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VETERANS FOR PEACE
CONVENTION

2024 Schedule

Scroll down to see our 2024 Convention schedule or click on one of the dates below to be taken to that day's list of programming!

SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

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Friday, August 16th

 12:00 PM:  Sitting Meditation with Claude AnShin Thomas

  1:00 PM:  Workshop: The Worldview and Peace Workshop with Guidelines for VFP Research Project

  3:00 PM: Workshop:  Deported Veterans Advocacy Project

  5:00 PM: Workshop: Korean Atomic Bomb Victims Seek Justice - And the Outlaw of Nuclear Weapons - Through People's Tribunal

  7:00 PM: Opening Program

  9:00 PM: Poetry with Doug Rawlings, Strong Buffalo

Saturday, August 17th

11:00 AM:  Sitting Meditation with Claude AnShin Thomas

12:00 PM:  Business Meeting

  3:30 PM:  ¡Presente

  4:00 PM:  Workshop: Impact of Current Wars on Climate Crisis

 6:00 PM: Keynote Event: Focus on Gaza with Odeliya Matter, Elik Elhanan, and Huwaida Arraf

  9:00 PM:  Music Event w/ David Rovics, Joanne Rand, and Issa Boulos

Sunday, August 18th

12:00 PM:  Workshop: Calling Out the War Industrialists and Calling for Divestment

  2:00 PM:  Workshop: Resisting Repression: Strategies of Solidarity in the New McCarthy Era

  4:00 PM:  Workshop: The Rising Multi-polar world: WIll the Empire start World War to prevent it?

  6:00 PM:  Workshop: Moral Injury in Today's Wars and a Future Care Model

  8:00 PM:  Closing Keynote: We Sail Until Palestine Is Free: The Freedom Flotilla

  9:30 PM:  End convention

Additional Programming
Social Room - Open 24 Hours

August 16

AUGUST 16TH

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12:00 PM 

SITTING MEDITATION WITH CLAUDE ANSHIN THOMAS

Veterans, you are invited to join Claude AnShin Thomas for two sessions of sitting meditation during the convention— Friday, August 16, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EDT and Saturday, August 17, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT. Sitting meditation is a powerful way to address the unique challenges due to military service. It can offer a way into finding peace with our un-peacefulness. Sitting meditation is a practical tool that offers insights to navigate the challenges of post-service life, fostering resilience and discovering the ability to be more present. Join us with this chance to transform your life and embark on a path to peace and healing. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@zaltho.org. We look forward to welcoming you. Together, let's take the first step towards a life of peace, understanding, and renewal.

Presenter: Claude AnShin Thomas

1:00 PM 

Presenter: Four Arrows (Co-founder of Chapter 108)

3:00 PM 

Presenter: Robert Vivar

7:00 PM

OPENING PROGRAM

  Welcome Host

  Blessing and Centering Four Arrows

  Offering of a Poem: Jenny Pacanowski

  Opener Dahr Jamail

  Keynote: Margaret Kimberley
  Keynote: Harrison Mann
  Juan Bettancourt Appeal For Redress

 

9:00 PM

POETRY

Moderators: Doug Rawlings · Strong Buffalo

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!

Opening Program
Poetry
August 17

AUGUST 17

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11:00 AM

SITTING MEDITATION WITH CLAUDE ANSHIN THOMAS

Veterans, you are invited to join Claude AnShin Thomas for two sessions of sitting meditation during the convention— Friday, August 16, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm EDT and Saturday, August 17, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT. Sitting meditation is a powerful way to address the unique challenges due to military service. It can offer a way into finding peace with our un-peacefulness. Sitting meditation is a practical tool that offers insights to navigate the challenges of post-service life, fostering resilience and discovering the ability to be more present. Join us with this chance to transform your life and embark on a path to peace and healing. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@zaltho.org. We look forward to welcoming you. Together, let's take the first step towards a life of peace, understanding, and renewal.

Presenter: Claude AnShin Thomas

12:00 PM

BUSINESS MEETING

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.

3:30 PM

¡PRESENTE

 

6:00 PM

KEYNOTE EVENT: FOCUS ON GAZA

 

  6:00 PM:  Blessing and Centering - Oren Lyons

  6:30 PM:  Focus On Gaza: Odeliya Matter, Elik Elhanan, Huwaida Arraf

  7:00 PM:  Awards

Presenters: Will Hopkins (Moderator) · Odeliya Matter · Elik Elhanan · Huwaida Arraf

9:00 PM

MUSIC EVENT

David Rovics, Joanne Rand to perform song-swap style interspersed with a few videos incl. Issa Boulos 

Keynote Saturday
Music

AUGUST 18TH

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8:00 PM

CLOSING PROGRAM: WE SAIL UNTIL PALESTINE IS FREE: THE FREEDOM FLOTILLA

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Presenters: Ann Wright · Barry Riesch · Elliott Adams

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August 18
Closing Keynote
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