Peace/Not War

“Our culture of violence, our government of secrecy, our provocation of animosity around the world: these would end if we stopped slaughtering people under the banner of war.”David Swanson, author of War No More: The Case for Abolition 

This page lists action items and news articles aimed at promoting peace, and lists organizations working tirelessly to move our governments and leaders to policies that promote peace in the world, not war.

Would you like to see an absolute end to all war, worldwide? Please sign World Beyond War’s Declaration of Peace, linked here-an ongoing record of our collective global declaration for peace, not war, and please pass on the link to friends.

Visit and support the US Peace Memorial Foundation, a novel organization set up to support and honor peacemakers, rather than warmakers. On their Home Page: “Many Americans are reluctant to speak out against a U.S. war.  There are individual reasons for this: a sense of patriotism, the desire to support our troops, fear of reprisals, a lack of understanding about the political process, etc.  Unfortunately, when we do not speak up, our elected officials do not receive sufficient feedback that we (their constituents) oppose a particular war.  To demonstrate that advocating for peaceful solutions to international problems is an honorable and socially acceptable activity, the US Peace Memorial Foundation, Inc.:

  1. Publishes the US Peace Registry
  2. Awards an annual Peace Prize and
  3. Will build and maintain the US Peace Memorial in Washington, DC”

INSPIRING ARTICLE ON PEACE

Article by Reverend John Dear, following the death of Freddie Gray, published in the Huffington Post, May 12:  Everyone Has to Practice Non-Violence Now

(Excerpt) “Everyone has to practice nonviolence. Everyone. From the people on the streets to the police, to church ministers and parents, but also our media spokespeople and elected officials. Including the president. And the military. Everyone, everywhere. The days of war, killing, shootings, bombings, torture, executions and nuclear weapons are coming to an end. The days of violence are over. Everyone has to practice nonviolence. That is our only future–if we are to have a future.”

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June 17, 2015

News Articles of Interest

Article by David Swanson, World Beyond War: Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly. A promising move from veterans, a call to drone-operators to follow their conscience, and not fly those drones that kill people indiscriminately–and discriminately. 

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October 1, 2014

Petition on MoveOn from Just Foreign Policy asking Congress to debate and rethink the value of getting mired in a war on Syria: “Members of Congress should co-sponsor the Congressional Progressive Caucus Resolution, H. Con. Res. 114, urging limitations on the U.S. use of military force in Iraq and Syria and should use the principles embodied in H. Con. Res. 114 to limit any authorization for the use of military force in Iraq or Syria.” Please add your voice if this is something you can support. Or write your Congressperson using the link below.

September 27, 2014

Letter from RootsAction, click on link to write Congress: The United States has launched the first attacks of a new, long-term war in Iraq and Syria. We need to say “no” — loudly, strongly and persistently — to this new U.S. war in the Middle East. Please join our friends at Win Without War and write to the President and to your members of Congress today.

Over 12 years of military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq have shown us that U.S. military force is not an effective means of fighting terrorism. Recent analyses show that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have not degraded ISIS, and may be increasing local support for the extremists. The Syrian people have suffered through three years of civil war; the last thing they need is more bombing.

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