Veterans For Peace is both a local and national organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. The Smedley D. Butler Brigade is a chapter of Veterans For Peace in the Boston, Massachusetts area. We meet once a month in Cambridge and are active in the local antiwar movement. We are named after Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, the most decorated Marine in history, who famously said “war is a racket”.
Our local chapters the Smedley Butler Brigade and Samantha Smith’s work closely together to advance Peace and educate people to the perils and horrors of war. Many of us are combat veterans who have faced death in combat; others are from the rear echelon, upon those who hold the line and advance counted on to accomplish the missions dealt to us. We are adamant about bringing Peace to the table wherever we go, either on a personal level or group activity.
Our personnel come from various walks of life, but the bottom line is that we are Peace group that presses home the messages of Peace to all who will listen. In the future, we hope that all Peace groups will coalesce into a massive coalition that cannot be stopped. One of our goals is to educate people to the horrors of war through personal experiences and commitment to the destruction of the weapons of war, in particular, nuclear weapons. The proliferation of these weapons is a distinct threat to the safety of millions and must be stopped.
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with 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.