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 - December 19th, 2020, 2pm
Due to the Corona pandemic, and the closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday, December 19th Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, at 2pm, December 19th, 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
World War One “Joyeux Noel” Christmas Truce Film
On Christmas Eve 1914, ordinary soldiers from opposing armies stopped fighting, and whole sectors of the Western Front fell silent. The truce broke out spontaneously, with soldiers emerging from the trenches, exchanging cigarettes and gifts, singing carols, burying their dead and, in some places, participating in impromptu football games. A film dealing with the Christmas Truce is “Joyeux Noel” (Merry Christmas) which can be rented online (high definition) for $3.99 through YouTube at https://youtu.be/pC9KyHcbAEM. Also, a free version of the film was available at YouTube as of December 1st at https://youtu.be/f8vp-i3k3Xs. For more on the Christmas Truce, visit this Veterans For Peace web page - https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/remembering-christmas-truce.
PS – The San Diego Opera's 'All Is Calm' production celebrates the human voice and Christmas truce of 1914 with a 5-minute preview at https://youtu.be/GcDGWI2Bi60. For more on this opera, visit https://alliscalm.org.
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.