is limited in several sites, for example, Tacoma and Centralia; spacing
closer would involve new wire cables. Publicity was encouraged,
particularly with letters to the editor. Other veterans organizations
will be invited; a letter will be drafted for Jody T., Chapter
President, to approve.
Peace Scouts received
approval for $200 funding, which includes the Nelson Mandela patches.
(contact is Terry Z.)
Business and Announcements
T. read the following memoriam by Michael McPhearson for former
President of National VFP, David Cline, who attended the recent
national convention even though he was quite ill:
regret to inform you that sometime last night David Cline died. I have
very few details, and I or someone will provide more as they are
of you know that David was a giant in the Veteran's anti-war and Peace
movements. A national coordinator and long time member of Vietnam
Veterans Against the War as well as former President of Veterans For
Peace, David was a crucial part of the explosion in VFP's growth and
led us in our planning and actions as we have resisted the invasion and
occupation of Iraq. David was a giant among people who motivated all of
us to action by modeling leadership and providing inspiration.
was my boss, mentor, friend and I loved him. He recruited me into VFP
by simply being the person he was, a veteran working for peace. There
are few people outside of my family whose death means such a loss to me
personally. There are few in our nation whose loss means so much to our
quote David loved so much guided his thoughts and actions. He carried
it in his wallet so that he could whip it out to motivate us at any
time. Of course he also had it memorized.
there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor
freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without
plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.
They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This
struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be
both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes
nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just
what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount
of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will
continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with
both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those
whom they oppress." Frederick Douglass
Cline we Salute You.
One step at a time.
T. reported on highlights from the VFP National Convention:
interest in developing a program in Colombia where teenagers are forced
into combatant roles by government, leftists and drug dealers.
Rights Hotline is being expanded by Ray Parrish, a very experienced
counsellor, who wishes to train more counsellors; this training will be
mainly via telephone. The Hotline gives referrals to National Lawyers
Guild South Sound Chapter (contact Wes B.)
Adams, new national VFP President, emphasizes the need for as many VFP
as possible to take the FOR course on non-violent resistance "Culture
"Bob" P., who studies monetary theory closely, highly recommends and
donated to the VFP library, copies of "The Lost Science of Money," by Stephen Zarlenga,
"the best single source on the subject" and "Web of Debt," by Ellen
Christ's contributions were appreciated. The need for a new secretary
being apparent and as yet unfilled, George H. agreed to draft these
re the Nov. 16-18, '07 Convergence on School of Americas, Fort Benning
Georgia, was circulated by Larry K.
conference, "Resisting the War Machine" Nov. 9-10, examines the various
parts and presents a regional opportunity to network and trade
literature at an open table. Cost is $20 w/o lodging, $35 with lodging.
(contact Glen Anderson, Pres. Olympia FOR)
Meyer will help celebrate Gandhi's
birthday at Tradition Fair Trade 7 pm, Oct. 2. Bernie will share
highlights of his 700 plus miles walk from Glasgow to London as The
American Gandhi - and we will celebrate Bernie's 70th BD.
David, VFP Chapter 92 Seattle, wishes to network regarding a proposed
GI coffee house in the Fort Lewis area. (contact info_________)
question was aired regarding time usage for the opening round-about.
Show of hands was eleven for and none against continuing the free
speech period, Provided it was limited to one minute per person.
major new PTSD support organization, with a building going up at the
River Danube in former Yugoslavia. It will provide web access and
tele-counselling, thanks to a very generous donor. Dennis M. is our
contact, visited the area recently, and was instrumental in helping to
start this project.
with Iraqi Vets, "The Ground Truth," will be shown at the UU Church in
Olympia, Friday evening, Sept. 21, 7 pm.
___________(contact Duane K.).
footage planned re Arlington NW. (contact Bob P.)
Vietnam Friendship Village organization is seeking donations to set up
a community water purification system in Vietnam - before the rainy
season starts. The budget for this is $10,000 USD, and Dan R., a board
member in the organization, offers $500 to be matched by others who
share his feelings. He points out the newsletter is their only
overhead, it is not a Vietnamese Government function; it is sponsored
by the Vietnamese Veteran Association.
II diabetes is fully covered by the VA for all Vietnam ground troop
veterans, because Agent Orange exposure is assumed and does not need to
be proven. An office in Olympia will assist with the application.
(contact Wes B.)
was made to use union shops for our printing needs, not voted, but no
is requested for the Arlington NW display at Centralia, Oct. 21-22. Our
southern wing has a much smaller population to support this display.
(contact Bob P. at firstname.lastname@example.org)
VFP RCC 109 Meeting will
be in CENTRALIA,
Sunday Oct. 21, 2:00-4:00 pm, at the Centralia Library, in
conjunction with the Arlington Northwest display.
submitted by George Hill