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With all the hatred and rage going on betweenthe sect's of the muslim religion I believe it is time for the religous leaders of the world to step in. Since this war has started there has been controversy over contreversy. We have been lied to by our own government. This same government has said it is an idealogical war(whatever that means) We must all understand that we are only human and to embrace each others ideas and differences as our uniqueness as being children of God. read more »

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I had the honor of sitting next to Jason White at the Peace Conference this last weekend and
went to the Hill with the rest of the Mass activists to Lobby Congress on Monday Feb 5 for a Cabinet Level Sec of Peace under the new Dept of Peace which we believe Senator Kennedy will introduce into the Senate for us. It is our hope that the Peace Academy will be in Massachusetts and that the bill #808 will go through Congress and pass this year. read more »

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It takes more than a handshake to make real peace. Real peace requires more than mutual recognition on the political level; it requires a reconciliation of the heart. In the end, peoples as well as governments must agree to end a conflict.
Why, if most Israelis truly yearn to "separate" from the Palestinians, do they offer the Palestinians so little that separation is simply not an option, even if the Palestinians are willing to make major concessions? read more »

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64 Days, 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence
You are invited to open your heart during these 64 days of A Season For Nonviolence and actively become part of your community by offering your help and your talent to others. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. both showed us that one person can make a tremendous difference in the world. The time is now, and we are the people.

We learn to practice nonviolence one step at a time, one choice at a time, one day at a time. This is how each of us, in our own way, move the world in the direction of peace. If it was up to me, there would be 365 days a year dedicated to A Season For Nonviolence. read more »

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The Status Quo contends that the purpose of agreements is to enforce their power and control. However the real purpose of agreements is so that we may all live together in greater harmony and peace. Another inherent quality of agreements is that they can be re-negotiated if they aren't creating the desired effect.

However, what if the person(s) involved will not allow the compromise? This does happen, and we are witnessing it in our Leaders right now. They might be merely stubborn and inflexible, because dammit they MUST stay the course or they will be guilty of weakness. Another possibility is that they could be willfully ignoring other important agreements just so that they can remain in control. Either way, the results are the same. They cannot bring themselves to let go of the original agreement, so even though they say they are changing directions, they are still just staying the course. In addition, every time they make a new agreement, they compound the problems, confusion and social unrest that already exist. read more »

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Fwd: Petition to Stop Attempts to Regulate the Grassroots -
Section 220 of S. 1

This may be the last email you receive asking you to tell Congress what you think. Why? Because the U.S. Senate is voting on a bill as soon as Friday to muzzle your free speech rights. S.1 is a bill that purports to deal with lobbying and ethics reform. Buried deep in the bill is a provision that would require grassroots groups to disclose how we activate you, our grassroots supporters. This is a blatant attempt to intimidate grassroots groups into not organizing grassroots activism. read more »

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When the going gets tough, the Status Quo's first step is to get very quiet and secretive. Information is withheld so as to create apprehension and anxiety among the people.

Next step:
Multiple leaks of conflicting and illogical information designed to create confusion, throwing the people off track from their original intention.

Next step:
Paint the members of the Status Quo as victims - misunderstood, filled with contrition without any genuine remorse or substantial responsibility taken. And if the people don't accept that shallow, meaningless apology, they are painted as unfair, unkind and misguided. read more »

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This is just a friendly reminder that Monday is MLK day. Find a parade in your area and participate by walking in solidarity, or at least showing up, to honor his dream and his life. It's okay if you don't have anything fancy already planned; last year, I marched alone armed with only a camera to "shoot" the spectators. I get discouraged when I see all those JROTC units marching to promote militarization. read more »

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Quote:
Things may be grim, but there are reasons to be cheerful

The world is a scary, violent place and we're wrecking the planet, but I refuse to be grumpy - there's light in the gloom

Jonathan Freedland
Wednesday January 3, 2007
The Guardian

Interesting reading.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1981476,00.html

Submitted by: http://www.propeace.ch read more »

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I do not believe wishing for peace, protesting specific wars or talking endlessly will do anything to end War. The path to peace requires much more of a commitment to radical and fundamental change. The change that needs to happen is one that is often quite politically incorrect, even amongst peace activists.
Two of the primary causes of war, exploitive economics and over population will never change unless we are willing to committ to some principles and are living in what Eric Fromm called a Humanitarian Communitarian Socalistic way. The "government" or the masses will never ever live this way unless some are willing to lead the way and DEMONSTRATE that is works. And in fact, it is extremely doubtful it could ever work except as a bottom up revolution of people voluntarily living this way. read more »

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