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The Golden Rule will be moored in San Diego for the winter. Please check back for event updates. 

Attend our February fundraising event in Newport Beach!


Project Manager Helen Jaccard just returned from a trip to Japan! Reports of the trip are forthcoming! Many people in Japan have asked for a copy of her PowerPoint presentation in Japanese, so here it is.


Nuclear News

On December 11, 2017 International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Watch the full video to see Executive Director Beatrice Fihn and Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN.



2017 Voyage and Educational Stops

High winds and rough seas delayed her departure from her home port in Humboldt Bay, but the Golden Rule successfully navigated Fort Bragg, Bodega Bay/Santa Rosa, Berkeley, San Francisco, Morro Bay, Monterey, Marina del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach and is now in San Diego.


Download our December 2017 Newsletter to read more about our successful journey!



In the newsletter you can also read about the Golden Rule’s reunion with her sister sailboat the Phoenix of Hiroshima after 59 years


Watch a video of the reunion, made by film maker Brian Cowden.


Peace Action Camps

New Program! “Peace Action Camps!”   This is a chance for veterans, youth, women and others to join together to learn to sail, learn the principles of non-violent direct action, participate in an action planned during the camp, and learn about nuclear issues today.  It will be a lot of fun and you might be chosen for future crew!


Our first camp, from June 21 – 28 in San Francisco Bay was a huge success and bodes very well for future efforts. We had six participants (12 counting crew and shore support). Four were VFP members, three of whom came from Tucson. They were accompanied by two young adults who are both involved with the Tucson-based Nonviolence Legacy Project.


We are hoping to plan future camps in San Diego.


Contact Jim Summers,, for more information or fill out an application and return it to



Speaking Engagements

Speakers are available to talk with your group or the media about the Golden Rule and nuclear issues.  Please call Helen Jaccard, 206-992-6364 to make arrangements.


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Help the original nuclear protest boat and support her mission to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. There are several ways that you can help us complete our missions. Cash donations are the simplest way to help with our sailing seasons. You can donate via PayPal by clicking the button below or donate by check to:

VFP Golden Rule Project
P.O. Box 87
Samoa, CA 95564







We aim to advance Veterans For Peace opposition to nuclear weapons and war, and to do so in a dramatic fashion.


We have recovered and restored the original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and which inspired the many peace makers and peace ships that followed.


The reborn Golden Rule is sailing once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.


The Golden Rule crew spreads the word about the continuing dangers of nuclear power, and the poisoning of the air, water and soil from the entire nuclear cycle, from uranium mining to the disposal of nuclear waste.


“We gave a platform to local activists who are concerned about threats to the environment from proposed coal and natural liquid gas ports throughout the Northwest,” said Helen Jaccard. “Veterans For Peace is also very concerned about the militarization of Washington state, where the Navy is conducting widespread electronic war games on the Olympic Peninsula and even invading Seattle city parks.”


We are so thankful for our many supporters.

Humboldt Bay VFP Chapter 56 recently donated over $3,000 to purchase a 6-person inflatable lifeboat for the Golden Rule.  Greater Seattle VFP Chapter 92 recently donated $500, and is planning to donate more in the future.  San Diego VFP Chapter 93 continues with its monthly sustained donations of $100.  The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, located next to the Bangor Trident Submarine Base on the Hood Canal near Poulsbo, 25 miles west of Seattle, has donated $1,000 for the Golden Rule’s visit to the Puget Sound.


“There is lots of excitement and many people are stepping up to help make the Golden Rule voyages successful,” said Helen Jaccard, Golden Rule Project Manager.



The VFP Golden Rule Project is accepting applications for captains and crew.  The Crew Selection Committee will begin meeting in April.  If you are interested in joining the crew to San Diego or on the Gulf Coast, whether for a week or a month, please let us know.  Experience is preferred, but intrepid novices may also apply by Downloading the Email Form or fill out the online form.



Event Volunteers Needed

With many educational stops, we need a lot of help, all hands on deck and there are many roles to play!

Organizers, authors, public speakers, a web master, photographers, videographers will all be needed and appreciated.


If you live on the coast of California, we also need help to organize events and seed money for each stop.  To volunteer, please contact Helen Jaccard at 206-992-6364 or send an email to