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11th June 2016

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24th August 2012

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4th June 2009

peteyoung1:35am: Non-violence is its own reward

Who was Tank Man? The best reckoning, or at least the most widely circulated, is that his name was/is Wang Weilin. He looked for all the world like he was on his way home with a couple of bags of shopping when he just decided to say "No." The name first surfaced a few weeks later in the British Sunday Express (and that claim to his identity was also furthered by Chinese student protest leader Li Lu in his 1990 autobiography Moving the Mountain, which I've read). Some reports say he was executed two weeks later, another that he was executed by firing squad two months later; other unverified claims are that he's still alive and hiding out in mainland China, also that he escaped to Taiwan where he's been working either as an archaeologist or in a museum. In 1998 Time magazine included Tank Man on its list of the 100 most important people of the twentieth century.

I would like to be able to visit a memorial to him at this spot near the Avenue of Eternal Peace in my lifetime, but until that far-off and unlikely day the best tribute to him is the 2006 PBS documentary, at YouTube in 8 parts starting here (and most relevant to the present is part 7).

30th July 2007

flowerbomb_blue9:37am: since this is anti violence and anti hate, i was just wondering so any of you care about the violence and hate that happens to animals?
i think if more of knew about what ACTUALLY happens in those factories you wouldnt touch another cheeseburger again. check it out if you want.

more so then the site itself the information packets they can send you (if you r interested)provide more of the abuse that actually goes on.

14th April 2007

calysto12:12pm: QOTD
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

18th November 2006

akashasheiress10:02pm: Blood-Pouring Anti-Nuke Clowns Sent to Prison; Weapons of Mass Destruction Protected

19th September 2006

paddymac10:47am: Stop war crimes

This site provides an easy way to write your senators to tell them not to weaken the War Crimes Act. Such a move could legalize the kinds of abuses we saw at Abu Ghraib, like sexual humiliation and extreme stress positions. The reason this could happen very soon is that the Administration is pressuring Congress to do it.

Due to strong popular opinion against war crimes and for respect for the international rule of law, there is some resistence within Congress and even within Bush's own party. Senate Armed Services Committee has so far rejected the Administration's efforts to weaken the War Crimes Act.

By writing to our senators, we can counteract this pressure: http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/involved/warcrimes091906.html.

Even Bush's former Secretary of State Colin Powell is standing up to the White House. On Wednesday he said, "The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. To redefine Common Article 3 [of the Geneva Conventions] would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk."

Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, said, "Weakening the Geneva protections is not only unnecessary, but would set an example ... that [would] put our military personnel and others directly at risk in this and future wars."

16th July 2006

wild_balloons2:49pm: Being Peace
Today I wrote and sent this to everyone on my email list

Being Peace

I feel that it is important to begin by saying this is not spam. This note actually comes from me. And no, I do not intend to make a practice of sending these but I felt compelled to do it this one time.

The point:

It was not that long ago that the world was celebrating the end of the cold war. The Berlin wall had fallen, it was the era of Glasnost, Apartheid had ended and there was peace in Northern Ireland. All of these were seemingly impossible. Now we have the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terror hijackings and suicide bombings, Israel is stepping up to full scale war with its neighbours and India has just experienced a most tragic loss of life because of suicide bombings on their subways. Violence is everywhere and one cannot help but be consumed by it; and in being consumed by it, we become an agent of violence in some small way. There is a general malaise and a sense of helplessness that has taken over. How do we respond to such cataclysmic events? The age old question is how can one person make a difference?

A noted Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in his excellent book, “Being Peace,” that if you want peace you have to be peace. This is an internal state not simply an outward show. The Christian’s might suggest that you have to turn the other cheek. Ghandi observed as well that the Koran held that,” self-restraint is dearer to God than violence.” But how do you make a statement, a peaceful statement, that is empowering, and yet not a use of force. I believe that Ghandi had the right idea when he led India to independence through a non-violent revolution. The message of peace is a world wide tenant, upheld by almost all religions.

The Action (My Modest Proposal):

I propose that we take back September 11th, from those who would have it be a marker for despair, hatred, intolerance, and violence. I would see us turn this day into a truly spectacular marker that eclipses anything that agents of destruction could have ever dreamed possible. In short, I would like to see us all create a world wide phenomenon when the world stood still in peace together. I believe that this is possible through the power of the internet and I believe that the day should be Monday, September 11th, 2006, the 5th anniversary of the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York. On this day we would mark the day as a day on contemplation and meditation or prayer. Observe the day by not shopping, avoid scheduling any meetings, if you have meetings now then reschedule them, if you can take the day off work then please do so, turn off all TV and radios for the day, do not buy or read newspapers or expose yourself knowingly to any reports that will have reports of violence. If you own a paper and must print, then chose to edit out violence for this one day. Likewise if you are in an employment that you must attend then find a way to make that day a hallmark of non-violence. It should be a day of family and friends, host a party and make being peace the theme. And at the end of the day please take your party, or go alone or with a group to the public spaces that make up your community and take part in a world wide candle lit vigil from 8-9pm.

How you can help spread the message:

The obvious way is by forwarding this to everyone (and I mean everyone) on your email tree. But don’t just forward it, make sure people know it is from you and even personalize it with a paragraph at the beginning. Share your convictions. If you speak and write another language, then please help me by translating this into those languages and forwarding the message where it can be picked up and passed on. If you have a blog or some other web forum, then please add this message. Print this off and put it up in the office lunch room or in the window of your shop. Make sure you add the title Being Peace, so that people will begin to recognise this message everywhere they go. Make this your own, be a leader.

The Result:

Even if the tanks don’t stop, and the bombers don’t stop and the gangs are still shooting; you will have taken a positive step. It is a step that is self affirming and will either confirm your own direction for a better world or fundamentally change your direction in such a way as to have lasting and positive affects on you and all who come in contact with you including family, friends, and perfect strangers. You will feel empowered and it will say to you and others that you have a choice; you can go a different way. It becomes a peaceful pebble in the shoe of the world, or a chink in the track that derails a run away train.

But remember picking one day is not to suggest that we only think or act peacefully once. It is a day when we can all come together and we can take a day marked for tragedy and terror and remake it into something about connection and Peace. It would be a powerful message if this became a world wide phenomenon!!

To those who have read all of this, I thank you for your time. To those who intend to forward it or act as a result of it, then the world thanks you.

26th April 2006

madbenzee4:26pm: GLOBAL NIGHT COMMUTE

April 29, 2006

Sign up at invisiblechildren.com for a city near you.

The Facts:

  • Northern Uganda called the worst humanitartian crisis in the world today (because of the lack of attention)

  • 1.7 million people are forcibly displaced from their homes

  • An estimated 20,000-50,000 children are abducted to fight as soldiers

  • Tens of thousands of children commute nightly, walking 2 hours every day to a safe space

  • 130 people die per day in Northern Uganda due to violence

  • On April 29th in over 130 cities across the country, thousands are lying down to the demand that our government take a stand and put an end to child abduction, the need for night commuting, and war in Northern Uganda.

    20th February 2006

    scrabooli12:30pm: just a thought...
    Hi all
    I won't be here for long.
    I just had a thought while reading the other day and wanted to share it whith as many folk as possible.:

    this is a quote from Ursula K. LeGuin's book "Left Hand of Darknes"

    'They say here "all roads lead to Mishnory." To be sure, if you yurn your back on Mishnory and walk away from it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulger. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road.'

    or, to paraphrase: to oppose war is inevitably to be war-like. to fight war is still fighting. to focus all your energy and thought on stopping war, protesting war, arguing against war, ......

    are you puting as much energy into looking towards peace? what does peace look like? feel like? how will people, countries, nations, religions react to each other in peace time?

    being anti-war is a not a bad thing... but I believe that if we don't know what the peace after the war looks like.. if we have no goal.... then how will we stop the war.

    what is that old saying? "the devil we know is beter than the one we don't."

    may your day be filled with peace and joy

    6th January 2006

    lovelark8:07am: BE aware. BE informed. BE outraged
    visit this site....
    Be prepared to cry. Be prepared to feel outraged. Be prepared to feel ashamed.
    (warning: may be triggering)


    we need a public outcry agaisnt these things...

    x-posted like crazy. PLEASE repost.
    Current Mood: pissed off

    16th December 2005

    kelly_bean2:58pm: Hello all!

    I am posting this to many different communities in order to reach a large number of people, so forgive me if you see this message several times :).

    There are SO MANY people out there who want to change so many things about the world.

    I think a lot of us have the desire, but don't know what to do to make the changes they want happen. There are activist communities on LJ for everything from stopping genocide to trying to stop violence and famine. There are a lot of people who want the war in Iraq to end, and there are a lot of people who would like to stop seeing the poor grow poorer and the rich grow richer.

    I think that what we TRULY need is a COMBINED effort. We really need to organize and BECOME THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE. We need to stop the apathy that so many of us experience!

    We need a GLOBAL effort. I don't speak any other languages, but if we really work at it, we will gain people who can help with that as well.

    A few weeks ago, the community activismtoday was started. I would like to ask everyone who would like to start taking a real stand to come and join and post.

    The biggest thing that I want to stress is this:
    I don't want this to be a community where we can come and talk about things. We need to take this to the streets! We have to do something out there in the real world instead of just on the internet.

    Also, I know that there are many of you out there, and you are upset about many varying things, but I also think that if we can get this thing going, we can work on them all. Every single one of your concerns relates to making the world into a better place, which is what our aim should be.

    Thanks for listening,

    PS- A couple links that I think are applicable to all our concerns:

    Independant World Television (www.iwtnews.com): This link is for a site that is trying to start up an International News/Television Network with REAL news (not this goverment sensored crap that we get on our TVs). Please check it out, and if you are so inclined, sign up to help out.

    The ONE Campaign (www.one.org): Many of you have probably already joined and/or heard their ads on TV. This is an awesome program that is working towards all kinds of great goals- from stopping the spread of aids to stopping hunger. I joined a long time ago in hopes that I could help make a difference. Personally, I found it frustrating that all I did was sign a bunch of petitions, but that's another reason that I'm trying to organize something even better.
    Current Mood: determined

    28th November 2005

    krazyewik11:26am: The Fallujah Massacre.... So this is democracy?
    Here is a documentary showing the use of chemical weapons against Iraqi's and insurgents, indiscriminately. http://www.rainews24.rai.it/ran24/inchiesta/en/body.asp That is the link to the news broadcast; it is a 30 min video. (Warning: Images in film are graphic)

    My question is, why does the US feel it is above all in the world yet we condemn others for thee same actions we do? How can the US policy, actions, and political motives be changed? All revolutions throughout history have been started by the few, small, educated and some not, and by the youth. I personally think if things are not changed, the US will not be in such a good position anymore.

    Therefore, for those who read, listen, and watch this film. Spread it, tell it, and show all of what you know. It must be stopped.

    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/08/1516227 That is where I first got the link.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1642989,00.html Here is a news article.
    Current Mood: awake

    19th November 2005

    caliban1810:04pm: We share time.
    Time is the only measure that matters.

    Time is the only thing we all share.

    Time is something we all understand.

    Time is the moment between birth and your first lungful of air.

    Time is the moment between your second last breath, and your last breath.

    Time is all those meals that you share with people you love.

    Time is the clouds rolling overhead.

    Time is the earth rolling and basking in the sun.

    Time is dark nights and winter.

    Time is watching your child shiver at night.

    Time is seeing her hunger.

    And we all ache for time. We all ache for that last second before she died.

    We all dream of living it over and living it better.

    We all share this.

    And so,Collapse )

    5th November 2005

    urabeast11:45pm: Image hosted by Photobucket.com

    all are welcome.

    8th October 2005

    krazyewik11:22pm: Peace in mind, heart and thus the world.
    I found this on Belief.net Really cool site.


    Just read it then click the link.

    Everything starts with one step.

    22nd August 2005

    crystalxshadows8:44pm: Please join saveuganda

    10th August 2005

    mwcbatchick4:22pm: From the Peace Museum in Chicago:

    Peace Crane Installation "Peace 2005 and Beyond" is a permanent installation by architect, designer, artist Michel Alfonso in collaboration with numerous volunteers.The Peace Museum is proud to offer this permanent installation as an opportunity to provide "participatory art" to unite citizens of the world for a wish for peace.The Museum is offering the opportunity for you to donate a peace crane to honor a friend, loved on or colleague. Paper peace cranes will be suspended from the ceiling in our gallery, creating a colorful display of hope for peace in 2005 and beyond. Once we accumulate 1000, the Museum will send them to a region suffering from political violence, war or protracted conflict. The first 1000 cranes will be sent to Iraq as a symbolic gesture to demonstrate that we share in Iraq's wish for peace. Cranes may be purchased online by clicking here. Thank you in advance for participating in this peace project!


    Current Mood: happy

    6th August 2005

    calysto7:47pm: Mass Murder
    60 years ago today, the United States used a single nuclear bomb to obliterate a modern city filled both with military targets and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

    The Enola Gay, an American Bomber, took off with only one bomb aboard. It flew steadily towards Hiroshima. That single, solitary bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15 in the morning on August 6th, 1945

    More than 80,000 people were killed... instantly.

    A city full of noncombatants, women, children, woke up that morning expecting a routine day and were instead transformed into carbon shadows on buildings and walls.

    Tens of thousands more succumbed to horrible burns and poisonings from radiation. These unlucky tens of thousands would suffer from their wounds over a long period of time (not like the original 80,000 who died instantly in the blast) And still, most of these wounded would die after suffering horribly... Death from either radiation exposure or death from cancers or infected burns.

    The saga of suffering caused by that single bomb continues throughout the years. Future Birth Defects. Leukemia. Lymphoma.

    This. Must. Never. Happen. Again.

    Pray, Meditate, Dance, have a moment of silence tonight... whichever you do to honor the victims. But please take time to honor the fallen and to plead to your higher power that they help us prevent this unprecedented massacre from ever taking place again.
    Current Mood: despondent

    10th July 2005


    Found compliments of caycos

    30th June 2005

    mwcbatchick10:20am: Just thought I'd share.... :-)
    Good morning, everyone!

    What Is True Peace?

    True peace is always possible. Yet it requires strength and practice, particularly in times of great difficulty. To some, peace and nonviolence are synonymous with passivity and weakness. In truth, practicing peace and nonviolence is far from passive. To practice peace, to make peace alive in us, is to actively cultivate understanding, love, and compassion, even in the face of misperception and conflict. Practicing peace, especially in times of war, requires courage. All of us can practice nonviolence.

    - Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World
    by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Current Mood: calm

    23rd June 2005

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