Tampa Bay Veterans for Peace Chapter 119

All about our events, meetings, vigils and happenings in the local Tampa Bay area.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Upcoming Meeting Dates and Camp Casey Vigils--ALL ARE WELCOME!

Hi to those Waging Peace:

Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his last inaugural address in 1945..."If you want friends .... you have to be one!" You can show your friendship to many at the next Camp Casey Cornering Vigil on November 7th from 4:30PM to 6 PM /dusk at 4th St North and Gandy Blvd .

Show motorists you are a friend when they are traveling home to Hillsborough and
Pinellas Counties. Show our right to dissent in a friendly manner with our message in Hating War!

Veterans For Peace has elected at the last meeting to observe Camp Casey once a month and observe it on the first Monday of the month.

After our monthly effort is our monthly meeting will be held at Panera Bread located at 1908 4th St N from 6:30 to 9 PM.

The next Camp Casey and meetings will be held the same time on December 5th and Jan 2nd with meetings at the Feather Sound Panera Bread.

We can share viewpoints with friends who witnessed the horror of war to friends
who object to all war.... Lets be Friends..


Jay Alexander
VFP Veterans For Peace
Tampa Bay Chapter 119

Sunday, October 16, 2005

COUNTER-RECRUITMENT--"National Stand Down Day" Discussing a local event for this date!

"National Stand Down Day"
End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at
Recruiting Stations Across the Country

November 18, 2005

Young Americans sign on to go into harm's way to defend their country
if necessary, but instead they are being turned into harm's ministers
in a war that has claimed more then 100,000 Iraqi lives and nearly
2,000 Americans. The President and Congress have breached a sacred
trust with our soldiers and abused their oath to defend the
Constitution by leading young Americans to kill and die in a war based
on lies.

As the Bush Administration refuses to make plans to bring our troops
home, join us for "National Stand Down Day," as we halt the machinery
that takes young Americans off to this illegal and endless war in Iraq.

We welcome, and will provide coordination and support as possible, for
all manner of protests and demonstrations at recruiting centers. We
want to especially encourage and assist nonviolent resistance actions,
such as civil resistance or civil disobedience. As we recognize and
support soldiers who take great risks to refuse fighting in this
unjust war, so it is our moral responsibility to share that risk to
the extent that we can, by preventing even more young Americans from
being placed in such jeopardy – particularly in light of the lies and
abusive practices being used in the recruiting process.

Our violation of these unjust practices is undertaken in a spirit of
nonviolence and love, with compassion and respect for all we
encounter. But our nonviolence will not be mistaken for lack of
resolve: we cannot stand by while our schools and communities are
militarized by the "No Child Left Behind Act," or as potential
recruits are deceived by clauses that allow the armed forces to
disregard the terms of their contract.

This call is also made in support of the "National `Not Your Soldier'
Youth and Student Day of Action" call for a youth and student led counter-recruitment day of action on Thursday, November 17. We encourage everyone who will
participate in National Stand Down Day on November 18 to support the
efforts of local students as well - you can find out more by going to


Please join us as we say NO the war in Iraq, and NO to the recruitment
of our fellow Americans into this war.

If you are interested in joining this nationally coordinated day of
nonviolent action to end the war, please contact us at http://www.iraqpledge.org

National Stand Down Day is a project of the Iraq Pledge of
Resistance's National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.

Endorsers (list in formation):
Code Pink Women for Peace
National Call for Nonviolent Resistance
Progressive Democrats of America
Iraq Pledge of Resistance

Pete Perry

"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace."

UPCOMING EVENTS and Discussion Topics--(all are being FINALIZED)

*National Candlelight Vigil
Tentative Location for vigil for the Tampa Bay Region for the
National Candlelight Vigil when the KIA body count reaches 2,000 in Iraq
Bayshore and Bay to Bay Blvd Candle light Vigil 7 -8 pm

*Call for dates for a board/membership meeting in late October or early November

*Need volunteers for http://www.circusmcgurkis.org/ on Oct 29

*Nov 10 - Radio Talk shows for Veteran's Day

8 AM American AM - Host Henry Raines - Veterans Speak Out - Tentative guests Tampa Bay VFP and Srgt Massey USMC Iraq Vet and author.

1:05 PM Host Rob Lorei- Radioactivity Show on WMNF 88.5 FM
Show topic Veterans Speak Out on Issues confronting our Nation in a time of War and announcing events occurring locally and across the state and nation.

*Nov 11 - Veterans' Day (formerly Armistice Day) November 11, is the anniversary of the Armistice which was signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I, after four years of conflict.

Observances in St Petersburg in the AM Tampa in the PM

*Williams Park 11 AM Sharp to 12 Noon.
Attending will be guest speakers from the invocations of our religious leaders, elected officials and Veterans of WW2 though Iraq War on the topic of honoring Veterans. Also will include singing and recitation of the fallen Floridians in Iraq and Afghanistan with a moveable memorial to the fallen.

*Bayshore and Bay to Bay Blvd Candle light Vigil - Tampa 6 - 8 PM
Invocation, local elected officials and active duty military to participate with public in candlelight vigil on the Shoreline sidewalk. Bring a candle or flashlight...this may be location for vigil for Tampa Bay for the National Candlelight Vigil when the KIA body count reaches 2,000 in Iraq

*Camp Casey Monday NOV 14th at 4:30 to 5:30 PM

*Counter-Recruitment "National Stand Down Day" on November 18, 2005
(See next post on this blog!)

*SOA 18 to 20 Nov SOA(School of the America's) - Ft Benning - save on gas lets take a bus or van and share a room.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Chapter 119 TBVFP - Monthly Membership Meeting 10/10/05

Chapter 119 TBVFP - Monthly Membership Meeting

Monthly Membership Meeting
Of Chapter 119
Tampa Bay Veterans For Peace

October 10 “Columbus Day”
at 7-9 PM

Panera Bread
2285 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FLA 33762
Look for VFP Flag in meeting Room!

This meeting will follow the Camp Casey Vigil at 4th and Gandy Blvd from 5 to 6:30 pm. We will open with introductions and briefly share with us your peace activities over the summer. Everyone is asked to be involved in upcoming events from Direct Actions as vigils to counter recruiting - training for Counseling for the GI Hotline - Circus Magurkis, Armistice Day/Veterans Day Observance – SOA at Ft Benning,
and more as time permits

Bring along a friend especially an Iraq War Vet!

Thanks for your support of the TBVFP & TBSAC Camp Casey Vigil at 4th and Gandy Blvd at 5 to 6:30 pm.

Agenda will be given at the meeting.

Points of Contact--call for more information!
Jesse Kern 727-823-8346 trabahocfjc@yahoo.com
Jay Alexander 727-527-3996 jayalexus@yahoo.com
Dwight Lawton 727-864-1535 dlawton2@tampabay.rr.com
D. K. Hedding 813-600-5654 debrakay@tampabay.rr.com