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No Farms No Slogans

For years, I’ve seen the No Farms No Food bumper sticker, and wondered what the message was trying to get at. Sure, we need farmers to grow ingredients for food, but that’s such a general need, it’s difficult to get worked up about. Food is good, but it’s when I picture particular foods that I [...]

Turn your Gaze: Maine Drone Peace Walk, October 10-19

If we only look at the politicians, it’s easy to get discouraged. So many of them promise to act against powerful institutional interests and for the rights of everyday people, then gain office and turn out to do the exact opposite. Watching these politicians is important, if only to prevent their worst excesses, but it [...]

Istanbul joins Asia and Europe for Peace

The morning is rising over Kadikoy, a neighborhood of Istanbul that sits on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. In this photograph you can see the “iskelesi,” the ferry terminal that allows commuters to cross to all points on the European side.

At about 1 pm today Istanbul time, demonstrators will line up along [...]

Catch A Peace Tiger By The Tail

This week, we have added a tiger to our menagerie of animals for peace. Is that safe? Shouldn’t we remember Life of Pi, for goodness sakes?

It’s true that we all have the capability to act violently. We may even have the propensity toward violence.

That doesn’t mean we have to act violently.

The [...]

The Evolution of a Quote: Misconceived, Misattributed, Misconstrued

Yesterday a professional contact of mine shared the following message on Facebook:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an [...]

Celebrate Mother’s Day: Stop War

I had no idea until I read this piece that the original purpose of Mother’s Day was to protest war. Here is the founding Mother’s Day Declaration by Julia Ward Howe in 1870:

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

[...]

Making Peace With Wolves

A plan to kill hundreds of wolves in Wyoming was announced this week. As hatred of wolves is growing, level headed Americans have a responsibility to encourage a more balanced view. [...]

Is there a Peace Rally in Washington DC on July 6 2011?

No, not really.

Sandy writes today from the southern tier of upstate New York to ask:

Would you provide me with more details on the non-violent rally for peace scheduled for Thursday, July 6, 2011, in Washington, DC?

Sandy’s question is a legitimate one; if you’ve read the Huffington Post, you’ve been told that [...]

For Real Grassroots Peace Demonstrations, Check Out PeaceRally.org

A tip of the pen to qs for directing me to PeaceRally.org, a piece of web infrastructure that allows any ol’ person to declare an anti-war demonstration and allows anyone else to build support for that demonstration by either sharing the information or signing up to attend it personally.

This is a grassrootsier approach to [...]

FBI Raids Waken Slumbering Peace Movement to take Indignant Action

It’s just as possible for anti-war activists to commit crimes as anyone else, but FBI searches and seizures of items as odd as a child’s drawing and a Martin Luther King poster from anti-war activists this week in Minnesota and Illinois have undeniably roused a moribund peace movement back into high gear. United for Peace [...]

Peace and Liberty In the Road

The spelling lesson will come tomorrow. He’s already got the essentials down. [...]