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  • Part 1: Do not privatize VA medical care
  • Veterans For Peace are fighting back to “Stop VA Privatization, Fix, 
Fund & Fully Staff the VA.” And you can too.
  • Part 2: The Veterans for Peace "Save Our VA" Work Group Needs Your Help!
  • There is a lot to do and a variety of ways to get involved!

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Part 1: Do not privatize VA medical care

Veterans For Peace are fighting back to “Stop VA Privatization, Fix, 
Fund & Fully Staff the VA.” And you can too.

David Cooley, Veterans for Peace (VFP)

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Part 2: The Veterans for Peace "Save Our VA" Work Group Needs Your Help!

Fighting for Veterans Health Care / Veterans for Peace

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If you are willing to try to help us, please complete and submit this survey.  We will then contact you about helping to organize this effort.  What ever local people decide - that is what will be done.  This is not a top down driven effort.  We, as members of the Vets for Peace Work Group, will try our best to help your local team be successful by giving advice where we can!"

There are still some banners available for ordering for a discounted fee, contact Buzz Davis for details!
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Here is the letter I will be delivering to The Wall this Memorial Day

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To Those Who Did Not Make It Home

Doug Rawlings, Special to Evergreene Digest

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Young%20Woman%20Laying%20Prostrate%20at%20Military%20Headstone.jpgMay, 2018 | Yeah, I’m talking to you. It’s been close to fifty years since most of you got “wasted” in Viet Nam. I’m not saying that I’d trade places with you, but I have to say for some veterans of that horrific war maybe a quick death would have been better than the lives they tried to put together after getting out.

Many came back and immediately quit. They committed suicide. Many came back and couldn’t fit into the mold of modern America. They had lost hold of something profound and couldn’t figure out how to get it back. Drugs and alcohol helped some but kicked the shit out of others. Others fell victim to Agent Orange and watched their bodies implode. Some of us were fortunate enough to find life-mates that made living a compartmentalized existence possible — we could bury twisted memories most of the time and not let them control our lives. Some of us are here with you on this Memorial Day, 2018.

I try to write at least one poem a year that I will leave at this Wall. So here’s what I wrote this year. I dedicate it to a friend of mine who got wounded in the war, came home and put together a decent life teaching at the local university that I worked at for almost 30 years. He’s a good guy. But he got me to thinking about how we, now over 70 years old, have come to terms with that shattering year we spent in that war that claimed your lives. And left us to survive. In one sense, we never have really come to terms with it. Hence, the idea of trying to figure it out through the use of zen koans — questions that defy “rational” responses … .

Namvet Zen Koans


For Jon Oplinger


I.
 When does a house stop being a tomb and become a home again?
 When does a memory stop riding you and give you hold of the reins?
 When does morning birdsong stop piercing to the quick and begin to soothe?
 What, for that matter, could possibly be the sound and smell of truth?

II.
 When do you get to sing along with the choir? 
When do you get to come back in through the wire?
When do you get to leave your nightmares for the night?
 What, for that matter, is the need of all this light?

III.
 When do the years finally come out of their spin? 
When do you start letting your lovers take a win?
When do you stop lying to all our children’s children?
 What, for that matter, is the good of letting anyone, anyone in?

Doug Rawlings
, 7/15th Artillery, 
II Corps Central Highlands
, July, 1969 — August, 1970

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131 House Dems Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal

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More than 100 House Democrats joined with Republicans to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. (Photo: David B. Gleason/flickr/cc)

  • "Instead of a blueprint for peace and security, this NDAA continues the practice of endless war with no input or oversight from our congressional leaders," lamented Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
  • Related: Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex

 

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams 

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https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3109/3134323442_b83308b3e8.jpgThursday, May 24, 2018 While the world responds with alarm over President Donald Trump's spontaneous decision to cancel diplomatic talks with North Korea scheduled for next month—which aimed to ease rising nuclear tensions—131 Democrats in the U.S. House joined with the overwhelming majority of Republicans to pass a $717 billion Pentagon spending bill that includes massive expansion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.



 


"The overwhelming cost of unnecessary and aggressive military invasions could be better spent at home meeting human needs."

—Michael McPhearson, Veterans for Peace



The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 authorizes the development of new low-yield submarine-launched nuclear warheads that the Trump administration demanded in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which was released in February and denounced by disarmament advocates as "radical" and "extreme."

 

Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex,  Zain Raza, AcTVism 

 

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Rewind: The complete acTVism Video Series on the Military Industrial Complex

Here you will find all videos that acTVism Munich produced on the military industrial complex in 2017.

Zain Raza, AcTVism

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Video: The Military Industrial Complex with Jeremy Scahill

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To read the transcript of this interview, click here. 

Video: The Military Industrial Complex with Medea Benjamin – P1

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Video: The Military Industrial Complex with Medea Benjamin – P2

 

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Zain Raza, Author, AcTVism

http://www.actvism.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/AP685775123570-jeremy-scahill-dirty-wars-230-e14762077652201-150x150.jpgJeremy Scahill is one of the three founding editors of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now!


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Syria – a Case Study in Propaganda

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  • The most important thing is that people are gullible and malleable, since that allows us to keep the war going and eventually achieve our goals.
  • Related: Fabricating a War on Iran
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem)

Chris Kanthan, NationofChange

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May 1, 2018 | Dear diary, many of my colleagues are unhappy about the recent events in Syria. They are unhappy that Assad is still in power. However, I see the metaphorical glass as being half full. In a recent poll, 58% of Americans support the bombing of Syria and 19% have “no opinion.” This is wonderful news, since it shows how the vast majority of people are easily manipulated and are simply apathetic. In a democracy, the most important but least understood tool is propaganda. Let me share with you the fundamentals of a successful propaganda campaign.

Here are the five rules of public relations a.k.a propaganda:

  • Keep the message simple
  • Make it emotional
  • Don’t allow nuances or debates
  • Demonize the opposition
  • Keep repeating the message

Chris Kanthan is the author of a new book, “Deconstructing the Syrian War." Chris lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, has traveled to 35 countries, and writes about world affairs, politics, economy and health. His other book is “Deconstructing Monsanto.”

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Fabricating a War on Iran, Serge Halimi, Counterpunch

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  • Once again, fear is being manufactured to justify war: 14 years after destroying Iraq, the US government has Iran in its sights.
  • Related: Selected Articles | How the US Engineers the "Truth", Week Ending April 28, 2018

 

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The Age of the Imbecile (And Why it's a Big Problem), Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1: The Age of the Imbecile
  • The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
  • Part 2: Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)
  • At what point does collective ignorance parade as truth?
     

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Help enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.
 

Mother's Day and Peace

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  • “Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?” --Julia Ward Howe
  • Related: Whither the Anti-war Movement?

Norman Stockwell, the Progressive 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Young%20Woman%20Laying%20Prostrate%20at%20Military%20Headstone.jpg May 12, 2018 | Mother’s Day will be celebrated tomorrow across the United States and in many countries around the world. First proclaimed as an official holiday by President Woodrow Wilson on May 9, 1914, the holiday was not originally the commercialized celebration it has become. The president’s proclamation was occasioned by the activism of Anna Jarvis, whose mother Ann Jarvis had helped organize “Mother’s Work Days” in the 1850s to improve sanitation and avert deaths from disease-bearing insects and polluted water in her Appalachian community. During the Civil War of the 1860s, the elder Jarvis also helped lead women’s brigades to care for wounded soldiers “without regard for which side their men had chosen.” Then in the early 1870s following the deadly Franco-Prussian War, poet and suffragist Julia Ward Howe began an annual tradition of a day for mothers to oppose the wars created and perpetrated mostly by men. “Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?” she said in 1872.

Norman Stockwell, Publisher, the Progressive

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Whither the Anti-war Movement? Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times 

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

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VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View

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  • As Louis Celli, a top staffer for the American Legion, told the Associate Press, a merger would siphon off funds from VHA hospitals and clinics and eventually shift costs directly to veterans, through co-pay and other possible fee increases.
  • Related: Privatization is Killing Us: Dispatches from the Capitalist War on Society
  • Related: ‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies VA project.

Suzanne GordonAmerican Prospect / Portside

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November 25, 2017 | In a now familiar pattern, leading veterans organizations are up in arms again over the latest revelations about White House plans for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)—plans that were concocted behind closed doors.

Last week, the Associated Press reported that Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and other Trump officials have been quietly discussing ways to shift veterans, now eligible for VHA care, into Tricare, the private insurance program for active duty military personnel and their families. The administration’s Tricare discussions have been conducted without input from members of Congress or veterans groups.

For her coverage of VA Healthcare, Suzanne Gordon has received the Disabled American Vets (DAV's) 2017 Special Recognition Award. Suzanne is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing and an Affiliated scholar with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine's Wilson Centre.

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Privatization is Killing Us: Dispatches from the Capitalist War on SocietyChris Wright, Counterpunch <>
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  • All that can be predicted with certainty is that unless the generations now living devote their very existence to the Resistance, humanity won’t have much of a future.
  • Related: VA Officials Continue to Discuss Proposed Health-Care Changes Out of Public View.



 

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‘Who the hell is this person?’ Trump’s Mar-a-Lago pal stymies 

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  • The intercession of a well-connected Florida doctor infuriated those overseeing the $16B contract.
  • Related: Fired VA Secretary Shulkin Issues Dire Warning: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits.

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Whither the Anti-war Movement?

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  • Focusing on the money and influence that giant defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have on Capitol Hill—essentially making war a business—makes the anti-war point by raising the issue of crony capitalism
and the cozy relationship between politicians and big business, which increasingly leaves the American public out of the equation.
  • “Imagine there’s no heaven…and no religion too.” 
  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead.  

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Daniel Martin, the American Conservative / Rise Up Times

December 15, 2017 | A more useful line when it comes to our current wars may be “Imagine there’s no duopoly.” It’s hard to fault John Lennon for his idealism, of course. In his day, many blamed religion on the wars of history. But a much bigger obstacle right now, at least in the U.S., is partisanship. The two major political parties, in power and out, have been so co-opted by the war machine that any modern anti-war movement has been completely subsumed and marginalized—even as American troops and killer drones continue to operate in or near combat zones all over the world.

Aside from the very early days of the Iraq war, the anti-war movement has been a small, ineffectual pinprick on the post-9/11 landscape. A less generous assessment is that it’s been a bust. After liberals helped elect the “anti-war” Barack Obama, the movement all but disappeared, even though the wars did not. By putting a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Democratic face on his inherited wars, Obama expanded into new conflicts (Libya, Syria, Yemen) with little resistance, ultimately bombing seven different countries during his tenure. By 2013, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin lamented, “We’ve been protesting Obama’s foreign policy for years now, but we can’t get the same numbers because the people who would’ve been yelling and screaming about this stuff under Bush are quiet under Obama.”

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Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead, Global Research News

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The Anti-War Movement is Dead

 

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