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2023 Schedule

Scroll down to see our 2023 Convention schedule or click on one of the dates below to be taken to that day's list of programming!


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Sunday, August 27th

11:00 AM:  Workshop: Ousting U.S. Nuclear Weapons from Europe

  1:00 PM:  Workshop: How Different Our Work Would be in a Democracy

  3:00 PM:  Workshop: What is the future for Veterans For Peace?

  5:00 PM:  Closing Keynote: Kathy Kelly

Additional Programming
Social Room - Open 24 Hours

August 25


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6:00 PM


  6:00 PM: U.S. Navy Signalman: Stan Levin

  6:15 PM: Oren Lyons

  6:30 PM: Dedication to Daniel Ellsberg: Marjorie Cohn

  7:00 PM: Welcome: Mike Ferner, VFP Interim Director

  7:30 PM: Welcome: Susan Schnall, President VFP Board of Directors

  8:00 PM: VFP Poet Laureate: Jenny Pacanowski

8:00 PM


Moderator: Doug Rawlings

Veterans speaking truth to power is a beautiful thing…

Veterans expressing that truth as spoken art is world changing. Join Veterans For Peace in the sharing and baring of creative souls through poetry, spoken word, and oral tradition.

Want to read a poem or sing a song? Sign up here!

Welcome Ceremony
August 26


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11:00 AM


We will be using the regular Zoom Online Meeting format for this year’s business meeting.  This will allow everyone present to see who is attending the meeting.  The board’s request is for you to keep yourself on mute unless you have been recognized to speak.  Please raise your virtual hand and wait to be recognized before speaking. 

During the discussion on resolutions, we will “call the question” and move to a vote when there are no members on the “pro” or “con” side after three members have spoken “for” and three “against” each resolution. 

During other items that require discussion, debate, and a vote, we will take speakers for each side until there are no members wanting to speak for either side.  We will then “call the question”  and move to a vote.  Zoom format has a function that allows members to participate in a poll-which we will be using for the convention straw vote.

Fall Vote

All current VFP members will have the option to vote in October.  Online ballots will go out in October.

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5:00 PM



  5:00 PM:  Greeting: Strong Buffalo

  5:30 PM:  Clare Daly (MEP)

  6:00 PM:  Jeffrey Sachs, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

  6:30 PM:  Fundraising/Legacy

  7:00 PM:  Presente: Barry Riesch

  7:30 PM:  Awards: Josh Shurley

Clare Daly (MEP) is an Irish politician who has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Ireland for the Dublin constituency since July 2019. She is a member of Independents 4 Change, part of The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL.

Jeffrey Sachs, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., is University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Co-Chair of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition, Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican, and Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Honorary Distinguished Professor at Sunway University. He has been Special Advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Sachs has received 42 honorary doctorates, and his recent awards include the 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development, the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France, and the Order of the Cross from the President of Estonia. His most recent books are The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020) and Ethics in Action for Sustainable Development (2022).  

Presenters: Clare Daly · Jeffrey D. Sachs

8:30 PM


Music by VFP Members, Pat Scanlon, Peter Tracey and more

Keynote Saturday


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5:00 PM


American peace activist Kathy Kelly delivers the closing keynote speech for the convention.

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August 27
Closing Keynote
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