Chicago Veterans for Peace as a Site of Conscience
Chicago Chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) is developing and implementing the Exhibit. Veterans For Peace is an international organization made up of military veterans, military family members and allies. We are dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war and healing the wounds of war. The Chicago Chapter is working on many fronts to engage the community in dialogue about militarization and its human, financial and environmental costs.
The project is inspired by Vietnam — Full Disclosure, a campaign by Veterans for Peace, which “aims to keep alive the anti-war perspective on the American War in Vietnam”. This is especially important as the U.S. is now commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Chicago Veterans for Peace is a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience http://www.sitesofconscience.org as a “memory initiative”. The Coalition with their 200+ member organizations works “not only to preserve memories of historical events, but also to understand the context in which these events occurred and apply the lessons we have learned to today’s struggles for human rights and social justice”. We are using the Coalition’s resources to develop our “memory to action” process in our exhibit.