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Who are the people in VFP 161?
Veterans for Peace Chapter 161, based in Iowa City, welcomes veterans in the surrounding area who,
because of their personal experience and travails in a military infrastructure,
now join others locally and worldwide in
advocating for dismantling the military-industrial complex as a basis for prosperity.

June, 2017 vigil


People and Events

Veterans For Peace #161 News, May 13, 2018

The new issue of Peace In Our Times has just come out. Paul Appell, former member of #161, wrote an excellent article about WWI on the back page. It's a great issue — contact Ed Flaherty, 3l9 62l·6766, if you haven't gotten a copy yet.

Ray McGovern, who graced the state of Iowa with a great speaking tour in 2015 with Coleen Rowley, was arrested, injured and jailed in DC last week as he voiced pointed objections to Gina Haspel nomination as head of the CIA. consortiumnews.com/2018/05/10/haspel-says-cia-wont-torture-again-as-ray-mcgovern-is-dragged-out-of-hearing

Alisa Meggitt, global studies teacher and great ally of #161, was given the Phyllis Yager award for outstanding alumna by the University of Iowa College of Education. Alisa has invited #161 members to her classes in North Liberty the past four years.

The Poor People's Campaign kicks off in Iowa at 2 pm On Monday, May 14th at west side of the capitol in Des Moines. William Barber, acknowledged leader of the campaign, has stated that militarism is the root of our societal evils.

At 5 pm on Monday, May 14th, a vigil will be held in Cedar Rapids at the Federal Bldg, 111 7th Ave SE, to call on Grassley & Ernst & other officials to support family unity and due process in the wake of the mass arrests last week in Mt. Pleasant

At 4 pm on Saturday, May 19th, VFP #163 in Des Moines will lead a protest against armed Reaper Drones being piloted from the Iowa Air Nat. Guard site, 3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines. Can leave Johnson County at 1:30 pm, be back before 8 pm. Call me if you can go. Elliott Adams, former national president of VFP, will lead the action.

Sonia Kendrick, veteran of Afghan war and founder of Feed Iowa First in Cedar Rapids, died, a victim of suicide, in March. She started many urban gardens in CR, and we had committed before her death to help her one day this spring. Let's try for a car-full of 5, leaving Iowa City at 9:30, being back by 4 pm, THIS Tuesday, May 15th. Call me if you can do it. (We will defer our commitment to later this summer for weeding, etc. if the 15th doesn't work).

The need for witness and leadership from Veterans For Peace has never been more urgent. Iran Deal broken, Yemen civilian deaths rising, March of Great Return in Gaza. On Friday, May 11th, 6 members of #161 (Tom Baldridge, Kenn Bowen, Linda Fisher, Ron McCall, Ed Flaherty, and John Fyotek) were among the 15 peace vigilers at the Pentacrest in IC. Can you come and spend 15+ minutes this coming Friday, between 4 pm and 5:30 pm ??

— Peace, Ed Flaherty, 3l9 62l·6766


Paz Hands

Show up for Peace!

Fridays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
at the intersection of
Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street
on the University of Iowa Pentacrest
Iowa City

Come together for an hour, or even for a few minutes, to voice your support for peace. It's a critical time for demanding peaceful actions around the globe in Syria, South Sudan, Iran and in our own neighborhoods. If we do not speak for peace, who will? Bring your friends, your family, your coworkers, or just yourself - everyone is welcome.


Historical Events of Interest

  • 2018: US coalition forces kill 100 Syrians; Turkey shelling into Syria killing many civilians; Al-qaeda shoots down Russian plane, pilot dead; Israel downs Iranian drone; Syrian anti-aircraft fire downs Israeli F-15
  • 2017, Feb 6th: Jeff Strottmann, a founding member of VFP #161, passes from this earth
  • 2011, March 17th: US drones kill 40 civilians attending Loya Jirga in Pakistan
  • 2003, March 19th: US begins Iraq war with Shock & Awe. Not to worry, Iraqi oil will pay for it and it will be over in 6 months
  • FIFTY YEARS AGO, 1968:
  • Jan 30th: Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam
  • Feb 27th: Walter Cronkite says, "it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate."
  • Feb 28th: Gen. Westmoreland & Gen Wheeler ask LBJ for 206,000 more troops
  • March 9th: Capt. Dale Noyd sentenced to one year in prision for refusing to train pilots headed for Vietnam
  • March 16th: My Lai Massacre, 350-500 unarmed civilians killed
  • April 4th: Martin Luther King assassinated in Memphis
  • March 3rd: Soviet Russia concludes separate peace negotiations in Treaty of Brest/Litovsk
  • April 21st: German ace flyer, "The Bloody Red Baron" is shot down
  • July 6th: Woodrow Wilson agrees to US intervention in Siberia


Andrew Blake writing in The Washington Times Wednesday, January 17, 2018:
" Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA employee convicted of leaking classified information about Iran's nuclear program to a New York Times reporter, has been released after serving most of a 3.5-year prison sentence.

" Sterling, 50, was freed from a federal correctional institution in Colorado early Tuesday and is scheduled to finish the remainder of his sentence at a St. Louise halfway house, tweeted Arn Menconi, a Colorado-based activist and former U.S. Senate candidate who advocated for his release.

" A former case officer in the CIA's Iran Task Force, Sterling was charged in 2011 in connection with leaking classified information that appeared in State of War, a 2006 book about the agency written by New York Times reporter James Risen. The book included details about a secret U.S. operation targeting Tehran's nuclear program.

" Sterling was convicted by a jury in January 2015 of nine felony counts, including multiple violations of the U.S. Espionage Act, and was sentenced that June to begin serving a 42-month prison sentence. "



2016 officers

Left to right: Dave Hempel, John Christenson, Diana Henry, John Jadryev, Ross Porch

Veterans For Peace Chapter #161 Elects New Officers

Veterans For Peace Chapter #161 recently elected officers to serve in 2018. John Christenson and David Hempel will share the role of president, and John Jadryev and Diana Henry are co-secretaries. Ross Porch will continue as treasurer. This chapter of Veterans For Peace was formed in 2010, and is part of the national Veterans For Peace organization. The purposes of Veterans For Peace include the need to increase awareness of the true costs of war and to abolish war as an instrument of foreign policy.


March 2018, a muddle of murky anniversaries
VFP 161 leader, Jeff Stroppmann passes Feb 6, 2017
Retired Air Force Major General Charles Dunlap discusses AUMF in Syria
Taking Yemen to Congress
Ed Flaherty on Yemen & US military budget
Ed Flaherty on 9-11
VFP on Memorial Day
Muhammad Ali's service
Ann Wright & Women's Boat to Gaza
View Dan Berrigan commemoration
Private Manning's service to country
David Hempel: It's time to organize

Golden Rule

In 1958, four peace lovers sailed the 30' Golden Rule from California, bound for the Marshall Islands, where another above-ground nuclear bomb test was scheduled. They got arrested in Hawaii, and the boat got sold. It was found in 2010, a wreck. Some VFP folks who knew its story restored it. Here it is, in San Diego bay last week, for the national VFP convention, in conjunction w/the 70 year commemoration of the A-Bomb devestation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Atmospheric nuclear bomb tests were banned world-wide in 1963. The Marshall Islands are suing the nuke bomb holding countries now to make them honor the intent of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to reduce and get rid of all nuclear weapons. Orion Sherwood, one of the 1958 crew, was at the VFP convention, as determined a peace-maker now as then.

For further information, call John Jadryev at 43O-2Ol9 or E-mail Ed Flaherty <flahertyem[at]q.com>


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