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 - November 21st, 2020, 2pm
Due to the Corona pandemic, and the closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday, November 21st Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, at 2pm, November 21st, dial 563-999-1129 and when prompted, enter the Access Code of 721444. Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not.
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
Arlington Michigan Display For Veterans/Armistice Day In Ann Arbor
Wednesday, November 11th, 11am until dusk, Veterans Park, Maple and Jackson Roads, Ann Arbor. Veterans/Armistice Day memorial display of one marker for every Michigan soldier lost in the Iraq and Afghan wars (230 markers). 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. Peace ceremony at 11am.
Display is at the southwest corner of Veterans Park with parking at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena parking lot (2150 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103). Sponsored by Veterans For Peace Chapter 93. Free. Details: www.vfp93.org, www.facebook.com/events/363086908074857, or call (734) 487-9058. If you would like to help set up the display, please show at Veterans Park at 10am. For more on Veterans/Armistice Day visit www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/armistice-day.
Remember To Vote!
Election day is Nov. 3
Online: Oct. 19 or by mail, Postmarked by Oct. 19
In person: Nov. 3
The 2020 General Election is approaching in just a few weeks, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re registered to vote in advance. If you haven’t already registered to vote in Michigan, there is still time to do so. Michigan residents can register to vote at any time up to 8 p.m. on Election Day -- in this case, November 3 -- at their city or township clerk’s office. If you choose to register to vote with your local clerk in person after October 30, you will be required to vote the ballot in-person at that time. If you are registering another way, your completed voter registration application must be received or postmarked by October 19, 2020 in order to vote in the November General Election.
Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Received by Oct. 30 by 5:00 p.m.
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 2
Return in person: Nov. 3 by 8:00 p.m.
Early voting -Sep. 24 - Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
Additional information - Michigan does offer registration on Election Day at designated locations in each town. It is not available at your polling place.
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.