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Friday, July 31, 2015

Convention Updates

Registation begins at 9am on Wednesday, August 4th.  Registration packets, pre-ordered convention t-shirts, dinner cruise tickets, signup sheets and answers to questions about the convention will be available at the registration table.

Meals:  All meals are on your own except for the Saturday banquet.  The local chapter will order box lunches on Saturday for those who pre-order at the registration table.  The box includes a sandwich, (turkey, beef, ham or veggie) chips, bottle water and a cookie for $8.50.  Be sure to sign up at the registration table.

Tablers:  Tabling will be held in The Regency Ballroom/Windsor.  Setup starts at 3pm on Wednesday, Aug 4th.  All merchandise must be removed by 3pm, Saturday, August 8th to allow hotel staff time to prepare for the banquet.  Due to the overwhelming response for tabling and to accommodate all tablers, table sizes have been reduced to 6'.

Tabling Hours

Wednesday      3pm - 7pm 
Thursday      8:30am -6:00pm
Friday            8am -6:00pm
Saturday         8am -2pm

Transportation to/from events

Sign-up sheets will be available at the registration desk if you need transportation to/from an off-site event.  

  • Thursday, Aug 6 - Peace at Home, Peace Abroad

  • Friday, Aug 7 - Harbor Dinner Cruise

  • Sunday Reconciliation Ceremony

If you are willing to assist with transportation, please let us know by submitting this form.

Want to cut cost of your hotel room? There are attendees who are looking for a roommate, let us know at the registration table, if you would like to share your room.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the convention, contact Gloria Daviston @ gloriadaviston@cox.net

Convention t-shirts will be available at the VFP National store table for $20. 

VFP 30-year anniversary baseball caps will be available at the VFP National store table for $15.

Proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments have been posted to the convention site.

Workshop presenters, please review the workshop tab for scheduling updates.

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Golden Rule Update

The Golden Rule peace boat and her intrepid crew of four arrived at the Santa Barbara marina at 3 pm on Thursday afternoon.  

The Golden Rule and her crew will depart Santa Barbara on Friday morning and are expected to arrive in San Diego on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.  They are eager to meet with Japanese American groups at the VFP national convention, whose theme is "Peace and Reconciliation in the Pacific."

Follow the progress of the Golden Rule here.
 
Check out the Golden Rule website and Facebook page for updates!

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Update on Project RENEW/VFP grant proposal with USAID

Submitted by VFP Project RENEW Committee Chair, Mark Foreman

Project RENEW and National VFP are hopeful that USAID will eventually grant Project RENEW $7 million to help Vietnamese people in Quang Tri Province who've been injured by left over U.S. ordinance, as well as health affects due to Agent Orange. U.S. and Vietnamese government officials chose not to included Quang Tri Province in their original APS (Annual Program Statement) grant offer, but are now reevaluating the needs of the Vietnamese people who live in Quang Tri Province. If Quang Tri officials can convince MOLISA (Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs) in Vietnam that there is great need for assistance in Quang Tri Province, then it will be much easier for USAID to recommend that the APS be amended to include Quang Tri Province.

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Travel Opportunities for Activists

We will embark on our third VFP trip to Cuba in January 2016. Members and  supporters of our message of peace are welcome to join us.  However, please be advised that we take 15-20 people. Our tours are led by VFP member and Cuban documentary film maker  Jim Ryerson, who has been to the island more than 25 times.  If you are interested, please get on our mailing list. Like the other 2 trips, this one will sell out.

Here is the itinerary   

http://cubaexplorer.com/tours/jrjan/

Password: jrc  (Click on Book Now to see prices)

At the VFP convention in August, Jim will lead a workshop on our evolving relationship with Cuba, and present a film of our historic trip in January of this year. For additional information and to confirm your interest please contact Jim at jim@cubaconnections.org.

Location

Sponsored by

Dates

Contact for Additional Information

Colombia

Witness For Peace

Jul 8 – Jul 18, 2015

For information contact:

pkbonner@earthlink.net

Cuba

Jim Ryerson

January 2015

For more information email Jim Ryerson at jim@cubaconnections.org..

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In This Issue:

Convention Updates

Golden Rule Update

Update on Project RENEW/VFP grant proposal with USAID

Travel Opportunities for Activists

Hancock Anti-Drone Resisters Jailed This Week

No Warlords Need Apply, -- A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan

VFP Iowa Chapters to Sponsor McGovern & Rowley Tour

VFP 30th Annual Convention

Upcoming VFP Endorsed Actions/Events


Hancock Anti-Drone Resisters Jailed This Week

Four anti-drone resisters were sentenced ​on July 29th, 2015 in Judge Joseph J. Zavaglia's DeWitt (NY) Town Court for alleged trespass at a "die-in" on April 28, 2013 at Hancock Air Base, home to the 174th Attack Wing of the NY National Guard, just north of  Syracuse, NY.   At their four-day trial in June, the six-person jury acquitted the four of disorderly conduct and obstruction of government administration.  <More>

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No Warlords Need Apply, -- A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan

By Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell

A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease fire.  But even in the short time since the first round on July 7th, fighting has intensified.  The Taliban, the Afghan government forces, various militias and the U.S. have ramped up attacks, across Afghanistan. <More>

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VFP Iowa Chapters to Sponsor McGovern & Rowley Tour

FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley and former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern will speak at organized events in nine Iowa cities beginning Sept. 24.  For more information contact Ed Flaherty (319) 621-6766 or flahertyem@aol.com or John Jadryev (319) 430-2019 or jadryevj@gmail.com.  <More>

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VFP 30th Annual Convention

ThemePeace & Reconciliation in the Pacific

When:  August 5 - 9, 2015

WhereTown and Country Resort & Convention Center San Diego, CA


Banquet Keynote Speaker - Seymour Hersh

General Registration  

Online registration closed on Tues, Jul 28 and will reopen in San Diego on Wed, Aug 5 @ 9am

Convention Registration now available.

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Workshops

Visit the workshop tab for a listing of workshops times and room assignments.       

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Hotel Registration

Rollaway bed:
$15

Parking:
$8 per car, per night for hotel guests

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Ads for Program Book

Payment for ads placed in the convention program book can be made online or sent to

VFP National Office
Ad Payment
1404 North Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102

Ad prices

Full Page Ad            $200     
Half Page Ad           $125     
Quarter Page Ad      $75     

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Friday Night Social Events

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Upcoming VFP Endorsed Actions/Events

Aug 5-9  - VFP National Convention in San Diego CA

Aug 13-16 - Camp Casey Reunion in Dallas, TX

Aug 14 - 15 - 17th Annual Kateri Peace Conference

Aug 27 - 28  - Anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact

Sep 21 - International Peace Day in your city

Oct 7  - Anniversary of US Invasion of Afghanistan

Oct 9-24 - Maine Walk For Peace

Nov 20-22, 2015 - SOA Watch 25h Anniversary Vigil

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Did you know?

In 2011, Tarak Kauff, Ellen Davidson & several other VFP members launched "Veterans Peace Teams" to provide a group of well-trained members to stand between police & Occupy activists.



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