802

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Handout for WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 vigil on November 22, 2022

 


From the VFP Korea Peace Campaign: The USA in Korea


After dividing Korea into two arbitrarily at the end of WW II, the U.S. military has been more or less occupying South Korea since 1945. Uncle Sam established a U.S. military government in South Korea for three years, set up a separate regime in the South in 1948, and intervened in the Korean civil war, 1948-53, destroying the entire country with heavy, indiscriminate bombing raids. 

The terrible war was stopped with a cease-fire only in 1953. Thereafter, the U.S. brought in its nuclear weapons into South Korea in 1958 in violation of the Armistice Agreement-- igniting an intense arms race with North Korea. The U.S. military troops in South Korea number about 30,000 -- which cost us billions of dollars each year that are solely needed at home. From 1950, the U.S. also imposed and maintains heavy economic sanctions on North Korea. The tragic Korean War is still continuing today without a peace treaty.

To join Veterans for Peace, or to sign up for VFP e-News, go to:
https://www.veteransforpeace.org
Western North Carolina Website: www.vfp099.org / Facebook: Veterans for Peace Western North Carolina Chapter 099 

Email: president@vfp099.org
Mailing address: VFP Chapter 099, PO Box 1024, Asheville NC 28802

 

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Friday, November 18, 2022

LTE from WNC Veterans for Peace Member

Letter: Reclaiming Nov. 11 as a day for peace


Posted on November 9, 2022 by Letters Mountain Xpress

Veterans for Peace Western North Carolina will again this year assemble in remembrance and reclamation of the origins of Armistice Day.

Over 100 years ago, the world celebrated peace as a universal principle. The First World War had just ended, and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”
After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.

Join us at the WNC Veterans Memorial near the Buncombe County Courthouse at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, for an hour of reflections on the local influence of militarism, readings and music leading up to hearing bells ring 11 times in honoring that day 104 years ago when the world celebrated the end of “the war to end all wars.” — Gerry Werhan, 
Asheville

Monday, November 14, 2022

Handout for WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 vigil on November 15, 2022

 

                                                     Photo from Veterans for Peace website.

Veterans for Peace Statement on Ukraine

Veterans For Peace (VFP) unequivocally condemns Russia’s horrific invasion of
Ukraine. VFP opposes western militarism and increased US military spending, and
we are deeply concerned about even the possibility of nuclear warfare.

Veterans For Peace maintains:
● That the people of Ukraine have the right to self determination and to
lead their own struggle for national liberation.
● That all people deserve to live without military invasions, occupation or
threats of war, including the militarization of Russia’s borders by the
U.S. and NATO.
● All parties to the Russia-Ukraine War should commit to genuine
diplomacy with serious negotiations.
● War resisters from every nation deserve support and safe refuge. 

Veterans For Peace has consistently advocated for an end to war and as U.S.
veterans to “restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the
internal affairs of other nations”.

As veterans who know the enormous costs of wars, Veterans For Peace will
continue to advocate for: (a) reduction of global arms sales, (b) limiting the
expansion of US militarism globally, and (c) nuclear disarmament.

To join Veterans for Peace, or to sign up for VFP e-News, go to:
https://www.veteransforpeace.org
Western North Carolina Website: www.vfp099.org / Facebook: Veterans for Peace Western North Carolina Chapter 099

Email: president@vfp099.org

Mailing address: VFP Chapter 099, PO Box 1024, Asheville NC 28802


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Armistice Day rememberance in 2022 in Asheville.

 



Gerry Werhan, member of VFP Chapter 099, read Ken Jone's poem this morning at the war memorial at the courthouse in downtown Asheville. It is a rainy day here for sure. This was done to mark Armistice Day. Photos by Gerry Werhan.