Peace and Justice
Initiated: May 2002
Painted at Red Lake MN by Turtle Mountain ND artist Ken Allery, August 1988.
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Reflection for the Christmas season 2004, click here.
HAITI in focus - click here
"With sharing there can be justice;
With justice there can be peace;
Only with peace can there be a future."
Being peace and justice is not being quiet. Walk the Talk for Peace and
Justice in our Families, Communities, States, Nations and the World.
"What does it matter to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
- Mahatma Gandhi
More Gandhi quotations at www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Mahatma_Gandhi/11
Our world at night:
Reflecting on the Wellstones
Reflecting on 9-11-01: "A Tree and a Radio"
A request from a teacher in Canada: respectrefugees.org
"Every person in the United States should visit ground zero.
Then they would see for themselves the horror of war
and be against the bombing of Afghanistan."
Anonymous New York City firefighter after September 11, 2001.
The photos of the World Trade Center were casual tourist photos taken by Dick Bernard at the end of June, 1972. At the time, one of the twin towers had just opened, and the second was just months from completion (note the construction equipment on the roof). No one could possibly have imagined September 11, 2001.
Junior, a 10 year old
in suburban Minneapolis MN,
view of World Peace.
A very interesting diary on the Peace and Justice Movement, has been
compiled by a Minnesota activist. It is at
www.isd.net/mbayly/facesofresistance10.htm. The views are his own.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
-Dr. Seuss in "The Lorax"
Quotations from Every Church a Peace Church
Quotations adding to the conversation
Click here for personal comments by Dick Bernard.
You are invited to contribute Peace and Justice oriented quotations, website references, etc., to firstname.lastname@example.org. Publication is at the site holders' sole discretion.
Available Web Sites (suggestions for other sites welcome):
www.thekingcenter.com (Martin Luther King)
www.mahatma.org.in (Mahatma Gandhi)
www.seaox.com/thich.html (Thich Nhat Hanh)
www.ecapc.org (Every Church A Peace Church)
www.paxchristiusa.org (Pax Christi)
www.democracynow.org (alternative media)
www.commondreams.org (progressive newsletter)
www.turningtooneanother.net/ (Meg Wheatley)
www.worldwidewamm.org (Women Against Military Madness)
www.cartercenter.org (President Jimmy Carter)
www.moveon.org (excellent advocacy list to join)
www.fair.org (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)
www.congress.org (find your elected representatives)
www.fnvw.org (Friends for a Non Violent World)
www.ieer.org (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research)
www.savebiogems.org (Environmental Issues)
www.mapm.org (Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers)
www.twincitiesvfp.org (Twin Cities Veterans for Peace)
www.twincities.indymedia.org (Twin Cities Independent Media)
www.pathwaystopeace.org (U.N. Peace advocacy)
www.wellstone.org (Wellstone Action Alliance)
www.results.org (Hunger initiatives)
188.8.131.52/dissectorville/html/bio.html (Danny Schechter)
www.pfaw.org (People for the American Way)
www.interfaithalliance.org (Interfaith Alliance)
Other useful websites? To email@example.com
Three voices from the past:
"Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it"
Seen at the entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Poland.
"When they came for the socialists, I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade-unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade-unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."
Rev. Martin Niemoller
Lutheran Minister and WWI German War Hero
who personally confronted Hitler, organized religious opposition to Nazi policies,
and as a consequence spent 8 years as a prisoner in German concentration camps 1937-45.
Rev. Niemoller used this phrase in speeches to groups long after WWII.
"Why, of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?
Naturally, the common people don't want war, neither in Russia, nor England, nor for that matter, Germany. That is understood, but after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simpler matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Long time Nazi, Reichmarshall, and heir-apparent to Hitler,
Statement made while imprisoned at Nuremberg after WWII.
Goering was sentenced to death by hanging for war crimes, but committed suicide first.
Quoted in the book Nuremberg Diary, p. 278, Gustave Gilbert, Farrar, Straus & Co., 1947. Gilbert was psychologist assigned to the Nazi prisoners on trial at Nuremberg.
"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When the radical has worn them out the conservative adopts them."
"On a peaceful morning after a night of storms I sat on the shore of the ocean observing a young man on an obvious mission. Every few yards I saw him bend down, pick something up and throw it into the water. I moved closer to him, seeing that it was starfish that he was tossing into the sea. After more than an hour, I went to the young man and asked him what possible good he could be doing. There are thousands of miles of shoreline, and millions of starfish stranded on the beaches. 'How much of a difference could you possibly be making?' was my question to him. His reply was not immediate. He paused, bent down to rescue yet another starfish, threw it into the sea, and replied thoughtfully, 'I made a difference to that one'."
Thanks to Betsy for her remembering of this story. P&J#41
An old grandfather said to his grandson who came in to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story:"
"I, too, at times, have felt a great hate for those who have taken so much with no sorrow for what they do; but hate wears you down and does not hurt your enemy, It is like taking a poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."
He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way."
"But...the other wolf...Ah! The littlest thing will send him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all of the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing."
"Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."
The boy looked intently into his grandfather's eyes and asked,
"Which one wins, Grandfather?"
The grandfather smiled and quietly said.
"The one I feed."
An American Indian Story
With gratitude to John, from P&J#35
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