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Veterans for Peace & Armistice Day Celebration - PDX @ 11 am

Join Veterans For Peace
Monday, Nov 11th in downtown Portland at Director Park (815 SW Park Ave., Portland OR)

We gather at 10:45 am, 11:00 am start @ 11:11am we ring bells 11 times, Dan Shea president of VFP 72 will read an Armistice Day Proclamation.
Don't let our efforts be in vain, show up and make a difference.

Reclaim Armistice Day 2019
Abolish War, Save Lives & Our Planet

Join Veterans For Peace
Monday, Nov 11th in downtown Portland at Director Park (815 SW Park Ave., Portland OR)

We gather at 10:45 am, 11:00 am start @ 11:11am we ring bells 11 times, Dan Shea president of VFP 72 will read an Armistice Day Proclamation.

Guest speaker, Garett Reppenhagen the National VFP Executive Director, will make remarks, then we will allow an open Mic for public comments.

Approximately at 12 noon, Dan Shea has arranged for a walk to the Oregon Historical Society were we will be met by OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk who has agreed to personally welcome Garett to OHS and lead him and VFP members and guests on a personal tour through the museum exhibit on WWII Africa American experience.

Following the museum tour, all are invited to go to Southpark Seafood restaurant on 9th SW Salmon St. @ 3 PM. for BYO happy hour drinks and food.


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Daniel Shea
President VFP 72
Portland Oregon
Veterans For Peace
 djshea@hotmail.com
 shea@veteransforpeace.org

Learn more about Armistice Day
 https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/armistice-day

Video adnd Pictures from Armistice Day 2019 in Portland 13.Nov.2019 22:07

joe anybody - reposting

Reclaiming Armistice Day Portland Oregon 11/11/19(1)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7PoDVaTj68

Reclaiming Armistice Day Portland Oregon 11/11/19(2)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxT1F_wysDA&t=302s

Reclaiming Armistice Day Portland Oregon 11/11/19(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aumppb4XObI

Reclaiming Armistice Day Portland Oregon 11/11/19(4)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3e3yVst-30

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Links above from an email (below) from Portland Veterans for Peace VFP CH 72 member Dan Shea:

I had sent Mayor Wheeler of Portland Oregon a letter requesting this year instead of repeating Veterans Day rhetoric that he write a Proclamation making November 11th 2019 Armistice Day but again, the same old rhetoric was repeated.

Thus I as President of Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 wrote and read our declaration Proclaiming Armistice Day for Portland Oregon - you can read below in PS.

We did have Sarah Iannarone 2020 candidate for Mayor show up, as well as Veteran Albert Lee who is 2020 candidate for Congress.

Below are videos & photo links to the proceedings, but since I am usually the one taking videos, there are none of me reading the our Proclamation thus you can read below after links in the PS.

Videos & Photo links to
VFP72 Armistice Day 2019
Videos by Daniel Shea
Veterans For Peace

Guest Speaker:
Garett Reppenhagen the Executive Director of Veterans For Peace.
Armistice Day 2019 Portland OR (1)
 https://youtu.be/y7PoDVaTj68

Speakers: Veterans Jaime Skinner, Grant Remington & Albert Lee
Armistice Day 2019 Portland OR (2)
 https://youtu.be/SxT1F_wysDA

Speaking: Former Army Medic, Veteran and Photojournalist Mike Hastie, who awards VFP Executive Director Garett Reppenhagen with one of his Photos & Garett's gracious response.
Armistice Day 2019 Portland OR (3)
 https://youtu.be/Aumppb4XObI

Former VFP72 President Grant Remington bursts in to the song
"Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before, I dreamed the world had all agreed, To put an end to war" what a great end and tribute to this Armistice Day Proclamation to End All Wars and to Celebrate Peace.
Armistice Day 2019 Portland OR (4)
 https://youtu.be/a3e3yVst-30

Here are links to a few of my Armistice Day photos and a link to photographer K. Kendall who took some amazing photos.

D. Shea
 https://www.facebook.com/1033807795/posts/10218923541492897/

K. Kendall
 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218568776722662&id=1593697228


ABOLISH WAR
Support Green New Deal
Save Our VA Healthcare
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela
Sacred Lands, Sacred Lives
Peace Knows No Borders



Daniel Shea
President VFP 72
Portland Oregon
Veterans For Peace

 djshea@hotmail.com
 shea@veteransforpeace.org
 https://www.facebook.com/dan.shea.VFP

Why It’s Important to Convert “Veterans’ Day” Back to “Armistice Day” 26.Nov.2019 14:11

repost: Robert C. Koehler

By Robert C. Koehler

 link to peaceworker.org

Veterans For Peace, an organization that speaks truth to war like nobody else, is attempting to reclaim Armistice Day, the Nov. 11 holiday that was flipped on its head 65 years ago when it was renamed Veterans Day — and became a celebration not of the end of war but of its perpetuity.

The name change occurred in 1954. The Korean War had recently "ended," the Cold War and the nuclear arms race were seriously revving up and, of course, that other world war, nine years past, was still vividly a part of everyone's consciousness. There was near-infinite cynicism about the whole idea of "the war to end all wars" . . . yeah, sure, what a joke. That'll never happen.

But in reclaiming Armistice Day — and holding events across the country honoring the current struggle to create peace — Veterans For Peace is also reclaiming a cry of pain and anger: The so-called Great War, with its mustard gas and trenches, its shellshock and influenza, its 20 million dead, was unnecessary and should have been the last. It is reclaiming a profound, global commitment to War No More.

Veterans Day celebrates — glorifies — the past. Armistice Day speaks to, and attempts to create, the future. What is peace? How can it happen? The question hovers like a star.

Writing on Nov. 11, VFP executive director Garett Reppenhagen put it thus: "We absolutely need to start pushing back on militarism in all its forms and regardless of who is in the White House. Not just on gross displays like Trump's proposed circus but on how we organize and how the effects of militarism show up in all of our spaces and communities. The reality is that almost EVERY SINGLE domestic platform on a progressive agenda can be funded by the overinflated military budget."

On this reclaimed American day of peace, this day of looking at what we must do, I attended an Armistice Day event in Chicago, sponsored by the local VFP chapter. To a large extent, the focal point was the city's schools and the needs of its children. Not coincidentally, a Chicago Teachers Union strike had just ended. The union's demands were more than better pay and benefits for teachers, but such matters as:

"All students need individual attention from their teachers. We cannot provide that level of attention when we have more than 40 students in a kindergarten or any other class."

And, in a system that recently made a $33 million agreement with the Chicago Police Department for policing in schools, the Teachers Union called for "hiring social workers, counselors, nurses, other clinicians at national recommended ratios; hire more case managers; full-time librarian and Restorative Justice coordinator in every school."

This is the future, created one brick at a time. We can't "celebrate" peace without asking what it requires. Indeed, peace is about asking the big questions. This is where it begins. Peace is always a work in progress.

One of the panelists at the Armistice Day event was part of an organization called Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, or VOYCE, which several years ago had released a report on the school system called "Failed Policies, Broken Futures: The True Cost of Zero Tolerance in Chicago," which found that Chicago Public Schools' "overuse of harsh disciplinary measures has cost the city tens of millions of dollars in the short term and hundreds of millions of dollars in the long-term, diverting resources from more effective approaches to school safety."

This reclaimed day is every day, a celebration of the future that's in progress and our slowly growing awareness of what it requires, such as "a Restorative Justice coordinator in every school" — hallelujah. The core of Restorative Justice is the healing circle, where participants. sitting in vibrant equality, address conflict by listening to multiple points of view, figuring out what has been harmed and deciding how it can be healed. It's the opposite of a perfunctory, bureaucratic solution, i.e., punishment, which can seem so simple to someone removed from the reality of it, but exacts a harsh cost on young people in the process of growing up. In the inner city, it's called the school-to-prison pipeline.

An externally maintained, unstable state of order — whether in the public schools or the community of nations — is not peace.

Reclaiming Armistice Day does not mean applauding the illusory peace that was achieved on Nov. 11, 1918, but it could well mean looking with unwavering clarity and courage at this illusion. War doesn't work.

Veterans Day may claim to honor vets, but it isn't about honoring the ones who have struggled with PTSD and committed suicide. Matthew Hoh, for instance, notes that far more Afghan and Iraq vets have committed suicide than were killed in the wars themselves. He writes:

To visually understand this concept that the killing in war does not end when the soldiers come home, think of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, The Wall, with its 58,000 names. Now visualize The Wall but lengthen it by some 1,000-2,000 feet to include the 100,000 to 200,000 plus Vietnam veterans who are estimated to have been lost to suicide, while keeping space available to continue to add names for as long as Vietnam veterans survive, because the suicides will never stop.

This is the armistice that has yet to be achieved.

Robert Koehler, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Chicago award-winning journalist and editor.