Veterans For Peace

2013 Events

Winter Solstice Concert
Saturday December 21st
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF GAINESVILLE

VFP 13 Solstice program (pdf file) for Download

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2013 Photos thanks to Renee Hoffinger

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           World Peace Day Celebration

Peace Flyer          Dianas Flyer        peace press release2

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Gainesville VFP Chapter 14 Opposes US military action in Syria

Resolution passed at VFP Chapter 14 meeting,  Wednesday September 4th, 2013
link to National VFP Resolution on Syria

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Thanks to David Swanson for permission to reprint this article on our website from  his blog War is a Crime .org

 Note the  reunion described below is not a public event.  Any Researchers or reporters who want more information should contact Scott Camil at 352-375-2563

By davidswanson – Posted on 23 August 2013

The Gainesville 8 and a Nixonized World

A 40-year reunion is being planned for the end of this month in Gainesville, Fla., of the Gainesville 8.  Sadly, Richard Nixon won’t be able to join them, although his presidential library has just released more audio recordings of his descent into madness — or what we like to call today: standard government practice.

The Gainesville 8 were eight men, seven of them members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), who planned to nonviolently demonstrate at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami.  They were wrongfully prosecuted for planning violence, and they were all acquitted by a jury on August 31, 1973, in a highly publicized trial.

Under the shadow of the chaos that surrounded the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, VVAW took extra steps to avoid violence at the ’72 RNC, meeting with the Miami police and with right-wing groups in an effort to prevent conflicts.  And yet, prior to the convention, President Nixon’s FBI began preemptively arresting VVAW leaders, accusing them of plotting murder and mayhem, and attempting to prevent them from taking part in what they were really plotting: a nonviolent march to the convention, where they would request to meet with the president.

Many VVAW members managed to pull off the march, during the course of which they came upon an activist carrying weapons; they turned him in to the police.  Three vets, including Ron Kovic, made it into the convention to pose some uncomfortable questions to some long-distance, stay-at-home war supporters.

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Memorial Mile

A Solemn Remembrance
of the Cost of War
Thanks to all our wonderful Volunteers
and to the public who came out to View and Remember

Saturday May 25 through Sunday May 27th
NW 8th Avenue and 34th Street by Westside Park

 Iguana Article  Jessica Newman       Gainesville Sun Christopher Curry

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Peace Poetry Awards Ceremony

Saturday May 11

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live Readings by the winning poets
music by local musicians
reception with refreshments

The PUBLIC IS INVITED
Awards Ceremony Press Release
Facebook Page
Peace Poetry Reading Flier
2013 peace poetry book FINAL

VETERANS  Speak Out
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Santa Fe Community College

Veterans from Iraq and Vietnam Speaking Out

Veterans from Iraq and Vietnam Speaking Out

 

These conversations with Veterans are always valuable both for the Vets to have a forum and for the public to learn a little about the realities of the battle field.

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