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Armistice Day with VFP Smedley Butler Brigade

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was the day that the Armistice between WWI Allies and Germany went into effect in 1918. 

World War I or the War To End All Wars was fought from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 mobilizing 70 million military personnel.  Sixteen million died in this war (9 million combatants and 7 million civilians).

As WW II and subsequent wars bear out, including the Endless Wars of today, wars are still with us, fueled by a global arms industry and competing international interests seeking resources and hegemony.

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"What we are faced with in this world...

Chief Arvol Looking Horse at Agape Community, October 7, 2017

“What we are faced with in this world is – man has gone too far,” spoke Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a Spiritual Leader, of the Lakota Nation on Saturday, October 7th at the intentional Christian community Agape in Hardwick, Massachusetts.

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Can We Unify?

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Can We Unify?

 
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The season of peace is a good time to remember the humanity of others

Remarks delivered at "Welcome Refugees - War is Not the Answer" candlelight vigil, December 10, 2015, Boston Common.   Photos

In our war culture we learn to define the "other" -- the "outsider" -- as an "enemy" from our earliest hours.  The "enemy" is depersonalized in wars to make killing easier, so that it's easier not to care and to close our eyes and hearts to the inflicted horrors that all wars are. What needs to happen is a total transformation. We need to recognize the humanity of others – one way to do that is to welcome war refugees (sometimes mistermed migrants or immigrants by the media) – as we take responsibility for the consequences of the wars waged in our names by our government.

Those of us who work for peace day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade are among those who do take that step toward recognition of the humanity of others. We abhor the bombs dropping on children, mothers, fathers, grandparents. I always think – hey – there are people down there – it's not shock and awe it's murder!  I find it very painful when I stand with my sign for peace and people in my community drive past shouting out justifications for bombing and killing – even one time - thankfully only one time- "nuke 'em". The violence here and wars there are out of control, we are eclipsed by events that worsen daily and our voices continue unheeded. 

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U.S. Groups Stand Against 'Dangerous Tide of Hatred, Violence'

 

A full-page ad calling for every public figure, elected politician and media outlet to stand up against the "dangerous tide of hatred, violence, and suspicion" that is being expressed across the U.S. with more than 700 organizations and individuals appeared in the Thursday, December 10, 2015 New York Times. 

The ad launches a campaign opposing racism, bigotry and violence called #We Are Better Than This.

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Is This WW III?

There are 60 million refugees in the world, the same number as were refugees at the end of WW II. 

On October 31 in an unprecedented joint warning, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross called for "states to stop conflicts, respect international law and aid refugees." Criticizing the global response to the refugee crisis, Ban Ki-moon said, "In the face of blatant inhumanity, the world has responded with disturbing paralysis." 

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Close Pilgrim NOW!

The Grand Staircase in the Massachusetts State House reverberated with the call to Close Pilgrim NOW this afternoon as citizens held a two hour speakout detailing every aspect of the problem.

The Pilgrim nuclear plant is operated by Entergy Corp. which has said it will close the reactor in 2019.  Even the nuclear-loving NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) has designated this plant one of the three most unsafe in the nation.  

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Rise Up Singing and Rise Again - The People's Songbooks

From the first notes of “O sisters, let’s go down…down to the river to pray, studying about that good old way…” a concert to launch Rise Again A Group Singing Songbook was one of the more uplifting and heartfelt evenings of recent experience.  The event was sponsored by Cambridge Forum, it was recorded and will be available at their website. 

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Power to the People

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/10/09/power-people

Today John Lennon would be 75 and the radio played his song Power to the People.  Earlier this week a couple thousand people made a peace sign in New York's Central Park in response to Yoko Ono's call to honor John's birthday in this way.

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Arlington Peace Vigil in support of the Iran Agreement

Arlington United for Justice with Peace responded to the moveon.org call for local peace vigils in support of the Iran agreement that is currently before Congress for a vote. 

Despite the rain, twenty people stood out for an hour at Arlington Town Hall on Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 7 pm.

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Annals of Nuclear Resistance

In honor of Peace and Planet Summer and Nuclear Free Future Month, United for Peace and Justice is launching an Annals of Nuclear Resistance project to recall and tell the storied resistance to nuclear weapons and power. 

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Thoughts on an Orwellian Memorial Day

Pres. Obama celebrated May 25th as the"...the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the US is not engaged in a major ground war..." (my emphasis).

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Transform Now Plowshares Three Freed!

Free!  Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed have been released from prison for their Transform Now Plowshares action on July 28, 2012. 

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Standing with my people against the death penalty

I've used up some personal time this week to join the folks gathered down at Moakley Federal Courthouse in the morning to protest the death penalty as the trial enters its final stage.

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At the Park Street Protest -- Saturday, Feb. 21

This is my soap box speech from the Park Street demo, Sat. Feb. 21. Thankfully it was not so cold as it is today!  

The global situation is careening out of control

Every country the U.S. and/or NATO have bombed is in a state of chaos: Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan. US warmongers are not satisfied with all that chaos, they are sparring with Russia over the Ukraine – playing a very dangerous game with a nuclear armed power

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