Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace and inform the public of the true causes and the enormous costs of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.
The Golden Rule Project is a project of Veterans for Peace Chapter 22, based in the Humboldt Bay region of California. The Golden Rule Project gained VFP national project status in January of 2012. Since then, we have received many letters and resolutions of support from VFP chapters across the country, including a letter from former VFP president Elliott Adams.
Letter of Support from VFP President Elliott Adams January 27, 2012
We may feel the hope of the Occupy Movement, but we cannot forget that we now have the largest military budget in the history of the world. And, when we have 8,500 nuclear weapons stock piled (each one of which is many times larger than the Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima and each of which is a threat to human life), our country is restarting the nuclear weapons development and manufacturing process. Yet, any level of reason or sanity, not to mention world treaties signed by 133 nations, demand that we be dissembling weapons not building them. And, all rational thinking says we should abolish war, for the good of mankind, for the good of our little blue planet.
It is obvious this a time when we must increase our out reach and organizing against nuclear weapons and against war to save our country from her own suicidal tendencies. The Golden Rule will be a powerful out reach effort. She will be a curiosity where ever she is, many people are attracted to boats, her story is an inspiration to all of us, she will attracted local media attention and all of that will be used to deliver the message of peace and motivate people to work for peace.
Until the Golden Rule Project started I had no idea of the potential outreach a boat could have. She will be able to sail and potentially reach every port on the West Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the East Coast. But there is also the Mississippi River system, which reaches North to Minnesota, East to Pennsylvania and Tennessee, West to Kansas and Oklahoma. And then there is the Hudson River connecting to all the ports in the Great Lakes.
We live in a moment of time when we need to think of new ways to outreach with the message of peace, and that Golden Rule fits that need. Let me know what I can do to support your work.
Elliott DS Adams
Veterans For Peace