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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

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"It literally is going to be a death sentence," said the World Food Programme chief about the U.S. Secretary of State's decision to label the Houthis a terrorist organization.

by Kenny Stancil, CommonDreams
 

" Top officials at the United Nations on Thursday urged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse his plan to designate the Houthis in Yemen as a foreign terrorist organization, warning that if the Trump administration's policy goes into effect, it would push the nation into a 'catastrophic' famine—worse than any seen in the past four decades—that could leave hundreds of thousands or even millions of innocent people dead. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the U.N. Security Council that the likely humanitarian impact of Pompeo's widely criticized move to label the Houthis a terrorist group would be a 'famine on a scale that we have not seen for nearly 40 years.'
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" In Yemen, home to 29 million people, 16 million 'will go hungry this year,' said Lowcock. 'Already, about 50,000 people are essentially starving to death in what is essentially a small famine. Another five million are just one step behind them.'
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" Yemen imports 90% of its food, Lowcock said. Nearly all of that food, which Yemenis purchase using vouchers or cash provided by humanitarian groups, comes through a 'commercial import system' that 'aid agencies... simply cannot replace'—especially because the Trump administration's move is expected to cause food prices to spike by as much as 400%. "
 

commondreams.org/news/2021/01/14/famine-not-seen-40-years-un-warns-pompeo-decision-yemen-could-lead-hundreds
 

People and Events

Caravan Seeks End to War on Yemen


Veterans For Peace Chapter #161 and PEACE Iowa announce a No to War on Yemen caravan, to begin at noon on January 25th at the Mercer Park parking lot in Iowa City. This caravan is one of many similar events happening that day across the world. The UN director of the World Food Programme declared Yemen the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. Starvation has already claimed tens of thousands, and another 10 million are close to starving. Yemen's environment, infrastructure, and health facilities have been devastated. The US continues to provide military support to Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen as it has for over 5 years. The US has reduced food aid to Yemen and on January 19th declared increased sanctions, which will result in thousands of additional deaths by starvation.

The January 25th caravan will call for an end to US military involvement, an end to arms shipments to Saudi Arabia, an increase in humanitarian aid, and a speedy end to sanctions. Homemade signs, either inside or outside the vehicles, are welcome. Signs and materials will also be available at the site. The caravan will go through downtown Iowa City, with the whole event lasting about an hour. Social distancing and mask-wearing will be observed throughout. Public is invited to join. Arrive by 11:45 at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr, Iowa City.

This event is also supported by other local organizations, including Iowa Physicians For Social Responsibility, Johnson County United Nations Association, 100Grannies, and Peace by Peace.
 

 

Wood Peace

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.
 


 

 

Save our Post Office!


Iowa City VFP Activists meet in support of the Iowa City postal workers
at the end of August, 2020

 

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>


THE NEED FOR VOICES FOR PEACE IS URGENT



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