Elliott Adams, President of the National Veterans for Peace, will visit Des Moines to officially recognize newly formed Des Moines Veterans for Peace Chapter 163.
Schedule of events:
Brief 10 to 15 minute. news conference north entrance of the Federal building in DM at 210 Walnut St.
Elliott Adams, Pres. of the Nat'l VFP and Ed Flaherty , Pres. of the IA VFP will talk and answer any questions. After the news conference the Vets and their friends will deliver the below VFP petition to Senators Harkin & Grassley's DM offices in the Fed building
"We, the undersigned, support: Withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, beginning NOW at the rate of at least 8000 per month, with all US troops out by 12-31-2011. A swift withdrawal of US armed forces and military contractors from. Afghanistan, which must include a significant,sizable reduction by July,2011. An immediate freeze of the base Pentagon budget at 2008 levels. And an audit of the Department of Defense(which would be the first ever)"
Proceed to the Vietnam War Memorial, Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines for the official presentation and recognition by Elliot Admans, Pres.
of the Nat'l VFP of the newly formed Des Moines VFP Chapter 163.
Lunch and social at the Dingman Catholic Worker Hosue, 1310 7th St DM IA
For more info contact:
Ed Flaherty - IA VFP
Gil Landolt - DM VFP
Bio on President of Veterans for Peace - Elliott Adams
Elliott Adams was a paratrooper in the infantry serving in Viet Nam, Japan, Korea, and Alaska.
Elliott has been active in Veterans For Peace, his local Chapter (#10, Albany, NY) as well as regionally and nationally. He’s worked with IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War). He was president of Veterans for Peace previously, in 2007 & 2008, and was again elected president earlier this year. A resident of Sharon Springs, NY. He has served his local community in a variety of capacities such as: President of the School Board, Mayor, Committee Chair of BSA Explorer Post 17, President of Rotary, Master of the Masonic Lodge.
Elliott left politics to become an activist. Attending untold numbers of demonstrations, working at many levels, from stapling signs to doing logistics and organizing work for United For Peace and Justice and the War Resisters League, School Of Americas Watch, Peace Has No Borders, Veterans For Peace and many other organizations, at events across the country.
Elliott moved from being a soldier to a nonviolent warrior. He is Nonviolent Training Coordinator for Veterans For Peace, and a nonviolence trainer for the Fellowship of Reconciliation and on their CCP Leadership Team. He has also done nonviolence and social movement trainings for School of Americas Watch, Peacemakers of Schoharie, Student Environmental Action Coalition, War Resistors League, and other groups.
He is a descendant of American Revolutionary Sam Adams.
In 2007, he said, "While the dark cloak of war wraps around us we see them, once again, using war and fear mongering to steal away our rights, killing our brothers and sisters, and robbing the wealth of the nation. We, Veterans For Peace, must stand at the forefront of the defense of the true principles of this nation. We must stand together and stand strong. "
For more info contact:
Elliott Adams, President, Veterans For Peace PO Box 195, Sharon springs, NY 13459
Web page: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/