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Armistice Day with VFP Smedley Butler Brigade

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was the day that the Armistice between WWI Allies and Germany went into effect in 1918. 

World War I or the War To End All Wars was fought from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 mobilizing 70 million military personnel.  Sixteen million died in this war (9 million combatants and 7 million civilians).

As WW II and subsequent wars bear out, including the Endless Wars of today, wars are still with us, fueled by a global arms industry and competing international interests seeking resources and hegemony.

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Armistice Day for Peace - march with Smedley Butler Brigade

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Boston Common/Public Garden • Beacon and Charles • Parade Ground between the Common & Garden • Boston

Put Your Marching Sneakers On… Armistice Day For Peace Saturday November 11-Noon

It is that time of year again. Every year for over a decade we have had our Armistice Peace March behind the “official” Veterans Day parade in Boston. We continue that tradition this year as well.

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Memorial Day Action: Veterans for Peace (Smedley Brigade)

When: Monday, May 29, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Park Street T-Station, Boston Common • Tremont St. • Boston

As announced, we will assemble at the Park Street T Station staring at 1:00 p.m.We'll stand out there with our flags and flyers for about a half hour then we'll march over to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument that's a few hundred yards away to conclude our witness, indeed our demand,  for peace with a reading of VFP President Barry Ladendorf's letter to President Trump. We plan to finish with taps played by Jesse Perrier at 2:00 p.m. 


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Gov. Michael Dukakis: "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Join us for a talk by the former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis who will answer the question "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

Michael Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton for a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation on May 21, 1998 and was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. 

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Armistice Day For Peace

When: Friday, November 11, 2016, 11:05 am to 1:05 pm
Where: Boston Common • Charles and Beacon Streets • March to Faneuil Hall • Boston

Veterans For Peace & Allies will be marching behind the Boston’s Veterans Day Parade on November 11th. The parade will form at the corners of Charles & Beacon Streets and step off around 1pm. The parade will end at Sam Adams Park (Faneuil Hall) and the Armistice Day program will begin shortly after. A variety of readers, poets, and musicians will bring a sense of Peacefulness surrounding Armistice day. After the program, Veterans and family are invited to Durgin Park restaurant for a free and hearty meal.

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Paying the Price for Peace - A Documentary on Brian Willson

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Place • Harvard Square Red Line Stop • Cambridge

Friends Meeting at Cambridge (5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge) is honored to be able to show the documentary “Paying the Price for Peace” on Saturday evening, October 1st at 7:00.  The film chronicles the life and witness of Brian Wilson who in 1987 during a protest was run over by a train carrying weapons from a naval weapons depot in California.  The loss of both legs and nearly his life have not slowed him down, and the file contextualizes his stand for peace.  Free and open to the public.

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Homelessness: Ways to Help with Kate Layzer

When: Sunday, June 5, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd floor • Boston

A sea-change is taking place in the way churches approach their homeless neighbors, and the programs they create to respond to neighbors in need. In this talk Kate Layzer will try to describe that change, what’s important about it, and how it is being expressed in several different area ministries in the Boston area, including a program she founded last year, the Friday Cafe, where she focuses on building community between housed and homeless, mainstream and marginalized. 

Music by Terry Kitchen

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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 30, 2016, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • Atlantic Ave & Richmond St • Aquarium T • Boston

Annual event hosted by Veterans For Peace, Chapter 9 – Smedley Butler Brigade

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Rally for Chelsea Manning

When: Saturday, December 19, 2015, 1:00 pm
Where: Park Street MBTA • Tremont & Park Streets • Boston

On Saturday, December 19, at 1pm, activists will gather at Park Street Station on the Boston Common to honor Chelsea Manning close to her 28th birthday. 

Chelsea Manning will be celebrating her 6th birthday in prison on Dec 17.  She was given a 35 year sentence for disclosing information through WikiLeaks that the US government considered “classified.”  They haven’t contested one piece of information in the trove of documents and videos released by Manning, but they simply didn’t want the public to know what was happening in the “War on Terror.”

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Annual Fundraiser - Smedley Butler Brigade - Chapter 9 - Veterans For Peace

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Johnny D's • 17 Holland Street • Davis Square, on red line • Somerville

Annual Smedley Butler Brigade Fundraiser for Veterans For Peace (flyer attached)

Dinner 6:30 - 7 PM, Entertainment with the RPS Band and The Undercovers 7-10 or later!

Gigantic Raffle - win great prizes.

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The Bells Call For PEACE

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Boston Common • Beacon and Charles Streets • Charles or Park Street T • Boston
Gassed in  the Argonne 1911
Barrel Bombed in Syria 2015
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Brian Arredondo, R.I.P.

"He Suffered So Much"

May 10, 1987 to December 19, 2011
by Cindy Sheehan

Honoring Brian Arredondo

Brian's wake and funeral will be held December 27 and 28.

Please attend and lend your support. See detailed times and places and how you can help.

Brian Arredondo was 17 when his 20 year-old brother, Alex, a U.S. Marine, was killed in Iraq on 25 August, 2004.  He was 24 this past Monday, 19 December, when he took his own life.

To remember Brian ArredondoCarlos Arredondo, the father of Alex and Brian, his only children, was so distraught when the Marines came to tell him that his oldest son was killed, he caught their van and himself on fire, burning over 26% of his body. His recovery from his physical wounds was long and difficult, but his emotional wounds from having his son killed by the U.S. government in its illegal and immoral war in Iraq will never completely heal. However, I know since my son, Casey, was killed in Iraq only four months before Alex, that Carlos was beginning to be able to get through his days without overwhelming pain before his other son committed suicide. 

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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • 105 Atlantic Ave • Aquarium T • Boston
Please join Veterans For Peace, Smedley Butler Brigade, Chapter 9 and Samantha Smith, Chapter 45, Military Families Speak Out, Mass Peace Action and United for Justice with Peace as we commemorate Memorial Day.
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St Patrick's Peace Parade!

Yesterday, the big day finally came -- Saint Patrick's Peace Parade: People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social and Economic Justice. 
Pat Scanlon and Tony Flaherty, two of the main parade organizers.
As in years past, the Veterans For Peace request to join the "official" (or "traditional") St. Patrick's Day Parade was denied by the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston.  So was the request of Join the Impact and MassEquality (both LGBT organizations).  (Read article about the MassEquality experience at this link, along with a copy of the letter they received from the Allied War Veterans.) 

Not being allowed to march in the "official" parade, for the second year Veterans For Peace and other groups (notably Massachusetts Peace Action with the leadership of Cole Harrison) organized the St. Patrick's Peace Parade (the People's Alternative Parade...).  This year's parade was bigger than the first one, perhaps two or three times bigger (I don't have a good count yet).

There were several divisions in the Peace Parade, including: Veterans For Peace, GLBT groups, religious/faith-based groups, labor, peace groups, political groups, and Occupy. 
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St. Patrick's Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: assemble on D Street between 1st and 3rd Street • Broadway MBTA stop • South Boston

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social & Economic Justice

St Patrick's Peace Parade, March 2011

Please join Veterans For Peace and other Peace and social / economic Justice organizations for this historic 2nd Annual “People’s Peace Parade" in South Boston.

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