Veterans for Peace Santa Barbara

increasing public awareness of the costs of war

Wake-up Rally

The Veterans for Peace, concerned local citizens and organizations are coming together – student groups, the interfaith community, Democrats, Ron Paul Republicans, Libertarians, disenfranchised groups on the Left and the Right for a “Wake up Call” on Saturday, March 19th. There is something in the air, it broke out in Tunisia, spread to Egypt and many other nations. This is a wake up call. We the people of the USA.. Read More

Veterans Day or Armistice?

“We, as members of Veterans For Peace, will honor our brothers and sisters in arms in a different way, by working to increasing public awareness of the costs of war. We will work to restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations. We will work to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons. We will work to seek.. Read More

Chapter 54 News, Actions and Events!

Our monthly membership meeting  is on the first Monday of every month at 5pm at the Veterans Memorial Building, 112 West Cabrillo Blvd. There will be discussion about Veterans for Peace future efforts. Here is an update on Chapter 54 activities and invitation for you to meet up with your chapter of Veterans For Peace in activism. News Chapter 54 was the origin of four workshops at the national convention,.. Read More

SBCC Teen Cemetery Project Receives Wide Coverage

After being away for the months of December and January, Veterans For Peace, Chapter 54 (Santa Barbara) returned on Friday February 19, 2010 at Santa Barbara City College with our local mock Teen Cemetery. To date we have information on 337, 18 & 19 year old U.S. military casualties from the Iraq & Afghanistan conflicts. “Tombstones” were set up & taken down by volunteers from the Santa Barbara Veterans for.. Read More

SBCC Teen Cemetary Continues

August 20, 2010 Santa Barbara, California Source: The Local mock Teen Cemetery began @ 10 am @ SBCC on the West Campus lawn across from the campus library overlooking Ledbetter Beach on the Pacific Ocean. The event is sponsored by the SB Veterans for Peace, Chapter 54, and partially funded by the fund For Santa Barbara. To date we displayed 357 tombstones and placards on 18 & 19 year.. Read More

Adagio for Bob Potter

Adagio for Bob Potter, VFP Chapter 54 Vice President I was talking to my neighbor He said, “When I get to heaven, if it’s not like this, I’ll just hop a cloud and I’m coming right back down here Back to this heavenly bliss.” “This Place” by Joni Mitchell Watch on YouTube In 2004, I first met Bob Potter when my volunteering began with the Veterans For Peace project envisioned.. Read More

Three Thousand Deaths: A Poem by Bob Potter

Three Thousand Deaths Exactly three thousand white crosses Symmetrically fixed in rows of forty-eight Aligned at attention across a sandy beach Vastly understate the reality. Fleeting symbols of a Sunday afternoon, Garnished with California seagulls, and a soft breeze Coaxing tiny sailboats from the yacht harbor, They shine in the sunlight, astonishing the tourists. Bypasers from LA and the Valley, gawking New Yorkers, Aussies and Londoners, Dutchmen and Turks, Gabblers.. Read More

Memorializing For Change, Tom Scheff

Professor Thomas J. Scheff is a member of Chapter 54 of Veterans For Peace and a key member of the DU Adjudication Project.  He regularly engages the public at the original Arlington West in Santa Barbara.  He is author of the poem “A Wake on the Pier” and the producer/director of the film: A Wake on the Pier. Thomas J. Scheff, Professor Emeritus Dept of Sociology, University of California,.. Read More

SB Independent Covers Teen Memorial at SBCC

War Memorial and Teen Memorial Protest Planned at City College June 18 Santa Barbara Independent [], Mon., June 14, 2010 A mock cemetery of the U.S. Military Teen casualties is planned in Santa Barbara, California, on Friday, June 18, 2010, part of the National and International grassroots War Moratorium Movement calling for the immediate end of war and occupation from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine. The June 18 actions here,.. Read More

Mock Cemetery at SBCC – VFP Chapter 54 Receives Grant

May 21, 2010 Santa Barbara, California Source: On SBCC’s graduation day, the monthly mock cemetery of U.S. Military Teen casualties was set up and ran from 10am-3pm on the West Campus lawn overlooking Ledbetter Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Many students, including international students from Norway & Sweden paused on this busy day to place a placard of the color photo & information of teen casualties (18 & 19).. Read More