Martin Sheen on the Environment and War

World BEYOND War just posted this great short video (less than 2 minutes) featuring actor Martin Sheen on the Environment and War. Take a look.

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Will Pool, Presente!

Wilbert L. Pool

Wilbert_Pool_head-on(May 27, 1926 – Nov. 22, 2019)

Family and friends of Wilbert L. “Will” Pool, including members of Portland Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, come together in remembrance and celebration of the life of this amazing World War II Navy Veteran, Educator, Author, and Human Rights Activist.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 2:00pm
Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97212

Click here to read Will Pool’s obituary on OregonLive.


To make a donation to Veterans For Peace in memory of Will, write a check to “Veterans For Peace Chapter 72″ and mail to:

Will Pool Tribute
c/o Robert Projansky, VFP72 Treasurer
3036 SE Taylor St.
Portland, Oregon 97214

To donate online: Click the yellow Donate button on our website and add an extra 2 cents to your donation to indicate it was made in memory of Will Pool. (In other words, if you want to donate 5 bucks, make the total donation $5.02.)

Buy a copy of Will Pool’s memoir, American Fascism (self-published in 2017).
 

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Stop the Climate Crisis: End War

Forum includes updates on
Iran, Venezuela, Yemen and other US “hotspots”

WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.
WHERE: Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th (corner NE 15th Ave. & Knott St.) enter through breezeway)

PANELISTS: Local Code Pink staff person Cody Urban will link the issues of climate change and war, update the community on U.S. belligerence in Iran and Venezuela, focus on the U.S. role in the war on Yemen, touch on U.S. presence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, and more. Sahar Yarjani Muranovic, Executive Director of Oregon NOW, will address U.S. policy in Iran. Dan Shea, President of Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, will talk about Venezuela, having visited that country in March 2019. The event includes updates on Iran, Venezuela, Yemen and other U.S. “hotspots”).

It is expected the City Council will be considering a resolution opposing U.S. intervention in Iran on Wednesday, November 13 at 3:30 P.M.

The forum is cosponsored by Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland and KBOO Community Radio. It is endorsed by the Pacific Green Party.

LINKS:
Click here to download the Forum flyer
Click here to see event posting on the Peace and Justice Works website

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Peace Memorial Park Cleanup May 18!

SPRINGTIME IN PORTLAND: Time to spruce up the park!

Join VFP 72, Lloyd EcoDistrict, and other partners for the first community work party of the year, as we ready Peace Memorial Park for Memorial Day.

event flyer PDFSATURDAY, MAY 18
from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
[find location below]

We hope to get enough volunteers to clear out most of the weeds, and to re-define and mulch the paths. Then we will be able to reassess the garden, see what’s working and what’s not working, and start planning for further improvements – including making the park part of the Lloyd neighborhood’s Pollinator Pathway.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO HELP!

Lloyd EcoDistrict is taking the lead on volunteer efforts. Getting a head count will help them figure tools needed and work assignments, not to mention refreshments. To help get a head count, they created this NobleHour sign-up link.

There will be some gloves and hand tools available on site, but if you can bring your own, please do!

Sign up at: NobleHour
Share on FB: Pollinator Peace Park
Location:
Located at the southwest corner of NE Lloyd Blvd. and NE Oregon St., where Lloyd turns into Interstate, Peace Memorial Park can be accessed via a pedestrian bridge from the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade near the Steel Bridge.

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What War Films Never Show You

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A critique of Peter Jackson’s documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, about British soldiers’ experiences in World War I, penned by Mike Ferner, an Ohio veteran (for peace!):

https://popularresistance.org/what-war-films-never-show-you/

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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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