“Call Out for Justice: End the Wars”

Rally and March, Portland, Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1:00 PM

Shemanski Park (the South Park Blocks at Salmon St.)

Full details, including a full list of sponsors and endorsers, more fliers and posters, here: http://pjw.info/afghanistan14yl.html

Endorsed by VFP 132 and Corvallis Alternatives to War…and many, many more fine groups.
If you go, how about sharing some feedback and observations with us?



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VFP National Convention 2015

San Diego, CA, August 5-9

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Leah and Bart Bolger of The Linus Pauling Chapter attended the annual VFP national convention this year. They both presented workshops:  Leah on World Beyond War and Bart on The World Peace Game.

Leah also displayed a set of quilts and the informational posters for the Drones Quilt Project.

Drones Quilt Project on display just outside main plenary hall.

Drones Quilt Project on display just outside main plenary hall.

There were too many workshops and plenary sessions to choose from. Here is the program and list of workshops.

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Rick Jahnkow and volunteer, Project YANO

Bart attended the workshop presented by Rick Jahnkow of Project YANO in San Diego and attended the first meeting of the new VFP working group on Truth in Recruiting.

Of course there were many old friends and well-known activists to visit with and learn from.

Leah, Ann Wright, Leslie

Leah, Ann Wright, Leslie Harris

Bart and Ray McGovern

Bart and Ray McGovern

See the VFP 132 photo gallery for more photos of the convention.

The latest VFP newsletter also has good rundown on the convention here.


Padres game.

San Diego is a great place to visit but food and especially the convention center accommodations were a bit pricey. But there was plenty of fun to be had outside of the convention.

Next year’s convention will be Berkeley, CA and will be hosted at one of the Berkeley campuses so it will be much more affordable and even closer to Corvallis.

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Drones Quilt Project to be displayed in Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda

Originally posted on drones quilt project:

Monday, September 21st through Sunday, September 27th
First floor, Wisconsin state capitol building, 2 East Main St. Madison, WI 53703

Madison area peace groups will display 5 quilts and informational posters in the Capitol Rotunda drawing attention and educating the public to the consequences of U.S. drone warfare. Each quilt was made by individuals-square by square-from all over the world, to commemorate the civilian victims of U.S. weaponized drone strikes in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. These quilts are visual reminders of the names of real people, mostly women and children, who are the ‘collateral damage’ of US and Israeli drone programs. We honor their lives and say their names.

This event is part of Campaign Nonviolence, a nationwide movement of over 200 actions and events taking place across the country from September 20-27.


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Sen. Wyden supports Iran nuclear deal

Show him some love. Please call the Senator’s office and thank him for his decision. And don’t forget, Sen. Jeff Merkley also supports the agreement. It’s good to be an Oregonian.


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VFP 132 talks Iran nuclear deal on KBOO

Many thanks to KBOO and our friend and activist-audiographer Bobbi Hall for helping keep the pressure on Sen. Wyden to support the Iran nuclear deal. 

Please call Wyden’s Portland office (503-326-7525) and demand he support the #IranDeal. His staff told us yesterday he has not yet announced his position but we know he’s leaning against. Let him know how you feel about that.

You can listen to this morning’s (Sep. 4, 2015) program at this link.


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#IranDeal signature ad for Oregon voters

UPDATE September 1: The Oregonian ad will continue running in opinion section Sept. 1-4. ALSO, Corvallis peacenik Bobbi Hall has produced an interview with VFP 132 members Bart & Leah Bolger about the Iran nuclear deal. It will run on our community radio station in Portland, KBOO, this Friday, Sept. 4 at 9am PST. You can listen at 104.3FM around Corvallis, 90.7FM in Portland, 91.9FM in Hood River, or on the web at KBOO.FM.

UPDATE August 31: The print ad ran Sunday, August 30 on page 3 of section 1 of The Register Guard (Eugene/Springfield, OR). To see it, click here.
And the online ad in The Oregonian is running for several days here: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/
You can view a screen shot of it here.
Sen. Merkley just (8/30/15) announced his support for the #IranDeal. Please call his office (DC: 202-362-8102) to thank him. We’ve revised the wording in The Oregonian to reflect that. Here is Sen. Merkley’s statement on his decision.

Please support this #IranDeal signature adUS-IranFlags aimed at Oregon’s senators. Add your name or your organization’s name today. Send your information or questions to leahbolger[at]comcast.net.
Help fund this ad.
Donate by mail: Contact Leah and she will respond by email with the address.
Donate electronically: Use the Network for Good button on our web page and include a designation for the Iran Deal ad.

From VFP 132 chapter member, Leah Bolger:

If you are like me, and virtually everyone else in the world except the government of Israel, AIPAC and the politicians who receive a lot of money from AIPAC, then you are in strong support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aka the “Iran Nuclear Deal.”
Alarmingly, neither of our two senators have come out in favor of it.  Senator Wyden says he is “leaning no,” and Senator Merkley says he wants to “think about it.”
I asked Senator Wyden’s office where he would be appearing during the summer recess so that we could express our opinions, and was told he wasn’t making any public appearances at all.  I asked if he was taking appointments with constituents and was told no again.
So, I have decided that a good way to let our two senators know how we feel is to take out a signature ad.  I am checking on rates with various newspapers.  Obviously the Oregonian would be seen by a lot more people [we will probably post in the OregonLive site] , but even if we put it in a local paper (like the Corvallis Gazette-Times) it will certainly come to the attention of the two senators.
The following is the draft of the verbiage I propose.  If you would like to add your name, or your organization’s name to the advertisement, please e-mail me with the name as you wish it to appear in the ad.  I will also need donations to make this affordable.  I suggest $5 per individual and $20 per organization, of course if you would like to send more, that would be great!  If you want to pay by check, make it payable to “Veterans For Peace” and it will be tax-deductible.  PLEASE forward this post to everyone you know in Oregon!  Here is the proposed ad:

Senators Wyden and Merkley—Support the Iran Nuclear Deal!

On July 14th 2015, President Obama signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aka the “Iran Nuclear Deal” on behalf of the United States and its citizens. This agreement is being overwhelmingly supported around the world, by the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, the Arab League, the National Iranian American Council, and dozens of former ambassadors and analysts.

The Oregon voters whose names appear below most strongly urge Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to show their support for this historic agreement. To vote against it would be a vote for war, would undermine the Executive authority to negotiate treaties on behalf of the United States, and would destroy months of delicate and difficult negotiations.  It would also defy the overwhelming wishes and support of the international community.

Leah Bolger

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Time to end the myth

By Barry Ladendorf
President, Board of Directors
Veterans For Peace

[reprinted from the VFP publication, Peace in Our Times, July 18, 2015]

In a July 16 Associated Press article, “Atomic Bomb Test Marks 70th BirthdayAmid Renewed Interest,” Duane Hughes, retired physicist, is quoted as saying that the “history of the Trinity test is important because it helped end World War II and set the stage for a Cold War arms race.”

No doubt the testing and use of atomic bombs set the stage for the Cold War arms race, but that we needed to drop the bombs to end the war is an ongoing American myth that needs to end now.

When the United States broke the Japanese code, the U.S. government was aware that on July 13, 1945, Japan had contacted the Soviet Union to express its desire to surrender and end the war.

President Truman was aware three months before he ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that, according to Swiss and Portuguese sources, the Japanese government, knowing they could not win, wanted to begin the process of surrendering. The one thing the Japanese wanted was to retain the emperor. Presidential advisor Jimmy Byrnes convinced President Harry S. Truman that dropping the bombs would allow the United States to dictate the terms to end the war and let the Soviets and the world know we had the “bomb.”

What was the reaction of America’s top military leaders who led the allies to victory?

General Douglas MacArthur, commander of the allied forces in the Far East during the war, stated he was never even consulted about using the bomb against Japan. According to Norman Cousins, consultant to MacArthur during the occupation of Japan, MacArthur stated that had he been consulted, he would have said that he saw no military justification for using the bomb and that if the United States would simply have agreed to allow the emperor to stay the war might have been over weeks earlier.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, when briefed on the atomic bomb tests in New Mexico and of their planned use against Japan, expressed his belief that there was no need to use the bomb because Japan was already defeated, and that the United States should not shock the world by the use of a weapon that was no longer necessary to save American lives. General “Hap” Arnold, commander of the Army Air Corps, and General Omar Bradley shared Eisenhower’s opinion.

Perhaps one of the strongest critics of using the bomb was Admiral William Leahy, chief of staff to both President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Truman. Leahy said, “It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan.” In Leahy’s opinion, by dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages.”

Even former President Herbert Hoover weighed in, telling Truman in May 1945 that if he were President he would, “make a shortwave broadcast to the people of Japan — tell them they can have their Emperor if they surrender — that it will not mean unconditional surrender except for the militarists — you’ll get a peace with Japan — you’ll have both wars over.”

In spite of this considered and widespread opposition by senior military officials who prosecuted the war and from a former president, Truman ordered that Hiroshima and Nagasaki be bombed. On August 9, the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and when the Japanese government did surrender, they were permitted to keep the Emperor. Hiding behind the myth may make it easier to accept the fact that we used this diabolical weapon in a senseless slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people. Let’s end the myth and accept responsibility for what our nation did.


[Ed.: For another excellent analysis of these myths, see Howard Zinn’s August 2000 article here: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Zinn/Bombs_August.html ]

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