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 20th, 2020, 2pm

Due to the Corona pandemic, and the closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday June 20th Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, at 2pm, May 16th, dial 563-999-1129 and when prompted, enter the Access Code of 721444. The only cost to participants are long distance fees to the teleconference provider’s location (www.FreeConferenceCall.com in eastern Iowa). Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not.

Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter

The May 2020 VFP 74 Newsletter can be viewed online in both a Word or PDF format. 

Arlington Michigan Memorial Day Display Cancelled

With the Governor of Michigan continuing the state-wide “stay-home, stay-safe” policy until May 28th, the planned Memorial Day (which this year is May 25th) Arlington Michigan display in downtown Detroit has been cancelled. The display, of one grave marker for every Michigan soldier killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars, is now tentatively planned to be set up in Detroit’s Grand Circus Park from 10am to 5pm on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4th.

Virtual Arlington Michigan Display

With the cancellation of the Memorial Day Arlington Michigan display of grave markers for every Michigan soldier killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars, we encourage everyone to make a visit to our “virtual” Arlington Michigan display online by clicking on the links below. This consists of a listing of all soldiers killed with their name, age, a photo (if available), rank and unit. May they rest in peace.   

Links...          Iraq War (163 killed)      Afghan War (68 killed)

 

Submit Letters to the Vietnam Wall For Memorial Day

Please write a letter to The Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.. Join those who were impacted by the war, from soldiers to mothers and fathers to children and grandchildren to peace activists, as we write to those who died a half a century ago.  Let them know that we have not forgotten them. If you’re so moved, please send your letter (by May 21st) to Doug Rawlings, at this address: rawlings@maine.edu. Doug will deliver your words on May 25th, 2020 to The Wall in Washington, DC.  No matter how you lived out those days, your story needs to be told.  It is through your words that history will reveal itself to all generations.  Please join us and for more information on VFP Letters To The Wall visit https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/memorial-day

VFP John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert Now On CD

In April 2020, Veterans For Peace Chapter 93 (mid-lower Michigan) released a compact disc (CD) recording of the musical artists performing at the annual October John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concerts over the years for the Chapter’s Peace Scholarship program. And like the Concert, a purchase of the CD also goes to benefit the Peace Scholarship program, of which there have been a number of awards to students enrolled in Wayne State University’s peace studies curriculum.

 

Selections on the CD include Revolution (Chris Buhalis, Peter “Madcat” Ruth), Maggie Mae (Dave Boutette, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, Dave Keeney), You’ve Go To Hide Your Love Away (Annie & Rod Capps, Jason Dennie), Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Billy King with Emily Slomovits and band), In My Life (Emily Slomvits with Billy King), Dear Prudence (Jo Serrapere), Across The Universe (Jen Sygit), Rest Easy Little Darlin (John Latini), Crippled Inside (Dave Keeney, Sophia Hanfi), Working Class Hero (Rochelle Clark), Come Together (Shari Kane and Dave Steele) and Imagine (Billy King).

 

​The John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert CD can be purchased for $15, plus $3 for shipping, by PayPal by visiting www.vfp93.org/john-lennon-concert-cd. It should also be noted that the licensing fees and royalties have been paid for the CD production.

Pingree Detroit Hiring… With A Preference For Veterans

Pingree (named after a very progressive Detroit mayor) is a worker-owned, social impact company founded in 2015 to create resiliency and living wage work for veterans and Detroiters and to create sustainable products that maximize well-being. Our team of Detroit makers handcraft bags, accessories and footwear (see https://pingreedetroit.com/collections/all), using high-quality leather reclaimed from the Detroit auto industry.

 

Concerning veterans, Pingree believes that “every company or organization could benefit from the discipline and mission driven nature of those who have served. Our company exists to make neighborhoods across this country stronger by maximizing well-being for our workforce, our customers and the underserved in our communities. Veterans are uniquely equipped to tackle a mission as large as ours so we seek out opportunities to train and hire them.” A little “PS” here too… every Memorial Day, Pingree Detroit employees come down to Grand Circus Park and help set up, and take down, the Veterans For Peace Arlington Michigan display.

 

With that in mind, Pingree Detroit is industrial sewers at the present time, and for more information, and how to apply, visit https://pingreedetroit.com/pages/pingree-detroit-hiring-industrial-sewers.

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.

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VFP Chapter 74 in downtown Detroit for the 3/24/2018 March For Our Lives gun control event