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Book Review: Global Security System-An Alternative to War

                                                BOOK REVIEW

Title: A Global Security System-An Alternative to War Authors: The Staff of World Beyond War and Members of its Coordinating Committee

Reviewed by: Randy Converse, member of Chapter 25, Veterans for Peace

This book describes the “nuts and bolts of a concrete alternative to war as a means of conflict resolution and the mechanisms to create a culture of peace to support such an alternative system. The sections that I feel are the most intriguing are:

Demilitarizing Security

Managing International and Civil Conflicts

Creating a Culture of Peace

Managing international and civil conflicts

In the Demilitarizing Security section, the authors suggest the ultimate form of national defense would be a nonviolent civilian defense force. This force would deter attacks by engaging in a variety of nonviolent tactics to make our country more resistant to rule by aggressors. A first step toward such a force would be to have a truly non-provocative defensive military posture. Such a posture would eliminate long-range weapons such as intercontinental ballistic missiles and militarized drones and phase out overseas military bases.

The section titled Managing International and Civil Conflicts includes ideas on creating nonviolent peacekeeping forces, reforming the UN, strengthening the International Court of Justice, and working toward a stable, fair, and sustainable global economy.

In Creating a Culture of Peace, suggestions are given on how to debunk war myths (i.e. war is inevitable and World War II was a “good war”). The importance of funding peace education projects is stressed. An example of a successful education project of the Chapter 25 Veteran’s for Peace is a scholarship program for high school youth that is based on an essay “Why war is not the answer”.

A Global Security System: An Alternative to War is a concise and quite readable section. It gives a detailed blueprint to present in outreach efforts when people say, ”War is horrible, but what’s the alternative?”

Read A Global Security System: An Alternative to War Free Online here.

View or download full PDF version.

First Edition from 2015 is here in multiple formats.

 

Chapter 25 Awarded $1000 from Old National Bank Favorite Charity Contest

On Wednesday, June 14 Chapter 25 VFP was presented with a $1,000.00 check from Old National Bank in Madison, WI. The check was awarded as part of their “Vote for Your Favorite Charity” program.  Congratulations Chapter 25 members! For a little over a month you got online every day and placed your vote for peace.  Pictured is Chapter Coordinator Fran Wiedenhoeft.  Photo by Chapter Treasurer Paul McMahon.

Chapter 25 Member’s Art on Display at The Highground Thru August

June—Aug. 2017— Long Shadow: Memories of Vietnam The series consists of six mural-sized acrylic paintings on canvas based on memories and photos David Giffey took as a combat journalist with the Army 1st Infantry Division during the war in Vietnam. Other photographs and captions accompany the exhibit.

The Long Shadow series of paintings and photos by David Giffey, member of Chapter 25 Veterans for Peace, will be exhibited through August 30, 2017, at The Highground veterans’ memorial park, Neillsville, Wisconsin. Giffey also designed the dove mound earth sculpture built at The Highground in 1989.

The first of six mural-sized paintings in the Long Shadow exhibit is shown in the Learning Center building at The Highground. The six paintings are 8 feet x 6 feet,
and are accompanied by photos taken by David Giffey as a U.S. Army combat journalist with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1965-66. The paintings were
completed between 1991 to 2013.

The Highground is placed in the center of the State of Wisconsin so that the location is a days trip away from any location in the state.  Please view the directions for the best way to get to us.  Please note that if you were using a GPS we strongly encourage you to follow our route as the GPS unit will want to take you down a different path. See this page on their website for directions.

Memorial Day Peace Rally and Memorial Mile Exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Veterans for Peace of Madison will pay dramatic attention to the human cost of violent wars waged for most of the 21st Century in Afghanistan and Iraq with the unveiling May 27, of the Memorial Mile along Atwood Avenue at Olbrich Park; and a Memorial Day Peace Rally beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, May 29, at the Gates of Heaven building in James Madison Park.

“The Current Fight Against Fascism” will be the topic of guest speaker Matt Rothschild during the peace rally program, which will include an invocation by priest, former police chief, and Veterans for Peace (VFP) member David Couper. Student scholarship winners will be noted, the band Old Cool will perform, and bagpipe dirges will end the Peace Rally program at the historic stone building, 302 E. Gorham.

Author and commentator Rothschild is executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, and former editor and publisher of The Progressive magazine. “Clarence Kailin dedicated his life to fighting fascism,” Rothschild said announcing his topic. “Now the specter of fascism is upon us again, and we must fight it again.”

Clarence Kailin died in 2009 at age 95. He was a founding member and the namesake of VFP Chapter 25 in Madison. Kailin was among 2,800 American volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought Italian and German Fascists during the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. A memorial marker to Wisconsin veterans of the fight against fascism is located near the Gates of Heaven building. Kailin was a lifelong advocate for world peace, saying he saw enough of the horrors of war in Spain. The VFP rally will end as red carnations are placed at the Lincoln Brigade marker while Sean Michael Dargan plays music on the bagpipe.

Deceased members of VFP Chapter 25 will be acknowledged during the program. Also honored will be students from area high schools who wrote winning essays in the chapter’s ongoing scholarship program. Senior students in Madison and Southwestern Wisconsin schools are invited annually to enter the essay contest named after the late Dr. James C. Allen, a long-time Madison peace activist. The essay topic is: “Why I Believe War Is Not the Answer.” This year, more than 30 essays were submitted in the contest.

Beginning two days before the May 29 program, VFP members and volunteers will install a week-long “Memorial Mile” display of more than 6,000 simulated grave markers bringing attention to U.S. deaths in the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Memorial Mile display—May 27 to June 3—will be located along Atwood Avenue near Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Motorists and pedestrians are welcome to examine the display and receive information available at the site. The May 29 peace rally is also free and open to the public.

(Note: For more information please contact David Giffey at 608-753-2199. A photo of guest speaker Matthew Rothschild is attached to this message).