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“The U.S. military does not do pinpricks” is NOT “We stopped a strike on Syria”


by Debra Sweet                It is a good thing that thousands of people protested and many more voiced their opposition to a U.S. strike on Syria.  But it’s not good that some are relaxing, much less celebrating, in the delusional idea that somehow diplomacy has “worked” to prevent the Obama administration from going forward with this attack.  It would be very bad if people recede into passivity and acceptance, thinking that the danger of war is lessened, when it could well be higher, as Obama works the world for support.

Call Waiting: Peaceful Syrian Opposition Ignored by Peace Laureate Obama

Interview by Dave Lindorff


As Syrian expatriate Dr. Rim Turkmani was watching President Barack Obama give his brief nationally televised address to the American people and the people of the world last night, she says she had two contradictory feelings. “I felt good that it was not a war speech,” says this British-based member of the political office of an organization called The Syrian State Current, a movement that is seeking non-violent democratic change in Syria. “But what upset me was his repeated referring to what is happening in Syria as a ‘civil war.’ There is an element of civil war in the violence in Syria, but more importantly it is a proxy war between the US and Russia, and it has to be acknowledged that the US and Russia are the key players.”

Protest Drone Wars at the CIA

Amidst the struggle between violence and war or diplomacy and peace, the US is focused on a civil war in another country, Syria, denouncing the Syrian regime which the US claims kills innocent people including children. This Saturday, September 14 we will continue our monthly vigil against the use of armed drones used by the US CIA and US Military who are killing innocent people including children. Please find some time and join us for our vigil.
Our message is simple:
Saturday, September 14 at 10AM to 11:30AM
Central Intelligence Agency headquarters located in the 900 block of Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, VA
Since our last vigil in July protesting the illegal and immoral use of killer drones the US has continued the practice of extrajudicial killing with the aerial death squad drones in various countries. According to the investigative reporters with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism just in Yemen alone the number of drone strikes was the highest since March of 2012 with 22 to 43 people reportedly killed. Six civilians were reportedly killed by the American death squads of the skies.
Supported by Pax Christi Metro DC, Northern Virginians for Peace & Justice, Episcopal Peace Fellowship (DC), Dorothy Day Catholic Worker of DC, Code Pink, Nova Catholic Community, Langley Hill Friends (Quaker), Washington Peace Center, Peace Action Montgomery County, MD, Little Friends for Peace, Maryland United for Peace & Justice, Veterans For Peace

For more information contact Jack McHale: 703-772-0635

A people’s victory over Syrian attack plan: In Historic First, American Empire is Blocked at the Starting Line

By Dave Lindorff

Let’s be clear here. The people of the US and the world have won a huge victory over a war-obsessed US government and an administration that was hell-bent on yet again launching a criminal war of aggression against a country that poses no threat to the US or its neighbors. Overwhelming public opposition in the US and the nations of Europe, as well as most of the rest of the world to a US strike on Syria have forced the US to falter and to accept the idea of a compromise deal offered by Russia.

In Raleigh NC on 9/28 March for Our Planet

Join my awesome neice and nephew in Raleigh for this incredible event! --DS

March for Our Planet


September 28, 2013, 3:30 pm in Raleigh, NC

Handing out Flyers

Sharing flyers about the March for Our Planet

Sign up to MARCH!

On September 28, 2013, young people around the world will lead marches, rallies, and demonstrations to call attention to climate change and to ask our leaders to make protecting our planet a top priority.  Events will be planned and led by youth but all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In North Carolina, youth will lead a march and rally in downtown Raleigh with inspiring calls to action from youth leaders and climate advocates.  Marchers will meet at Halifax Mall at 3:30 pm for a welcome and activities.  The march will begin at 4:00 pm, circling the Capitol and the General Assembly building before returning to Halifax Mall for a program to include speakers, music, and more.  More details about march location and logistics to come. 

Click here for ways to get involved!

Raging Grannies From Moral Monday Cropped and Resized

The Triangle Raging Grannies will perform at the post-march rally

The March for Our Planet is endorsed by Boone Triangle Winston Salem
Climate Convergence NC
iMatter Youth/Kids vs. Global Warming
League of Conservation Voters
NC Interfaith Power and Light
NC Students for Climate Action
Our Children’s Trust
Southern Energy Management

Free Resources, Posters, Leaflets Against a US Attack on Syria

Here is a quick jolt of must-reads & resources for protesting U.S. plans to Attack Syria including downloadable posters, flyers & press releases.

Join Me at the Festival for Peace, Prosperity, and the Planet in Nashville on Sept. 21 Festival for Peace, Prosperity, and the Planet will be held 11am to 6pm Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the "Special Events Pavilion" in Centennial Park. That's in the northwest corner of the park, near the airplane and the locomotive (see green arrow on the map linked here). Admission to this event is FREE. We'll have speakers, music, exhibitors, and vendors. Come rain or shine -- we have a roof!

Speakers will include David Swanson (peace writer), Hector Black (advocate for peace and forgiveness), Paki Wieland (Gaza flotilla, Raging Grannies), Linnet Overton (Community Food Advocates), and Diane Wilson (Code Pink). Musical performances will include Cobalt Blue and the Shelby Bottom String Band. We're still looking for exhibitors and vendors; contact Eric Schechter ( regarding those, or regarding other aspects of the festival.

(There will also be a
fundraiser dinner on the preceding evening, at the Nashville Peace and Justice Center, to help pay for the festival.)

PROTEST: Tell John Kerry world says no to war on Syria

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Monday 9 September 8am
Foreign Office
London SW1

US secretary of state John Kerry is touring Europe trying to drum up support for a war on Syria that opinion polls around the world show is opposed by majorities in most countries. Two thirds of Americans say no to war. Close to 75% of people in Britain are opposed, which no doubt was what motivated MPs in parliament to stop David Cameron taking this country into yet another war in the Middle East on the coat-tails of US foreign policy.

Barack Obama was isolated at the recent G20 meeting, at which only the French government was prepared to commit to a military attack on Syria. Latest polls show that most people in France are opposed to president Hollande's backing of Obama's drive to war, saying they feared it could "set the entire region ablaze".

The attack Barack Obama is planning is illegal under international law without the backing of the United Nations security council. It will not help to solve the civil war in Syria which is causing such suffering for the Syrian people, but will only further inflame the conflict, as we have seen happen in all the US-led interventions in the region over the past decade -- in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. What is needed in Syria is not more devastation and death at the end of a barrage of US Cruise missiles, but serious moves towards a negotiated political settlement.

On Monday 9 September, John Kerry will be in London banging his drums for more war, as his boss Obama prepares a national address he will make on Tuesday trying to persuade the American people and US Congress that yet more war is what's needed to help bring peace to Syria.

Stop the War has called a protest on Monday 9 September, at 8am, when John Kerry will be meeting British foreign secretary William Hague at the Foreign Office in Whitehall. If you can, please join us to tell Kerry that the world says no to war on Syria.

* A new motion that has now been been tabled in Parliament urging US representatives in Congress to reject war. Please use Stop the War's lobbying tool to urge your MP to support this motion:

* Stop the War will call a protest at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, London on the day the of the debate in the US Congress, which is likely next week. Details will be publicised on the Stop the War website and through our Facebook and Twitter.

* No Attack on Syria
Public Meeting
Wednesday 11 September
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square on Wednesday 11 September at 7pm.
More details here:


A Song for Tammy Baldwin to Be Sung to Her at Tomorrow's Fighting Bob Fest

From Allen Ruff

Which side are you on Tammy?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you, on this?
Which side are you on?

“Fightin’ Bob” was from Wisconsin
He was a native son
He stood up in the Senate
And said “No” to World War I

Congressman Robert Hurt (R., Va.) Not Convinced by Case to Attack Syria

Here in rural Virginia, we switch between Democrats and Republicans, but they all vote for war ... until now.  Our recently unseated Congress member, Tom Periello, is rallying humanitarian warriors to bomb nations because we care.  His replacement, Robert Hurt, met with a group of constituents on Thursday and indicated that he had "grave, grave concerns" about voting for any attack on Syria.

Hurt said he was inclined to believe that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on the 21st and that it was indeed "horrific."  "That being said, I have grave concerns about going into Syria," Hurt said at the meeting in his Charlottesville, Va., office, which was attended by constituents from across the political spectrum, many of whom had held a forum the night before (video). Also attending Thursday's meeting were camera crews from NBC Channel 29 and Newsplex Channel 19/16/27.

Hurt said it was "the responsibility of the President and proponents of a war to make a clear and compelling case that it would be in the national security interest of the United States. And I have not seen that."

"We've learned what it means to be in a protracted struggle in the Middle East," he said.  He said he had not seen, and would need to see, a clear objective, a way to achieve it, and a plan for getting out again. 

Hurt said that during the past two weeks he had heard from many constituents, and that they were "absolutely overwhelmingly" against an attack on Syria. 

"How does our going in do anything other than make it worse?" he asked.  He also said that he was against half-measures that aren't all-in.

Hurt said that he would have to answer to his constituents and members of the military, and military family members, and be able to look them in the eye and say that the loss of their loved one was "worth it." 

Asked if he would move to raise taxes to pay for this war and other recent wars if he voted for this one, Hurt said, "That's an excellent point," and suggested that the greatest threat to national security may be the national debt."

Hurt did not commit to voting No, but rather said he would go to Washington, look at the classified materials, and hear out the war proponents. 

But, of course, he is not going to hear that Syria is a threat to the United States or that there is an exit plan or that the war will cost no money.

The Congressman also said that the Constitution required that the House vote on any war.  It is to be hoped that if that vote is denied, a majority of members including Hurt will force a vote over the preference of the Speaker and the Democratic Leader.

Protest Obama's War-Addiction at AFL-CIO Convention in Los Angeles This Weekend

There will be a protest when Obama speaks at the convention.

Los Angeles, CA

Monday, Sept 9th at 3 PM

Tell Pres. Obama – No War!

Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa St (Southwest corner of Figueroa & Pico Blvd)

Contact: 323-306-6240,

 Anyone in the area, please join.

Busted for Playing Banjo on Independence Mall: Park Rangers Brutally Arrest Iraq War Vet at Anti-Syria Bombing Demo

By Dave Lindorff

Independence Mall, Philadelphia -- The US has yet to launched President Obama’s latest war crime of massively bombing Syria -- a country that does not threaten this nation -- and already federal police thugs, in this case National Park Service Rangers, have brutally arrested an Iraq War Veteran who was peacefully playing her banjo in the shade on Independence Mall in Philadelphia following an anti-war protest and march.

September-October 2013 War Criminal Appearances

Here's our list of the September-October 2013 War Criminal Appearances/Protests. Please join or help organize a demonstration in a city near you. Reproducible posters and leaflets along with other information is available at the War Criminals Watch website. 

Public opposition halts march to war: Obama Backs Down, Seeks Congressional Okay for Syria Attack

By Dave Lindorff

The forces arrayed in Washington propelling the nation into a war against Syria, including the Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, the cabal of neo-conservative pundits and “think” tanks, whose ranks include President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, the arms industry, the oil industry and other groups, are very powerful, and it may well be that eventually sheer momentum will lead to a US bombing attack on Syria. But for the moment, a grass-roots anti-war campaign has triumphed. 

Charlottesville Forum on Preventing a U.S. Attack on Syria

A free, public, town-hall forum on Preventing a U.S. Attack on Syria: why and how.

Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.

Sign up to attend on FaceBook now

Friends Meeting House
1104 Forest Street
Charlottesville VA
(map )

Helena Cobban
John Whitehead
Dave Norris
Roy Hange
David Swanson
and You

Helena Cobban is the founding owner of Just World Books, a Charlottesville-based book publisher. Previously, she had a long career as  a writer and researcher on world affairs, focusing on the Middle East. She speaks Arabic and has reported and written extensively about Syria for nearly 40 years. Her 2000 book on the Syrian-Israeli peace talks of 1992-96 was published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. From 2008 through 2011 she was a member of the U.S.-Syria Working Group of Search for Common Ground. She is a member of Charlottesville Friends Meeting (Quakers) and sits on the board of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

John Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is president of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization.  He authors a widely syndicated column and hosts a national public service radio campaign.  His most recent book is A Government of Wolves.  See

Dave Norris has served as a Charlottesville City Council Member or Mayor since 2006. He's executive director of the Charlottesville Institute.  Norris has served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge, Executive Director of PACEM, Associate Director of Madison House, and Interim Director of the Public Housing Association of Residents.  He is founder of the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival.  He has been a leading advocate for anti-war resolutions on Charlottesville City Council and in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, spoke at the Military Industrial Complex at 50 conference and will be MCing the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice's 30th anniversary celebration on September 21st. See

Roy Hange is a Mennonite pastor who has spent 30 years studying Western Asia (the Middle East).  He has lived for 3 years in Egypt, 6 in Syria, and 1 in Iran.  Hange has taught peace building at Eastern Mennonite University and the University of Virginia. See

David Swanson is the author of books including War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.  He is the host of Talk Nation Radio. Swanson blogs at and and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization  Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

Sponsored by, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, Amnesty International Charlottesville, Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine.

Listen to Coy Barefoot Show on Syria.

NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Critical Mass Ride Against Bombs in Syria!

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5pm Dupont Circle
Friday, August 30, 2013.

Si se puede y se hace!

"The bombs in Vietnam explode at home – they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

The drums of war have again intensified. In the White House, the Congress, the Pentagon, the press, the think tanks, the war-profiteers… but we, the people, are not silent. Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, we continue the dream - of a world based on justice, solidarity, mutual aid, dialogue, peace.The struggle did not end in '63, and the spirit remains alive. International and national outrage is growing in the face of new war, our solidarity is slowing the imperialists… let's not stop now!

As Syrians wait to see if they will join the long list of nations the US war-machine has bombed over the years, we say that no longer will we tolerate more racist, imperialist wars. We reject the notion that bombing Syrians will make them safer. History cannot repeat itself. President Obama must listen to the words of Martin Luther King, when he said that "the security we profess to seek in foreign adventures, we will lose in our decaying cities. The bombs in Vietnam explode at home – they destroy the hopes and possibilities for a decent America."

As we fight war, we also reject the surveillance state that is being set up around us. As we work to dismantle the corporate war-machine, we also work to dismantle the New Jim Crow, the school-to-prison pipeline, the manufactured housing crisis, poverty, racism, materialism, militarism…

Join us on Friday, August 30, at 5pm in Dupont Circle as we take our message to the streets and on our bikes! Wear your helmets, signs, whistles, lights, and bring your affirmation for a new world. Ride with us. We seek to construct the "decent America" of which we dream. We are doing it!

Hands off Syria! A new world is being created!

Meet at DUPONT CIRCLE at 5pm, Friday August 30, 2013.

facebook event page:

UK Peace Movement Stopped Cameron, Continues to Help Us Try to Stop Obama

Stop the War bulletin | August 2013 |

We stopped Cameron, but Obama still plans war: demonstrate tomorrow

The defeat of Cameron's war plans last night was a historic moment.

It represented the victory of mass anti-war opinion over the interests of the UK elite that has been enthusiastically participating in US-led wars over the last decade and more.

There can be no doubt that the hundreds of demonstrations, protests, rallies and pickets of the last twelve years  have been central to bringing the war makers low and making it impossible for Cameron to join in another catastrophic attack.

Congratulations to every single person who has taken action against war over those years. Protest has been successful.  We have made a difference.

Obama and the US remaining allies are still committed to an attack on Syria. Britain was the key US ally. Forcing Cameron out of the war is a big blow to the west's war plans. Now we must redouble our efforts to stop any attack on Syria.

The world will be watching London tomorrow, we need the biggest possible turnout to send a message around the globe that the anti war majority is staying in the streets.

Please do everything to spread the word there is a facebook event here.

To keep the pressure up we are calling a picket of the US embassy on Tuesday 3 September at 5.30pm. More details to be announced shortly.

No to Bombs on Syria

by Debra Sweet      It's looking like the U.S. — notwithstanding President Obama's speech about "justice" and "freedom" today at theMarch on Washington 50th anniversary — will launch air strikes on Syria in the next few days.  It's essential that visible protest in advance of, and in reaction to, such attacks are as strong as possible.
Protest Thursday August 29:

President Obama Pardon Pvt. Manning

The sentence given in the Manning case is by far the longest given by the US government for anyone convicted of leaking information.  Supporters in at least 17 cities were out Wednesday to protest quickly.  There are demands for clemency, reduction of the sentence, and for a presidential pardon.

San Francisco Rallies for Chelsea Manning

By Cynthia Papermaster

To: Codepink, Bradley Manning Support Network, Courage to Resist, World Can't Wait, Answer, Veterans for Peace, friends working for justice and truth

From: Cynthia "Fasting Brain" Papermaster
Re: Report on Bradley Manning Sentencing Rally yesterday in San Francisco

About 150 folks gathered last night from 5-6:30pm in Bradley Manning Plaza (aka Justin Hermann Plaza), at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco, to thank Bradley, now Chelsea, for her courage and sacrifice, and to call for her pardon.

Immense thanks to Lisa Geduldig, one of the best organizers I have ever worked with.  Thanks to all who pulled this off so beautifully. Joey, thank you for being MC. Rainey, it was such an honor to meet you and I'm glad you like Doug Minkler's "Total Surveillance State Park" poster he asked me to give you. I'll be in touch about the invitation to speak at a showing of "Terms and Conditions May Apply" in Berkeley.

The rally saw a coalition come together very quickly: Codepink Women for Peace, Bradley Manning Support Network, Veterans for Peace, Courage to Resist, World Can't Wait, Answer, Asian Americans for Peace, the Berkeley Fellowship. The way cool Bradley Manning Flash Mob performed twice, Vic Sadot sang "Courage to Resist" about Bradley and potential in all of us to resist, Francis Collins sang beautifully, Paul Matzner read his poem written for the occasion, "In Praise of Bradley Manning".


Great crowd, weather, banners, speakers, music, poem, flash mob, photographers and videographers, support team, heart, spirit, intention. We made a serious group comment on his harsh sentence and our conviction that Bradley is a true hero, a great patriot and truth-teller with the courage few have to take brave action and then face the consequences.
Bradley Manning is not alone....  we are not going to stop working for her freedom. 
Enjoy this slideshow of the rally:

10-minute video of the rally by Carol Harvey:

More media coverage is being gathered; will forward soon.

Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink Golden Gate, Berkeley No More Guantanamos

Now on day 69 of my hunger strike* in solidarity with prisoners at Guantanamo and Pelican Bay. PLEASE call the White House 202-456-1111 and tell Obama I'll end my hunger strike when he begins to free the 86 cleared-for-release Gitmo prisoners. Sign Codepink petition to Clifford Sloan, Guantanamo Envoy:
Cynthia Papermaster,  510-333-6097,

London Telegraph: Is Manning's Sentence "Too Lenient?"

Ray McGovern: Initial Comment on 35-yr Sentence for Bradley Manning

My London Telegraph interview yesterday, Skyped/taped right after the sentence was announced, ended up being “sanitized” to cut out unwelcome material – a reminder of why live interviews are always better.  It’s only six minutes, though, and perhaps worth a quick look.

I figured the Telegraph might try to set me up; here’s how the interview started:

“As Bradley Manning is jailed for 35 years for the biggest leak of classified documents in American intelligence history, the Telegraph's Tim Stanley debates with a Manning supporter about whether the sentence is too lenient.”

James Marriott presents his new book: The Oil Road: Journeys From The Caspian Sea To The City Of London

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7:00 p.m.

At C'ville Coffee
1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA

Flyer: PDF.

Sign up at

★★★★★…The Oil Roadopens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” - Time Out (book of the week)

“An elegantly written travel book…will make you think the next time you fill the tank.”Financial Times

“As global powers scramble for the last of the world’s diminishing resources, comes this book – well researched and written with empathy, integrity and imagination. It is timely and much needed.”Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love

In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe, Platform tracks the concealed routes along which the lifeblood of our economy is pumped. The stupendous wealth of Azerbaijani crude has long inspired dreams of a world remade. From the revolutionary Futurism of Baku in the 1920s to the unblinking Capitalism of modern London, the drive to control oil reserves – and hence people and events – has shattered environments and shaped societies.

Sponsored by Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, Charlottesville Sierra Club,, and Charlottesville Amnesty International.

Because of Bradley Manning, We Know

by Debra Sweet         The judge's verdict in Bradley Manning's case, which was outrageous, came quickly after the guilt phase of the court martial. Bradley admitted breaking some laws in the service of greater good; exposing systemic, widespread abuse, murder, injustice and war crimes by the government, and faces most of his life in prison, while those who run the wars with impunity get called "humanitarians" and become Nobel Prize winners.

March on Washington Against War

United for Peace & Justice
Click here for a downloadable set of commemorative posters for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Please join United for Peace and Justice in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 24th in our nation’s capital. We need a strong peace and anti-war contingent to echo King’s words about the inextricable links between racism, poverty and war.  Let’s make sure Dr. King’s message is loud and clear on this anniversary of the March on Washington and I Have A Dream speech.  Click here to read Michael McPhearson’s blog on the significance of this march.

UFPJ Plan of Action for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: Shining a Light for Peace, Jobs, Justice and Freedom

We will gather together in Washington DC and in communities across the country to commemorate this great march and to renew our commitment to keep marching for a just future.  We are taking an action for peace in Washington DC on Friday night and we will be making our call for peace, jobs, justice and freedom visible throughout the day on Saturday.  We hope you can join us.  

Whether you're coming to DC or commemorating the event locally, click here to download posters.

Friday Night, August 23: ACT FOR PEACE

Assemble at 8 PM at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for some commemorative words and wreath laying, followed by the Light Brigade visuals at the Reflecting Pool and candle light procession to the MLK Memorial where we will close with some more words and wreath laying ceremony

Saturday, August 24: SHINE A LIGHT

8am-10am: Meet-up at 14th and Constitution to pick up signs and information to distribute. Find a buddy and help get the peace message out!   To volunteer, email

11am: Assemble near the Vietnam Veteran Memorial near the paths north of the reflecting pool under the trees, between 21st and 22nd Street. There are not reserved spaces for the march, so it may be very crowded. We will look for each other and gather if we can, and if not we will all be out there making the message of peace visible for all to see.  The march will begin around 12:30pm.

For the full schedule of events for the weekend, click here

Waging Peace

By Leah Bolger

Pauling Lecture, Oregon State University,  Power Point

Good evening.  I want to thank the committee for inviting me to speak with you this evening—it is such a pleasure to be here. 

When I received the letter from Professor Clinton congratulating me on being nominated as the 30th person to receive the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lectureship for World Peace, I was stunned!  After I went to the website and read the names of the 29 others who had given this lecture in years past, I became increasingly filled with a sense of honor, humility and gratitude that I had been chosen to follow in the footsteps of such notable intellectuals and activists as ***John Kenneth Galbraith, William Sloane Coffin, Noam Chomsky, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Grace Lee Boggs, not to mention the 8 Nobel Laureates:  ***Linus Pauling, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Mairead Maguire, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Jose Ramos-Horta, Betty Williams, Rigoberta Menchu, and Jody Williams.  And now my name was going to be added to this prestigious list.  I started feeling a strong sense of burden and responsibility to live up to the honor that had been given me.  What could I possibly tell an audience that would be worthy of this lectureship?  Even calling it a “lecture” gave me a sense of responsibility that I have not felt with any other speech or presentation that I have given.  Although I enjoy telling people that by serving 20 years on Active Duty in the Navy, I am now able to live off of my military pension and work as a full-time volunteer peace activist, I have only been an “activist” for the past 6 years or so—a relative novice compared to so many others who have dedicated their lives to peace and justice.  And so, I went very quickly from feeling elated that I had been chosen to give this lecture, to feeling a bit inadequate and unsure of what to say.

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