Fighting U.S Imperialism: Venezuela and the Global South

51856670_349322915666127_841004538436517888_nSaturday, February 23, 2019
3:00-4:30pm
Sunnyside Community House
3520 SE Yamhill, Portland, OR 97214

Western imperialism and military intervention have caused untold suffering, death and destruction across the global south. Join us in a community conversation featuring testimonies from people who have been personally affected, experts who can give a historical and analytical perspective of Western imperialism, and how this relates to our campaign to prevent Venezuela from becoming yet another country ravaged by needless war.

February 23, 2019 marks the one-month anniversary of the US’s attempted coup in Venezuela.

Check out this fb event page for more info.

 

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Demilitarizing the Pacific

51741861_2064304543634550_948681193908338688_oThis event is cosponsored by VFP Chapter 72, KBOO,
World Beyond War, Oregon PSR, APANO, and DSA.

Oceania Rising: Peace Pivot to the Pacific

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:00-9:00pm

The Peace House – Metanoia Peace Community
2116 NE 18th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212

This FREE panel event features three Indigenous speakers:

OKINAWA: Tina Grandinetti is a PhD candidate at RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research (Australia), and a member of Women’s Voices Women Speak (WVWS). In 2017, she traveled to Okinawa as a member of the WVWS delegation to the International Women’s Network Against Militarism gathering. As a biracial Okinawan woman who grew up in Hawaiʻi, she is interested in nourishing transnational solidarity against imperialism and towards decolonial futures. In Okinawa this week, the Japanese government is filling in a coral reef with sand to extend the new Henoko Marine base, destroying a highly biodiverse ecosystem that is home to fish, sea turtles, and dugong (mantees).

GUAM: Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, where Pacific Islander students have organized the Oceania Rising group. She is CHamoru from Guåhan (Guam) who has been very active in efforts to curb the military buildup there, and in cultural work and poetry.

HAWAI’I: Ruth Aloua is a Kanaka Maoli from the Kona District, Hawai’i. Her grandmother’s lineage binds her to the island Hawai’i and her grandfathers to Maui. She is a mahi’ai (farmer) for Malu ‘Āina Center for Nonviolent Education and Action and a kia’i loko (fishpond guardian) for Kaloko Fishpond. Her work extends to the peaks of Mauna a Wākea (defending Mauna Kea peak from the Thirty-Meter Telescope), to the plains of Pōhakuloa (a military training area on the slopes of Mauna Kea), into the deepest depths of the ocean to the realm of Kanaloa. She is an advocate for peace and justice fostering nonviolent interaction between people, land, water, ocean and air.

Here is the Facebook event page.

More info: Contact: Daniel Shea, Veterans For Peace – shea@veteransforpeace.org

 

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Making Waves!

Making Waves is the title of a great short doc film, released in 2018, about the Veterans For Peace anti-nuclear project boat, The Golden Rule. On February 11, 2019, VFP Chapter 72 co-hosts a Portland screening of the film in the Buchan Room at First Unitarian Church downtown, to be followed by discussion and actions to abolish nuclear weapons!

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Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule

Monday, Feb. 11th, 7:30-9:30pm
First Unitarian Church of Portland
BUCHAN ROOM
1211 SW Main Street
Portland, Oregon

Click for FB event page (please share!) Basic event details and a location map can also be found here.

Golden Rule S/V Crew member and Golden Rule Project Ambassador Zoe Byrd, will show the 25-minute documentary, Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule. The film tells the story of four Quaker peace activists, led by Navy veteran Albert Bigelow, who in 1958 set sail to the Marshall Islands, and helped influence the public demand needed to end underwater, atmospheric, and outer-space nuclear bomb tests in 1963. The historic peace boat later sank, in 2010, and was rebuilt in Humboldt Bay, California. The Golden Rule, a Project of Veterans For Peace, is dedicated to “Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future.”

An ecstatic crowd witnesses the launch of The Golden Rule into Humboldt Bay on June 20, 2005.

An ecstatic crowd witnesses the launch of The Golden Rule into Humboldt Bay on June 20, 2005.

Nuclear weapons is a scary topic, to be sure, but a fascinating one, which Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility demonstrated at a recent No Nukes Forum held in SE Portland, an event that integrated poetry and art, science and history, gender perspective, and of course, citizen action. Oregon PSR is another sponsor of the October 11 Making Waves screening.

Getting up to speed on the topic of nukes empowers us to raise our voices, thereby helping influence the public demand to end nuclear madness once and for all. Raising one’s voice can include having simple conversations with people, just sharing stories. Come see this movie, get in on the discussion, and come away with a great conversation topic: the story of The Golden Rule!

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Portlanders Join Nationwide Demo January 20th

pam3VFP associate member Pam Allee is one of thousands of Americans who took to the streets last weekend to call for the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, just one year after his inauguration. Pam and a few others from VFP Chapter 72 joined the Impeach Trump rally and march in downtown Portland, Oregon on January 20, 2018. The march through the streets was peaceful, despite the fact that there was no permit in place. Participants were all ages and genders, though numbers were small compared with the turnout for the 2017 Women’s March. Many of the other marches held across the country this weekend drew much larger crowds.

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clownheadDespite reports of possible agitators, a lighthearted energy prevailed at the Portland demonstration, thanks in part to the many creative signs and funny props deriding the Clown in Chief. The bigger-than-life papier-mâché head was a crowd favorite.

 Photos by VFP Associate Member Nancy Hill.

 

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Thirty Seconds to Midnight

Portland OregonJoin Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 in welcoming film director Regis Tremblay to the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, for the Portland Premiere of Thirty Seconds to Midnight. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Free admission

The film address three different threats to life on the planet: nuclear technology, nuclear war, and climate change. Read more on the Clinton Street Theater event page.

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Cultivate Resistance

“Our capacity to resist is directly correlated to our capacity to self-organize on a massive scale.”

Portland Rising Tide is coordinating an all-day training in direct action for groups of friends, or for individuals who want to connect with others in resistance actions. Below is a flyer for the training, which takes place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10am to 7pm. (Location to be shared with participants as they RSVP.)

The training will introduce basic and common nonviolent direct-action strategies and tactics, and review pertinent legal information as well as ways to stay safe will engaging in actions. This is a great opportunity for people who want to develop their ability to take strong, collective action in committed groups of people. Click here to register or for more info.

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#ReclaimArmisticeDay

ArmisticeDay2016Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, Portland, Oregon, will hold a celebration of Armistice Day at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. At 11:11, we will chime our bells 11 times to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the first World War 98 years ago, and then celebrate the peace holiday originally known as Armistice Day with poems, readings, and speakers.

This is a public celebration, and all are invited! Look for the black-and-white VFP flags.

Read the Veterans For Peace Statement on Armistice Day.
Please help spread the word: Facebook Event Link

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Help Restore the Mural at My Lai

wallatmyla_900On a recent trip to Vietnam, VFP 72 member Mike Hastie (Army Medic Vietnam) visited the My Lai massacre site. While there, he noticed that the very moving mosaic mural has been ravaged by heat and humidity. He inquired how much it would cost to restore it and after some calculation was told it would cost about $4200. Mike pledged he would raise it.

If you would like to donate, please add  a penny to your donation, i.e., make your donation for, say, $25.01 or $50.01, to signal that your donation is earmarked for the My Lai Memorial. Any funds received over $4200 will go to the My Lai Museum and upkeep for the memorial grounds. Thank you for your kindness.

 

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Powerful Essay Informs About Agent Orange

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This photo essay was created by VFP Chapter 72 member Mike Hastie fresh after returning from a three-and-a-half-week tour of Vietnam with three other VFP friends, Sandy Kelson, S. Brian Willson, and Becky Luening. On the tour, they visited three different facilities that house victims of Agent Orange/dioxin.

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Spend Memorial Day with Veterans For Peace

MemorialDayFlyerFIN2Monday, May 30th

Join members and friends of Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 for a special Memorial Day in Washington Park, near Portland Zoo

ODVA ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial
near the Oregon Zoo

VFP gathering begins at 12 Noon
World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall
across from Washington Park MAX Sta.
Easy access via MAX or Bus 63

On Memorial Day morning, Monday, May 30, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs hosts the state’s annual Memorial Day observance at the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial (next to the zoo in Washington Park in SW Portland). The ODVA ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with a solemn reading of the names of 803 Oregonians who lost their lives to the Vietnam war. The main program  commences at about 11:10 with a flyover by the West Coast Ravens. This year’s featured speaker is Lt. Colonel Thuy Tran, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when she was a child. The memorial is located next to the Portland Zoo. VFP Chapter 72 members plan to arrive an hour early to bring letters, and to stand quietly and respectfully with our banner during the ODVA ceremony and program.

Simple message: Stop glorifying war.

Beginning at Noon, members and friends of Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 are invited to the World Forestry Center for an informal program and community conversation. The gathering  is free and open to the public. (Donations graciously accepted to help cover venue and refreshments.) The hall will be open early for coffee and for shelter in case of rain. The program will include readings, reflections, music and conversation.

More details coming soon…!

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