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 - March 20th, 2021, 2pm
Due to the Corona pandemic, and the temporary closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday, March 20th, Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by Zoom teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, a few minutes before 2pm, March 20th, click on… https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89741129850?pwd=aVN2QlF4VmZ6eFA5MXVTdWNwN05hUT09. The meeting agenda is the first item in the March (when published) Newsletter. Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
The Detroit Winter Soldier Investigation: 50 Years Later
(From the national VFP web page…) Like this year, February 1st, 1971 was a Monday, but unlike this year it was the 2nd of 3 days of the Winter Soldier Investigation (WSI) in Detroit, held at a long-gone Howard Johnsons Motor Lodge, organized by Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Over 100 veterans testified. The panelists spoke of atrocities they had seen or carried out. WSI got very little press at the time, but it did get some attention from anti-war members of Congress.
The My Lai massacre had occurred in March 1968, and became public knowledge in November 1969. Supporters of the war were claiming that My Lai was an isolated incident, but WSI put the lie to that. The testimony was both a revelation of damning information about a brutal war, and an important expression of the anti-war veterans’ movement. Both the information and the movement played important roles in getting the US out of Viet Nam.
WSI was unprecedented in two ways: 1) the participants in war crimes were among those exposing them – for the purpose of stopping such crimes; and 2) the panel members were not generals, politicians, bureaucrats or academics, but rather rank and file soldiers. Fifty years later, we are reeling from the violent insurrection at the Capitol and the fallout from an attempted racist coup carried out by adherents of the Confederacy and Nazism, an attack that included some veterans. It was funded by wealthy interests, and led and abetted by Trump and major forces within the Republican Party. There are threats right now, implicit and otherwise, to Democratic members of Congress from certain of their Republican colleagues.
A dozen years ago, President Obama said we must look forward, not backward; this meant there would be no official public exposure and accountability for crimes like torture under the Bush-Cheney regime. The Nuremburg Trials say otherwise. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa say otherwise. The Winter Soldier Investigation says otherwise.
To view the actual 1971 Winter Soldier hearings, the YouTube link to the “Winter Soldier” film is at https://youtu.be/cP7iwF9a5sA. For more written word on Winter Soldier visit https://wagingnonviolence.org/2021/02/fifty-years-ago-winter-soldier-exposed-vietnam-war-crime/.
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.