Veterans For Peace Chapter 74, located in the Metro Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe Counties), is named in honor is named in honor of Michael Gramlich, a southeast Michigan veteran who for over 40 yeas was a leading-edge peace activist. Michael's quest for peace began in earnest following his experiences with atomic bomb tests in Nevada. Veterans For Peace Seeks to increasing public awareness of the costs of war, restrain our government from intervening in the affairs of other nations, reduce the arms race as well as eliminating nuclear weapons, and to abolish war as an instrument of international policy.
Meetings & Events
Next Chapter Meeting - June 19th, 2021, 2pm
Due to the Corona pandemic, and the temporary closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday, May 15th, Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by Zoom teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, a few minutes before 2pm, June 19th, click on… https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89741129850?pwd=aVN2QlF4VmZ6eFA5MXVTdWNwN05hUT09. The meeting agenda is the first item in the June newsletter. Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
VFP Arlington Michigan Display In Downtown Detroit On Memorial Day – May 31st
Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 and 93 have again joined forces to set up the Veterans For Peace Arlington Michigan display (one grave marker for every Michigan soldier killed in the Afghan and Iraq wars – 230 total) in downtown Detroit on Memorial Day. The purpose of this display is to honor those who have fallen, to provide a place to grieve, and to educate the public about the costs of war, as well as the needs of those returning from conflicts. The display will be held on Monday, May 31st, 11am to 5pm, in downtown Detroit’s Grand Circus Park (Woodward at East Adams – map link at https://goo.gl/maps/MjhWcB4ospmmwwFu6).
Add Your Name To The Petition Asking Climate Envoy John Kerry To Include Militarism In Climate Talks
On April 14th senior advisors to John Kerry, US special climate envoy, met with a group from Veterans For Peace that included VFP Chapter 74 member Jim Rine (https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/climatecrisis ). In the meeting, the group discussed the open letter (www.veteransforpeace.org/files/8716/1841/8353/Final-VFPLettertoEnvoyKerry.pdf) to Kerry, urging him to include US militarism in future climate negotiations. Some cosigning organizations are 350.org, CODEPINK, American Friends Service Committee. Some notable cosigning individuals are Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Dahr Jamail, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Wenona LaDuke.
Some facts on climate militarism:
US military has the largest carbon footprint of any organization in the world.
· US pressured that the 1997 Kyoto Protocol not include military emissions (for any country) and then pulled out.
· Emissions from 800 US foreign bases are counted as being from the “host” countries and not the USA.
· U.S. military emissions equal those of Sweden, Denmark, or Portugal.
Add your name to open letter now: http://bit.ly/VFPKerryPetition
Ideas For Non-Violent Action
In these difficult times, these 198 methods of nonviolent action have all been used in historical instances of nonviolent struggle - http://www.mapm.org/documents/198_nonviolent_methods_2007.pdf
Vietnam War - Full Disclosure
The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Vietnam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. The Full Disclosure web site - www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org - has sections on the Vietnam War Chronology, Educational Resources, Advocacy and more.