Quaker House of Fayetteville NC

Quaker Peace Project near Fort Bragg Peace project founded and supported by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Quaker House offers free counseling for issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and moral injury to former and current members of the military community and their families as well as counselors for the GI Rights Network, which provides information and assistance to active-duty service members worldwide.

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The Fort Bragg Murders 09/18/2021

The Fort Bragg Murders

This is why our mental health counseling program began with a focus on domestic violence in the military. This past year may have been "freakish," but these are issues that have a long history.

Since its establishment, our program providing individual counseling with a licensed clinical social worker has expanded to include issues with military sexual trauma, moral injury, and post traumatic stress. Our services are free and provided for active duty and veteran service members and their families.

Additionally, in the aftermath of the Afghanistan withdrawal after 20 years intractable conflict, we are happy to see service members and veterans dealing with issues that has brought up, including for Vietnam veterans.

Thank you to our donors who allow us to provide this critical service.

The Fort Bragg Murders At least 44 Fort Bragg soldiers died stateside in 2020 — several of them were homicides. Families want answers. But the Army isn’t giving any

Pentagon Reverses Itself And Now Says A Deadly Kabul Drone Strike Was An Error 09/18/2021

Pentagon Reverses Itself And Now Says A Deadly Kabul Drone Strike Was An Error

Pentagon Reverses Itself And Now Says A Deadly Kabul Drone Strike Was An Error The Pentagon initially asserted that the drone strike last month — which resulted in multiple civilian deaths — had killed an Islamic State extremist and was conducted correctly.

Quaker and feminist orgs denounce vote on drafting women 09/02/2021

Quaker and feminist orgs denounce vote on drafting women

Quaker and feminist orgs denounce vote on drafting women WASHINGTON, DC (September 2, 2021) Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee voted to pass an amendment that would expand draft eligibility to women. The American Friends Service Committee – a Quaker organization initially established in 1917 to provide alternative service to those religiously...

08/31/2021

Recordings of an excellent recent series hosted by Quaker United Nations for groups working with conscientious objectors and on this issue.

https://quno.org/timeline/2021/7/quno-war-resisters-international-and-international-fellowship-reconciliation%E2%80%99s?emci=3653af2e-2be0-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=0d540e4f-7e06-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=650198

Recordings of an excellent recent series hosted by Quaker United Nations for groups working with conscientious objectors and on this issue.

https://quno.org/timeline/2021/7/quno-war-resisters-international-and-international-fellowship-reconciliation%E2%80%99s?emci=3653af2e-2be0-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=0d540e4f-7e06-ec11-981f-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=650198

Family says 7 children were killed in Kabul drone strike; US is investigating 08/31/2021

Family says 7 children were killed in Kabul drone strike; US is investigating

Quaker House mourns the loss of all life, especially lives lost due to war and conflict - the service members and the civilians - and we mourn with those who are left behind.

Regarding the possible deaths of these children, drone warfare is touted as being "precise" and without danger to the drone operators and intelligence gatherers. Nothing is precise in life and death. And the danger to those involved in any mission is real, if of another type. Moral injury is often a devastating result.

Below are a few paragraphs from one of our newsletters about our GI Rights counselors' work with a remote intelligence service member:

"One Marine we worked with was recognized by her peers as the person who rallied them to get out of bed and go running in the rain. She was meritoriously promoted into an intelligence position and sent overseas on deployment to collect information on human targets. A crystallizing moment happened when someone she had been tracking was killed while she and others monitored the situation remotely. The rest of the people in the room cheered and did high fives for “taking him out.” Her command wanted her to recognize the good work she had done, but inside she felt lost and alone. Through her work, she had come to know this targeted person as a human being and she felt devastated witnessing him being killed.

At her Investigating Officer Hearing, the captain assigned to her case tried to argue that she had no connection to what happened. He said that she had not pulled the trigger and had not given the order to take his life. She respectfully replied that the roomful of people she was with at the time certainly made the connection between her work and the completed kill. He tried to explain that all she had done was provide information about illegal activity. According to him, doing her job and providing this kind of information was always the morally correct thing to do. She felt, if the others could high-five each other and cheer in pride over their contributions, then she had every right to feel morally troubled about her own. Later, she did receive an honorable discharge."

Note that her experience was with the intended target. Now, imagine civilian casualties. Civilian children.

Today, I am thinking of the families of the children and all those involved in that mission of revenge (let's call a spade a spade). That does not lessen my mourning for the service members killed as they helped so many leave Afghanistan in the last few days.

War is a complex issue. But, unlike many complex issues, there is almost no factor that is redeeming.

The full newsletter article we wrote can be found here: https://quakerhouse.org/2017/12/09/spiritual-re-awakenings/

Family says 7 children were killed in Kabul drone strike; US is investigating U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Central Command, said there were powerful secondary explosions from Sunday's drone strike, which he said indicated a large amount of explosive materials inside the targeted vehicle. Those secondary explosions "may have caused additional...

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Hawaii News Now on Twitter 08/26/2021

Hawaii News Now on Twitter

The remains of war linger for generations - in various forms.

https://twitter.com/HawaiiNewsNow/status/1430741135190728706?s=19

Hawaii News Now on Twitter “The Navy will be removing two unexploded munitions from the Sampan Channel area of Kaneohe Bay Thursday. One will be detonated onsite. The public is being asked to avoid the area until all clear is given. #HINews #HNN”

08/25/2021

The news from Afghanistan is heart breaking to many of us, and it has been causing many mixed emotions, negative thoughts, and triggers for our OIF/OEF Veterans, as well as our Vietnam Vetetans. If you're a Vet or an Active Duty Service Member that wants to talk and process your feelings about this, give Quaker House a call. You can make an appointment for free, confidential, counseling with a licensed therapist.

The news from Afghanistan is heart breaking to many of us, and it has been causing many mixed emotions, negative thoughts, and triggers for our OIF/OEF Veterans, as well as our Vietnam Vetetans. If you're a Vet or an Active Duty Service Member that wants to talk and process your feelings about this, give Quaker House a call. You can make an appointment for free, confidential, counseling with a licensed therapist.

Expanding the Military Draft Is Not Feminism. Abolishing Draft Registration Is. 08/23/2021

Expanding the Military Draft Is Not Feminism. Abolishing Draft Registration Is.

https://truthout.org/articles/expanding-the-military-draft-is-not-feminism-abolishing-draft-registration-is/?fbclid=IwAR08k2e6s_FcHde9W-KVGAxPJWpp9y_CpaTxjUZZAygFTYdxOSlYigPHJZM

Expanding the Military Draft Is Not Feminism. Abolishing Draft Registration Is. Women’s rights will never be achieved through having more women involved in military occupation and bombing.

The Quaker House 5k Peace Race 08/23/2021

The Quaker House 5k Peace Race

We want to race to peace, and we invite you to join us virtually!

The last week of October, design your own 5K or 100 yard run/dash/walk and run it in your location. We would love it if you include place(s) that speak to you of peace and/or social justice (peace for all of us). Take photos or write about the route you chose and share it with us! We will do the same. :)

Know other people who would enjoy this? Please share it with them! We want this to involve as many people across the nation and even across the globe as we can.

Thank you to Partin Design for the great logo and to the Board for getting us set up! https://www.partindesigngroup.com

https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Fayetteville/TheQuakerHouse5kPeaceRace

The Quaker House 5k Peace Race The Quaker House 5k Peace Race is on Saturday October 23, 2021 to Saturday October 30, 2021. It includes the following events: 5K Run/Walk and 100 Yard Dash.

08/16/2021

I have always loved this quilted wall-hanging in Quaker House. This morning, I sat with it for a bit longer. (There is a dove in the center.)

Peace is built piece by piece.

Peace must be intentional, long-range, and continually re-prioritized.

What does peace, love, responsibility, and the community of humankind require of us at this moment?

Our hearts reach out to *all* those involved in the current crisis. We join our voices to those who urge that asylum procedures be immediately expanded for those who embraced the values, vision, and promises we made. And when those refugees begin appearing in your communities in the following weeks, months, and years, we beg of you to welcome the stranger and remember these days and the last 20+ years.

Attentively witness and remember and journal and speak of what is happening today so that we may one day learn. We will face decisions on how to respond to national crises again in the future.

Peace be unto you and may we all allow Light, Compassion, and Love to illuminate our paths.

I have always loved this quilted wall-hanging in Quaker House. This morning, I sat with it for a bit longer. (There is a dove in the center.)

Peace is built piece by piece.

Peace must be intentional, long-range, and continually re-prioritized.

What does peace, love, responsibility, and the community of humankind require of us at this moment?

Our hearts reach out to *all* those involved in the current crisis. We join our voices to those who urge that asylum procedures be immediately expanded for those who embraced the values, vision, and promises we made. And when those refugees begin appearing in your communities in the following weeks, months, and years, we beg of you to welcome the stranger and remember these days and the last 20+ years.

Attentively witness and remember and journal and speak of what is happening today so that we may one day learn. We will face decisions on how to respond to national crises again in the future.

Peace be unto you and may we all allow Light, Compassion, and Love to illuminate our paths.

RAND Study on Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in the Active-Component Army 08/05/2021

RAND Study on Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in the Active-Component Army

Content warning: Sexual assault, discrimination, harassment in the military.

Most women would not be surprised by the key findings the article describes from the study.

Surely, no woman with any connection to the military is surprised by these findings.

Regarding the experiences of men in the military, I find the wording of that finding problematic and would probably change it to read:

"For most male Soldiers, the most commonly disclosed experiences are insults to their masculinity, sexual orientation, or gender expression."

(The original wording was:
"In their most serious experiences, male Soldiers most commonly experience insults to their masculinity, sexual orientation, or gender expression." I take issue with "their most serious experiences . . . which I would change in all of key findings")

Regardless, military women have been screaming to be heard about the sexual assault culture within the military for years and have been telling the military the exact things found in the findings of this study.

Establishing the role of Victim Advocates was a start. The potential move to remove investigative and disciplinary decisions from the chain of command's discretion is a start. But this is a much larger problem that cannot be glossed over or fixed with stop-gap measures--particularly measures that are designed to be used after the assault or harassment or discrimination, the damage, has already been done.

So much of military culture and structure accentuates and provides a breeding ground and harbor for glorification of violence and assault and abuse of power, especially against women or anyone who is perceived as different, which is already found in our broader society.

Are all men bad? Of course not. Are all military men people who would commit or turn a blind eye to sexual assault? Of course not. The point is that the military is a MASSIVE institution and it has a huge structural problem in this area - a problem that must be addressed effectively.

Also, don't join the military or push your sons to join the military to "make a man" out of them or your sons or daughters to help them grown up or find discipline or find direction.

And while we are addressing wider societal issues, we must provide pathways for ALL young adults to obtain healthcare, job training/skills/education, and housing other than making the military their easiest, and sometimes seemingly only, option.

https://www.army.mil/article/249035/rand_study_on_sexual_harassment_and_gender_discrimination_in_the_active_component_army?fbclid=IwAR3VO5FQLdT8gruoeRJBAyjEUFyoqr2YThYZHR5vUPFsqBB9f6AAHWYOk0M

RAND Study on Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in the Active-Component Army A new study will help the Army better understand the most common circumstances under which soldiers face sexual harassment or gender discrimination, and...

For first time, some burn pit victims will get presumptive status for disability benefits 08/03/2021

For first time, some burn pit victims will get presumptive status for disability benefits

Service members have no choice where they are assigned to work and which tasks they must do - including the use of burn pits that burned all trash and waste despite the black oily chemical-laden smoke the resulted. And this isn't like other at-will jobs -- you can't just decide you are in a toxic work environment and look for another job (at least not easily and not without repercussions before your contract is up - a contract which can be unilaterally extended during times of conflict).

It is not just the purpose for which the military exists (maximum lethality for sometimes unclear motives) but also the loss of much self-determination and freedom to make choices that should concern those considering military service -

or being drafted,

man or woman.

For first time, some burn pit victims will get presumptive status for disability benefits An estimated 3.5 million veterans suffered some burn pit exposure overseas during deployments in the last 20 years.

07/29/2021

Love this painting

Quaker House, by local artist A. Taber.

We love it! Thank you!

07/29/2021

Quaker House, by local artist A. Taber.

We love it! Thank you!

Quaker House, by local artist A. Taber.

We love it! Thank you!

The forgotten Australian veterans who opposed National Service and the Vietnam War 07/27/2021

The forgotten Australian veterans who opposed National Service and the Vietnam War

The forgotten Australian veterans who opposed National Service and the Vietnam War A short history of the Ex-Services Human Rights Association of Australia: a group of brave returned servicemen and women who protested the Vietnam War.

New legislation would require women, like men, to sign up for potential draft 07/24/2021

New legislation would require women, like men, to sign up for potential draft

New legislation would require women, like men, to sign up for potential draft A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would, if enacted, require young women to register for Selective Service alongside men.

Senate Democrats propose requiring women to register for military draft 07/20/2021

Senate Democrats propose requiring women to register for military draft

No one. No one should be required to register with the Selective Service.

Are we not each human, each with a will, a mind, a heart, and a soul with which to make decisions?

Do we not each have a life that seeks to recognize the life and dignity in the other?

Is it not peace each of us yearns for?

May we honor and act on that yearning for peace and not ritualize and elevate violence.

Senate Democrats propose requiring women to register for military draft Senate Armed Services Chair Jack Reed has proposed changing draft registration requirements to include all Americans.

[07/10/21]   Are you a pacifist?
Ideas to ponder from reading "Why I Am A Pacifist" by Tim Gee
"We find the root of the English word 'peace' in the Latin word pax meaning agreement. ...'peace' is (translated in Hebrew as) shalom and the Arabic salaam (which) denotes 'wholeness, abundance, health, wellbeing -- the integrity of our common aliveness". Understood this way a commitment to peace encompasses a commitment to equality, economic justice and evironmental protection. In contrast the origin of the word violence is to 'break'."

What does the word 'peace' mean to you?

[07/09/21]   Are you a pacifist?
Ideas to ponder from reading "Why I Am A Pacifist" by Tim Gee

"Pacifism means the act of making peace. As such it describes an active process"

Being a pacifist means more than 'non participation in war". Being a pacifist requres a pacifist being engaged in peace work to change policies that encourage violence.

[07/08/21]   Are you a pacifist?
Ideas to ponder from reading "Why I Am A Pacifist" by Tim Gee
Tim writes about the time he he commited an act that made him feel sick to his stomach by retaliating against some bullies who had harrassed him. Tim retaliated by throwing eggs against his agressors but immediately after doing so, he realized that "what I had done was wrong. Sure, it was only eggs, not stones, not bombs. But nevertheless I found myself thinking that this is how wars begin. That was the day I became a pacifist". pg 5

Perhaps you have had a similar experience?

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