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We Stand Together
Dear Friends of The Peace Alliance,
As I sit at my desk to pen this letter to my friends all over the country, my eyes take in the beauty of the Green Mountains, coming to rest on the spectacular view of Mount Abraham, and I am mindful of taking a long view as we work together for a Culture of Peace. Gratitude for all our efforts as the journey continues.
As we approach the third annual Department of Peace Conference http://www.thepeacealliance.org/events/sept_conf_05.htm in Washington DC September 10-12, 2005, I keep thinking about 9/11 and the many encouraging signs of healing and hope. In fact, at the Conference on Sunday morning, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will join us in a Memorial Service. It is time to create a world that works for everyone. We stand together.
In that regard, I have written a story about meeting a young man who helped me think through how I perceive a Department of Peace will support our troops. I have come to the conclusion that the best support we can give our military is in the form of something like a Department of Peace and National Peace Academy, affording them the best we can offer in conflict resolution skills, nonviolent communication skills, de-escalation of violence skills, and more. Click here to read the story. http://www.thepeacealliance.org/background/support_troops.htm
My work in support of a Department of Peace has also been reminding me a lot lately about my Uncle Jack. As children, the cousins would sit at his feet as he told the story of being on the front lines of WWII in a tank with his buddies. Something was very wrong under the tank and they drew straws to see who would climb out and fix it. My uncle drew the short straw. We would sit in rapt attention as he told of his harrowing climb out the top of that tank, under enemy fire, and just as he crawled under the tank it blew up above him! With tears in his eyes he would share how he was the only one who survived. And then he would say to us, “God willing, you will never have to experience anything like that.”
We will continue to lobby for this legislation that helps give our children the skills to live together in harmony through conflict. And we will continue to identify and make visible the work already being done by individuals and groups in the spirit of cooperation and nonviolence. We stand together.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, mindful of our independence and interdependence, let’s mention the possibility of a Department of Peace to family and friends. You can find more ideas below, about how to take action around the 4th of July. It is easy to send out a press release that invites coverage of a local event or participation in a parade, as well as a description of our national effort. http://www.ThePeaceAlliance.org/action/july4_press.htm . Find more information below about how you can get active this summer.
As we link our hearts and minds throughout this great country, we stand on the threshold of fulfilling the vision of our founding fathers, embodying the principles this country was founded on: justice, peace, freedom and a voice for all. We stand together.
In the Spirit of Peace,
Dorothy J. Maver
The Peace Alliance
DEPARTMENT OF PEACE
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV
will be fought with sticks and stones."
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