Chicago Veterans for Peace

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences, lifting our voices and taking action.

We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds 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 by bringing “Peace at Home, Peace Abroad”.

We are the only veterans organization in the world that is recognized by the United Nations.

Statement of Purpose

We, having been in the military, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work with our Associate members and others:

  • To increase public awareness of the costs of war
  • To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
  • To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
  • To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
  • To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

Founding Date: 1985

Chicago Chapter

To implement “Peace at Home, Peace Abroad”, the Chapter is active in many areas of interest to the members.  Our main project is the de-militarization of Chicago Public Schools – the most militarized public school system in the nation with over 8,000 youth in some form of military training. This and other projects are described in the Projects section of this web site.  In addition, our members are involved in the following initiatives: climate change, elimination of gun/police/domestic violence, and ending all forms of discrimination.  Other projects and initiatives are added as members express interest.

We have two Facebook pages (ChicagoVFP and DeMilitarizeCPS) and a Twitter page (DeMilitarizeCPS). Our actions and events are posted on this site under Events and on our Facebook – ChicagoVFP.  We meet monthly.

We urge all who share this vision to join us.