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 VFP Chapter 74 Meeting – Saturday, February 15th – 2pm
The next Chapter 74 meeting will be Saturday, February 15th, 2pm, at the Swords Into Plowshares Center in downtown Detroit starting at 2pm. The Swords Into Plowshares Center is at 33 East Adams (near Woodward – map at https://goo.gl/maps/gDe5esqraCRP9Vui9) and next to Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. Free parking is available in the Central United Methodist Church parking lot on the west side of the Center. If parking lot attendants are present please tell them you are attending the Vets For Peace meeting at the Swords Into Plowshares Center. Everyone interested in lessening the power of militarism, be they veteran or not, is welcome at a VFP meeting.
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
Veterans For Peace Martin Luther King Program – “What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About… War & Militarism”
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00 P.M., Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, 33 East Adams Avenue, Detroit.
Before Dr. King’s tragic death in 1968, he was speaking out more and more against war even though many criticized him for doing so. Even today, on Martin Luther King Day, it is quite uncommon for any mention of his thoughts on war as such teachings still make people uncomfortable.
In some respects, the legacy of Martin Luther King Day has become that of “safe” and non-controversial events and speeches. Rarely these days is anything ever said about Dr. King’s thoughts on how “the giant triplets” threatening the human race include not only racism and poverty, but also war, and how these triplets are all interrelated. As often seen in wars, the "other side" is labeled "not like us" (racism) and countries boost military spending yet cut social programs (poverty).
In 1967, when Dr. King gave his famous speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” he observed how unpopular speaking against militarism was. He said that people asked him, “Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King? Why are you joining the voices of dissent? Peace and civil rights don't mix....” How true his observation remains today, in that to speak out against military solutions is once again called unpatriotic.
With that said, the Veterans For Peace talk "What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About" concentrates on his speeches and teachings relating to war and militarism, showing them as relevant today as they were over 50 years ago. The event is free and open to the public and cosponsored by Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery along with Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 and 93. Free parking is available in the Central United Methodist Church parking lot on Elizabeth Street. For more on Martin Luther King and his teachings on war and militarism visit www.vfp93.org/mlk-war.
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.