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!
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