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VFP - Chapter 34 Meeting Minutes - September 6, 2007
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VFP - Chapter 34 Meeting Minutes - September 6, 2007

Attendees: 16 (Al Jaccoma, Hugh Bruce, Bob Grossman, Bill Gilson, John MacDougall, Pete Bronson, Al Stolzer, Nelson Levitt, Bob Davidow, Frank Stearns, Lionelle Hamanaka, Art Wasserman, Kathy Hager, Guy deVeaux, Jay Janson, Bob Keilbach). 

Agenda:

1. Introductions/Meeting Minutes - The meeting started at 7 PM, chaired by Chapter 34 President Al Jaccoma. Minutes of the August 23 meeting were read and accepted. Meeting attendees contributed $41 toward the cost of meeting rooms at the Community Church. 

2. Washington DC Antiwar Actions - scheduled in conjunction with the Petraeus “surge” report, and to influence Congressional action on continued funding for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

! September 15 - 20 - Answer Coalition demonstration, lead by IVAW and endorsed by VFP, including a “die-in” by vets and supporters in front of the Capitol, followed by Congressional lobbying days. Several chapter members plan to attend.    www.Sept15.org  

! September 22 - 29 - Troops Out Now encampment in front of the Capitol, followed by a march and demonstration on Sept. 29.

3. Veterans Day Parade - Sunday November 11 - the Executive committee decided that it was important to present our anti-war message by participation in the annual NYC Veterans Day Parade. We will honor our fallen brother Moe Fishman, an early fighter for peace, at the parade. Hugh has obtained the application, and will register our contingent. Bill G volunteered to help Hugh with preparations for the parade. Volunteers are needed to help out as marshals for our contingent at the parade.

4 Iraq Moratorium/Molly Ivins Campaign - VFP has endorsed continuing local actions in memory of Molly Ivins, to be held once a month, beginning in September. Bill G proposed a demonstration in front of the Times Square Recruiting Station; it was agreed that Wednesday September 26 would be a good date for many members. Pete B will call WRL to schedule the event, in conjunction with their ongoing month-long Iraq Moratorium campaign, and check if a sound permit is needed. AJ will bring an amplifier, if necessary. Counter-recruitment handouts may be prepared for distribution to young folks eligible for recruitment.           Website:   www.raisehellformollyivins.org

5. UFPJ Regional Actions - Saturday October 27th in NYC. Bob G volunteered to represent VFP Chapter 34 at UFPJ meetings in planning for the NYC Regional march.   

6. VFP Each Member bring a member Campaign - VFP National has initiated a campaign for each member to bring in a new member to the organization, to facilitate growth. Pete B is planning to visit local churches, and outreach to potential new members.

7. Moe Fishman Memorial - A memorial service is being planned for our brother Moe, who passed August 6th at age 92, to be held at the Judson Memorial Church on Saturday November 10. There was a small obit notice placed in the NY Times by chapter members and friends, at a cost of over $200; Pete B has collected $160 thus far over the cost, which will be placed in a memorial fund for Moe. 

8. Gene Glazer Memorial - A memorial service is being planned for our brother Gene, who passed on August 7th, to be held in Bloomfield or Montclair, NJ on Sunday October 21; further details tba. A moment of silence was held at the meeting in honor of Gene.

9. IVAW Fundraiser - showing of “Meeting Resistance” in the village, tentatively scheduled for Sunday October 28. Flyers will be prepared, for distribution at local events and the UFPJ Regional NYC march on Saturday October 27th.

10. Vets4Vets - CUNY has allocated funds to spend on Veterans programs. Pete B and Al S agreed to attend a meeting at La Guardia Community College to set-up a Vets4Vets program for returning Iraq War veterans, to facilitate their return from the military, using the grant money in our treasury that has been donated for the program.  

11. Coalition of Vets in Pain & Distress - Pete B has been attending monthly meetings, held on the last Thursday of each month, at 22 E. 119 St. from 12:30-3PM, including lunch. Pete needs at least one more chapter member to attend meeting and help out. 

12 VFP Convention Report - Pete B, Hugh and Bill G reported on their experiences at the National VFP Convention in St Louis in August. Some of the speeches, including those by Dennis Kucinich and Phyllis Bennis, and all 22 Resolutions adopted at the convention may be accessed on the VFP website:    www.veteransforpeace.org  

Some of the issues addressed by convention resolutions are: sexual harassment of women in the military, DU testing of returning veterans, the Raise Hell for Molly Ivins Campaign, and elimination of the requirement that schools provide contact information on their students to military recruiters.

There were also interesting workshops provided by Israeli and Iraqi members of Combatants for Peace, active-duty Seaman Jonathan Hutto regarding the Appeal for Redress, Courage to Resist and IVAW re GI Resistance, and Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, born to a Jewish mother and Muslim Iraqi father, regarding current conditions in Iraq under US occupation.

Chapter 34 had a full page ad in the convention bulletin, announcing our recent name change.

On the Sunday following the convention, there was a rally at the St Louis Arch, where a large human peace sign was made by attendees.

13. New Business/Upcoming Events

a. Friday September 14th - 12-2PM, local MFSO rally/demonstration in front of Sen. Clinton's office at 3 Avenue and 48 St.; VFP members have been requested to attend and speak at the event. 

b. Saturday September 15th - Answer demonstration in Washington, DC, lead by IVAW and endorsed by VFP. 

c. September 22 - 29 - Troops Out Now encampment on the Mall in DC

d. Wednesday September 26 - Iraq Moratorium/Molly Ivins Campaign demonstration in front of Times Square Recruiting Station.

e. Sunday October 21 - Gene Glazer Memorial service.

f. Saturday October 27 - UFPJ Regional March in NYC

g. Saturday November 10 - Moe Fishman Memorial service at Judson Memorial Church.

h. Sunday November 11 - Veterans Day Parade, Fifth Avenue, NYC

14. Peace Vigils - VFP members currently participate in four ongoing weekly peace vigils:

! Grandmothers for Peace - Vigil for Peace at Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue between 49 - 50 St. every Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. 

! Women in Black - Silent Peace Vigil at 41 St and Fifth Avenue every Wednesday afternoon 5:30 - 6:30 PM

! VFP/Queens Network for Peace & Justice - 2 Peace Vigils, one at Continental Av & Austin St. in Forest Hills, and one in front of the Flushing Library, Saturday morning from 11AM - 12 Noon 

The vigils have been an effective means of educating the public regarding efforts to defund the Iraq war and end the occupation, bring our troops home, and provide information to counter military recruiters, as well as attract new members. Chapter members are urged to participate. 

15. Meeting Schedule - posted on the Calendar at http://groups.yahoo.com/group//vfpnyco34 

The next 3 meetings of NYC Chapter 34 are scheduled for:

! Thursday September 20, 2007 - 7:00 PM at 40 E.35 Street

! Thursday October 4, 2007 - 7:00 PM at 40 E.35 Street

! Thursday October 18, 2007 - 7:00 PM at 40 E.35 Street 
 

Bob Keilbach,

Secretary


 

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