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Mother’s Day Wish: Peace

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I copied the following from this site as a reminder that Mother’s Day is not about the flowers and cards and brunches (all of which are nice), but peace.

As Bono sings, “No one cries like a mother cries for peace on earth”.

Join the Mother’s Day campaign when you have a moment.

Demand 1% for the pursuit of peace around the world.

PS:  Does anyone know of a push like this happening in Canada?


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

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and
commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”

Remembering Peace

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When was the last time Canada truly enjoyed peace or, better yet, pursued peace?

Was it during the 70s when Trudeau bucked the demands of the US to enter Vietnam?

We’ve been in Afghanistan for more than a decade and before that, we helped bombed Kosovo and were active with the forces in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I’m sure our military has been active in all kinds of other locations around the planet.

On this day, I told my son that a lot of people died so that we could enjoy peace.  More importantly, I told him that his role is to remember ways to find peaceful solutions to the world’s problems.

But why is it that we tell our kids that fighting is not the answer, but as adults, we kick the crap out of anyone at any opportunity?

Libya certainly experienced this recently and Iran is right around the corner.

When are we going to abolish warfare in honour of those that fought against tyranny?  When are we going to stop projecting this new-found sense of tyranny?

On this Remembrance Day and any other day, consider supporting any of these organizations:

What’s your favourite organization committed to peace?  Please list it below for everyone to share.

Peace, Dude (It Pays)

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Vision of Humanity released it’s annual Global Peace Index and found that in 2010, Canada ranked 8, a surprising improvement from 2009’s rank of 14.

This site is awesome, by the way.  All of the measures related to the index have been meticulously compiled and presented in an interactive format that’s easy to use and extremely intuitive.  If you’re a web designed, take note!

Here were some thoughts about global military spending in 2010:

Economically, the cost of violence and oppression is a bit more tangible. The GPI estimates that $12.62 trillion (US Dollars) is spent on industries that generate and contain violence. This is money that can potentially be channeled into education, health-care, or a wide variety of peaceful programs, but instead is used to promote violence and injustice.

This amount would pay for the 2% of global GDP per annum investment estimated by the Stern Review to avoid the worst effects of climate change, cover the cost of achieving the Millennium Development Goals, eliminate the public debt of Greece, Portugal and Ireland.  This is imporant information to be aware of as we advocate for peacebuilding infrastructure and prevention and intervention strategies.

So what structures contribute to sustainable peace? The GPI indicates that societies with less discrimination, more informed citizens, high levels of trust, and support for gender equality tend to be more at peace. The GPI states: “Societies underpinned by the presence of strong social institutions as measured by these factors are considered socially sustainable societies… [and] are also more resilient and better able to withstand eternal and internal political, economic, and environmental shocks.”

Back home in Canada, I unfortunately can’t stop thinking about what $35 billion would buy us here. Schools. Daycare. Retirement homes. Dignity for our elderly. Pharmacare. Social housing. Digital infrastructure.

Or a big pile of useless planes.

MayDay 2011: Iraq, Libya and Oil

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Memos that are no longer secret expose a link between oil firms and the invasion of Iraq, according to the Independent in the UK.  They’re just stating what most people feel is obvious:  taxpayers in the UK, the US, Canada and elsewhere are funding massive military operations through debt expansion so that we can protect and collect crude resources around the world.

What does this have to do with the Canadian election?  Everything.

Most Canadians did NOT want Canada to be involved with the invasion of or continued military presence in Iraq, but two people stood out in the days preceding the invasion:

  • Stephen Harper
  • Michael Ignatieff

The NDP and the Green Party have been opposed to the invasion of Iraq.

If you’re a pacifist and you’re sick of the gradual expansion of the US throughout the world, the choice in the election should be obvious, but there’s one catch:  Libya.

Unfortunately, it looks like ALL of the parties (except the Greens since they didn’t have any MPs when this decision was made) have failed Canadians as they fueled up the jets for the ‘no-fly zone’ protection of Libya.

When you have a chance, ask your candidate and the leaders of each party where they stand on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and even Iran.  All are part of the expansionist plans of the US and peace-seeking Canadians do not want to be a part of it.

Canada needs leadership that will steer us off this disastrous course.  We need to take a back seat with NATO and we need to show true leadership with the UN and organizations that are committed to peace throughout the world.

Give Peace a Chance: The Course

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William Bruneau of UBC is hosting a series of brief lectures titled ‘Give Peace a Chance: Peacemakers and Peaceniks, Canadian and Otherwise.’

His lectures will be during the week of June 21-25 and are part of the ‘Ageless Pursuits’ program that takes place at UBC.

So … for those of you on the west coast that might be looking for a little something to do in the first few weeks of summer, this might be the place.

Do you know of other similar programs committed to sharing the message of peace as part of a school program or curriculum?  I’d like to know, so please share your thoughts below.

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