Peace & Justice Commemoration of the American War in Viet Nam
Inspiring Quotes from Ike
Save an Afghan Orphan
Saving the Soul of America is a play, a dialogue among Dwight Eisenhower, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. about The Military Industrial Complex.
Changes of Mind - Changes of Heart is a reenactment from "War is a Racket" by Smedley Butler and "The Mother's Day Peace Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe.
Guardians of Peace
Having turned to support peace, we, Veterans For Peace, have changed our mission. Where once we trained in the conflict of hate; now we turn to the good will of cooperation. Where once we directed anger at our enemy; now we maintain patience during conflictive situations. Where once we provoked fear in our enemies; now we sacrifice to inspire their trust. Where once we inflicted suffering; now we suffer pain without complaint. Where once we worked for war; now we work for peace. These are our Issues.
It is illogical to defend peace by fighting for it. Those who are trapped in the war mentality, because of a fear and anger bias, see all who oppose them as enemies. We seek to free the mind-warriors of this bias. The antidote to fear is courage. The kind of courage that requires the willingness to self-sacrifice. Against mind-war it is the courage to trust in our shared humanity, even at the risk of being considered an enemy sympathizer. Against word-war it is the courage to speak about the humanity of the other side, even at the risk of being labeled as a provocateur. Against combat it is the courage to stop killing, even at the risk of being jailed as a traitor. This Archive is what we’ve done. These Events are our plans.
Many of us feel some regret for that time we served, especially in recent conflicts. We don’t want to be reminded about our participation as warriors. But now we feel a redemptive responsibility to stop war by joining together to be guardians of peace. Join with us, make Contact.
We also support a community that Link together to educate, demonstrate, and legislate for peace. Together, we are making a difference.
The Field of Engagement
Next Meeting Saturday, 1 pm December 7, Hayti Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham
Photo of Veterans Day Parade
Peace Booth Pictures
Our chapter annually staffs the Peace Booth on Veterans appreciation day at the fair. Babs Freeman did a great job coordinating.
Eisenhower once said, "I think that people want peace so much that one of these days; governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." For a wrap up on Syria, Ending One War ... David Swanson.
Moral Mondays Testaments Eisenhower Chapter becomes the advanced guard in the Processions of Peaceful Resistance.
Twelve of our members chose to be among the 925 arrested for resisting immoral legislation. Many more of us participated in the weekly protests. Below are the testaments of those of us arrested. Please read these. They are calls for action.
Wally Myers, our past president.
John Heuer, our chapter president.
Doug Ryder, Youtube
Phil Fonville, Youtube
Vicki Ryder, Youtube
Our annual peace award goes to Bradley Manning - A Hero for Peace. He has exposed the deceits of war through WikiLeaks. It is up to us to learn what our government wants to hide; and decide who should be in jail.
At the Guardian News Site:
Iraq War Logs
Afghanistan War Logs
US Embassy Cables
A new professional video of this year's Ride for Peace with Sam's meeting with Rep. Price on You Tube.
Sam's Ride for Peace updates
A professional video of last year's Sam's Ride for Peace is on You Tube.
Be the Peace