[GVCP] GVCP Newsletter 07-15-15

July 15, 2015

Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace PO Box 363 Geneseo NY 14454 585-624-3673 July 15, 2015 Dear GVCP Member: NEXT GVCP MEETING is SUNDAY, July 26th 1:00 PM (Lunch), 1:30 PM (Meeting). Omega Restaurant, 4182 Lakeville Road, Geneseo. Discussions about Israeli and Palestine: Ted & Deb First have been visiting Israel and Palestine for over three decades. On May 31st, under the auspices of the Genesee Valley Quaker Meeting, they facilitated a discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian situation. GVCP members Suzanne Blackburn attended. Elaine Johnson, facilitator for Christians Witnessing for Palestine, was also there. At this GVCP meeting, Elaine, Suzanne, and I will discuss what we learned from Tim and Deb, and then open the discussion to talk about what GVCP members can do to work for a peaceful resolution to this terrible ongoing conflict. Save the date! Wednesday, August 5th, 7:30 PM. Annual GVCP Hiroshima/Nagasaki Candlelight Vigil Avon traffic circle, Routes 5 & 20, Avon. This yearly event‹our 41st year‹is a very powerful, moving public statement of our dedication to peace and nuclear disarmament. This year is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please join us, and bring a friend! Note: Before the vigil, at 6:00 PM, some GVCP members will gather at Tom Wahl¹s restaurant, 283 East Main St. (Routes 5 & 20) in Avon for a snack. All welcome! This Month¹s Letters: Say YES to a diplomatic agreement with Iran! The peace agreement reached with Iran is the most important diplomatic accomplishment of this century. It demonstrates that intelligence, patience, creativity, and a commitment to conflict resolution can prevent war. Peace activists have been saying this for years, and we have been heard. We don¹t have to go to war with Iran. Diplomacy works! We¹ve achieved this important victory for peace, but now we have to maintain it. Hawks in the Congress are preparing legislation to destroy the agreement. They may have enough votes to pass the legislation. However, President Obama has said he will veto such legislation. The real struggle may be to keep Congress from overriding the veto. WRITE to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand telling them that you want peace, not war, with Iran. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand & Sen. Charles Schumer, U.S. Senate Washington DC 20510. The Capitol Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. The official web pages of Sen. Gillibrand & Sen. Schumer have ³contact me² links. They¹re user-friendly. Contact your Representative as well. U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515. Go to their web page to write using e-mail. Call to let them (literally) hear your voice. We can achieve peace with Iran, but we¹ll have to work for it! Peace, Arnie Matlin for GVCP GVCP is proud to be a chapter of Peace Action New York State doc icon H-N-GVCP-2015.doc

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