Veterans for Peace, Chapter 001Meeting began at 7:07 pm — ended at 9:15 pm.
29 June 2006
Buker School, Augusta, Maine
Introductions of all present (approximately 15 members and one guest)
Doug said he had just been interviewed by Fox News. They are in Maine to do a story on the proposed Support the Troops license plates. Doug indicated he could not support the license plate as it could be construed at supporting the war in Iraq, and he clearly stated that he does not support the war and that he was representing VFP.
Secretary’s report. Minutes of 25 May meeting were accepted as distributed.
Treasurer’s report. We have $7,500 in the bank. We’re in pretty good shape financially. A dues letter for 2006/2007 will go out in September.
Doug noted that Michael Uhl’s article about the Brunswick march, in the National VFP newsletter, was very well written. Michael Uhl, editor of the national newsletter, distributed some issues.
Upcoming events: July 4th parade in Bath. VFP not officially entered. Those members wishing to march may march with PeaceWorks. They will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Four tabling events are coming up.
We need to think about what to put on the tables.
New England Summit Meeting. July 28th—July 30th. To be held in Vermont — organized by Dan DeWalt of Newfane, Vermont, who was instrumental in his town passing a resolution calling for the impeachment of George Bush. July 28th & 29th will be spent in a strategizing session discussing impeachment and bringing the troops home now. On July 30th there will be a rally with Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan. It was agreed that up to 4 members from VFP Chapter 001 could go, with each being reimbursed $50 for expenses. Dud is planning to go & would like 3 other members to join him. Please contact Dud and let him know if you’re interested..
Michael suggested that at future events we also talk about depleted uranium and the PTSD issue as they have continuing effects on populations and soldiers from war. Doug stated that Kim Hawkins is a good source of information on depleted uranium and mandatory testing. We should get her to speak at one of our monthly meetings.
Dud stated that Deer Isle is looking into passing a resolution calling for the impeachment of George Bush.
Bob Lezer stated that in the upcoming legislative session there should be a strong effort to pass resolutions, preferably legislation calling for the return of all National Guard troops from Iraq, and another piece of legislation setting limits on the deployment of the National Guard in the future. The membership could be asked to contact their legislators prior to the upcoming legislative session in January.
Doug said he wants to hold a November retreat.
Maine Principals’ Association—We agreed to have a 1/4 page ad in the Sept edition. Cost of $210. Moved by Dud, seconded by Bob—approved. Suggested ad might say “Have you given your students a chance to opt out?” If you have any ideas, contact Doug immediately. Ad copy needs to be in by early August in order to have the ad appear in the September issue. We will also try to get a table at the Principals’ convention held at the Samoset in 2007.
Jack Bussell’s letter to Maine School principals concerning the use of National Guard troops to conduct drug programs at Maine middle schools was read. We agreed that Jack was right on target with his initiative. Great job, Jack.
Question was asked if the Maine National Guard was going to be doing border duty. Richard thought they were. Susan and Bill Leonard thought that Homeland Security was supposed to secure the Northern border from New York through Maine.
Stan passed out an article entitled “A Primer on PTSD” by Mark Levy.
Michael Uhl reported on his month long trip to Italy, sponsored by the Italian organization— A Bridge to Baghdad, who have had 2 of its members kidnapped. He spoke with both American and Italian audiences and was asked to write an article. Michael noted that there is no concept of veterans in Europe. Veterans groups seem to be a United States phenomenon.
Peter Buotte, a new member, gave out CD’s containing interviews, to VFP Chapter 001 president, secretary and treasurer.
George Goodwin of Boothbay had a great letter to the editor published in the BoothBay Register on June 15th. Tom read the letter, which responded to criticism of Veteran for Peace participating in the Memorial Day Parade in Brunswick.
Jim Nesbit, a guest, presented information on a DVD discussing the 9/11 scandal with a call to reopen the 9/11 investigation, at the end of this meeting. He suggested we have information about 9/11 on the table at Social Forum.
Next meeting will be on August 31st in Lewiston.