Armistice [aka Veterans] Day 2016 -- Two Veterans for Peace Events
First, a note: Veterans for Peace as a National Organization strongly supports observing November 11th as ARMISTICE DAY, a day for a solemn remembrance of ALL victims of war, not just veterans. That being said, as usual, VFP members and supporters are strongly encouraged to walk in the Santa Fe parade.
In addition, that evening VFP Santa Fe will be hosting a special showing at CCA of Steve Jimenez's Emmy-winner, "Yearbook: The Class of 1965." This moving film tells the story of the Class of ’65 at Edison High School, the high school class that lost more graduates — 66 KIA — than any other in the United States.
Details of both of these events will be posted in the near future.
Craig Barnes: The Vietnam War
The Vietnam war was the best we ever had.
How many times, before, did we die and say, great, great, great?
But this time we died and said,
What was that?
Who's idea was that?
Ronald Reagan was disappointed that it went so badly
And he came to tell us that we could still stand tall.
In El Salvador. In Nicaragua. In Grenada.
Lots of possibilities.
But we didn't buy it because we had been to Vietnam and back.
All the boys that watched body parts fly past, or lay in the mud and learned to soak their pain,
These boys were men as Ronald Reagan never was,
Nor could be
Because for them
War was not on horseback
Against a noble savage.
And there was no dressing room to wash off
And have a drink before tomorrow's shooting.
Nobody died like that in the Second War.
At Dunkirk, at Normandy, at El Alamein;
They fell and went to the hall of heroes to live forever.
But Jane and John Doe died in Vietnam.
Thanks, we said,
We will remember. But we didn't,
And we don't.
Years go by and I don't think once of Jane and John.
Vietnam was the first time we learned that war is
Just about death.
It's not about Indians.
It's not about the flag, or democracy;
It's about blood in the mud.
They could have told Caesar;
They could have told Attila;
They could have told Charlemagne or Louis XIV,
Or Kaiser Wilhelm.
But they never did until
"One, two, three, four,
We don't want your fucking war,"
Came ringing, swelling, singing up from the mud,
Up from the cocaine,
Up from the men no longer boys,
Up from the shadows of Antietam,
From the plains of Waterloo,
From the Ardennes,
From the bones sunk in the mud under the
Shattered galleys that Antony left behind
When he went home early in the afternoon to lie
Ghosts of nameless millions torn asunder by wars
Came together for one, brief shining moment when—
One time in the 1960s—
The People said no to war.
Vietnam was our best war because
The People ended it.
HEALING THE HEART
THE BEAT OF THE DRUM
For many of us, our hearts have been closed or broken for so long. We have lost touch; and we have lost our connection to the Earth. When this happens, we abuse, destroy and take all that Mother Earth has so readily given to us, until one day she has nothing more to give.
For many years, I was a part of that scenerio, until I became very ill. As I began my personal journey to heal my body and my spirit, I moved to New Mexico. One of the first people I met almost 10 years ago was Arnold Herrera, master drum maker from Cochiti Pueblo. The drums that he has created for more than 40 years come from what the Earth has to offer to him. Drum making is who he is and what he does with precision and love of his art form. Traditional drum making was passed on to him from his father and the ancestors who came before him. Today, Arnold and his three sons, Tim, Carlos and Tomas, keep that tradition alive as they make drums for people all over the world. The Herreras' estimate that they have created over 1500 drums in the last 40 years.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to learn how to make my own drum. It was a step by step process that took me over 2 months to complete. It took a lot of time and patience. It was an amazing experience to learn about the personality of each tree, as they all have their own personality, just as people do. Cow hides had to be soaked in the water, buried and scraped to remove the hair from the hide. Each part of a hide will give a certain sound and the drum maker needs to use just the right part of the hide to match with the diameter of the wood. In learning about my relationship to facets of our environment, I was able to anchor my heart back into the Earth and begin to heal the wounds of my past in a way that I never thought was possible.
I listened to Arnold's stories, his singing and drumming as we began my new adventure. As a young boy, Arnold watched his Dad closely and listened to
all that his father had to share with him concerning the process of creating a
drum. Many stories, prayers and songs were shared with him as he and his Dad made drums together.
The drum maker is looking for a certain sound when the drum is brought to life. This involves the log that has been selected; the width and length of that log. When the trunks are selected, before cutting them into logs, the Herreras' are looking for trees that are dead, but still leaning, not completely on the ground and with as few cracks as possible. These trees typically grow above 8000 feet in the mountains. Ideally, a tree that has begun to rot is preferred with at least 2-3 inches of solid wood on the outside. The Herreras' use Narrow-Leaf Cottonwood or Aspen. They prefer Aspen, as it tends to be a lighter wood. Carlos commented to his Dad when he was only 13 years old that “most people see dead trees as firewood when they look into a forest, but us drum makers see drums.” Arnold and his sons know that these logs will be given new life that can last for 100 years or more. The drum becomes whole and makes the sound of the healing heart beat of Mother Earth.
Once the trees are brought to the Herreras' home, they are worked on right away, because the area that they came from was a lot more humid, so they will begin to crack quickly in a dryer environment. The wood is stripped of its bark by using an original tool, made by Arnold's Dad, Jim, more than 70 years ago. Typically there are three styles of drums, Plains, Pueblo or solo and each will give a different sound based on the log's width and height plus the thickness of the hide. There are also smaller drums that can be made for children.
Chiseling out the inside with a mallet and chisel is the next step in the process, working from the middle outward towards the edge of the wood from both ends of the log. Next, another original ancestral tool is used, a long handled chisel, for the purpose of smoothing the inside of the log to remove any slivers that remain.
This gives the finished drum the clear, clean sound that the drum maker wishes to achieve. The outside edges of the wooden frame are now filed and sandpapered to make a smooth surface to receive the hide that will now be placed on the drum head. The hollowed out log, when placed on its side, will seek the position that it wants to rest on so that it won't roll. Arnold then knows where the handles will be on the wood. It reminded me of how I look for that balance in my own life. There are lessons in all of nature if we just pay attention. At the time I made my drum, I was going through a difficult time with some losses in my life. Moving my grief into the wood as I chiseled for hours, moved that sorrow out of me and into the wood to assist me in the healing of those wounds.
The wooden hull is now marked where the rawhide and lacing will be when it dries so that the hide will fit tightly against the wood. Meanwhile, the hides have been prepared in the traditional manner, as the Herreras' will not use commercial rawhide due to the hides chemical preparation. Now it is time to wet, cut and stretch the hides over the drums. It takes Arnold and his sons all day, working together to accomplish this massive feat. In one week-end, they prepared 21 drums, working from morning to sundown. Each had their part and they worked as a team. It was hard work, but they did it all with joy and laughter. This is an example of community and what happens when we all come together. No one person can do alone, what we can do together.
The drum, complete with its new drum head is put outside to dry and carefully watched for as long as up to 2 weeks. Now the fun part for me was to put color on the drums. The calmness and the love I felt for this beautiful creation, gave me peace and a sense of completeness. How wonderful to see what I had accomplished (of course, with a lot of help).
Now the drum needs a drum beater. Arnold sews the casing out of suede and then carefully stuffs it with wool or maybe other materials. There are 3 sizes used, based on the side of the drum. He carefully wraps the beater with a cord to keep the wool safely inside the casing. Now it is time to make music. My drum now sits in my living room and every time I look at it or play it, a smile comes to my lips that warms my heart.
We all have highs and lows; joys and sorrows and we walk through life the very best we know how. However, if we can find a way to walk or even dance through life, I believe that making your own drum can soothe the body mind and spirit as we drum to the rhythm of Mother Earth and honor her for all that she gives to us. At the completion of my my drum making, I realize that I had experienced a non-threatening type of therapy by using my hands and opening my heart to what the Creator has provided for us.
For information on Healing through drum making workshops, contact the Herrera website at www.Herreradrums.com or call 505-473-4352.
|Craig Barnes http://www.craig-barnes.com/ is a former civil rights attorney, author, playwright, co-founder of the Beyond War movement. He has a weekly radio program on the Santa Fe public radio station - KSFR. Ken Mayers was his featured guest on July 16, 2011, speaking about the Gaza Flotilla experience. The recording can be downloaded from the link to the right of this text and will also be included on Craig's website at a later date. The file is a 5mb+ MP3 file.|
Ken Mayers on "In These Times with Craig Barnes"
A resolution of the
city council of Santa Fe, NM calling upon the US
and President Obama to Bring Our War Dollars Home Now
Whereas, the economic
collapse has exhausted the financial resources at the
county, state and federal levels of the US; and
the US government since
2001 has spent well over 1 trillion
dollars nationally on the wars and
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In New Mexico over 3.5
dollars has gone to war spending and more than $145 million has been
from the city of Santa Fe to fund the wars and occupations, and
Whereas, more than
5,700 US troops have been killed, more than 40,000 wounded; and
Whereas, hundred’s of
thousands of civilians have been killed or wounded and the
warfare poses great and unnecessary harm to the nation of Iraq,
and Pakistan and elsewhere in the world; and
Whereas, billions of
tax payer’s money is spent to prop up repressive regimes in the Middle East and
elsewhere around the world; and
services, medical care, housing, other essential public
infrastructure repair, and family financing throughout
Mexico, especially in cities such as Santa Fe, have been diverted
a constructive economy to these wars and occupations, and
deficits, largely due to war spending, have been used as a
to force concessions from public sector unions from California
Wisconsin to New Mexico; and
Whereas, 2010 census
data shows that the poverty rating in New Mexico at 17.9% (nationally, the
poverty rating is 14.3%);
Therefore, be it
resolved that the city council of Santa Fe call upon the US
and President Obama to end the wars and occupations in Iraq
Afghanistan and bring our war dollars home now.
be it further resolved, that the city council of Santa Fe support
events regarding the cost of the wars and occupations to
Be it further resolved that
the city council of Santa Fe support the right
public sector unions and all other unions to collectively bargain
defend the interests of their members; and
further resolved, that the city council of Santa Fe urge residents
participate in national actions to
the wars and occupations and bring our war dollars home.
|Pride at the Railyard Map
DAVID BARSAMIAN AT CCA
Tuesday, June 9th 6pm
1050 Old Pecos Trail
The War Expands: Obama, Afghanistan and Pakistan
6 p.m. Tuesday, June 9
Suggested donation $5; reservations at 982-1338
What's really going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Why is U.S.
involvement rapidly escalating? Is our exit strategy from Iraq merely
send those troops to Afghanistan? Noted author and media scholar David
Barsamian reveals how, though the Obama administration no longer uses
the phrase "war on terror," it is waging one on the Afghanistan-
Pakistan border, doubling troop strength and greatly expanding attacks
on Pakistan that increasingly destabilize that impoverished country.
Throw in nukes, feudalism, an emboldened Taliban, a collapsing
infrastructure and you have a volatile cocktail that could explode in
Washington's face and undermine the Obama presidency. Is this the
change we can believe in?
David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of
Alternative Radio, the independent weekly series based in Boulder,
Colorado whose books include Targeting Iran, and What We Say Goes with
Noam Chomsky; Speaking of Empire & Resistance with Tariq Ali; Original
Zinn with Howard Zinn. His earlier books include The Checkbook and the
Cruise Missile with Arundhati Roy; Imperial Ambitions with Noam
Chomsky; Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire and The Decline and Fall of
Public Broadcasting. Barsamian lectures around the world on subjects
including U.S. foreign policy, corporate power, the media, and
propaganda. He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's
Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, the Rocky Mountain
Peace and Justice Award and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the
Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him
one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. In December 2007 he delivered the
prestigious Eqbal Ahmad lectures in Pakistan in Karachi, Islamabad,
Alternative Radio (http://www.alternativeradio.org) can be heard at 6
p.m. Saturdays on KUNM and 4 p.m. Sundays on KSFR.
David Barsamian, Director
Boulder, CO 80304 USA
303 444 8788
|49th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2009|
RELATING TO VETERANS; REQUESTING THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT A SCREENING PROGRAM FOR DEFENDENTS WHO HAVE SERVED IN COMBAT IN THE UNIFORMED SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
a. In the case of any person accused of a criminal offense who would otherwise be sentenced to county jail or state prison and who alleges that he or she committed the offense as a result of, or mitigated by circumstances directly related to, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, depression, or other psychological problems stemming from service in a combat theater while in service of the United States military, the court shall, prior to trial and sentencing, hold a hearing to determine whether the defendant is or was a member of the uniformed services of the United States who served in combat and shall further assess whether the defendant suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, depression, or other psychological problems resulting from that service.
b. If the court concludes that a defendant accused of a criminal offense is a person described in Section 1. a., it shall refer the case for treatment and placement of the defendant in a facility where appropriate treatment will be facilely provided.
c. If the defendant is otherwise eligible for probation and the court places the defendant on probation, the court may order the defendant into a local, state, federal, or private nonprofit treatment program for a period not to exceed that which the defendant would have served in state prison or county jail, provided the defendant agrees to participate in the program and the court determines that an appropriate treatment program exists.
d. If treatment services are ordered by the court, the county mental health agency shall coordinate appropriate referral of the defendant to the county veterans service officer. The county mental health agency shall not be responsible for providing services outside its traditional scope of services. An order shall be made referring a defendant to a county mental health agency only if that agency has agreed to accept responsibility for the treatment of the defendant.
e. When determining the sentencing of a defendant as described in section 1. a., the court shall give consideration to whether the defendant and society would be best served by the defendant being ordered into a treatment program or being ordered to be incarcerated.
f. A defendant granted probation under this section and committed to a residential treatment program shall earn sentence credits for the actual time the defendant served in residential treatment.
g. The court, in making an order to commit a defendant to an established treatment program, shall give preference to a treatment program that has a history of successfully treating combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or psychological problems as a result of that service.
h. These guidelines, if enacted may shall apply retroactively to all incarcerated persons, on a case by case basis, shown to have served in combat theaters in the uniformed services of the United States.
|SENATE MEMORIAL 74
49TH LEGISLATURE - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - FIRST SESSION, 2009
Eric G. Griego
REQUESTING THAT THREE AGENCIES COOPERATE TO STUDY THE
FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A NEW MEXICO VETERANS COURT.
WHEREAS, New Mexico is home to more than one hundred eighty thousand veterans, some ten thousand of them Native Americans, according to the veterans' services department; and
WHEREAS, most of those veterans have served during wartime, including almost forty thousand who served in Iraq or Afghanistan; and WHEREAS, military veterans in New Mexico have an estimated economic impact of more than one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000), according to the veterans' services
WHEREAS, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury from wartime engagement, substance abuse and psychological problems may be more common among combat veterans upon their
return home; and
WHEREAS, these problems may cause a formerly law-abiding veteran to commit infractions of the law; and
WHEREAS, some states and local communities have started veterans courts to divert veterans who commit crimes into programs directed at recovery from addictions, mental illness, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury; and
WHEREAS, many of the veterans courts result from concerns that the numbers of returning soldiers will only increase for some years to come; and
WHEREAS, a significant number of veterans courts involve job-placement services and psychological counseling as part of their jail-diversion programming; and
WHEREAS, the states and local communities with veterans courts have predicted that significant savings will result from diverting veterans from expensive incarceration to socially productive programs that will aid society as they aid veterans;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the administrative office of the courts, the veterans' services department and the department of military affairs commence a joint study of the feasibility of establishing a New Mexico veterans court, including an analysis
of projected caseloads and costs for the purpose of providing just and constructive interventions for United States combat veterans alleged to have broken the law when the alleged infraction is possibly related to traumatic brain injury or behavioral health issues; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the three agencies write a report and present it to the appropriate interim legislative committee by October 1, 2009; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the director of the administrative office of the courts, the secretary of veterans' services and the adjutant general of New Mexico.
New GI Bill !!!
In July 2008, Congress enacted a new GI Bill over President Bush's veto! Claims against the new GI Bill may be made by Post-911 veterans any time beginning on August 1, 2009. A two page fact sheet about the new bill can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF symbol in the frame to the right.
New GI Bill Fact Sheet
H. RES. 1045Recognizing the paramount need to address the threat of international terrorism
and protect the global security of the United States by reducing
the number and accessibility of nuclear weapons and preventing their
proliferation, and directing a portion of the resulting savings towards
child survival, hunger, and universal education, and calling on the President
to take action to achieve these goals.
The bill can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF symbol to the right ----->
Global Security Priorities Resolution
On the Plaza
Monday, May 26, 2008
Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial Installation
Series of 93 banners (900 feet) with the names, faces and
brief military biographies of those killed in these wars.
“Eyes Wide Open”
Military boots representing the New Mexico fallen and a collection of civilian shoes symbolizing the many deaths of Iraqis. A project of the American Friends Service Committee
2:00 Spiritual Perspectives with Interfaith Speakers at the Plaza Gazebo
Speakers from various faith communities with
brief reminders of the relevance of the day.
3:00 Solemn Procession from the Plaza
to the National Cemetery
To pay respects to the fallen
7:30 “Body of War”
Documentary of the human face of war. CCA, Old Pecos Trail
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace
Joan Duffy Chapter, Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe City Council Passes Resolution to End the Iraq War
CITY OF SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
RESOLUTION NO. 2007-______
INTRODUCED BY: MAYOR PRO TEM MIGUEL CHAVEZ
AND MAYOR DAVID COSS
CALLING FOR THE CITY COUNCIL TO PETITION
THE PRESIDENT AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ,
END THE OCCUPATION,
AND SAFELY BRING HOME ALL AMERICAN TROOPS
WHEREAS, the citizens of the City of Santa Fe and their local elected officials have the constitutional right to petition the federal government on matters of grave concern to our community; and
WHEREAS, Santa Fe is The City of Holy Faith, whose residents hold high the sanctity of human life; and
WHEREAS, war is not a humane or effective means of resolving international conflicts; it dehumanizes all people; it causes destruction and waste on an unprecedented scale; and it creates environmental and ecological devastation that takes decades if not centuries to correct; and
WHEREAS, the country and people of Iraq have at no time posed any threat to the United States or its citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Santa Fe City Council, on October 30, 2002, passed Resolution No. 2002-69 voicing its opposition to a preemptive attack on Iraq and urging the exhaustion of all diplomatic avenues in order to avert a war; and
WHEREAS, in February 2003 Virginia Miller, representing the City of Santa Fe, as part of a contingent of 160 Cities for Peace, went to New York City and Washington, D.C. to present Santa Fe’s Resolution opposing U.S. preemptive action against Iraq; and
WHEREAS, the federal government invaded Iraq in violation of the principles of the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the rule of international law, all of which the City of Santa Fe has affirmed and endorsed; and
WHEREAS, this use of military force will not provide Americans with the safety and security they need; and
WHEREAS, this senseless war has brought incalculable misery, death and destruction; and
WHEREAS, the war in Iraq, now in its fifth year, has caused the deaths of more than 3,500 U.S. service personnel and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis; the physical and psychological wounding and disabling of more than 25,000 U.S. service personnel and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis; the destruction of the homes, communities, and livelihoods of more than 1.7 million Iraqis; and the creation of more than 2 million Iraqi refugees; and
WHEREAS, the economic cost of this war now exceeds $450 billion (with estimates of the total cost exceeding $2 trillion), while the basic services of government in this country have been cut, limiting access to health care, education, housing, infrastructure needs, and public safety for our citizens; and
WHEREAS, according to the National Priorities Project, the funds spent by Santa Fe taxpayers alone on the war and occupation equal more than $56,200,000, which instead could have provided enough money for the hiring of 279 school teachers, OR 1,751 Head Start places for young children, OR 588 affordable housing units, OR 3,922 four-year scholarships at public universities, OR health care coverage for 4,167 people each year since the war began; and
WHEREAS, Santa Fe citizens have held many protests and local peace organizations and citizens have been demonstrating against the Iraq War every Friday at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive since August of 2002 urging the U.S. government to bring our troops home now; and
WHEREAS, with this resolution Santa Fe will join more than 255 other cities around the country that have passed similar resolutions; and
WHEREAS, this resolution is supported by the following Santa Fe organizations and religious leaders: Veterans for Peace, Peace Action New Mexico, People for Peace, the New Mexico Department of Peace Initiative, the Network of Spiritual Progressives, Women in Black, Cranes for Peace, the Los Alamos Peace Project, Pax Christi New Mexico, Code Pink, Sister Penny McMullen (Sisters of Loretto), the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church, the Forum Committee of the Unitarian Church, Deacon Anthony Trujillo (Guadalupe Church), Rabbi Malka Drucker, Father Richard Murphy, Father Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz (Santa María de la Paz Catholic Community), Santa Fe Friends Meeting (Quakers), Father John Dear, Azher Saleh (Board of Trustees of the Islamic Society of Northern New Mexico), New Mexico Conference of Churches,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF SANTA FE, that the City Council on behalf of the citizens of Santa Fe urges the United States government to immediately commence an orderly and rapid withdrawal of United States military personnel from Iraq; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the returning troops be ensured compensation and care including full mental and physical health care, education, housing, employment, and disability and rehabilitation benefits; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the financial resources used to prosecute the war be redirected to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable portions of our population in the areas of housing, health care, job creation, and education; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded immediately to George W. Bush, President of the United States, and all members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this _____ day of ____________, 2007.
___________________________ DAVID COSS, MAYOR
YOLANDA Y. VIGIL, CITY CLERK
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
FRANK KATZ, CITY ATTORNEY