Category Archives: Recommended reading

Powerful Essay Informs About Agent Orange

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 … Continue reading

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Think Armistice Day

Armistice Day in Portland Join Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 for Portland’s annual commemoration of Armistice Day, November 11, 2015 in Pioneer Courthouse Square in southwest Portland. Please bring a bell or a sign, and arrive by 11:00 a.m. At … Continue reading

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Advice for those considering joining the military

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Exposing the Hidden Side of American War Culture

Ross Caputi, a former Marine who participated in the second siege of Fallujah, offers up this insightful piece in which he explores the underlying message of the latest collaboration between Hollywood and the Department of Defense, and its meaning for … Continue reading

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Lifelong nonviolence practitioner tells his stories

David Hartsough, co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, talks about his inspiring memoir, Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Nonviolent Activist (Oakland: PM Press, 2014). Saturday, Oct. 18 • 7pm Multnomah Friends Meeting Sunday, Oct. 19 • 7pm First Unitarian … Continue reading

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Celebrate Spring and the Creativity of our Veterans

VFP Chapter 72 members and friends are invited to a house party featuring two of our finest “old creatives” — veterans of the American war in Viet Nam whose autobiographical creative works are intertwined with, and attempt to make meaning … Continue reading

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Nick Turse podcast

A VFP member from Berkeley shared a link to this Nick Turse interview on KQED. Turse is the author of Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. He was interviewed by Michael Krasny on KQED’s January 28 … Continue reading

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David Swanson in Portland

Antiwar activist, author, radio host and blogger David Swanson comes to Portland Monday, December 16 to discuss and sign copies of his latest book, sure to be a favorite in VFP circles, War No More: The Case for Abolition. The book … Continue reading

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Boondoggles R Us

Will It Fly? by Adam Ciralsky (Vanity Fair, September 16, 2013), in which the author asks: Will the F-35 the U.S. Military’s flaw-filled, years-overdue Joint Strike Fighter, ever actually fly?

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Glorify War No More

I was invited to attend the Seattle VFP meeting this morning (Chapter 92) to give a presentation about the Vietnam Friendship Village Project. We had a good discussion afterward, about the Friendship Village, about U.S. cleanup efforts (information about this, … Continue reading

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