Veterans - No Charlottesville in California

Veterans for Peace
East Bay Chapter #162

No Charlottesville in California

Veterans for Peace East Bay Chapter #162 (Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding cities) is the local branch of a global humanitarian and educational organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. We understand that recent events in Charlottesville reflect the rise of a global movement of fascist, neo-Nazi, and White Supremacist forces that threaten our basic values. Accordingly, in keeping with our Mission Statement and in the spirit of non-violent direct action, we urge other peace and justice organizations and labor unions to join us in endorsing and supporting, as appropriate, the following actions defending unions, racial minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ people, the disabled, women, and all the oppressed:

• ILWU Local 10 Stop Work Action and March to Crissy Field in San Francisco on Sat, Aug 26, 2017 to Stop the Fascists, meet at ILWU Hall, 400 Northpoint, at 10am. INFO: 415-776-8100

• Bay Area Rally Against Hate, Sun, Aug 27, 2017, 10:30 to 12:30 on the UC campus, Addison St and Oxford St, Berkeley.

• Protest the Berkeley White Supremacist Rally, Sunday, August 27, 12:00 Noon. MLK Civic Center Park, MLK Way and Allston Way, Berkeley. INFO: 415-864-1278 or

We hope that our support in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville will help ensure that there is no violence against people or destruction of property in these actions.

NOTE: The situation remains fluid. The date and location of these events are correct as of this writing, but check with the organizers for the latest information. Also, BE CAREFUL. All these events are potentially dangerous, so be aware of possible attack by the white supremacists and arrest by the police, and conduct yourself accordingly.

Approved by the East Bay Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Aug 19, 2017

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About Veterans for Peace

Veterans for Peace is an educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. As a global organization of military veterans and allies with over 140 chapters worldwide, we affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace and global justice. To this end we will work with others, both nationally and internationally,

• To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war.
• To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations.
• To oppose domestic militarization of law enforcement and society.
• To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons.
• To seek justice for veterans and victims of war.
• To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans for Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

Mission Statement approved by the East Bay Chapter #162 June 2017

JOIN US! Our East Bay Chapter of VFP meets on the second Saturday of most months at the Grassroots House, 2022 Blake St, Berkeley, CA 94704. For info, contract Gene Ruyle, 510-332-3865 email: or Maurice Martin, 619-279-8665 mail:


August 22, 2017