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Peace Essay Contest: How Can We Obey the Law Against War? Top Prize $1,000


Peace Essay Rules

In 800 words or less answer the question: How can we obey the law against war?

Please include your: (1) name, (2) age (if under 19), (3) mailing address, (4) phone number, (5) email address, and (6) year and school that you first learned about the Kellogg-Briand Pact.

Mail your Peace Essay postmarked by April 14, 2013 to: Peace Desk, 213 S. Wheaton Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187

Peace Essays will be judged by members of the West Suburban Faith- Based Peace Coalition (WSFPC) (www.FaithPeace.org) based on:

(1) Knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact
(2) Insight into how the Pact influences U.S. foreign policy
(3) Creativity in recommendations regarding compliance
(4) Quality of the Peace Essay prose

The author of the best essay will receive $1,000. Also, if the award winner identifies the school where she/he learned about the Kellogg- Briand Pact, a book When the World Outlawed War, by David Swanson will be donated to the school library. The WSFPC will also send the best Peace Essays to key members of the U.S. Congress.

For more information please contact Frank Goetz at frankgoetz@comcast.net

Everyone who respects the Law should work for Peace.

Background

Most People understand that war is destructive but few know that it is illegal. On August 27, 1928 many countries signed a treaty called the Kellogg-Briand Pact which outlawed war. After ratification by the U.S. Senate the following year this Pact became the supreme law of the land in the United States and sixty- five other countries. How can we respect the law if most of us are ignorant of its existence? Members of the Peace Community have decided to: 1) educate the population on why this law was passed, and 2) encourage insight and creative expression on how we can bring our country into compliance.

Frank Goetz

213 S. Wheaton Avenue Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-510-8500 ext. 104 frankgoetz@comcast.net

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