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Most Americans see the establishment center as an empty, decaying void that commands neither their confidence nor their love. It is the establishment center that has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster — a terrible cancer eating away the soul of the nation. … It was not the American worker who designed the Vietnam war or our military machine. It was the establishment wise men, the academicians of the center.

— George McGovern on war and the politics that produce war, from a campaign speech in April 1972.

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Today, October 9 (John Lennon’s birthday), Yoko Ono will relight her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland in memory of her late husband. Ono hopes the peace tower will give light to wishes of World Peace from all over the planet, giving encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world filled with fear and confusion. Ono says, “Let us come together to realize a peaceful world.” Watch the live feed of the lighting: www.imaginepeacetower.com
Read GOOD’s interview with Yoko Ono

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Today, October 9 (John Lennon’s birthday), Yoko Ono will relight her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland in memory of her late husband. Ono hopes the peace tower will give light to wishes of World Peace from all over the planet, giving encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world filled with fear and confusion. Ono says, “Let us come together to realize a peaceful world.” Watch the live feed of the lighting: www.imaginepeacetower.com

Read GOOD’s interview with Yoko Ono

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It’s the International Day of Peace.
http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

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It’s the International Day of Peace.

http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

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Thanks, Irish Fantasy!!

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Thanks, Irish Fantasy!!

Peace is not the absence of trouble, difficulty, and torment but calm in the midst of them.
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We have good news from the National Peace Academy! In less than three years, we have gone from an idea to a fully established, well-recognized institution of peacelearning. Now, during this giving season, we are launching a campaign to radically expand our resource base and give the National Peace Academy the financial structure it needs to fulfill its potential for helping build safe, healthy, sustainable communities and a peaceful world. One of our visionary founding donors is offering the National Peace Academy a donation that is not just a one-time gift, but a call for our long-term sustainability.

For funding our programs in 2012, we are off to a great start with a $40,000 challenge grant from the Biosophical Institute. Yes, forty thousand dollars! We need your help to meet this challenge and thus our programmatic goals for 2012. 

 

This is a time of great transition, indeed transformation, in the United States and around the world. People everywhere are not satisfied with “business as usual,” but are yearning for something different and largely committed to nonviolence as fundamental to this change and how we get there. 


At this critical juncture, the National Peace Academy is already playing a significant role in developing a generation of peacebuilders. And we are poised to do even more to help turn the yearnings for nonviolent transformation into reality.    We invite you to help to realize this potential.
Learn more about the National Peace Academy.
We’ve never had sustained combat for a full decade, and we’ve never fought a war in which such a small share of the population has carried the fight.
Paul Taylor, editor of a Pew Research Center report showing wide differences between the way the military and the general public view the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, quoted in Gap Grows Between Military, Civilians On War : NPR (via tartantambourine)
Today, many of us believe that human beings are naturally violent, so war is inevitable. Look at who benefits from that myth. If human beings are naturally violent, politicians can’t be held responsible for making war; they’re just trying to protect us from the violent people all over the planet. Weapons makers can’t be held responsible; they’re just trying to help us defend ourselves. But in truth humans aren’t naturally violent, so we’re all responsible. War is a choice. General Omar Bradley, a veteran of World War II, said, ‘Wars can be prevented just as surely as they are provoked, and we who fail to prevent them share in guilt for the dead.’

Paul Chappell, a West Point graduate and Korean-American peace activist. Read more … (via utnereader)

Abso-motherfucking-lutely.

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