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 Meeting Cancelled
The Saturday, June 19th Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting has been cancelled with the next meeting date to be determined.
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
Veterans For Peace Climate Crisis and The War Machine Music Contest
Veterans For Peace is asking artists to write songs and create music videos around the theme of “Climate Crisis and The War Machine.”
The “Climate Crisis and The War Machine Music Video Contest” is about making the links that break the chains of big oil. The US military is the largest consumer of fossil fuels and the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s time to challenge the status quo and free people from the illusion that war keeps us safe.
These videos will be featured not only as a part of the Veterans For Peace National Convention, but on our social media, website, and our Gamers For Peace Twitch Channel. We will choose a first prize and runner up in each of the following five categories: Hip-hop, Pop, Country/R&B, Folk/Spoken Word, and Rock. The music video can take many forms, anywhere from a live performance recorded on your phone, to a fully produced, multi-camera music video. All levels of experience are welcome! First prizes get $1000 each and runners up get $500 each. In addition, each of the 10 winners chosen will perform at a concert for The Veterans For Peace National Convention on Aug 14, 2021. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021 at at 11:59:59 (CST).
Official contest rules are at https://www.veteransforpeace.org/files/5516/2265/4051/Contest_Rules.pdf and the entry form at https://veteransforpeace.salsalabs.org/climatecontestregistration.
Report: VFP Arlington Michigan Display In Downtown Detroit On Memorial Day
Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 and 93 held 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.
A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who set up, staffed, and took down the display, as well as WJBK TV-2 and WRCJ who gave the display publicity). The display will also be held in Ann Arbor's Veterans Park on Armistice (Veterans) Day.
Detroit Leave No One Behind Mural Project
On May 31st, volunteers from the META Peace Team (www.metapeaceteam.org), Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery (www.swordsintoplowsharesdetroit.org), and Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 – www.vfp74.org and 93 – www.vfp93.org, installed a “Leave No One Behind Mural Project” poster on the west side of downtown Detroit’s Central United Methodist Church www.centralumchurchdetroit.org.
The Leave No One Behind Mural Project is a multi-sited public art project that seeks to uplift the stories of thirty-three deported veterans, Dreamers, childhood arrivals, and permanent residents. For more information on the Leave No One Behind Mural Project visit https://leavenoonebehindmuralproject.org or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/leavenoonebehindmuralproject. For information about deported veterans visit www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/vfp-national-projects/deported-veterans-advocacy-project.
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.