Making Waves!

Making Waves is the title of a great short doc film, released in 2018, about the Veterans For Peace anti-nuclear project boat, The Golden Rule. On February 11, 2019, VFP Chapter 72 co-hosts a Portland screening of the film in the Buchan Room at First Unitarian Church downtown, to be followed by discussion and actions to abolish nuclear weapons!

makingwaves_goldenruleFILM SCREENING
Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule

Monday, Feb. 11th, 7:30-9:30pm
First Unitarian Church of Portland
1211 SW Main Street
Portland, Oregon

Click for FB event page (please share!) Basic event details and a location map can also be found here.

Golden Rule S/V Crew member and Golden Rule Project Ambassador Zoe Byrd, will show the 25-minute documentary, Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule. The film tells the story of four Quaker peace activists, led by Navy veteran Albert Bigelow, who in 1958 set sail to the Marshall Islands, and helped influence the public demand needed to end underwater, atmospheric, and outer-space nuclear bomb tests in 1963. The historic peace boat later sank, in 2010, and was rebuilt in Humboldt Bay, California. The Golden Rule, a Project of Veterans For Peace, is dedicated to “Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future.”

An ecstatic crowd witnesses the launch of The Golden Rule into Humboldt Bay on June 20, 2005.

An ecstatic crowd witnesses the launch of The Golden Rule into Humboldt Bay on June 20, 2005.

Nuclear weapons is a scary topic, to be sure, but a fascinating one, which Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility demonstrated at a recent No Nukes Forum held in SE Portland, an event that integrated poetry and art, science and history, gender perspective, and of course, citizen action. Oregon PSR is another sponsor of the October 11 Making Waves screening.

Getting up to speed on the topic of nukes empowers us to raise our voices, thereby helping influence the public demand to end nuclear madness once and for all. Raising one’s voice can include having simple conversations with people, just sharing stories. Come see this movie, get in on the discussion, and come away with a great conversation topic: the story of The Golden Rule!

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Portlanders Join Nationwide Demo January 20th

pam3VFP associate member Pam Allee is one of thousands of Americans who took to the streets last weekend to call for the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, just one year after his inauguration. Pam and a few others from VFP Chapter 72 joined the Impeach Trump rally and march in downtown Portland, Oregon on January 20, 2018. The march through the streets was peaceful, despite the fact that there was no permit in place. Participants were all ages and genders, though numbers were small compared with the turnout for the 2017 Women’s March. Many of the other marches held across the country this weekend drew much larger crowds.


clownheadDespite reports of possible agitators, a lighthearted energy prevailed at the Portland demonstration, thanks in part to the many creative signs and funny props deriding the Clown in Chief. The bigger-than-life papier-mâché head was a crowd favorite.

 Photos by VFP Associate Member Nancy Hill.


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Thirty Seconds to Midnight

Portland OregonJoin Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 in welcoming film director Regis Tremblay to the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, for the Portland Premiere of Thirty Seconds to Midnight. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30)
Free admission

The film address three different threats to life on the planet: nuclear technology, nuclear war, and climate change. Read more on the Clinton Street Theater event page.

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Cultivate Resistance

“Our capacity to resist is directly correlated to our capacity to self-organize on a massive scale.”

Portland Rising Tide is coordinating an all-day training in direct action for groups of friends, or for individuals who want to connect with others in resistance actions. Below is a flyer for the training, which takes place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10am to 7pm. (Location to be shared with participants as they RSVP.)

The training will introduce basic and common nonviolent direct-action strategies and tactics, and review pertinent legal information as well as ways to stay safe will engaging in actions. This is a great opportunity for people who want to develop their ability to take strong, collective action in committed groups of people. Click here to register or for more info.


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ArmisticeDay2016Veterans For Peace Chapter 72, Portland, Oregon, will hold a celebration of Armistice Day at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. At 11:11, we will chime our bells 11 times to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the first World War 98 years ago, and then celebrate the peace holiday originally known as Armistice Day with poems, readings, and speakers.

This is a public celebration, and all are invited! Look for the black-and-white VFP flags.

Read the Veterans For Peace Statement on Armistice Day.
Please help spread the word: Facebook Event Link

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Help Restore the Mural at My Lai

wallatmyla_900On a recent trip to Vietnam, VFP 72 member Mike Hastie (Army Medic Vietnam) visited the My Lai massacre site. While there, he noticed that the very moving mosaic mural has been ravaged by heat and humidity. He inquired how much it would cost to restore it and after some calculation was told it would cost about $4200. Mike pledged he would raise it.

If you would like to donate, please add  a penny to your donation, i.e., make your donation for, say, $25.01 or $50.01, to signal that your donation is earmarked for the My Lai Memorial. Any funds received over $4200 will go to the My Lai Museum and upkeep for the memorial grounds. Thank you for your kindness.


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Powerful Essay Informs About Agent Orange

This photo essay was created by VFP Chapter 72 member Mike Hastie fresh after returning from a three-and-a-half-week tour of Vietnam with three other VFP friends, Sandy Kelson, S. Brian Willson, and Becky Luening. On the tour, they visited three different facilities that house victims of Agent Orange/dioxin.

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Spend Memorial Day with Veterans For Peace

MemorialDayFlyerFIN2Monday, May 30th

Join members and friends of Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 for a special Memorial Day in Washington Park, near Portland Zoo

ODVA ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial
near the Oregon Zoo

VFP gathering begins at 12 Noon
World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall
across from Washington Park MAX Sta.
Easy access via MAX or Bus 63

On Memorial Day morning, Monday, May 30, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs hosts the state’s annual Memorial Day observance at the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial (next to the zoo in Washington Park in SW Portland). The ODVA ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with a solemn reading of the names of 803 Oregonians who lost their lives to the Vietnam war. The main program  commences at about 11:10 with a flyover by the West Coast Ravens. This year’s featured speaker is Lt. Colonel Thuy Tran, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam when she was a child. The memorial is located next to the Portland Zoo. VFP Chapter 72 members plan to arrive an hour early to bring letters, and to stand quietly and respectfully with our banner during the ODVA ceremony and program.

Simple message: Stop glorifying war.

Beginning at Noon, members and friends of Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 are invited to the World Forestry Center for an informal program and community conversation. The gathering  is free and open to the public. (Donations graciously accepted to help cover venue and refreshments.) The hall will be open early for coffee and for shelter in case of rain. The program will include readings, reflections, music and conversation.

More details coming soon…!

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Write YOUR Letter to The Wall: Come to Our May 22nd Workshop!

A Call for Letters To The Wall

Photo by Ellen Davidson.

“Last Memorial Day, Veterans For Peace delivered 151 letters and 32 postcards to The Wall — the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C. — in a solemn ceremony of remembrance and grief,” writes Doug Rawlings, one of the five founding members of the organization. “This year we want to increase our letters tenfold.” [photo by Ellen Davidson]

By way of answering this call, VFP Chapter 72 hosts a free, half-day writing session in Portland on Sunday afternoon, May 22, aimed at generating letters,
poems and narratives to deliver to The Wall in Washington, as well as to the Oregon Vietnam Veterans  Memorial walls, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD! Here is the link to the Facebook Event Page for this workshop.

WRITE A LETTER in the company of others, at a dedicated session facilitated by local author Martha Gies.

SUNDAY, MAY 22  from 1 to 4 pm
at Portland Community Media
PCM Annex Space, 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

The facilitated writing session will begin promptly at 1:00 pm with personal introductions, followed by prompts, silent periods for composing, and an opportunity (optional) to read aloud. This is a community workshop, FREE and open to the public.

Martha Gies joined VFP as an associate member after covering the 2011 Portland Convention for Street Roots. She has been teaching writing for 27 years. For more information, contact Becky at 503-774-9197 (no txt) or becky.pdx at gmail dot com.

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David Swanson: War is a Lie

Swanson's book coverAt two back-to-back book talks on Saturday, April 16, 2016, DAVID SWANSON speaks on the latest developments in the telling and the debunking of lies about wars. Swanson will answer questions and sign copies of his new book, War Is A Lie: Second Edition.

10 a.m. – Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, 1101 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

1:15 p.m. – Hoffman Hall, Portland State University campus, 1833 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
(sponsored by Students United for Nonviolence)

Author and activist DAVID SWANSON has dedicated himself to challenging the repetitive falsehoods generated by those in power to justify armed conflict. War Is A Lie is a handbook of sorts, an engaging, always informative manual that can be used to debunk future lies before new wars have any chance to begin.

In this second edition of Swanson’s book (first published in 2010), War Is A Lie has been updated and expanded with material on lessons from the United States’ most recent wars, more pointers on what can be done to end warmaking, and an epilogue that analyzes new trends in war lying and in resistance to it. No one to whom you give this book can claim they haven’t been warned!

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