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,
Much more to say than I have time to write these days.... BUT finally finished Thomas Frank's What's the
Matter With Kansas? which delves into how the once radical Kansans have allowed the Republican party to take over
with a vengeance, even as it doesn't serve the needs of most of them. I had to get to page 242 before the author finally addressed
the Democratic responsibility in this -- why the people didn't turn to the Dems.... It is that the Dems have forgotten its
base, taken us for granted, as it reache(d/s) out to white shirts with liberal social agendas. What about labor, equality,
and financial security -- a fair day's pay for a fair day's work, not just more and more for the wealthy?? He cast blame on
Bill Clinton and the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council). And now Hillary is behaving similarly: ignoring her NY base, assuming
we'll follow along, while she reaches out for popularity elsewhere. Arrrgh!!! Let's hope Dr. Dean is able to cure the Democratic
Party of some of its ills. But until the Dems truly reach out to their base and address -- not just talk about -- basic needs,
Dems will be vulnerable to the cultural wedge issues which the Republicans have been so craftily using.
season / Happy Spring! If you haven't already seen them, take a few minutes at http://www.angryalien.com/ for the 30 second bunnies theatre. Very clever!
Some sort of bug limited my participation in the 2nd Anniversary of the Iraq Invasion events - wah! But at least I got to
take part in the Great Litany at the Isaiah Wall across from the United Nations Building this past Friday at noon. I'm trying
to be well enough to hear Teresa Hommel of WheresthePaper.org speak about electronic voting this evening at my political club.
I should be napping instead of typing but I did want to get a few things down which are important:
-- A Wolfowitz in Sheeps Clothing, ie, heading the World Bank -- ain't going to work says Paul Krugman.
-- The Media falling prey to Distraction over REAL News: Michael Jackson and in Congress the Terri Schiavo feeding tube pulling
mess, meanwhile Congress ignores all the dying of tens of thousands of innocents in Iraq and in Darfur.
-- Last day of letter writing campaign (even if you read this late: write!) to Congress and President about Darfur -- a real
tragedy taking tens of thousands of lives, but no, they'd rather save a brain-damaged comatose woman who has been on a feeding
tube for 14 years) to do something -- See savedarfur.org and WRITE / CALL the politicos (let's not call them leaders)
-- Dem's eye slowdown re change in rules to allow GOP neanderthal judicial appointments. (I shouldn't be giving Neaderthals
such a bad name! And Majority Leader Frist has the audacity to say "To shut down the Senate would be irresponsible and
partisan -- as if shoving down GOP Neanderthals isn't??
-- One out of three West Queens Congressmembers voted Yes on the $82 billion for more war. I'm calling Crowley's office and
asking Joe, why??? The vote was 388 to 43 on HR 1268 -- see the house clerk's roll call 77 which might be findable at http://clerk.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.asp?year=2005&rollnumber=77
-- if the url doesn't change and see how YOUR congressmember voted. Then thank them (like Nydia Velazquez and Carolyn Maloney)
or say "bad!" or "why?" to those who voted yea. Other New York City Congressmembers voting yes were Ackerman,
Engel, Fossella (GOP -- should be Fossil-a), Meeks, and Nadler. Kudos and thanks to Velazquez, Maloney, Rangel, Owens, Serrano
and Towns who voted NAY!! Oh, please, way too much war. I have to find out who the 28 are who signed on to the pull out NOW
bill - H.Con.Res. 35 (with UN supervision - sensible) introduced by Congressmember Lynn Woolsey who spoke on Air America Radio
the other day -- see http://www.woolsey.house.gov/newsarticle.asp?RecordID=402 for more info.
So even home ill and being relatively quiet, I am determined to push on! Weak body, yes -- but, please, God, help me do the
work you have given me to do: PEACE!
Just read about the Velvet Revolution at BradBlog.com and took the leap and joined it -- See http://www.VelvetRevolution.us/about.php
Hey, given how I felt about the results of the 2004 election (STOLEN AGAIN!), I am a prime candidate, but there are a lot
of good (read: LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE) groups who are aligned with VR. Check out BradBlog.com and Velvet Revolution and look
for more on this later. (Rushing to work, Kate, rhymes with Late -- but I've been celebrating my birthday and the celebration
Finally, after some assist from Joan Pagan, we have our West Queens Independent Democratic Club site up and running
as wqidc.org -- "Under construction -- but then so is our world". The important thing is to communicate. And I am happy to find so
much of the preamble of WQIDC (see PURPOSE) is peace-oriented.
As we continue to work on it, we are finalizing our
meeting plans for March 20th -- more on electronic voting and its probable use in New York State. Much to do -- for peace
and justice and a better less violent world, please, God. (And wasn't it fun to march in Saturday's all inclusive Queens St.
Patrick's Parade -- see stpatsforall.com.) Now, what about the nyfor.org website??? Coming soon, with God's help.
ARCHIVES ABOVE -- Right now, if you click on the above numbers, you SEE my earlier posts. I still have a lot to learn but
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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