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The Climate Crisis–How Much Does the U.S. Military Contribute toward Global Warming?

A Presentation by the Veterans For Peace Climate Crisis and Militarism Project

Friday, February 25, 7:00 pm via Zoom

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The U.S. Military is the world’s single largest institutional emitter of greenhouse gases. That is easy to imagine since one B-52 Stratofortress consumes about as much fuel in an hour as the average car driver uses in 7 years. Yet, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol allowed military emissions to be excluded in calculating national emissions (for any country). See the Military Carbon Footprint video (9 minutes 47 seconds).

Steve Morse from the VFP Climate Crisis/Militarism Working Group will give a presentation on the role the military plays in exacerbating the global climate crisis. Steve will be familiar to many in Fairbanks as he helped train the Fairbanks node of the GI Rights Hotline (under the auspices of the Alaska Peace Center) a decade and a half ago. The presentation will run 30 or 40 minutes and there will be lots of time for discussion afterwards. For more information see the VFP Climate/Militarism Interactions Brochure.

Diplomacy, Not War! End the U.S. Role in Escalating the Ukraine Crisis

Demonstration and Protest Against War with Russia over Ukraine

Saturday afternoon at 1:00, February 26, 2022, at the intersection of Geist Road and University Avenue. Bring a sign if you can, but mostly bring yourself! Dress warmly!!

The Biden administration continues to issue alarming and inflammatory statements, and seems to be assuming that there will be a war. We have been flooding Ukraine with weapons and building tensions to higher and higher levels. There are many different factions within Ukraine itself. If there is any spark to set things off it will undoubtedly be blamed on Russia and used as an excuse for a massive military effort.. We can’t let ourselves get drawn into another iteration of our “forever” war. There are half a dozen or more of our other wars simmering all over the world. All are abject tragedies for the people anywhere near them, and are costing us lives, money, and respect around the world. We need genuine diplomacy with a recognition that Russia has legitimate concerns for its security.

This protest is part of a nationwide effort to call attention to the reckless and inflammatory approach that the Biden administration has been pursuing.

As citizens of the United States, we have a special responsibility to call upon the U.S. government to:

  • Stop the war with Russia
  • Stop NATO expansion
  • Stop sending weapons to Ukraine and the European Union
  • Obey international laws and the UN Charter
  • Resolve the current conflict within the United Nations Security Council
  • De-escalate the threat of nuclear war

There is a long history behind the present crisis. The administration’s denunciations that lay all the blame on Russia do not mention that we broke our promise to Russia made during the 1990 negotiations over the reunification of Germany that we would not expand NATO eastward beyond Germany. Twelve eastern European nations have joined NATO since them, effectively surrounding Russia on two sides. Most if not all of them now have American bases. Many of them have missiles. Military war exercises are regularly conducted a few miles from Russia’s borders. The administration also does not mention the CIA involvement in the 2014 Maidan coup (in which the CIA supported neo-nazi groups) that installed an anti-Russian government in Kyiv. This was a key factor in Russia annexing the Crimean Peninsula, which has been Russia’s access to the Black Sea for 2 1/2 centuries. Most people in the area speak Russian as their primary language. A strong majority supported annexation in a referendum.

For further reading:

Community Perspective submitted to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Feb 3

CodePink: Peace with Russia Day of Action: February 5, 2022

Popular Resistance: Call to Action: No War with Russia over Ukraine

America is Reaping What it Sowed in Ukraine

Press Stunned as Ukraine Leader Points Finger at West

Details of 2014 coup: Cheering a “Democratic” Coup in Ukraine

Thorough examination of the NATO issue: Tangled Tale of NATO Expansion at the Heart of Ukraine Crisis

National Security Archive on 1990 documenting promises regarding NATO (with a remarkable photo that Alaskan will appreciate)

Analysis of recent UN Security Council meeting: Perilous Gulf Widens between Russia & US at the UN

More analysis on Ukraine situation: Checkmate in Ukraine

Analysis of U.S. foreign policy woes: Matt Taibbi: Let’s Not Have a War

Ann Wright reviews the history: For God’s Sake Boys, STOP THIS WAR S**T!!!

CodePink: Diplomacy for Ukraine is spelled M-I-N-S-K

CodePink: Discussion between Medea Benjamin and Larry Wilkerson (video)–Wilkerson was Chief of Staff to Colin Powell during the G. W. Bush administration. He has publicly criticized the Iraq War, including his own role in it. He is now a professor at the College of William and Mary and a staunch critic of U.S. Foreign Policy.

Why are the loudest voices about war in Ukraine the ones farthest from where the shooting would be?

Video of a discussion with Ray McGovern–Lots of insight into the situation in Ukraine as well as our policy towrd nuclear weapons. Ray is a former CIA analyst, the co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and an Advisory Board member of Veterans For Peace.

Here’s a musical diversion, a bit off topic but a very nice rock video in support of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Blues (with a nod to Bob Dylan‘s Subterranean Homesick Blues)

No War with Russia protest, February 5, 2022

Thanks to all who came out for the protest!

Thanks to all eight people who came out to protest the Biden administrations war-mongering with Russia over Ukraine at our demonstration at Geist Road and University Avenue on Saturday, Feb 5. There were enough of us to have people at all four corners of the intersection. The response we got from drivers was mostly positive–more so than in the early days of our protests about the Iraq War in the early years of this century. I think the “forever” war has really taken its toll on the capacity of the public to be moved by fear-inducing threats and jingoism to support yet another war. Yesterday we got lots of beeps and friendly waves from drivers. Only two or three drivers expressed disapproval of our protest.

We decided that given the ongoing demonization programs against Russia, China, and others, along with the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric and the threatening military maneuvers, we need to continue these protests weekly until some diplomatic solution is found. We will focus on the Ukraine crisis and the threats of war with Russia, but will also keep in mind the parallel developments involving Taiwan and threats of war with China. So for the time being, we will hold protests weekly at the Geist Road/University Avenue intersection at 1:00 on Saturdays.

Monthly Meeting Thursday, Feb 3, 2022 at 7 pm

The Alaska Peace Center monthly meeting will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, February 3.

The link to join the meeting is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09

This link will be used for all monthly meetings this winter (first Thursday of each month) through May 2022.

More Zoom specifics: Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547, Passcode: 492648

All welcome!

Webinar: Is the U.S. Going to War with Russia over Ukraine?

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm AST, via Zoom

The Alaska Peace Center will view a recording of a very recent CodePink webinar to come to a deeper understanding of what is happening in Ukraine and the approaches that are being taken by the United States and Russia. The webinar features Medea Benjamin from CodePink and Larry Wilkerson. Larry was the Chief of Staff to Colin Powell during the G. W. Bush administration and is currently a professor at the College of William & Mary. After ending his military career, Wilkerson publicly criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell’s presentation to the UN about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, as well as other aspects of US policy in the Middle East.

Here is the zoom link and other info:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83043794391?pwd=OE5KR3VlcGdmQTZodHZ5R25PcHQxdz09

Meeting ID: 830 4379 4391
Passcode: 653022

The Biden administration is using very bellicose rhetoric and appears to be playing a game of “chicken” with Russia. Needless to say, each country possesses a surfeit of nuclear weapons, making this a very dangerous situation.

We will view a 40-minute recording of the webinar, via zoom, at 7:00 pm and will have time to discuss it afterward. The webinar was made to give context to the current situation, and to motivate viewers to contact the White House and their members of Congress to suggest changes in the United States’ approach.

Monthly Meeting Thursday, Jan 6, 2022 at 7pm

Our monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, January 6, at 7 pm via Zoom. The link to join the meeting is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09

This link will be used for all monthly meetings this winter (first Thursday of each month) through May 2022.

More Zoom specifics: Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547, Passcode: 492648

All welcome! We need to decide about programs for this winter.

Film Screening: “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons”

Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7 pm, via Zoom

Please consider joining us to view the documentary film “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons,” filmed by Alvaro Orús. There will be time for a discussion of the movie afterward. This is one of many fine films at the 2021 Taos Environmental Film Festival (TEFF) that can be viewed for free at the TEFF website (https://taosenvironmentalfilmfestival.com/).

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This 56-minute documentary film takes the viewer through a brief history of nuclear weapons and the anti-nuclear activism that has pushed to eliminate them ever since their invention. It moves into a consideration of the humanitarian initiative that successfully challenged the dominant security narrative and the historic steps taken since 2010 to turn the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from a dream into reality. Finally, the film shows what can be done by anyone to help bring the treaty into force and to stigmatize nuclear weapons until they are finally eradicated.

It includes interviews with activists working to abolish nuclear weapons, including Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Finn. Setsuko is a Hibakusha (survivor of the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan), having survived the bombing of her native Hiroshima. She is a powerful voice for abolishing nuclear weapons and was a founding member of the International Campaign for the Abolishment of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2007. Beatrice is the executive director of ICAN. Her determination and passion for releasing us all from the threat of nuclear annihilation is very inspiring. She and Setsuko together accepted the Nobel Peace Prize when it was awarded to ICAN in 2017. The Alaska Peace Center is a partner organization of ICAN.

Graphic for "The Beginning of the End" documentary

Monthly Meeting Thursday, December 2, at 7 pm

Our monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, December 2, at 7 pm via Zoom. The link to join the meeting is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09

This link will be used for all monthly meetings this winter (first Thursday of each month) through May 2022.

More Zoom specifics: Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547, Passcode: 492648

All welcome! New member Barb Carlin will introduce herself and the Avatar self empowered training course that she is involved with. We will also finalize plans for our December 10th screening via Zoom of the documentary “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons.”

Ring in Peace on Armistice Day, Thursday, Nov 11, 2021

Ring Bells for Peace! 11:00 am at Veterans Memorial Park

Bell and doves

Alaska Peace Center and Veterans For Peace North Star Chapter 146 invite the Fairbanks community to ring bells at 11:00 am at Veterans Memorial Park, 700 Cushman Street in Fairbanks, in celebration of Armistice Day. Bring a bell if you have one (we’ll have extras if you don’t), in any case bring a friend. Masks and social distancing recommended.

Bell-ringing has been a traditional way of celebrating Armistice Day ever since the end of World War One (known at the time as “The Great War”) 102 years ago. It signifies the relief and joy felt around the world when the Armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Bells were rung to celebrate peace and the end of four years of war that killed or wounded more than 21 million people. In the wake of so much carnage, it was then clear to millions of people that wars were not about valor or romantic ideals, but about empire, which benefits a few at the expense of many. A tradition of observing the anniversary of the Armistice by ringing bells to honor veterans and promote peace spread throughout the world.

Armistice Day became a legal holiday nationwide by an act of Congress in 1938, dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day by presidential proclamation, admonishing us to “reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.” However, in contrast to Eisenhower’s intention, rebranding Armistice Day as Veterans Day has led to a change from celebrating peace to celebrating the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day has been flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.

The Alaska Peace Center, along with Veterans For Peace nationally and locally, celebrates the original intent of November 11th – as a day to rededicate ourselves to work toward finding peaceful solutions to the world’s problems. Peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans. We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.

For more reflections on the significance of Armistice Day see essays by Rory Fanning and Skip Oliver.

Monthly Meeting Thursday, Nov 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Our monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, November 4, at 7 pm via Zoom. The link to join the meeting is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09

This link will be used for all monthly meetings this winter (first Thursday of each month) through May 2022.

More Zoom specifics: Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547, Passcode: 492648

All welcome! We will be planning the Armistice Day (November 11) bell-ringing event at Veterans Park, and discussing other plans for the winter.