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Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Speaker

Helen Jaccard, crew member on the Golden Rule speaking at a Portland event, detailing a little of the history of the ship, as well as announcing current and upcoming events during the Portland Rose Festival.

This event was part of a few days of anti war activities sponsored by Veterans for Peace.

From the website-  http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org:

The original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, inspired many of the subsequent peace makers and peace ships that followed. The reborn Golden Rule is voyaging once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.

From early June through September, the ship will be plying the waterways of the Great Northwest, making stops in over 30 ports as she continues her mission to sail for a nuclear free world and a peaceful, sustainable future. The Golden Rule and her crew will also spread the word about the continuing dangers of nuclear power, and the poisoning of the air, water and soil from the entire nuclear cycle, from uranium mining to the disposal of nuclear waste.

The event at this time featured speakers on these issues and others, all with the music of David Rovics.


Thank you, Jim 11.Jun.2016 03:24

missed it

It's great that you posted this for those of us who missed the event. Thanks!

Don't forget, annual protest of the military at the Rose Festival tomorrow (Saturday, June 11) from 2-4 pm.
Meet at Waterfront Park - just north of the Fun Center. Bring your own sign, or borrow one from the War Resisters League.

Golden Rule Peace Boat Hit by Sheriff's Boat in Porland Oregon 11.Jun.2016 09:26

Sid Follow

Saturday, June 11, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Gerry Condon, 206-499-1220
Tom Rogers, 360-516-3205

Golden Rule Peace Boat Hit by Sheriff's Boat

St. Louis, MO. The Golden Rule antinuclear sailboat was struck by a Washington County Sheriffs boat while sailing in the Willamette River at Portland on Thursday afternoon, during the annual Fleet Week Parade of Warships. The Sheriff's boat approached the 34-foot sailboat about 5:15 pm, without radio or voice warning. The Sheriff's boat turned at the last second, but could not avoid hitting the famous sailboat.

The Golden Rule crew believes the collision was unintentional, the result of a reckless approach from apparently ill-trained sheriff's deputies from land-locked Washington County.

"I wouldn't go fishing with those deputies; they were not competent to be on the water in a boat," said Tom Rogers, a former submarine commander who was at the helm of the Golden Rule at the time of the collision.

"Are Washington County's efforts to control marine traffic putting the lives of the public in danger?" asked Captain Geoff Burke.

The extent of the damage is still being assessed. There is a deep gouge high on the starboard bow. It will apparently not keep the boat from sailing, however. The Golden Rule will be back in the Willamette on Friday and again on Saturday, during the Parade of Roses.

With her bright red sails, emblazoned with a large white peace sign and the Veterans For Peace logo, it is easy to spot the Golden Rule peace boat. She will be seen by tens of thousands of people during the Parade of Roses, from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

In 1958, four Quaker peace activists attempted to sail the Golden Rule to the Marshall Islands, in order to interfere with U.S. nuclear bomb testing in the atmosphere. The antinuclear activists publicized their intentions widely, and were stopped by the Coast Guard when they arrived in Honolulu, enroute to the Marshall Islands. When they attempted to leave Honolulu harbor a second time, they were arrested and jailed for 60 days. Another American family, the Reynolds, were in Honolulu harbor at the time. Inspired by the courage of the Quakers, the Reynolds family decided to sail their 50-foot sailboat, the Phoenix of Hiroshima, into the Marshall Islands, and they succeeded in completing the mission. Worldwide media attention helped to spur an international movement against nuclear testing in the atmosphere, leading to the 1963 signing of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty by the United States, the United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

In 2010, the Golden Rule was found at the bottom of Humboldt Bay on the northern California coast. Veterans For Peace and many volunteers spent five years restoring the 34-foot ketch and she is once again sailing for a nuclear-free world. Portland is the first stop on a four month Pacific Northwest voyage that will take the historic peace boat to 30 ports in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

"We are sailing for a nuclear-free world and a peaceful, sustainable future," said Gerry Condon, national board vice president of Veterans For Peace. "It is time to eliminate all nuclear weapons before they eliminate all life on earth."

For more information and a sailing schedule, go to
or call Gerry Condon at 206-499-1220


Video: https://youtu.be/TquNBX9lNEY 18.Jun.2016 08:28

Joe Anybody iam@joeanybody.com

Here is the video link to the whole presentation

"The Golden Rule Sailboat - Anti-nuke - Veterans For Peace event in Portland 6.8.16"

 https://youtu.be/TquNBX9lNEY [1 hour 54 minutes video]

my two cents 22.Jun.2016 11:12


This full length video that Jim posted was great to see, one problem, though. It was PNE HOUR AND A HALF before there was someone besides a white person talking.

By now, those of us in the "peace" & anti0nuke movement should know better. With Harvey Wasserman as a presenter, I would have thought more care in inviting a diverse group of speakers would have been a priority. What happened?

Harvey co-authored the book Killing Our Own (with Norman Solomon) back in the early 1980's. The book details the terrible costs of nuclear militarism & nuke energy on the people (aside from in Hiroshima & Nagasaki) who lost their lives to nuclear war preparations. Mining the uranium (Navajo people), Asian Pacific Islanders who suffered through the Pacific nuclear testing, U.S. veterans who were - deliberately - exposed at the Nevada test site, blu collar nuclear workers at the various sites, and many more.

The book is REQUIRED reading for us today, so that we do not lose sight of the many - diverse- communities who have been affected.

IT would have made a MUCH better program if Kianna Juda-Angelo (a Marshallese woman who founded the Living Islands org) had been given a space of honor in the program & allowed to speak first. Instead there is a parade of aging white people for the first 90 minutes.

C'mon people- we HAVE to do better!

All in All this is Good Stuff 25.Jun.2016 00:10

Gay Reader not on the Boat

Hi Oldy

I think that over-all your idea is a good suggestion for the (any) event organizers.
The sail boat adventure and program are a VFP endeavour so it will lean most likely to Veterans and that side of the [Anti-Nuke] equation.
Out of the very small handful of speakers there were women and people of color - the small panel seemed fairly divers to me.