JULY 2019

new Drop The M.I.C. (Military Industrial Complex) Campaign

July 19-21

The National #DropTheMIC Tour is coming to Los Angeles.
Join grassroots organizations for community events, training and more!

ABOUT FACE: Veterans Against The War, is hosting their Drop The M.I.C.
(Military Industrial Complex) Campaign in Los Angeles from July 19-21.
Drop the M.I.C. is a national campaign About Face is building to weaken or dismantle the M.I.C.
About Face: Veterans Against The War views the campaign as a vehicle for building momentum
for a broader anti-militarism movement and the capacity of our
direct members to be leaders in that movement.

Events will be held in conjunction with local activist groups such as
Veterans for Peace, L.A.C.A.N., Ground Game Los Angeles,
MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
About Face: Iraq Veterans Against The War and ANSWER Coalition.

For each of the 3 Day Events, please visit the event Facebook page

Drop The M.I.C. Events

Friday, July 19th - Drop The M.I.C. Forum
at ANSWER Coalition Offices –
2936 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles 90005
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Saturday, July 20th - Dropping The M.I.C.!
Militarism 101: Interactive Teach-In
at Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN)
at 838 E. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Register Here: LA #DropTheMIC Tour Organizing Training

Saturday, July 20th - Demilitarize the Dance Floor!!
Evening of Art and Music at LACAN Rooftop
838 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles 90012
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 21st - Youth Opting Out of War
a Community Accessible Art Event at Santa Monica Beach
Art and Poetry at the Beach -
Silk Screening ~ Make Art Not War ~ Rap
at the Arlington West Santa Monica Memorial
(sponsored by Veterans For Peace Los Angeles) north side of Santa Monica Pier
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(wheelchair accessible via Bubba Gump Restaurant elevator down to beach level
or via the beach level area public parking lot)

Sponsors: About Face: Iraq Veterans Against The War, Answer LA,
Ground Game, Military Families Speak Out and Veterans For Peace LA

for further information, contact Kathleen Hernandez at: 310-339-1770


“The point of public relations slogans like ‘Support our troops’ is that they don't mean anything. That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn't mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean anything: Do you support our policy? That's the one you're not allowed to talk about.” ~Noam Chomsky

Veterans For Peace Statement of Purpose

We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others:

  • To increasing public awareness of the costs of war.
  • To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
  • To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
  • To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
  • To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.


You do not need to be a veteran in order to join Veterans For Peace, nor do you need to be a member of Veterans For Peace in order to volunteer on the Arlington West project. We do, however, invite all who embrace our vision and Statement of Purpose to join us.

If you're a veteran or are currently serving on active duty, active or inactive Reserves, you might consider joining Veterans For Peace. If you are on active duty, there is nothing in the regulations that prohibit your voluntary membership in this organization. For more information on your rights under the UCMJ, see our Active Duty Resources page here. Just because you signed that bottom line doesn't mean you gave up all the rights you would otherwise be entitled to if you were not in the military.

If you are NOT a veteran, you can join Veterans For Peace by becoming an Associate Member. Simply follow Step 1 below, fill out the application, and send that along with your Associate Member contribution to the national Veterans For Peace mailing address shown below. You may also join online by going to the national Veterans For Peace web site.

Follow steps 1-3 below to become a member of Veterans For Peace:

Step 1: Download the VFP Membership application here. Acrobat Reader

Step 2: A copy of your DD-214 is required for membership.


Don't have a copy of your military discharge documents?
Please visit the National Personnel Records Center web site here to obtain one.

Step 3: Send your VFP Membership application along with a copy of your DD-214 military discharge paper or proof of active duty service via regular mail to the national office of Veterans For Peace along or send it to our local office and we'll send it for you.

All Veterans for Peace Local Chapters are joined through the national office at:

National Veterans For Peace Office & Web Site

Veterans For Peace
216 South Meramec Ave
St. Louis MO 63105

Tel: (314) 725-6005
FAX (314) 725-7103
Web site:

Find local VFP Chapters in your city or State here: VFP Chapters

Be sure to visit our brothers and sisters over at Iraq Veterans Against the

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