Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
DEAR FRIEND IN PEACE,
On the ironically named International Peace Day, our country is being "led" (really, I think presidents just do what they are told and the same entities have been in charge since the beginning) by a Nobel Peace Laureate who is in more conflicts than most analysts can count; denies Palestinians the same human rights as Israelis, is getting ready to murder Troy Davis (whenever this state murders anybody--we all lose some of our humanity), and is committing economic terrorism here in our own country.
International Peace Day was instituted by the United Nations in 2002 and it seems that since then the global situation has deteriorated with the US Empire's War OF Terror against the world and the United Nations seems to exist to legitimize those wars and to give Israel a free pass when it commits crimes against humanity in Palestine.
For what it's worth, the only thing I think that we can do at this point is to create healthy systems outside of the ones that are currently oppressing and killing us. This can't save Troy Davis and the people who are being occupied and killed have an urgent need to protect and defend themselves, but the truism of Peace Begins With You has never been more valid. Even in my own case, my son Casey would still be alive if we didn't trust the system that killed him.
Most of us teach our children "well" that violence is not the way to solve problems by using our words and other coping skills when faced with issues. Even considering that most of the "problems" that the U.S. sets out to solve are manufactured or greatly exaggerated, we are constantly bombarded by the State and its propaganda branches of CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox that violence is just about the only acceptable way for problems to be solved. Top down violence from this nation is the overwhelming rule and not the exception and one is considered a lunatic in this truly Orwellian paradigm if a different perspective is proposed.
Shifting paradigms can only originate out of the grassroots and civil societies, so a few years ago, my non-profit, Peace of the Action, proposed a people's solution to war and violence called the International People's Declaration of Peace (IPDOP)--signed by Yoko Ono Lennon and others--please check out the link below.
Love & Peace
TODAY I AM TROY DAVIS AND IT'S NOT TOO LATE.
International People's Declaration of Peace (IPDOP)
We the undersigned, as responsible citizens of this planet, hereby recognize the immediate universal need for sustained “security through peace” for present and future generations of the human family.
In order that we all may live and prosper in dignity, we recognize the need for a genuine worldwide grassroots commitment by all humans to break the dehumanizing chains of the inherent savagery of militarism, of economic exploitation, of slaveries, of torture, of killing, and of all aspects of the culture of war and brutality that threatens survival of civilization on this planet.
We recognize that the present geo-political paradigm is systemically incapable of delivering us from the merchants of war and exploitation; and void of offering positive, alternative solutions. Thus we come together, as responsible citizens of this planet, to declare peace and work together as brothers and sisters for our collective freedom now.
May this Declaration of Peace be the spark for this manifest of commitment as initially discussed amongst citizens of this planet upon the sailing vessel, the Mass Transit, in Martha's Vineyard, on August 27th, 2009.
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