Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

July 30, 2014

The Joys of Moving…

 

 

If there is some form of “joy” in moving, it is when everything is finally set and in place, something that has not yet happened with obr.fm our hosting radio station. Gremlins pop up and there always several glitches, but eventually, we get to be where we need to be.

encuentro5, (e5) is our host and where VFP Radio is part of a collective that serves the communities around us in various social scenarios so that we can help to ensure our communities are safer, better educated, cleaner and more cognitive of the services available to people from all walks of life. We don’t have all of the answers, but we have a lot of them and access where to get answers from. On the other side of the coin, we are always looking for groups that support the ideals we support.

Among these are:

Peace

Justice

Equality for all

Health Care

Actions that develop communities

Referrals for veterans to Home Base, (a post 9-11 veterans health program begun by the Boston Red Sox and Mass Gen Hosp)

Honest news locally, nationally and internationally

All things considered, we are a collective that truly cares about our communities and look forward to addressing the problems that affect so many.

The space we have acquired is on the first floor, 9A Hamilton Place, (directly across from the Park Street Church, the Orpheum Theater closes off  the block), half way down and we’re on the right. We have excellent space for meetings, speaking engagements, we’ll be showing films and have Q&A times. We can schedule people and groups in and you can find out more at:

www.encuentro5.org/

http://www.facebook.com/encuentro5

Come down and visit us, work with us and bring new ideas with you!

Veterans For Peace Radio is broadcast live, Monday evenings from 6-8 pm, except the second Monday of the month, where a pre-recorded show to cover for our VFP meetings. Everyone out there is welcome to come in and be on the show, and I have no problem with scheduling something, or going live from  anywhere there is an event. Everyone with a voice is welcome, I have but one rule, we do not advocate violence toward any person or entity; everything else is fair game.

If you want to be a guest just send me an e-mail with VFP Radio in the subject line at: rfunke12@msn.com

Peace,

Bob

July 28, 2014

VFP Radio Makes a Move! obr.fm 6-8 pm Monday, Eastern

 

We will be moving to 9A Hamilton Place, Boston, down by the (Orpheum Theater), 1 door down from where we were. We are acting under the MassGlobalAction coalition with various groups dedicated to Peace, Social Justice and a host of Progressive groups. The Area we have as a studio is in the back left corner and is an excellent spot for a radio station. The new home base has two major rooms, the first being an anteroom we can use for refreshments and a general meeting room. The second room is considerably larger and can be used for almost anything, comfortably fitting 40-50 people for events such as film showings, discussions, poetry readings and the like. It has a refrigerator and a kitchen, complete with a dishwasher. The short range plan is to broadcast from the new e5 tomorrow, (not like last week with Gremlins attacking), Joe and I will be on the air from 6-8 Eastern discussing military, political, social and other events as they arise. The mid-range plan is to add shows from various sources and back off the music a bit to open up a line of communication where people can get reliable, researched news and material. The long range plan is to move forward globally, (we already have some international listeners). I am working on putting certain documentary films together, I have some committed already, I just need dates and times to fill in.It is my idea that having snacks/drinks during these types of things is always a plus, so, as the planning comes up, please let me know your preferences. I will be sending out messages for events to many groups in the hope we come closer together and make new as well as renew friendships and solidarity. I will try to cover as many subjects dealing with our, and other societies as possible. I will need speakers, video help, and above all people that can enjoy the experience of learning something new. obr.fm has several venues and I urge you to click in from time to time, visit our Green Room and blogs, download mp3’s and listen to old shows that have a great deal of wisdom from many of my former, (and future) guests. I encourage everyone/anyone who wants to be on the VFP Radio Hour to email me at: rfunke12@msn.com I only ask you put “VFP Radio Request” in the Subject Line so I don’t overlook your email. Two more things, the rules: There is only one, we do not advocate violence against any individual or entity. #2 is a bit more touchy; events will be free, but there will be a donation bucket for those who feel so inclined. I am not the kind of person who asks for money, I always thought that was a personal matter, however, food, snacks, drinks etc do cost a little and there may be cost involved with some speakers. I will post any “suggested donation” as necessary, but I can’t, or won’t hold anyone to any amount, everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away from “donation” event. It does take a little cash to run obr.fm, there will be a donation access set up in the near future, but there is no obligation. We want to educate, plant the seeds of Peace and enjoy each others company. With some luck, I’ll have a call in # by next Monday do we can interact more intimately. Peace and prosperity…and please listen tomorrow, let’s grow! Bob

July 24, 2014

Irena Sendler (1910-2008)

Irena Sendlerowapawiak

 

Irena rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and placed them with Christian families.

By 1942, when the deadly intentions of the Nazis had become clear, Sendler joined a Polish underground organization, Zegota. She recruited 10 close friends — a group that would eventually grow to 25, all but one of them women — and began rescuing Jewish children. She and her friends smuggled the children out in boxes, suitcases, sacks and coffins, sedating babies to quiet their cries. Some were spirited away through a network of basements and secret passages. Operations were timed to the second.

Never intending to be a “hero”, she did what she believed as the correct thing to do, very little recognition, although before her death from pneumonia, the Polish Government nominated her for the Peace Prize

Read more at: http://www.holocaustforgotten.com/sendler.htm

 

Went to the Silent Protest at Park St. 7-23-2014 5:30-7:00

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

Approximately 100 people showed up of every group one can think of. Very little media, Channel 5 showed up for a bit, took some basic filming then took off. We started out as a semi-circle but quickly became a complete circle, right in the middle of hundreds walking by to get home, quite a few showed slowed down to read the messages. There was only one incident of a heckler I could see and he took off after giving me a garbled tirade of being attacked by some phantom army from the Middle East, and I said calmly, “no one needs to die”. He looked stumped as he left.

The people that showed up today were from all walks of life, the are the bright lights of freedom and Peace, the ones we rarely see doing acts of kindness and grace, because they do not look for accolades, they seek results. Beautiful people.

I would like to thank Boston Workman’s Circle at: info@circleboston.org for their marvelous skills at putting this all together.

Peace and prosperity to all,

 

Bob

July 23, 2014

Palestine/Israel Report from Copley Square 7-22-14

Filed under: General Discussion — Tags: , , — bobfunke @ 2:26

So I went down to the library about an hour before the event to take in the sights and observe who was showing up for what. At first there were a dew people showing up with signs, mostly against Israel attacking Gaza. There were Palestinian supporters that showed up first and the crowd steadily grew. Near Boylston, the Israeli supporters began to show up.

Chants and megaphones fired up and before one could say “oh no”, the arguments began with lots of shouting, which continued to get considerably louder as the multiple megaphones, a drum and chants, the Palestinian supporters started the chants, there were approximately 3:1 in comparison with the Israeli supporters.  A chart held up  had a “death rate” for the week, 346 Palestinians as opposed to 2 Israeli’s. The rockets that Hamas has tossed over the border have been completely ineffective, except for the one that landed near Tel Aviv, stopping traffic at Ben Gurion Airport. To me, that was most likely a fluke since thee rest of the missiles landed harmlessly in fields.

The pro-Israeli group got more vociferous and the chatter going back and forth was the usual stuff; there was a cacophony of charges/counter-charges, the same thing we’ve seen so many times before, just a little more vociferous. The BPD set up a bicycle barrier between the two groups which worked rather well, nice to know the BPD can learn non-violent tactics.

The two groups moved on separate streets toward the State House. I took the Green Line back to Park, as my marching/walking days are over.

My initial impression was that there is a great deal of animosity between the groups, which I find unfortunate, particularly by protesting here in the US they do not face the same as do Palestinians and Israeli’s. My thought is to break down all barriers, the fall back of Israel forces at least 4 kilometers; the blockade  must be taken down and humanitarian supplies be issued immediately in Gaza and elsewhere. Hamas needs to dismantle it’s missiles and not fire anything into Israel.

Judging by today’s shout-fest I think we have a way to go; but I can say, I witnessed no violence as the sides squared off.

July 21, 2014

Gaza, Israel

Filed under: The Human Cost of War — bobfunke @ 2:26

With their backs against the river, cut off from virtually any land passage, the inhabitants are in the same position Santa Ana found himself  at San Jacinto. Sam Houston commanded a battle that lasted 15 minutes and chased the Mexican Army out of their original territory for good. I use this analogy because of what happened when Santa Ana was caught and brought before a wounded Houston sitting against a tree immediately following that battle. Houston was asked whether, shooting, hanging, dismembering or a host of other things should/could happen to Santana Ana. Houston, without hesitation,  stated another death would solve nothing, “send him home boys, send him home”.

Gaza is in the same position that Santa Ana’s troops are in; facing overwhelming odds, backs to the sea, no escape from land, little chance of aid from foreign powers, they await what could be annihilation, which is intolerable. Can Netanyahu summon up the same courage and Wisdom as Sam Houston did at San Jacinto? I don’t think so, there appears to be a hardened aspect to this man to use power and force when discussion and empathy would work far better.

I’m not saying Hamas has nothing to do with this, lobbing a few essentially inert missiles at Israel, (or anywhere else), does nothing for the common cause or peaceful resolution. There are a lot of guilty parties here, but the main players are the Palestinians and the Israeli’s. Arms makers/dealers make fortunes off of these situations. Personally, I think anyone who makes a profit off of  war should have to fight in that war, up close, front line duty living in ditches eating food that barely keeps you alive and fighting off a determined enemy. Instead, these people sit in well adorned Board  rooms and have their accountants run the figures past them.

I don’t care what entity started this, I care immensely on what entity will find a resolution without the taking of even more lives. A number of things must happen though. Take down the barriers around Gaza, drop the blockade to allow humanitarian aid to enter, food, medicine, clothing, housing materials and the like.

Hamas, stockpile your missiles, Israel, back off from the border and stack arms. Prepare for long term talks, even though much that divides you is superficial, there are deep roots in hatred. Break down the notion that someone other than yourselves is “on your side”, few if any outsiders will fill the ranks of either side; we may talk a good game, but we are not threatened, so we chant and have meetings that have little to no effect on the outcome. What we are doing is showing our disgust in the wars that appear to be unceasing, without any attempt to end any war, much less all wars.

Palestinians have as much right to live as the Israeli’s, or anyone else for that matter. This form of slow genocide must end. Break down the barriers, stop the fighting. Find that forgiveness is much  more rewarding that spite and hate.

Bob

 

 

 

 

July 11, 2014

A letter about the 4th of July parades Gloucester/Rockport

Filed under: General Discussion — Tags: , — bobfunke @ 2:26

vfp-logo1.jpg

Originally sent to Lee, and then transmitted through the Smedley/Samantha list, I invite you to read this remarkable letter addressing VFP’s commitment to Peace and community.

Fri 7/11/2014 11:04 AM

To: lee@massvfp.org

From: John Prybot

Subject:For all of you a big !THANK YOU!

 I’m taking advantage of this communication facility to express personal as well as speak for the appreciation of all those people here in Gloucester itself as well as from Rockport who have spoken to me regarding Veterans For Peace participation in the Gloucester and Rockport Independence Day celebration parades. In the interval since these events I’ve received so many affirmations that I would like to have all those who took part to know how much their individual and collective presence meant in opening minds towards a deeper consideration of the significance of our national holiday and the potential for a constructive resolution of conflict rather than destructive encouragement of further violence and its tragic consequences for everyone involved.

  I’m a city employee here at Sawyer Free Library which means plenty of public exposure and  interaction with library users. This makes me available for plenty of commendations and  responses regarding 4th of July, and I can tell you that VFP really made a strong impact on a good many people that I want to make you aware of. I hope that you as recipient of these congratulations can make the rest of the contingent know that their going the long extra mile to get up to Cape Ann so both the Samantha Smith and Smedley D. Butler brigades could be represented was very impressive for me. Not only did some of you come from a distance but you repeated your trip to be at Rockport Saturday evening! That was a demonstration of dedication since you took the time from your holiday to be here. So from me to all of you a most sincere and heartfelt !Maltiyoox chi eewe!– “!Mil Gracias!”– “Thank you so much!” in three languages with the expectation that you enjoy as special a Summer as the wonderful weather favors us with and on beyond that to the next chance you have to let the wider world realize there is indeed a alternative to war. Thanking you for being who you are, with appreciation –John Prybot, RPCV-Guatemala, C.A.[San Pedro La Laguna, Depto. Solola’] 1970-1979

A letter about the 4th of July parades Gloucester/Rockport

Filed under: General Discussion — Tags: , — bobfunke @ 2:26

vfp-logo1.jpg

Originally sent to Lee, and then transmitted through the Smedley/Samantha list, I invite you to read this remarkable letter addressing VFP’s commitment to Peace and community.

Fri 7/11/2014 11:04 AM

To: lee@massvfp.org

From: John Prybot

Subject:For all of you a big !THANK YOU!

 I’m taking advantage of this communication facility to express personal as well as speak for the appreciation of all those people here in Gloucester itself as well as from Rockport who have spoken to me regarding Veterans For Peace participation in the Gloucester and Rockport Independence Day celebration parades. In the interval since these events I’ve received so many affirmations that I would like to have all those who took part to know how much their individual and collective presence meant in opening minds towards a deeper consideration of the significance of our national holiday and the potential for a constructive resolution of conflict rather than destructive encouragement of further violence and its tragic consequences for everyone involved.

  I’m a city employee here at Sawyer Free Library which means plenty of public exposure and  interaction with library users. This makes me available for plenty of commendations and  responses regarding 4th of July, and I can tell you that VFP really made a strong impact on a good many people that I want to make you aware of. I hope that you as recipient of these congratulations can make the rest of the contingent know that their going the long extra mile to get up to Cape Ann so both the Samantha Smith and Smedley D. Butler brigades could be represented was very impressive for me. Not only did some of you come from a distance but you repeated your trip to be at Rockport Saturday evening! That was a demonstration of dedication since you took the time from your holiday to be here. So from me to all of you a most sincere and heartfelt !Maltiyoox chi eewe!– “!Mil Gracias!”– “Thank you so much!” in three languages with the expectation that you enjoy as special a Summer as the wonderful weather favors us with and on beyond that to the next chance you have to let the wider world realize there is indeed a alternative to war. Thanking you for being who you are, with appreciation –John Prybot, RPCV-Guatemala, C.A.[San Pedro La Laguna, Depto. Solola’] 1970-1979

July 10, 2014

I Got To Thinking…..

Filed under: General Discussion — Tags: , — bobfunke @ 2:26

(I know, not THAT  again!)

I’m about as far from a Biblical scholar as one can get, but for some reason, this song popped into my head and I remembered that it has Biblical roots, perhaps it was in Solomon or something, but all religious books have some good things in them, and often the message is overlooked by some zealot that can’t figure out the “thee’s and the thou’s”.

But religion aside, there are certain truths that have been written in many books over the years. Many have fallen by the wayside, if it were not for a reporter that took down the Gettysburg Address, think of how less the legacy of this nation would be, much less Lincoln’s legacy.  Papers like the Constitution that begin with three enlarged words, “We the People…” lose their meaning when we don’t read them in context. What the Constitution is telling us is We are the government, we elect people to represent us and we have Rights and Privileges under this document, as spelled out under The Bill of Rights. We also have the responsibility to challenge or change those who do not live up to our expectations. We are an evolving country, (some may say a devolving country), the point is, we should all be working for the betterment of all people, not just a few. There will always be saints and sinners, and everything in between. I see good people every day, in fact most of the people I see are good people, maybe I’m just not as cynical as I once was, I can evolve as well.

What I want to do is share this with you, many years ago, it got me through some pretty tough times, it helped me understand the world as it is, and how it can be. Please take a moment and enjoy this:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKP4cfU28vM

Peace,

Bob

 

 

July 7, 2014

Listen to Veterans For Peace Radio streaming on obr.fm 6-8 Eastern

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

VFP Logo

 

Hi everybody!

While you’re sitting at your computer, doing the magnificent work you do, open a tab, go to obr.fm or  http://www.occupyboston.org/radio/ at 1800 EDT and listen to Joe and I discuss matters pertaining to the military, spying by the NSA/CIA, et al, as we expose what wrongs we have observed and have read about. We do research to give you an honest and sincere point of view.

You can scroll over and visit The Green Room as well and if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can click Veterans For Peace which I use as my de facto blogsite. Much of what is in there is subjective, since it’s my point of view, but there are objective points as well. You can also download previous shows, I have been tagging and uploading as many as I can at a time, we have had some 85 shows since this began, some I go solo, some have guests, in any case, we have fun, we get serious, we’ve stopped the pies in the face routine, since it doesn’t work that well on radio, (drat!)

Nothing is off limits and there is but one rule, we do not advocate violence toward anyone or any entity, (which I have broken by suggesting I would have liked to pop Hitler in the nose).

One other thing, the second Monday of each month is “canned” show, we pre-record as that is the time VFP has it’s meeting.

Upcoming events: Sev has graciously offered his home as a meeting spot for a two hour “round table” discussion, (date to be determined, but not far away). We’ll be doing more live broadcasting and recording at public events and for speakers invited to other venues for those of you who can’t attend, but want to listen, I would have loved to get Chris Hedges, but gremlins got out of their cages and something went wrong. We’ll be adding some music, mostly public domain Peace activist items as well as Pat Scanlon’s great work. Most importantly, if any of you would like to be on the radio, please let me know, I have mobile capabilities or you can come down to the studio at 9A Hamilton Place, 2nd floor, (off Park St Station by Orpheum Theater.

SO….Tune in tonight, and every Monday night, or check the schedule for the replays during the week. We’ll be adding new items as they come up and try to keep you as informed as possible.

Peace,

Bob & Joe

 

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