This blog is my online peace journal with information and reflection on a variety of peace topics -- personal,
local, global -- as well as peace and justice related links that I find helpful and/or inspiring. For more formal information
on peace, justice and nonviolence, I urge you to explore the webpages of The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (see FOR), of which I am a member and join our New York Fellowship of Reconciliation (see NYFOR) listserv. Also, check out my alternate Peace Hugs blog as well as my links page.
"The God of Peace is never glorified by human violence."
-- Thomas Merton
"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
-- St. Francis of Assisi
"There is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence - there is only a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
War is Costly, Peace is Priceless !!! Spend money to help, not hurt,
Where did this weekend go? Personal stuff in abundance to do -- yet some reading surfaced this thought [live link
on links page]:
"As a POD I am often tempted give up worrying about national and international matters and just work
on local issues. But in the wake of the 2004 election I feel that that's exactly what the Bush administration wants: keep
citizens so tied up fighting Wal-Marts, saving wetlands, promoting energy conservation, providing food pantries and homeless
shelters, supporting quality public schools, defending Social Security and Medicare, protecting rights of gays and non-Christians,
backing sound science against the theology of "intelligent design", and agonizing over abortion and gun control that we have
no time, energy or wits to notice the devastation their policies are wreaking on the planet, their perversion of democracy,
their cruel wars on the people of Iraq and the poor of the world, and their use of terrorism, torture and WMDs to achieve
And learning this past week that they (we?) are building a 6th concentration camp at Guantanamo, I am reminded of
the 34 Scandals of the Bush administration posted at Salon and Truthout.org: http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/011905D.shtml -- horrifying. And they impeached Clinton for lying about sex....
Peace, peace, peace -- please, God -- with OUR help,
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
That certainly is NOT a description of George Bush, who claims Jesus as his favorite philosopher. Nor does that describe Alberto
Gonzales, the torture-monger who is likely to be confirmed as Attorney General. Nor does that fit that lying warmonger Condi
Rice who is most probably going to be confirmed as Secretary of State. Outrageous, but we cannot give up our moral high ground,
that of the liberal independent Democrats! (Peace, Kate Anne, remember that beautiful biblical quotation.)
God bless Barbara Boxer who continues to speak up against liars. Would that Hillary (whose intern Jeff I spoke with today)
get some guts and not just focus on middle America at the expense of her New York base. I spoke to Cassandra in Chuck's office.
He's at least wavering on Alberto Gonzales. I am sure they both were getting earsful. But will they heed? I am urging all
my friends to call in NOW. Even if it is a done deal, they must be told that Alberto and Condi are slimeballs (oh, dear, this
isn't sounding very peaceful nor self-controlled....but it is a JUST evaluation. They ARE slimeballs -- or at least their
politics are slimey.) (And I have let Hillary's pac know in her own SASE that I am sending my money to Barbara Boxer and plan
to encourage and work for HER candidacy for president.)
Please, Dems, speak up and tell our Senators to vote NO to torture, no to concentration camps, no to giving a promotion to
a torturer, no to Alberto Gonzalez. See Kos's editorial for more info: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/1/25/15437/3930
and email your Senators tonight, call them first thing in the morning. Tell them there is honor in voting their principals,
regardless of the outcome.
And while you are at it, complain about Guantanamo where they are building a SIXTH concentration camp. Use those words and
remind our Senators (and Congressmembers) that it is a given that innocent people are being held without trial, along with
some guilty ones. We complain about Castro and our human rights record is STINKING under Bush and his ilk. See Thom Hartmann's
column at Commondreams or via ThomHartmann.com and remember:
"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists
and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I
did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me." -- Martin Niemoeller
I stopped myself. I almost forgot it was "Not a Damn Dime Day" and nearly purchased something on the
web. Well, if I am going to make an exception on this, Bush's coronation day, it will be at my friend Dorothy Morehead's Bliss
restaurant (46/Bliss Street and Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside: great food, lovely atmosphere, terrific staff!) or some Mom
and Pop store, not at someone's site where they may not even be AWARE of the event. (See www.NotOneDamnDime.com for more info.)
In the meantime, for the events of this day, listen to AirAmericaRadio.com which can be streamed over the web or in NYC found at 1190 on your AM radio dial and check out TruthOut's
Will Pitt's blog, FYI (Will is in DC reporting on the Bush bash and the bashing of Bush.)
Finally, while I AM wearing black (something I rarely do), I am certainly not rolling over and playing dead. There are
events going on all over the country in protest to the Bush administration and the evil they perpetrate. (For a list of some
of the happenings, see http://unitedforpeace.org/ We are more organized than ever. And thank God for Senator Barbara Boxer who has the guts and courage to once again
speak out for truth -- who allowed Condaleeza Rice to impugn her OWN integrity by her OWN words. Barbara Boxer for President
Can you believe that Bush is calling his "election" a reconfirmation of his Iraq position -- this after he released
the information about no WMDs well and truly after they fooled enough people (and stole enough votes)? What gall! Then he
talks about pushing his agenda, headed up be his Social Security privatization a/k/a destruction. Google Paul Krugman for
some great info or see Common Dreams' http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0113-34.htm for "There He Goes, He's Lying Again" by Joyce Marcel. Bottom line: even Bush's own administration knows that Social
Security is healthy for at least the next 40-50 years. So of course, Bush chooses to destroy it and benefit his campaign contributors.
And how many Bushites were thinking about Social Security when they voted for him? It is really annoying how the press quotes
Dubya without saying he's wrong, that his own administration belies Bush's statements. Marcel recommends phoning our Senators
and Reps and gives the AARP hotline to connect to them: 800-307-8525.
While Bush prepares for his coronation,
many of us are celebrating the life and contributions of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is snowy here in NYC, but a number
of us FOR folk are joining the Westsiders for Peace in a nonviolence workshop and then an afternoon p&j walk to several
Westside Manhattan churces: Lots of Good Energy. We follow his good example and recommit ourselves in these troubled times
to be drum majors for peace and justice. And let us remind the sanctimonious Dubya of Brother Martin's wisdom, "A nation that
continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual
death." God help us -- these are tough times -- but together we can and must make a positive difference.
Everything points to Common Dreams this morning -- even TruthOut.org's column featuring Thom Hartmann and Air
America Radio's Morning Sedition's segment with Terry Jones. CommonDreams.org has become a regular stop of mine, but today
it says lots. Terrorism by US by Bush's definition isn't terrorism but administrative policy. Guantanamo -- with
those incarcerated and subject to abuse and violence which isn't really torture (yeah, sure) without lawyer, trial, family,
or much chance of ever seeing freedom -- has probably created the terrorists we were looking for. With perhaps 75% inappropriately
there and experiencing massive injustice can we possibly release these people, but can we not? My God, forgive us, we don't
know what we have done.... How will we ameliorate the evil we have perpetrated? How can we make restitution to those folk
just rounded up and detained? But then, we are not interested. Instead, we are likely to confirm Alberto Gonzales who has
"promised" not to use torture even as the Salvador Option of death squads in Iraq is being considered. And Marianne Williamson
speaks rightly so that the tsunami relief effort is awakening humanity's heart -- yet Terry Jones aptly puts it that the tsunami-like
numbers of victims in Iraq are ignored by the media. So what do we do?
It is up to us to speak up for the Common Dreams of Peace, Justice, and Nonviolence. Read up, yes, but discuss the
topics in our families, amongst our friends, in our blogs, in letters to editors -- and even on the subways. No, I don't expect
most New Yorkers to evangelize for peace [but I have done this to drum up numbers for peace marches] but talk to a friend
and "allow" others to overhear -- and yes, wear those peace buttons and when weather permits those p&j tee shirts. Don't
just save peace for meetings, marches, and rallies. It is too important. Get the Truth Out, again and again and again. We
have to awaken the world and make of our Common Dreams a shared reality. Read, write, and ACT.
And finally the Bushies are admitting that not everyone in Iraq will be safely able to vote in their upcoming
election. Well it didn't happen here so why should it happen there? Besides they wouldn't vote "right" anyway. Yeah, Right.....
Hopeful signs for the return of Democracy to the USA
Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio deserve our thanks and praise
for standing up January 6th for Democracy and the right of every vote to count. Too few voted with them but two important
Pebbles have been tossed in the House and Senate Ponds and the ripple effect will continue -- it must and it will, with our
help. Write thank yous to the 31 who voted yea in the house and to Senator Boxer. As for Clinton and Obama and other Senators
who made some some supporting statements but in the end voted Nay, we are disappointed, to put it mildly. I'm busy re-drafting
my own note to the Democratic traitors (or are they traders, and if so what are they getting?). Schumer says he saw no evidence
for fraud, one of the NY papers says. Obviously, he either can't read or didn't bother to read evidence such as that posted
at FreePress.org. Shame, shame, shame. But let us rejoice in freedom of speech and those who spoke up with their voices and
their votes on January 6th.
Let's see if we get a Senator to stand up with Rep. Conyers to object to the certification of the delegates from Ohio. Rainbowpush.org
has a site where you can sign up to send letters to certain key Senators. The item is on the agenda for about 1 PM, however,
so if you are reading this later in the day, forgettaboutit.
I like Air America's Randi Rhodes' argument that we should tell them, "Don't certify what we cannot verify. Let the House
decide." We know it'll be Bush, but once again he will be "selected" and this disses him and weakens his argument
that he has a mandate for his neocon agenda. Think about it. Also, you can still call any and all Senators -- mine are so
busy I had to call the local offices to leave a message -- but there's an 800 number to the Congressional Switchboard (compliments
of Labor): 800--839-5276. If for whatever reason, it isn't working, dial 202-224-3121.
"Failure is impossible." Sooner or later, we win.... I prefer sooner. BUT WE MUST ACT -- and never rest on any laurels
we happen to be given.
Hope you are feeling pretty fine on this the last day of Christmas, The Feast of the Three Kings -- big in the Hispanic circuit.
Off to work now -- peace hugs one and all,
With word of tsunami aftermath and post election fraud and more deaths in Iraq on all sides, it is hard to think
Happy New Year -- but nonetheless, we should wish it, and work for it -- compassionately, in peace, with true and loving justice.
we look for a U.S. Senator to join Rep. Conyers on Jan. 6 in objecting to the Ohio delegates to the Electoral College in the
Senate, I continue to post links on my link page to especially good articles. Thom Hartmann gave an 800 number to the Senate
in his article posted on CommonDreams.org -- 800-839-5276 or dial 202-224-3121 but ask your Senators to join Conyers in
his protest of the Ohio electors. Tell your friends -- this is particularly important if they live in California, West Virginia,
Minnesota, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, or Maine, as those state have senators who may be more
inclined to join Conyers than most, says Hartmann. Will it make Kerry the winner? Not likely, unless some overwhelming evidence
surfaces fast to convert the Republican majority, but the Senate needs to discuss this and work on real election reform.
New Year, one and ALL. Let us make it more than a wish, let us make it reality by creating a Happier New Year -- speak out,
work for, live for, pray for -- loving peace, compassionate justice, and active nonviolence.
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I intend to make changes to this site on a regular basis, sharing news, views, experiences, photos...whatever occurs to me.
Check back often! Peace, love, and all good things in abundance!!
"Our country currently lives under a single-party form of government. One ideology (pro-corporate, coddling the rich,
neglecting the middle class, patronizing the poor) is governing like there's no tomorrow. Should they continue, they'll be
-- Ted Rall, WAKE UP...YOU'RE LIBERAL
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