Bringing the World Peace Game to Corvallis

Coming to an elementary school near you.

WPG Letterhead2In January 2014, John Hunter, author of World Peace…and Other 4th Grade Achievements, spoke during the Corvallis Martin Luther King, Jr. Week events and later presented the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Peace Lecture at Oregon State University.

Many of us were inspired by his presentation and pondered the possibility of bringing the World Peace Game to a Corvallis elementary school.

None more seriously than Ele Adams, a Corvallis High School junior, and her mom, Terry, a former elementary school teacher (and current instructor at OSU’s College of Education).

Ele and Terry have launched a plan to bring the Game to a school for the 2014-2015 school year. They need to attend Mr. Hunter’s master training program this summer in Menlo Park, California and will bring back the four-tier game and other materials. The total cost for training, travel and materials is $5,000.

Here’s a flier with more information about the Game and about this project. Please share this if you can.

Fundraising for their training and the materials has begun in earnest and Veterans for Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter, and our local chapters of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom are acting as fiscal sponsors.

If you would like to donate right now, use the “Network for Good” button at the top-right of the sidebar here and specify World Peace Game in the space for a message to us.

Your donations for this project are tax-deductible and we will provide a receipt.

If you would like to donate by check or learn more about this project, please fill out this form. We’ll get right back to you.

Thanks very much for helping to enrich our children’s education!

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VFP protests the indiscriminate murder of innocent Gazans

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July 17, 2014 (Corvallis) — Several members of the Linus Pauling Chapter of Veterans For Peace participated in a rush-hour demonstration against recent Israeli attacks killing over 100 in Gaza, including women and children.

All told, about 20 demonstrators held signs and Palestinian flags on the busiest street corners of Corvallis Thursday afternoon. The demonstration was organized by the local group Friends of Middle East Peace.

The reaction of passing motorists was overwhelmingly positive.

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VFP Corvallis sponsoring Benton County Fair Peace Booth

Volunteer staff slots going fast. Sign up today!

Corvallis VFP Linus Pauling Chapter is one of the sponsors for 2014 Benton County Fair & Rodeo Peace Booth. The Fair runs from July 30 through August 2.

If you would like to volunteer to staff one of the time slots, please visit this link at SignUp Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ea9ae2fa3f85-20140804L_001

This year we will feature a “dot poll” on the allocation of federal tax dollars and a display with info on Truth in Military Recruiting. We have a great corner location and hope to get plenty of visitors.

Thanks for joining us at the Fair!

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A local veteran’s story of healing

Injured Iraq veteran finding recovery through farming.

A very active member of our Corvallis peace community and stalwart organizer with Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Adele Kubein, agreed to share this story of her daughter’s immense challenges she has faced since returning gravely injured from Iraq.

We found it very inspiring and believe you will too. Make sure you click on the link to her daughter Mickey Clayton’s letter to find ways to help her continue her journey to healing. Continue reading

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America at War: A Record of Unparalleled Failure

How we rationalize military failures…

The helmet of SP/5 Mike Reeves, 19, of San Bernardino, Calif., was decorated with the word “peace” as he awaited a helicopter to airlift his unit from a fire support base in Vietnam on Jan. 12, 1971. A strand of love beads is attached to the helmet strap at left. Everywhere in Vietnam one can find sign of insubordination in the line units, hopelessness in the rear and general disgust with the war--the way it’s being fought, the way it isn’t being fought, the reason for its being fought at all. (AP Photo)

The helmet of SP/5 Mike Reeves, 19, of San Bernardino, Calif., was decorated with the word “peace” as he awaited a helicopter to airlift his unit from a fire support base in Vietnam on Jan. 12, 1971. A strand of love beads is attached to the helmet strap at left. Everywhere in Vietnam one can find sign of insubordination in the line units, hopelessness in the rear and general disgust with the war–the way it’s being fought, the way it isn’t being fought, the reason for its being fought at all. (AP Photo)

The following article was originally posted at TomDispatch. In it, Tom Engelhardt thoroughly lays out and debunks the myths embedded in the popular support for US militarism.

Today, as Mosul smoulders, its residents flee and the scariest terrorist group in the world, ISIS, walks off with $425 million looted from the Mosul central bank, we reflect on the ill-conceived mission (accomplished?) in Iraq.

So do the Iraq vets who watch Iraq implode and try to rationalize their losses with the end result.

All this leads us to the obvious imperative that we evolve into a World Beyond War. If you agree with the conclusions made by Mr. Engelhardt here, please visit World Beyond War and see how you might help.

A Record of Unparalleled Failure

by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.

The United States has been at war — major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions — nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began.  That’s more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the historical record, those conclusions should be staring us in the face.  They are, however, the words that can’t be said in a country committed to a military-first approach to the world, a continual build-up of its forces, an emphasis on pioneering work in the development and deployment of the latest destructive technology, and a repetitious cycling through styles of war from full-scale invasions and occupations to counterinsurgency, proxy wars, and back again.

So here are five straightforward lessons — none acceptable in what passes for discussion and debate in this country — that could be drawn from that last half century of every kind of American warfare:

1. No matter how you define American-style war or its goals, it doesn’t work. Ever.

2. No matter how you pose the problems of our world, it doesn’t solve them. Never.

3. No matter how often you cite the use of military force to “stabilize” or “protect” or “liberate” countries or regions, it is a destabilizing force.

4. No matter how regularly you praise the American way of war and its “warriors,” the U.S. military is incapable of winning its wars.

5. No matter how often American presidents claim that the U.S. military is “the finest fighting force in history,” the evidence is in: it isn’t. Continue reading

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Memorial Day contradictions

How does a veteran for peace approach Memorial Day?  

We are conflicted. Except for the few solemn, quiet ceremonies that simply help us remember the fallen and allow personal reflection on war and its horrors, Memorial Day bursts at the seams with celebrations of some mythical just cause, good war, and freedom defended.

WarIsARacketCoverThe truth is that war is just a racket, as General Smedley Butler taught us, following his participation in the pillage of Central and South American at the behest of the United Fruit Company and others.

So we struggle over the need to give tribute to innocent lives lost for empire and our disdain for empty patriotic rhetoric.

This struggle will not be settled this year, but today our chapter will discuss this and other issues at our monthly meeting following the ceremony at the Corvallis National Guard Armory. The ceremony starts at 2pm and we will meet across King’s Boulevard at Woodstock’s Pizza at about 3pm. All are welcome to join us, especially those who object to our views. A fact-based, constructive dialogue may ensue.

Thanks to our chapter member, Denis White, who drew our attention this morning to a very power letter in our local newspaper, the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Oil-rich corporate Caesars trumpet loud falsehoods to create a “Fearsome Other” from our human oneness.
Decree “Shock and Awe”; blast buildings to rubble, and bodies — some wrinkled-old or tiny-new — into broken bloody bits.
Our own just-grown, trained, adrenaline pumping, shouting “Burn, Baby, Burn”; begin the endless, soul-stealing, killing needed to subjugate the Fearsome Other.
Our Mothers, arms aching to hug living child, receive a folded flag, and a myth of her honor. Plus a “Special Day to Remember” what her heart never, for a moment, can forget.
Thais Thomas
Corvallis

Thank you, Thais Thomas, for this and a few other very moving letters over the past year here and here.

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Lines for Life and Military Helpline

Local connection for troubled veterans

We met recently with a member of the Lines for Life staff from Portland. Their project, Military Helpline, runs 24/7/365 and helps veterans and family members in crisis find help. The Helpline is completely confidential and the information discussed will never be reported to the VA or the military unless the crisis is a medical emergency. Continue reading

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