203 Photos - Aug 10, 2015
Photo: VFP President Barry Ladendorf opens the business meeting on the third day of the VFP convention in San Diego.Photo: Past VFP President Leah Bolger with her husband Bart BolgerPhoto: Photo: Photo: Former board member Gene MarxPhoto: Sides line up to discuss a contentious resolutionPhoto: The other side lines upPhoto: Photo: Susan SchnallPhoto: Photo: Board member Tarak Kauff makes his election pitchPhoto: Board member Mark Foreman makes his reelection speechPhoto: Monique from Los Angeles, also running for the boardPhoto: Dan Shea, former board member, running to get back onPhoto: The current board (left to right): Tarak Kauff, Mark Foreman, Tom Palumbo, Kourtney Mitchell, Patrick McCann, Barry Ladendorf (president), Willie Hagar, Gerry Condon (vice president), Jason Cardenas, and John Heuer, and executive director Michael McPhearson. Board members not pictures: April Adams and Joey KingPhoto: Hotel pool was full of kids who were there with a conference of Vietnamese Buddhists, ironically enough.Photo: Photo: Bob Bergdahl, father of Bo Bergdahl, who is about to be court-martialedPhoto: Biker Mike, who rode his bike down from the Bay Area to the conventionPhoto: The singer with the band at the banquetPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Helen Jaccard and Jim SummersPhoto: Photo: Bob Bergdahl and Robert Weilbacher, who has been waiting months for his application for CO status to be approvedPhoto: VFP Executive Director Michael McPhearson sporting Muhammed Ali on his chestPhoto: The band got folks up and dancingPhoto: Photo: Advisory board member Phyllis Bennis chats with keynote speaker Seymour HershPhoto: Bob Bergdahl with Col. Ann WrightPhoto: The guitarist in the band plucked out a tune with the ukulele made by Jim Summers (which was auctioned to support The Golden RulePhoto: Photo: Photo: Helen, Jim, and Dr. Akiko Mikamo, daughter of Hiroshima survivorsPhoto: VFP President Barry Ladendorf with staffer Doug ZacharyPhoto: Becky Luening shoots the photographer while Helen Jaccard boogies downPhoto: Helen and VFP office manager Virginia Druhe take a spin on the dance floorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Advisory board members Phyllis Bennis and Marjorie Cohn with keynote speaker Seymour HershPhoto: Photo: Photo: Israeli author Miko Peled with Ray McGovernPhoto: Miko Peled, Seymour Hersh, Marjorie CohnPhoto: VFP staffers Casey Stinemetz and Michael McPhearsonPhoto: The band played "The Strangest Dream" as the audience sang alongPhoto: The festivities were opened by VFP poet laureate Doug RawlingsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Vietnam medic and photographer extraordinaire Mike HastiePhoto: Rhonda Ladendorf and Elik ElhananPhoto: Barry LadendorfPhoto: Ringing the bell while we call out the names of those we've lost in the last yearPhoto: Presente!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Preacher Doug works his fundraising magicPhoto: He called on folks to buy life memberships for the younger vetsPhoto: The room was packedPhoto: Philip Butler introduced Bob BergdahlPhoto: Photo: Bob Bergdahl comes up to speakPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chuck Palazza of chapter 160 in Vietnam introduced Suel JonesPhoto: Suel Jones of chapter 160 in VietnamPhoto: Photo: Iraq Veterans Against the War members Ryan Holleran and Matt Howard made a presentation to VFP of a porftolio of antiwar postersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Leslie Harris of Dallas reads a resolution in solidarity with Cindy and Dede SheehanPhoto: Photo: Jim Summers with the ukulele he made to be auctioned off in support of The Golden RulePhoto: Auction winner CaraPhoto: Photo: Photo: Rapper Megaciph presented his song CIVIL i AMPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: An anonymous donor bought a lifetime VFP membership for Robert WeilbacherPhoto: Barry Ladendorf presents convention coordinator Gary Butterfield with a plaque of appreciationPhoto: San Diego chapber member Jack Doxy also got a plaquePhoto: Barry Ladendorf hugs VFP-UK founder Ben Griffin after presenting him with the leadership in peace awardPhoto: Photo: Ben Griffin, accepting the leadership in peace awardPhoto: Photo: Photo: VFP-UK members Carl Hemming and Jim Radford with former board member Adrienne KnappPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Col. Ann Wright comes up to accept her Howard Zinn lifetime achievement awardPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: New York City member Georgia Weaver, who turned 75 the day before, is surprised to hear that someone has bought her a lifetime membershipPhoto: Photo: Board member Jason Cardenas also received a lifetime membershipPhoto: SF member Paul Cox introduces Chuck Searcy, the recipient of the stewardship awardPhoto: Chuck SearcyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Ray McGovern introduced keynote speaker Seymour HershPhoto: Photo: Photo: Miko Peled and nephew Elik ElhananPhoto: Photo: Keynote speaker Seymour HershPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Doug Zachary tells Seymour Hersh that Le Ly Hayslip of Vietnam has bought him a lifetime membership to VFPPhoto: Photo: Barry Ladendorf shows Hersh the plaque of appreciation from VFPPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hersh was visibly moved by the presentationPhoto: Photo: Dr. Akiko Mikamo, child of Hiroshima survivors, with Hiroshima survivor Mike KawamuraPhoto: Photo: WWII veteran and VFP-UK member Jim Radford comes to the stagePhoto: Membership coordinator Casey StinemetzPhoto: Jim Radford offered us a couple of songs from the 1950s disarmament movementPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: VFP-UK member Ben Griffin films his comrade Jim RadfordPhoto: Photo: Barry Ladendorf gives Jim Radford a t-shirt and a book of poetry from Vietnam veteran Doug RawlingsPhoto: VFP Vice President Gerry CondonPhoto: Photo: Gerry Condon with original Golden Rule crew member Orion SherwoodPhoto: Orion SherwoodPhoto: Barry and Gerry present Orion with his t-shirt and poetry bookPhoto: Photo: Photo: Current Golden Rule crew member Skip OliverPhoto: Photo: Indefatigable Golden Rule restorer Chuck DeWitt also got a certificagte of appreciationPhoto: Photo: Skip Oliver with his certificate of appreciation for his work on The Golden RulePhoto: National board member John Heuer of North Carolina introduces Sam WinsteadPhoto: Sam Winstead, of Sam's Ride, who rode down to the convention from Los Angeles. Each year, he organizes a ride from his home in North Carolina to Washington, DCPhoto: Photo: Becky LueningPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: National officer staffer Shelly RockettPhoto: Bill Gilson and Georgia Weaver from New York CityPhoto: Casey StinemetzPhoto: Photo: Photo: Denny Riley of the San Francisco chapter encourages everyone to come to next year's convention in the Bay AreaPhoto: Photo: A hug of appreciation for ShellyPhoto: And another hug--she deserves many more hugs than we had time to give herPhoto: Photo: Photo: And one last photo from outside the reconciliation event on Sunday