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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,
Chapter #161 Meeting

Tuesday, February 11th
5:30 pm
Coralville Public Library
1401 5th Street in Coralville
   Lower level
All who are working for peace are welcome.

Our meeting proper begins at 5:30pm in the Coralville Public Library Schwab Auditorium in the basement (at the far end of the hallway). And for anyone who can come earlier, at 5:00 we'll be showing the first half of a documentary film entitled "Hebron" — about the current situation in the city of Hebron, just south of Jerusalem. We may show the 2nd half after our meeting, if anyone is interested and can stay.

For more information email
David <hoboe751 @ gmail·com>

We draw on our personal experiences and perspectives gained as veterans to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of war - and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives.

Peace Wave


Upcoming Events of Interest to Veterans For Peace
February—April, 2020

  ·  Feb. 1st. Climate March in Des Moines. VFP has reserved 4 bus tickets.

  ·  February 3rd: CAUCUS

  ·  Feb. 4th: ICE Enforcement. Iowa City Public Library, 4PM

  ·  Feb 5th: Susan Rice(Nat. Security Advisor in Obama Administration) speaks, sponsored by UI Lecture Series. 7:30 PM, Englert Theater.

  ·  Feb. 6: 6-9PM, Big Grove Brewery, Gilbert St. $25 ticket. Red & Blue Food & Brew. Post-caucus conversation across party lines. Fundraiser for Better Angels.

  ·  Feb 22; Dana Fisher, noon-1:30 PM. Author of "American Resistance: Looking Back While Marching Forward"

  ·  March 11th: Night of 100 Dinners, sponsored by JoCo United Nations Association. Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. 5:30PM-7PM. VFP is co-sponsor.

  ·  March 19th: Kathy Kelly and VFP #161 present at St. Ambrose University(Rogalski Center), Davenport.

  ·  April 4th: Martin Luther King delivered the "Riverside" speech in 1967, and was assassinated on that same day in 1968.

  ·  April 22nd: Earth Day, 50th Anniversary


No Iran War

Stand up for Peace!
Fridays, New hours: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
at the intersection of
Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street
on the University of Iowa Pentacrest
Iowa City

Are you ready to show up for peace? Join us for an hour, or even just a few minutes, to voice your support for peace. We citizens must stand as a reminder that the military option is an unacceptable option. Come with your friends, your family, your neighbors, or just yourself — all are welcome.



Armistice Day 2018

Veterans for Peace 161 gather on Armistice Day, November 11, 2018


VFP161 Pride

Dave H, John C, Jim Bradley, Louie, Ron McCall, John Fyotek, and Ed Flaherty participated in the June 16, 2018 Gay Pride Parade.
Thanks to Tom Jacobs for the photo.


Danny Sjursen and Coleen Rowley: America Needs an Armistice
Local VFP Members Speak Out Against New Obscene Military Spending
Veterans For Peace Stands with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange
Armistice Day 2018, Time to Recommit to Peace
September 14 2018, Congress passes AUMF
March 2018, a muddle of murky anniversaries
John Ivens on US policy on Yemen
Ed Flaherty on US policy on Gaza
Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA employee, released from prison
VFP 161 leader, Jeff Strottmann 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


Linda Conducts

Photo by Master Sgt. Joshua Kowalsky

On Friday, March 15, 2019, VFP 161 member, Linda Fisher was handed the baton to direct the U.S. Air Force Concert Band at the Hancher to conduct Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever in a rousing finish to the nights outstanding full house performance. Chief Master Sgt Stacy Newbrough Ascione, an Iowa City native, performed a classy flute improvision.
Linda had been a former member of the Women's Air Force Band, serving with the WAF Band from 1960-1961. She even marched in the Inaugural Parade for President John F. Kennedy!

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 @ AOL·com>


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