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.

John Hunter and Ele Adams (photo: Terry Adams)

John Hunter and Ele Adams (photo: Terry Adams)

September 4 UPDATE: See this excellent (and brief) interview with John Hunter in The Guardian (online, Sept. 4). It’s great to see Mr. Hunter’s work getting this well-deserved attention.

Terry and Ele have completed their facilitator training in Menlo Park, CA and sent the picture at right. 

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 $4,100 (revised goal).

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 Linus Pauling Chapter resumes TiR work

New school year…New Truth in Recruiting (TiR) opportunities.

As the school year begins, the Linus Pauling Chapter is scheduling regular high school visits to help students considering joining the military make an intelligent decision.

We hope to go one step further this year, making presentations to classes to discuss the military enlistment option and its consequences.

We recently came upon a website which we found full of good information and with a broader (international) perspective:

Countering the Militarisation of Youth – A project of War Resisters’ International which seeks to identify and challenge the many ways in which young people around the world are encouraged to accept the military and military values as normal, and worthy of their uncritical support. Militarisation is a process which goes far beyond overt recruitment. It includes the presence and influence of the armed forces in education, public military events such as parades, and military-themed video games.

And please see our TiR Web Resources page for other good info.

If you’re interested in helping with our Truth in Recruiting work, please contact us at: info[at]vfpcorvallis.org.

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Corvallis Advocate: World Peace Game is coming to Corvallis

It’s not too late to donate and help bring the World Peace Game to a Corvallis elementary school this fall. To make a tax-deductible donation, you can either use the “Network for Good” button in the right side bar of of this site or send us a check. See the lead story on our home page for further information.

One correction to the story below: After receiving a generous discount on training for Terry and Ele Adams, we were able to lower our fundraising goal to $3,500 — the Corvallis Advocate interview was conducted prior to this adjustment.

But we are still about $500 short of the new goal. Won’t you consider helping us?

Thanks. And many thanks to the donors and local organizations who have stepped forward thus far.

Here’s the Corvallis Advocate story from their July 31, 2014 issue: http://www.corvallisadvocate.com/2014/world-peace-is-coming-to-corvallis/

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VFP Statement Against Israeli Assault on Gaza, 2014

Veterans For Peace National Convention; Asheville, North Carolina

July 26, 2014

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Veterans For Peace Protest At Israeli Embassy In Washington, DC, July 21, 2014; photo: Bill Hughes

As veterans who have witnessed the horror of war, we are deeply outraged by the State of Israel’s slaughter of many innocent civilians in Gaza. The military assault against children, women and men, by air, by sea and now by land, is a clear violation of international laws of war and of human rights. Nearly 1,000 Palestinians have been murdered, almost all of them civilians, nearly a quarter of them children. Over 5,000 are wounded.

Veterans For Peace joins millions of people all around the globe who are shocked by this vicious, one-sided slaughter. We understand the huge injustice of the Israeli occupation. Palestinians have been ethnically cleansed from their homes and forced to live in the Occupied West Bank, or in the open-air prison that is Gaza. We call on Israel to stop the massacre now! There should be an immediate end to all bombing and an immediate withdrawal of all Israeli military from Gaza. We join with the international community in calling for a cease-fire. Continue reading

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Recent Corvallis Gaza support demonstrations (photos)

VFP Corvallis has joined other local groups at several recent Gaza solidarity actions over the past weeks. The response from passing motorists has been overwhelmingly positive.

Here are some photos of recent demonstrations (photo credit: Courtney Childs).

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2014 VFP National Convention

Chapter 132 member Leah Bolger displays Drones Quilt Project and presents on World Beyond War.2014convention_logo

The 2014 Veterans For Peace National Convention in Asheville, North Carolina is just wrapping up (July 27th) and we just received a photo slide show of some of the proceedings.

See it HERE.

 

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Corvallis joins national day of action for Gaza

VFP and Corvallis/Albany Friends of Middle East Peace lead local demo.

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Please join us on Thursday, July 24 to demonstrate our solidarity with the innocent victims in Gaza.

We will be part of a national day of action, including calls to Congress and the White House. Veterans For Peace has delivered a letter demanding a halt to the murders to the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC. Read it here.

In Corvallis…
- Meet at Benton County Courthouse 4:45pm
– March to 3rd & Van Buren for demonstration during rush hour
– At 5:30pm, continue march through downtown Corvallis returning to Courthouse
– Bring signs & Palestinian flags & a friend
– Wear black tshirts or black clothing and kaffiyehs

Last week, we held a similar demonstration and connected with hundreds of rush-hour drivers. It is very important to educate the public on this issue since the mainstream media is not fully reporting Israel’s atrocities. Continue reading

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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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