Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 72
A violent response to violence should always be our last resort, which is difficult in the absence of a sophisticated, well-funded strategy for peace. The United States Campaign for a Department of Peace In 1792, [US] Founding Father Dr. Benjamin Rush wrote an extraordinary essay titled “A Plan of a Peace Office for the United States”. Today in 2008, 216 years later, the Campaign to create a cabinet level Department of Peace in the [US] federal government has grown from an idea to a local movement to a national movement to an international movement . . . . . . We have educated, we have networked, we have traveled, we have fund-raised, we have found our voices . . . our passion . . . our truth. We have hugged Dennis Kucinich many times; we have created websites; we have walked with the Steps for Peace walkers; we have written many letters; we have dialogued with many Congressional representatives and their staff; we have met wonderful men & women & children; we have created Christmas cards and DOP Info cards and T-shirts and sweatshirts and all kinds of fun DOP gear. We are never discouraged because we have the entire DOP Campaign family as our cheerleaders: . . . and each one of us advocates in the United States and all over Mother Earth. Illinois and New Mexico had been working on their Department of Peace initiatives for years before they ever heard of the DOP Campaign . . . bravo for your dedication! Canada and England [and 30+ other nations] are working on their Department of Peace efforts . . . we are all making this happen . . . in our states, in our countries, on our precious planet Earth. AFDOP founders Christine Elliot and John McNeil hit the streets on a Walk for Peace ~ www.azdopcampaign.org 72 Peace Day 2008
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