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 VFP Chapter 74 Meeting
The next Chapter 74 meeting will be Saturday, November 16th, 2019, 2pm, at the Swords Into Plowshares Center in downtown Detroit starting at 2pm. The Swords Into Plowshares Center is at 33 East Adams (near Woodward) and next to Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. Free parking is available in the Central United Methodist Church parking lot on the west side of the Center. If parking lot attendants are present please tell them you are attending the Vets For Peace meeting at the Swords Into Plowshares Center. Everyone welcome, veteran or not!
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
November 15-17 - School of The Americas Commemorative Gathering at Fort Benning, Georgia
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Central American University (UCA) massacre -- one of the many atrocities that occurred in Central America as the United States funded civil wars, trained military at the SOA/WHINSEC, and ensured that right-wing governments remain in power regardless of their human rights violations.
The conditions people are fleeing in Central America are a result of the training, support, and funding that the United States has funneled into state violence for decades. Over the last few weeks, news broke that Fort Benning -- home of the School of the Americas / WHINSEC -- is now being considered as a detention center facility for children. Simultaneously, the US has deployed troops and border patrol agents to Guatemala in order to “halt migration”, justifying it as “humanitarian aid”.
Join with members of Veterans For Peace (a number of Chapter 74 members have made past visits to Fort Benning) of the School of the America’s Watch for three days of activism and education at Fort Benning, in the Columbus, Georgia area and a two-day drive from southeast Michigan. For more details visit www.soaw.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.