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VFP Chapter 34 meeting Thursday May 1st at 7PM
Community Church 28 E 35th Street front lounge
Discusion: What are you doing to end the war?
Remember the Dead & Fight for the Living
Memorial Day Commemoration for Peace
This year Memorial Day takes on an especially painful meaning as the violence and bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan continues, claiming the lives of increasing numbers of US soldiers, Iraqi and Afghan citizens daily.
Join with veterans, military families and others to remember those lost in war and to call for an end to the occupation and the safe return of our troops to their homes.
On Sunday May 25 we will gather at 12 PM at the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Manhattan for a short observance. *Organizational Banners only, no signs please*
From there we will  hold a solemn procession to the Battery Park waterfront where those wishing to can remember loved ones and cast a flower in the water in their memory.
All are welcomed.
Sunday, May 25th at 12:00 PM
NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial 55 Water Street (2 blocks from the Staten Island Ferry)
Take #1 or 9 subway train to South Ferry and walk east on Water Street.
Veterans For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War Military Families Speak Out, and Gold Star Families
For More Info, Call:  (212) 726-0557 or
Dear friends:
Mfso and West Side Peace Action went to talk to Elbert, the press person at Rangel's office. We told him about the 5th anniversary demo where hundreds on the west side marched with mfso, west side peace action, 4 democratic clubs, where Veterans for Peace, mfso, Peace Action, Nadler and Scott Stringer spoke, and he was very enthusiastic about our work. When we told him about the projected deployment of NYS national guard in July, he said he would try to contact the state legislature's veterans affairs committee point person and also Gov. Patterson's point person in regard to the deployment of NYS national guard in July. We also said that though Pres. Bush had promised to change deployment from 15 to 12 mos, it was only after Aug, 2008 and all the troops now deployed would have to finish their 15 month tours. He thought a filibuster by the Senate would be a good idea. He told us about the possibility of having a hearing of either the Armed Services Committee or Veterans Affairs Committee in New York or Washington to publicize and protest the war and how soldiers and vets were being treated. He did not know about HR5507 and said he would call Yvette Clark when we urged him to ask Rangel to support it. If we go ahead with organizing some kind of hearing in NY, we will need the help of dozens of people to do the hard work of contacts publicity etc. MFSO in Jersey has already taken the lead to struggle against their national guard deployments and theirs is later -- in September. Please respond with comments and suggestions in regard to this idea. Lionelle,

Frank Stearns
Vice President
P.O. BOX 8150, JAF STATION New York, NY 10106-8150
Voice Mail (212)726-0557 Email:


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