Vets for Peace Events

Events

Join Smedley Butler Brigade’s monthly meetings every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 PM.

Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

Or view other Smedley VFP events!

See our Past Events page for information on past events.

Nov
11
Sun
100th Anniversary of Armistice Day Commemoration @ Corner of Charles and Beacon Streets then Faneuil Hall
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm
100th Anniversary of Armistice Day Commemoration @ Corner of Charles and Beacon Streets then Faneuil Hall

Time to reclaim Armistice Day as a day of PEACE

The Smedley,Butler Brigade of Veterans for peace in Boston, long prohibited from being in the Veterans Day parade (too political), will again be having the “follow up” parade (20+ years??), but this year we want to make it as clear as possible that our event is an Armistice Day commemoration.  US legislation calls for a period of silence, to reflect on the horror of war, and then for church bells to be rung as a sign of rededication to world peace.  THIS IS A LEGITIMATE US HOLIDAY FOR PEACE!!  We need to take it back from the Military Industrial Complex and we want you to join us.

Here is the legislation which created, in the United States, Armistice Day:

President Wilson’s Proclamation of 1919

“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

We would love to have your organization become a part of this important event. We will gather between 12:00 pm (noon) and 12:30 pm on the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets.

1st Parade steps off at 1:00 pm – our parade will follow the same route then we will continue to Faneuil Hall for our Armistice Day for Peace Event includes Veterans from different eras who will recite original works of Poetry, Prose and Song. The only way to get our government and media to take notice of our demands is to put large numbers of people in the street. We need to work together. Our strength is in our numbers.

This is also a fun and festive activity with music and lots of energy. Bring your banner, make a sign, raise your voice, and spread the word. The Vets are organizing! The people are marching!

Armistice Day_Notice_2018

Nov
12
Mon
Smedley Butler Brigade’s Monthly Business Meeting @ Saint Peters Episcopal Church
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Smedley Butler Brigade’s monthly meetings every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 PM.

Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

6 PM Social

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM

Nov
15
Thu
Midnight Voices @ Cambridge Friends Meeting House
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Save The Date! “Midnight Voices” Sponsored By Veterans for Peace: Thursday October 18th  7-9:30 PM With Features Smedley Dan Higgins, Samantha Marc Levy and Smedley David Bonner And His All-Star Ukes- Common Strummers

Friends Meeting House –5 Longfellow Park (across from Longfellow House on Brattle Street), Cambridge,

Open Mic,” will be followed by Mini-Features Dan Higgins reading from his works, Marc Levy reading from his and David Bonner and the Common Strummers playing uke tunes from the American Songbook.

The “open mic” sign-up before the show will be for roughly five-minute presentations.

Admission is FREE and refreshments provided!

Many thanks to our contact person Homer Franck, Ian Harrington and the Peace and Social Action Committee of the Cambridge Friends Meeting House.

More about “Midnight Voices”

Welcome to all poets, writers, musicians, veterans, supporters, soldiers, free spirits- Midnight Voices is held each third Thursday of month. This month starting with an “open mic” then three mini-features of about ten to fifteen minutes each with an intermission somewhere in between depending on time. We encourage each performer to save a few minutes for audience questions about what they are performing and how the “muse” came to them.

Anybody, performers or audience, who has books, music and such for sale or for giving away feel free to bring them along as we will have a table set up for that purpose table.

We will finish by about 9:00 PM or so to clean up and chat-All are most welcome.

About the performers

Smedley’s Dan Higgins, Navy, a well thought of and now retired Special Education school teacher whose memoir To The Upper Air a great perspective on growing up poor in the D Street projects of South Boston and much more. He will be reading from his recently published book To Conquer A Peace about the Massachusetts response to the Mexican War in 1846 which started out as a Master’s thesis.

And…

​Marc Levy was an infantry medic with the First Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970.​  He was decorated three times and court-martialed twice. His work has appeared in New Millennium Writings, Stone Canoe, Mudfish, Chiron Review and elsewhere. He won the 2016 Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families Writing Prize. Recently he self-published How Stevie Nearly Lost the War and Other Postwar Stories, and Dreams, Vietnam. Several of his war photos will be featured in the upcoming Netflick’s sci fi series The Umbrella Academy. His website is Medic in the Green Time. com.

And …

Smedley David Bonner and his all-star uke congregation Common Strummer using ukes to explore the American Songbook.

Dec
10
Mon
Smedley Butler Brigade’s Monthly Business Meeting @ Saint Peters Episcopal Church
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Smedley Butler Brigade’s monthly meetings every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 PM.

Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

6 PM Social

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM

Dec
20
Thu
Midnight Voices @ Cambridge Friends Meeting House
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Save The Date! “Midnight Voices” Sponsored By Veterans for Peace: Thursday October 18th  7-9:30 PM With Features Smedley Dan Higgins, Samantha Marc Levy and Smedley David Bonner And His All-Star Ukes- Common Strummers

Friends Meeting House –5 Longfellow Park (across from Longfellow House on Brattle Street), Cambridge,

Open Mic,” will be followed by Mini-Features Dan Higgins reading from his works, Marc Levy reading from his and David Bonner and the Common Strummers playing uke tunes from the American Songbook.

The “open mic” sign-up before the show will be for roughly five-minute presentations.

Admission is FREE and refreshments provided!

Many thanks to our contact person Homer Franck, Ian Harrington and the Peace and Social Action Committee of the Cambridge Friends Meeting House.

More about “Midnight Voices”

Welcome to all poets, writers, musicians, veterans, supporters, soldiers, free spirits- Midnight Voices is held each third Thursday of month. This month starting with an “open mic” then three mini-features of about ten to fifteen minutes each with an intermission somewhere in between depending on time. We encourage each performer to save a few minutes for audience questions about what they are performing and how the “muse” came to them.

Anybody, performers or audience, who has books, music and such for sale or for giving away feel free to bring them along as we will have a table set up for that purpose table.

We will finish by about 9:00 PM or so to clean up and chat-All are most welcome.

About the performers

Smedley’s Dan Higgins, Navy, a well thought of and now retired Special Education school teacher whose memoir To The Upper Air a great perspective on growing up poor in the D Street projects of South Boston and much more. He will be reading from his recently published book To Conquer A Peace about the Massachusetts response to the Mexican War in 1846 which started out as a Master’s thesis.

And…

​Marc Levy was an infantry medic with the First Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970.​  He was decorated three times and court-martialed twice. His work has appeared in New Millennium Writings, Stone Canoe, Mudfish, Chiron Review and elsewhere. He won the 2016 Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families Writing Prize. Recently he self-published How Stevie Nearly Lost the War and Other Postwar Stories, and Dreams, Vietnam. Several of his war photos will be featured in the upcoming Netflick’s sci fi series The Umbrella Academy. His website is Medic in the Green Time. com.

And …

Smedley David Bonner and his all-star uke congregation Common Strummer using ukes to explore the American Songbook.

Jan
14
Mon
Smedley Butler Brigade’s Monthly Business Meeting @ Saint Peters Episcopal Church
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Smedley Butler Brigade’s monthly meetings every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 PM.

Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

6 PM Social

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM

Jan
17
Thu
Midnight Voices @ Cambridge Friends Meeting House
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Save The Date! “Midnight Voices” Sponsored By Veterans for Peace: Thursday October 18th  7-9:30 PM With Features Smedley Dan Higgins, Samantha Marc Levy and Smedley David Bonner And His All-Star Ukes- Common Strummers

Friends Meeting House –5 Longfellow Park (across from Longfellow House on Brattle Street), Cambridge,

Open Mic,” will be followed by Mini-Features Dan Higgins reading from his works, Marc Levy reading from his and David Bonner and the Common Strummers playing uke tunes from the American Songbook.

The “open mic” sign-up before the show will be for roughly five-minute presentations.

Admission is FREE and refreshments provided!

Many thanks to our contact person Homer Franck, Ian Harrington and the Peace and Social Action Committee of the Cambridge Friends Meeting House.

More about “Midnight Voices”

Welcome to all poets, writers, musicians, veterans, supporters, soldiers, free spirits- Midnight Voices is held each third Thursday of month. This month starting with an “open mic” then three mini-features of about ten to fifteen minutes each with an intermission somewhere in between depending on time. We encourage each performer to save a few minutes for audience questions about what they are performing and how the “muse” came to them.

Anybody, performers or audience, who has books, music and such for sale or for giving away feel free to bring them along as we will have a table set up for that purpose table.

We will finish by about 9:00 PM or so to clean up and chat-All are most welcome.

About the performers

Smedley’s Dan Higgins, Navy, a well thought of and now retired Special Education school teacher whose memoir To The Upper Air a great perspective on growing up poor in the D Street projects of South Boston and much more. He will be reading from his recently published book To Conquer A Peace about the Massachusetts response to the Mexican War in 1846 which started out as a Master’s thesis.

And…

​Marc Levy was an infantry medic with the First Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970.​  He was decorated three times and court-martialed twice. His work has appeared in New Millennium Writings, Stone Canoe, Mudfish, Chiron Review and elsewhere. He won the 2016 Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families Writing Prize. Recently he self-published How Stevie Nearly Lost the War and Other Postwar Stories, and Dreams, Vietnam. Several of his war photos will be featured in the upcoming Netflick’s sci fi series The Umbrella Academy. His website is Medic in the Green Time. com.

And …

Smedley David Bonner and his all-star uke congregation Common Strummer using ukes to explore the American Songbook.

Feb
11
Mon
Smedley Butler Brigade’s Monthly Business Meeting @ Saint Peters Episcopal Church
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Smedley Butler Brigade’s monthly meetings every 2nd Monday of the month at 6 PM.

Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

6 PM Social

Meeting starts at 6:30 PM