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,
I've been promising some more formal notes on the March on Washington to end the War on Iraq and Bring Them Home, but
I'm only now recovering from lack of sleep, so watch this space for a re-write. In the meantime, check out the archives of
Air America Radio's Laura Flanders' shows from Sept. 24 and Sept. 25th at http://airamericaplace.com which provide behind the scenes interviews, rally speeches, music, and wonderful energy from peace and anti-war marchers
in DC this past Saturday. Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, too, provides good stuff at http://www.democracynow.org -- check out the archives of the September 26th show which has a lot of coverage from the weekend, including the speech of
Louisiana student activist Colette Pichon Battles. And of course, for my personal take and a couple of pictures, as
well as some other good links, check out my Peace Hugs blog.
My to-do list overfloweth as I have volunteered to be a bus captain for United for Peace and Justice in their March on Washington this Saturday to end the war and bring the troops home NOW. I am also serving as the site coordinator
for Union Square. Should be quite a day Saturday, Sept. 24th. Hurricane Rita is scheduled to hit land then, too. Read my Peace Hug's blog for more info on all of this, but I hope folks get to DC on the 24th and that my friends will join me and Bobby Kennedy Jr.
on an ongoing virtual March to Stop Global Warming. To add to MY numbers, sign on to march virtually at Kate Anne's Personal Impact Page -- anybody who marches with me also counts as a marcher for Bobby. Wonder how he's thinking about Rita? Dear God help us
in speaking up for peace, justice, and a more environmentally-friendly planet.
Over 200 of the Guantanamo inmates are participating in a hunger strike. At least eighteen are being force fed. These are
people who have been detained and not charged and they ask to be treated under the Geneva Conventions -- and given hope. They
are being held without charge. Some of these people may be totally innocent. Some may have some guilt. Some may have a lot
of guilt. But no one deserves this inhumane treatment: a United States run concentration camp -- an outrage and against true
American values. We are talking abuse and torture. Please see the Center for Constitutional Rights site for more info. AND Please contact Senators and Reps to discuss Gitmo and our own US war crimes. (New Yorkers can see the
Contact Pols page at wqidc.org.) Remember: "Silence is Consent". And God forgive us our trespasses and these crimes against humanity.
Rachel Maddow and Air America Radio -- http://airamericaradio.com -- are onto the story -- but will the so-called liberal mainstream media pick it up? THE STORY: FEMA knew and
Bush knew. Money was allocated and some spent, but some $250 million (44%!) was NOT spent on shoring up New Orleans'
levees but diverted instead to the Iraq invasion and Homeland Security. Hurricane Katrina only caused some damage in New Orleans.
The city escaped the brunt of the storm. But the huge storm (whose huge size was influenced by Bush's global warming) weakened
the New Orleans' levees which were NOT fully upgraded. And so the Bush administration has MORE blood on its
And last, but certainly not least, DONATE TO HELP. Linda M. Young posted some good choices on her
blog - http://yetanotherjournal.blogspot.com/2005/08/hurricane-relief.html -- and you can go to New Orleans' Picayune site www.nola.com for updated info on New Orleans and a link to the Red Cross. Thanks for helping -- but let's all of us put
our money where it will help and not hurt:: Money for the environment and for relief, not for war.
On my way home from work today, Andrew Carter of College Point in Queens heard me talking to one of the
other Q32 bus passengers about the mess in New Orleans and asked from his wheel chair for me to donate a handful of money
to the cause for him. I added his $10 to make yet another donation -- and I must and will be giving more. Please join Andrew
and me. And for God's sake, call our Congresspeople (toll free at 877-762-8762) and the White House comment line -- 202-456-1111.
THANKS for WHATEVER you can do.
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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