Veterans for Peace Santa Barbara

increasing public awareness of the costs of war

Interactive Memorial at SBCC

March 19, 2010 Santa Barbara, California Source: On March 19, 2010 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 consisted of 341 “Tombstones” of 18 & 19 year old U.S. casualties from the Iraq & Afghanistan Conflicts. The set-up, take down and interaction of passersby to place.. Read More

LA Area VFP Connections

While I’m here I am working with Long Beach VFP on ideas for us to work together as a region. We are considering something like Coffee Strong at Fort Lewis for San Diego area if all chapters would pitch in to support. We are also working on plans for the VAMC WLA property. A stand down at VAMC WLA is an excellent idea. I was on the readjustment team at.. Read More

Arlington West Sunday Jan 3

Veterans For Peace Santa Barbara will be setting up the Arlington West memorial on Sunday January 3.  Please join us for set-up at 7:30 a.m. at Stearns Wharf.  We will also need your help taking down the memorial, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Here’s wishing us all a more peaceful world in 2010.We will be commemorating one positive development, in a time with too many negatives — December 2009 was the.. Read More

Paul Chappell videos

VFP Chapter 54 member Paul Chappell serves as Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  Local chapter members will remember his excellent talk at our November chapter meeting.  Paul recently presented a series of talks at Peace Abbey in Boston.  Here below are links to video coverage of his presentations: What does it mean to be a warrior? What is the ultimate sin in the military? Part 1.. Read More

AW Dec. 6

The December set-up of Arlington West is scheduled for Sunday December 6.  It will be the final presentation of the memorial for 2009, coinciding with the annual Parade of Lights along the Santa Barbara waterfront. Set-up will begin at 7:30 am on the beach at Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, with take-down scheduled for 4 pm.  We look forward to a good turnout of volunteers.

Paul Chappell

   Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century by Paul K. Chappell Welcome to Captain Paul Chappell, a remarkable addition to Santa Barbara’s veterans and peace community.  Paul is the new Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  A West Point graduate and Iraq veteran, he is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st.. Read More

Vets Day Events

Veterans Day 2009 will be celebrated Wednesday Nov. 11. Santa Barbara events include a 9 am service at Santa Barbara Cemetery, an 11 am ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building, followed by lunch, and a 2:30 pm concert at the Sunken Garden, Santa Barbara County Courthouse. On Saturday November 14 there will be a parade down State Street honoring veterans, with a number of members of Chapter 54 participating.

Rethink Afghanistan Screening

Veterans for Peace Santa Barbara hosted a special screening of the film Rethink Afghanistan on Monday, October 5th at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building.  This excellent documentary, directed by Robert Greenwald, makes a strong case for US withdrawal from Afghanistan.  If you are interested in access to the DVD of this film, please contact Joy Robledo at (805) 963-1259, or visit the film’s website at   Rethink.. Read More

Special Afghanistan Arlington West

Arlington West Courtesy SB Independent NAME OF EVENT: Special Afghanistan Arlington West LOCATION OF EVENT: On the beach immediately west of Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: Crosses memorializing those who died in the war in Afghanistan TIME: All day DATE: October 4, 2009 CONTACT INFORMATION: Mary Johnston-de Leon, SPONSORED BY VFP CHAPTER 54 – Santa Barbara, CA October 7 marks the 8th year of the war.. Read More