Work for Peace
Abolish War Forever

"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists . . . and we know that God is not neutral between them."
George W. Bush
State of the Union Address, Jan. 2002.


I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness in both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.
— General Douglas MacArthur

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy

The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic.
— John Dewey

Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war?

 

If we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely, one day war will abolish us from the earth.
Harry Truman

Donald Rumsfeld making oil deal with Saddam Hussein after he used chemical WMD sold to him by President Reagan. Saddam Hussein captured by U.S. forces ostensibly for possession of chemical WMD.
What does it matter to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you, too, find it impossible to ignore the preemptive military attack and subsequent occupation of Iraq ... impossible to dismiss your feelings that you must DO SOMETHING to stop it, here are some suggestions. Work to abolish war altogether. Not just this war or that war, but the abolition of all war — just as slavery, child labor, and voting rights for white-men-only have been abolished.

Many thanks to Elissa, Don and others unnamed for contributing to the following list of resources.

Iraqi Civilian Body Count
Individual Iraqi Obituaries
US & "Coalition" Body Count
Peace Societies & Teaching Resources

 

Inspiration
The War Song - music video by Smile Empty Soul (Requires Real One Player. Approx. 4 1/2 min.)
Caution: Very graphic!
Surfing the Apocalypse - satirical
Guerrilla News Network Video (GNN) (Flash streaming video)

US Soldiers Enjoy a Kill - CNN
(Flash streaming video) Caution: Very graphic!

US CIA Installs Saddam - Documents the rise and fall of a US puppet.
(Flash streaming video)
Take Back the Media - satirical expo of Bush family connection to Third Reich.
(Flash streaming video)
Dubya Explains the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
(Flash streaming video)

Groups Working to Abolish War

Hague Appeal for Peace Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Hague Appeal Youth Network Peace Fund Canada
Center for Defense Information Movement for the Abolition of War
New Hampshire Peace Action Holy Cross International Justice Office
World Citizen Peace Site Teachers for Peace
International Peace Bureau, Geneva Global Action to Prevent War

Other Groups Working for Peace

War Resister's League American Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
Fellowship of Reconciliation Action L.A.
Coalition for Peace Action United for Peace and Justice
Beyond War Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
Not in Our Name Los Angeles - Not in Our Name
A.N.S.W.E.R. Move On - Democracy in Action
Sojourners Nonviolent Peaceforce
Iraq Occupation Watch Global Security
U.S. Bombing Watch Global Peace Protest Information
Win Without War Coalition Gandhi Canadian Foundation
Federation of American Scientists Citizens for Legitimate Government
Amnesty International - USA Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Randolph Bourne Inst. ~ Antiwar.com A.J. Muste Memorial Institute
Peace Pledge Union Resource Center for Non-Violence
School of the Americas Watch Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Peace Action Promoting Enduring Peace
Voices in the Wilderness International Action Network on Small Arms
Iraq Peace Team Iraq Action Coalition
September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Veterans for Peace
EPIC - Education for Peace in Iraq Pax Christi USA
Wikipedia - Nuclear Disarmament Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Campus Anti-War Network National Lawyers Guild
Canadian Physicians for Global Survival Peace Mobilization - Links
Protest Net - USA Better World Links
Treehuggers - Peace Links Activism.net

If it's not already part of your routine, please take some time everyday to sign petitions, send letters/faxes, and make phone calls. Here's a list of suggested actions and resources:

Send a Letter

  • Join Amnesty International in demanding that President Bush adhere to obligations under international human rights and humanitarian laws.
  • Oxfam is an international humanitarian and development organization founded to bring relief and progress to people in crisis. A world leader in emergency water and sanitation systems, Oxfam has already created emergency facilities for refugees along the Iraqi border and is poised to provide life-saving services throughout the region as these fast-evolving conditions permit. In addition to providing immediate relief, Oxfam is committed to helping the Iraqi people rebuild their lives and livelihoods over the long term.

Sign the Petitions

List of National Media Contacts

ABC World News Tonight
Phone: 212-456-4040
PeterJennings@abcnews.com
CNN
Phone: 404-827-1500
cnn.feedback@cnn.com
CBS Evening News
Phone: 212-975-3691
evening@cbsnews.com
Fox News
Phone: (212) 301-3000; Phone: 1-888-369-4762
comments@foxnews.com
Bob Wright, NBC President
NBC Nightly News
Phone: 212-664-4971
nightly@nbc.com
MSNBC
Phone: (201) 583-5000
Fax: (201) 583-5453
world@msnbc.com
Links to media & government websites.  

Here are some other suggestions to make a difference

Donate blood at a local Red Cross.

Write letters of condolence to the families of soldiers killed, wounded or captured.

Let your loved ones know that you love them.

Pray and/or meditate.

Carefully study the events that led up to the current war, as well as past wars and the results that they created.

Give some money or food to a homeless person.

Take public transportation more often.

Ask more questions.

Call radio talk shows and express your observations and insights.

Use multiple sources for information, especially foreign press.

Attend a peace vigil, anti-war protest, or anti-anti-war (pro USA) rally.

Light a candle, ring a bell, read a book.

Call or write to your congress-person, letting them know how you feel and what you think should be done differently.

Think critically, speak distinctly, and listen carefully, especially to opposing points of view.

Acknowledge those who disagree with you as individuals, not as members of some group.

Take a day off of work if you can. Spend the day alone at a park or somewhere out in nature.

Start a journal. In it, write about not only what is happening, but what you intend to do about it.


E-mail - MB@theagelesswisdom.com

 

 

 

 


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