"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies,
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
- President and General Dwight Eisenhower, The Chance for Peace.
Veterans For Peace Chapter 49 in Indianapolis represents military veterans and families
whose goal is a Peaceful and Just Society,
the best we can be as Americans
as we pursue constructive long-term solutions to resolve conflicts
which provide meaningful and fulfilling lives for all concerned.
"As veterans who have served our country with honor and having taking an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, we continue to serve to realize an America dedicated to peace and justice. Using nonviolent means, we promote positive alternatives to conflicts that benefits all parties, and a society that reflects the best we can be as human beings."
As veterans, our military service was based on the belief in basic American values, that our society represents important ideals worth defending. We continue to serve our nation in promoting these ideals, including critical political standards that we expect of those who lead us, that politicians and policies should:
In contrast, we see in the 2016 election season that many candidates are promoting fear and hate... and the worst we can be as Americans.
If we do not support our basic ideals, it is clear that others will take America in a downward spiral. As veterans who have served and fought for our country, we call on voters to make a priority those candidates who can lead us to be the best we can be as Americans and human beings.
What Do We Want from Our Elected Officials?
Investment in waste and corporate executives?
Or investment in our children and the future of America?
As Veterans For Peace, we call for a national budget that benefits the American people. Where we invest our money as a society tells us what our true values are for the future of America. Ultimately, we are showing what kind of Americans do we want to be?
See A Peace Budget
we can see we are all together on Earth
in the emptiness of space.
Two recent incidents of fear and hate in Indianapolis have drawn out the best in most Americans:
While some political figures and others call for us to be the worst we can be as Americans in violation of our basic principles, Our Veterans For Peace Chapter 49 group has issued two statements in calling for us all to live up to our own standards:
Veterans For Peace Chapter 49
Stands in Solidarity with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters
As veterans who have served in our country's armed forces, we took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. We continue to serve in support of this Constitution, which guarantees the Freedom of Religion.
We understand that some people, including those who may call themselves Christians, do not follow the real teachings of love and kindness towards other human beings that are at the core of their faith. When we see violence such as that expressed at the Islamic Society of North America, we are saddened and ashamed that some Americans have turned their backs on the true values upon which our democracy was founded. We specifically reject those who promote hate and discrimination in violation of the basic principles of the United States of America which we served to defend.
We who have served in our nation's military with others from every religion, nationality, and race stand in solidarity with our Muslim American brothers and sisters, and call on all in our society to live up to the best that we can be as Americans.
Veterans For Peace Chapter 49 Indianapolis
February 28 2016
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Thank you for your efforts to help America realize our shared vision of peace and justice. We ask all of our friends to continue supporting our constitutional freedoms that have formed the basis of who we want to be as Americans. Together we can make a difference!
The U.S. invasion of Iraq triggered a new wave of violence across the Middle East,
building on the history of Western colonialism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.
Do our political leaders really understand the underlying causes of the conflicts in Middle East, and seek long-term solutions that address these underlying causes? Did you know:
The U.S. and allied navies have conducted military exercises in the South China Sea.
While Americans have been obsessed with conflicts in the Middle East and divisive politics, the potential for armed conflict has been heating up in the South China Sea. Different territorial claims to control undersea resources and shipping commerce have already let to the increased military presence of the U.S., China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan in the region.
Now is the time to implement peaceful alternatives for resolving this conflict!
See Peaceful Alternatives in the South China Sea.
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