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‘Veterans for Peace’ confront President Trump about endless wars

A contingent of antiwar protesters in the hundreds, gathered Tuesday for a rally, at 11 a.m., at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were led by the president of the Veterans for Peace, Barry Ladendorf. They demanded a “stop to the endless war,” and a start to a genuine “peace-building movement.”

A coalition of about ten other antiwar, peace and justice organizations joined with the Veterans for Peace in the spirited demonstration. Nine speakers participated in the two-hour program, along with music provided by Pat Scanlon, the Fugs and others.

The speakers raised their voices about the endless U.S. related conflicts around the globe in Afghanistan, Iraq and in Syria. They put emphasis on the war drums beating daily for a conflict with North Korea, and also, thanks to the hawkish Neocons and our influential Military-Industrial Complex, a possible U.S. war, starting in 2017, with Iran.

President of the VFP, Barry Ladendorf, at White House Rally.

After the demonstration at the Memorial, the protesters marched, around 2 p.m., to the White House to confront President Trump. There, they demanded a meeting – as soon as possible with him – to discuss his “military policy” and to re-direct government spending to issues closer to home. A letter that  Ladendorf had written to President Trump was read by one of his colleagues in front of the White House fence. To learn more, check out the Facebook page.

According to the authoritative “Cost of National Security,” the American taxpayers have been paying $8.36 million an hour, since 2001, to cover the expenses of our endless wars. To check out more details about this important issue. 

Speaking at the White House rally was Veterans for Peace activist, Bruce Gagnon. He’s also the coordinator of the “Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.” He blasted the U.S./ NATO War Machine and referenced the White House as an often “black, dark, evil” house.

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  • Sam Nelson

    Good luck. Ending the endless wars would be a easy thing to do except for the wealthy and their insatiable greed. So few people have all the wealth, this is not right. The US should be sending food and stuff to the people of Venezuela, our purpose should be getting fresh water to the thirsty, food to the hungry and clothing to the naked. Not war. How is it we have allowed the offices of leadership to be taken over by the enemies of all things living, ie, the wealthy and their minions? Seven billion people just getting by, with the constant threat of misery and death always hanging over their head’s. A few hundred million, at the most, having a good old time at the expense of the billions? What is wrong with this picture? To begin with -the Judges and Police. The Military we might could have some control over, but, the Judges and the Police, these are sold out. We need a complete redo of these ‘departments.’ Used to be we would go to the Doctor to get well, to the Police to get help, nowadays, the Doctors are the reasons for so many people dying, the Police, come into your home steal your stuff, shot your kids and beat the crap out of the innocent! Yeah, we need to tear this construction down and start over.

  • Harold Smith

    We need some organization like “Veterans for Peace” to sue Trump in federal court because his military adventure in Syria is completely illegitimate. Basically Trump is needlessly, illegally, immorally and unconstitutionally risking war with nuclear armed Russia, which puts everyone in the U.S. at risk.

  • Eileen Kuch

    I totally agree with Barry Ladendorf, President of VFP (Veterans for Peace). The warmongering Trotskyites aka neocons have President Donald Trump surrounded, pushing him into adding more funding to endless wars of aggression worldwide, while urgent domestic issues are being ignored.
    The Donald can NEVER make America great, so long as he keeps these sleazeballs around him .. He also can NEVER drain the swamp, either, unless he rids himself of them and replace them with people who will steer him away from illegal wars of aggression worldwide and take care of business right here at home.
    There are loads of roads, railways, levees, buildings and bridges that are in dire need of repair and/or replacement .. There are millions of US citizens in dire need of decent jobs that will help pay the bills and put food on the table. There are also plenty of veterans of the Mideast wars in dire need of care and benefits. So, instead of letting in illegals (as well as Muslim migrants) into the nation and providing them with the benefits that belong ONLY to legal residents and US citizens. Those who don’t belong here MUST BE DEPORTED ASAP .. NO EXCUSES.

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