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Father John Dear: Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace

Weeping Jesus

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days on Apr 1, 2014

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014 — “Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace” kicked off the evening of Friday, March 21 with with welcome activities, including a rousing keynote from Catholic peace activist and author Rev. John Dear.

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Father John Dear: Cultivating Peace Within Us and Around Us (must-see)

Who would Jesus Bomb?

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talkingsticktv on Mar 27, 2014

Interview with Father John Dear author of “The Nonviolent Life”.

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Needed: Three Obama Speeches for the People by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
January 16, 2014

New York - Liberty Island "Statue of Liberty & Seagull"

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Dear President Obama:

All the daily decisions and crises you have to confront must not preclude occasional addresses to the country that rise to the level of statesmanship, transcending the hurly-burly of politics and executive branch administration.

There are three areas where the people need the views and vision of their President.

1. A major address on the resources and preconditions necessary for the government to wage peace as a continual policy of statecraft and not just sporadic initiatives between waging war or engaging in other violent conflicts. Continue reading

Building a Global Movement to End All War by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
January 12, 2014

110/365: End all wars!

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I’ve been involved in starting enough activist campaigns and coalitions to know when one has more potential than any other I’ve seen.  When hundreds of people and organizations are signing up on the website before you’ve announced it anywhere, and nine months before you plan to officially launch, and when a large percentage of the people signing on ask how they can donate funding, and when people from other countries volunteer to translate your declaration into other languages, and when committees form of volunteer women and men to work on a dozen different aspects of the planning — and they actually get to work in a serious way, and when none of this is due to anything in the news or any statement from anyone in government or any contrast between one political party and another, then it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to help build as a movement.

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David Swanson: Lies and War, Part 1 + What Drives War? Part 2 + Are There Just Wars? Part 3

David Swanson tied one on for peace!

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
December 15, 2013

TheRealNews on Dec 14, 2013

On RAI with Paul Jay, David Swanson, author of “War is a Lie”, talks about becoming a full time activist for peace.  Continue reading

Exclusive: Peace 101: Will the Real Saint Francis Please Stand Up by Rocket Kirchner

by Rocket Kirchner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rocket Kirchner (blog)
Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel)
November 11, 2013

Saint Francis

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Gandhi liked him. Martin Luther King, Jr. liked him. The Sufis like him. The Catholics like him. The Dalia Lama likes him. Mandela likes him. Bishop Tutu likes him. Aung San Suu Kyi likes him. Atheist humanitarians like him. Chris Hedges likes him. There is even a new Pope who liked him enough to take his name. The New Age crowd likes him. In fact I don’t think I have ever read any bad press about the man. But just who is Saint Francis and why does he matter now more than ever?

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Borderfree!

by Hakim
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
Sept. 9, 2013

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ourjourneytosmile·Aug 11, 2013

Imagine a world free of borders!
All human beings live under the same blue sky.
The sky has no borders! It has no borders…
Tunisians
Egyptians
It’s time that all Mexicans become more socially aware, & go out on the streets like this. Continue reading

Socialism: Change Has to Begin at the Roots by William T. Hathaway

Build a Peace Economy!

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
August 3, 2013

Terrorists, serial killers, domestic murderers — their ghoulish deeds fill our news and popular entertainment, interspersed with wars, riots, and brutal repressions. Violence surrounds us.

Where does it come from?

The answer propagated by the mass media is that violence is human nature. It’s just the way people are.

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Peace On Earth–Classic Christmas Cartoon (1939) + Good Will to Men (1955)

Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

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Tommy Cherry·Dec 1, 2009

Peace on Earth is a one-reel 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon short directed by Hugh Harman, about a post-apocalyptic world populated only by animals.

Two young squirrels ask their grandfather on Christmas Eve who the “men” are in the lyric “Peace on Earth, good will to men.” Continue reading

Israel and Palestine: A Short History

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Israel & Palestine

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Nov 28, 2012 by

Hey progressive and liberal friends-it’s time to stop saying, “It’s too complicated!” After Gaza, you can’t stay on the sidelines anymore. Watch this Jewish Voice for Peace 6 minute mini-primer about why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting, why the US-backed peace process has been an impediment to peace, and what you can do to make a difference.
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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

Beautiful Fall Day

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By Gary Corseri
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Einstein’s Prescience by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
July 12, 2012

Capitalism Is Over!

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Albert Einstein wrote in 1939:

“There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people. Despite the great wrong that has been done us, we must strive for a just and lasting compromise with the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”

Einstein was opposed from the start to the setting up of a Jewish state and to mass emigration into Palestine. He was also one of the signatories to an Open Letter to the New York Times in 1948 denouncing the terrorist activities of Menachem Begin and the massacre carried out in the Arab village of Deir Yassin.

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Are Wars Inevitable? by William T. Hathaway

by William T. Hathaway
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
June 20, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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“We’ve always had wars. Humans are a warring species. Without an army to defend us, someone will always try to conquer us.”

These assumptions have become axioms of our culture. They generate despair but also a certain comfort because they relieve us of the responsibility to change.

Some politicians and pundits declare that human nature makes peace impossible, that war is built into our genes. Continue reading

Peace is Inevitable by Dennis Kucinich

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by Dennis Kucinich
June 13, 2012

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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For Immediate Release
Nathan.White@mail.house.gov (202)225-5871

“The Department of Peace is based on faith in the evolution of human consciousness”

New York, NY (June 13, 2012) — Appearing on a live broadcast of Brian Lehrer Radio Show at The Green Space, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called for a new approach to peace. He explained H.R. 808, his legislation to establish a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. H.R. 808, which seeks to address the causes of violence both nationally and internationally, currently has 52 cosponsors.

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Dennis Kucinich Inspires at American University in Dubai: Power of Now

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, May 9, 2012

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today delivered the keynote address at the American University in Dubai’s Fifteenth Commencement. Kucinich spoke to an attentive audience of about 5,000. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was also present at the ceremony. Previous keynote speakers have included President William Jefferson Clinton, Secretaries of State James Baker, Madeleine Albright and General Colin Powell and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.

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