Peace & Justice
We are pleased to announce that the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Chapters will be hosting the Veterans For Peace National Convention in Albuquerque, NM, from August 5 to August 9, 2020. Our convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza located in downtown Albuquerque.
The theme of this year’s convention is “All is one, Toward a Peaceful and Nuclear-Free World. Since our founding, Veterans For Peace has had it in our goals “to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons”. This year’s convention will highlight work being done to address nuclear weapons as well as nuclear colonialism and broader topics such as what decolonizing the peace movement looks like.
There are 19 Pueblos in New Mexico. Alburquerque, the site of our VFP Convention, exists on land that is either ancestral Isleta Pueblo or Sandia Pueblo territory. Los Alamos, the site of the atomic bomb’s creation, exists on land that is either San Ildefonso Pueblo or Santa Clara Pueblo territory. The Puebloan people are the descendants of the Anasazi people who migrated from the Four Corners region and established themselves along the Rio Grande River. The Puebloan people have endured colonization, first from the Spaniards and then the Northern Euro-american settlers. We are grateful that we are able to host this convention on traditional 1st Nation Land.
This weekend will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion of all time at the Trinity Site, New Mexico, which occurred on July 16, 1945. Nuclear colonialism has continued since that date, with the United States time and again selecting New Mexico for not only additional nuclear tests, but also as the site for nuclear waste storage - despite the overwhelming opposition of indigenous communities in the region.
Our convention coincides with the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference, organized by Pace E Bene, and there will be opportunities for both of our organizations to conduct actions together, to include a joint outing to Los Alamos - recognized as the development and creation place of the atomic bomb.
Dahr Jamal will be our keynote speaker at the Saturday evening banquet. Dahr is a renowned journalist and author who has written and reported extensively on climate change. His latest book, “The End of Ice” is a powerful look at the environmental devastation wrought by Homo Sapiens. He spent one year in Iraq as an unembedded reporter providing a view of the invasion/occupation markedly different than the view of journalists embedded with invading forces. He has also reported extensively on veteran’s resistance against U.S. foreign policy.
Mark your calendars for August 5-9th. You will want to be part of another great VFP Convention! Registration and more details will follow shortly but we are excited to see you in Albuquerque!
Announcing VFP Convention in Albuquerque
UNITED ON ALL FRONTS
U.S. Peace Council.
Sanctioned Countries Denounce
New U.S. Military Threats
Sunday May 31, 2020
1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT
Hear Palestinian, Yemeni, Iranian, Korean and Venezuelan voices explain dangerous U.S. military provocations used to enforce illegal U.S. sanctions during a global pandemic.
ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE
Register now to participate via:
* A link to the recording will be sent to all who register in advance.
So register, even if you are unable to watch it live!
Hear Speakers on Impact of U.S. sanctions and military threats on:
Palestine: Dr. Medhat Abbas, Director of Primary Care, speaking from Gaza
Yemen: Dr. Yahyia Mohammed Saleh Murshed, Union of Arab Academics, speaking from Sana’a University, Yemen
Venezuela: Carlos J. Ron Martinez, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, speaking from Venezuela
Iran: Sayed Hosein Mousavian, Retired Iranian Ambassador, now teaching at Princeton University
Korea DPRK: Dr. Kee Park, Harvard Medical School neurosurgeon, who volunteers in DPRK
Hear an Emergency UPDATE
on Sanctions during COVID-19 Pandemic
To enforce illegal U.S. sanctions:
A U.S. Naval Blockade threatened 5 Iranian tankers en route to Venezuela and other normal trade.
Meanwhile 15 oil and supply tankers are blocked from entering Yemen’s ports. The U.S. Navy has blockaded Yemen by sea, land and air for 5 years.
U.S. military, economic and diplomatic aid supports the Israeli naval and land blockade of Gaza.
The seizure of a Korean ship and decades of sanctions and U.S. Naval war games just off the coast of DPRK threatens all of Asia.
U.S. aircraft carriers, nuclear subs and destroyers continue to threaten shipping in the Persian Gulf and Straights of Hormuz US escalating military threats against shipments of desperately needed supplies pose a threat to the entire world.
The Pentagon announcements of new nuclear tests, mass production of thousands of hypersonic nuclear missiles and U.S. commanded war games in Europe and the Pacific are an ominous escalation.
Coercive economic measures backed up by military threats are Acts of War. Interference in normal and perfectly legal trade between independent nations is an act of piracy. In a time of global pandemic all of these acts are Crimes against Humanity.
END ALL U.S. Sanctions and War Threats!
Sunday, May 31, 2020 — 1:00 PM EDT.
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