Why Peace is Power
Peace is constructive, not reactive
We have decided to spend our time and energies searching for solutions, building networks, providing for othersí needs, and alleviating suffering.
Peace is always appropriate
Peace moves, but it is not a movement. The call for peace is not a reaction to any specific event. Although this call for peace was born from a specific national crisis, it is applicable to any and all events. Peace is a commitment to a life style not a campaign for or against a "social problem."
Peace searches; it does not convert
Peace is inclusive of all viewpoints that want to be included, building from common ground & affirming each personís deep-seated desire for happiness and recognition. We move in peace to invite all community members to come as we are, deconstruct and lay down our pretenses and appearances. We invite all people to share the issues, concerns, and goals that are most important to us. We search for solutions in othersí comments.
Peace is the choice to take a step beyond todayís events. Admittedly, these are hectic, disordered days. Peace goes past what has already occurred, beyond the status quo. Peace fulfills and commits to the visions and actions that will realize our deepest desires. Peace looks past what is going on now to visualize what can and will occur. The seeds of a happier day are here right now amidst conflict, violence, and decay.
Peace is liberating
The deeper one moves into peace, the less oneís peace depends on external circumstances. Peace moves to create circumstances in which more people feel freedom, liberation, and happiness. Peace recognizes that freedom without responsibility is a license for foolishness, and a life without freedom is a mere compromise. Peace doesnít trample anyoneís liberties and doesnít call upon others to trade theirs away.
Peace is power
Develop the power to defy convention and trends. Nurture your relationships with others to build lasting communities. Look past six-month and yearly planning to the only secure basis that can remain for millennia. Peace is connecting to other people and to the earth. We all have pain and traumas. Peace is a commitment to joining the healing process. Peace brings people together in more levels than we can currently understand.
Peace strengthens individuals families groups and communities.
Therefore we do not claim to be an anti-war movement.
We do not fight the U.S. government or any other government.
We create a vision and then create our future.
Peace is not passive.
Peace is proactive, creative.
We move with peace towards peace
to bring fundamental change
to individuals and society.
Peace is Power.
We gather with the intent
lTo call for peace in all our dealings with others regardless of ethnicity, religion, race, gender, sexuality or citizenship.
lTo call for our leaders and community to reconsider our policies of aggression, retaliation, violence, and vengeance.
lTo recognize the fears, sufferings, and pains of Americans at the hands of Americans, non-Americans, and unknown agents. We also recognize the fears, sufferings and pains of all human beings and of the earth at the hands of Americans, non-Americans, and unknown agents.
lTo recognize that violence is harmful to all involved. It is not the only way to express grief and anger. The creation of more suffering is the least respectful way to honor those who have passed.
lTo publicly acknowledge the fact that peace is eternal and infinitely powerful. The power of peace, love, and faith is more effective and more secure than any effects that violence can create.
All are welcome to participate
or call Mary Libby at 930-9522
I am a reciprocal for love and for peace
Itís the same hate that made the snake give the grape to
And the same hate incarcerates,
When I scream, I love
Peace is Power
Photos by Linda Wan
Area residents have been bravely speaking out against Bushís horrible response to the horrible events of Sepember 11. Theyíve reached out to media, representatives, and the public giving voice to those of us who are uneasy about the war in Afghanistan. Join these friends and neighbors and be a witness for a more peaceful and just world.
"We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every person of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his or her convictions, but we all must protest." Martin Luther King, from "Beyond Vietnam", 4/4/67
prev page upper left: Ann Arbor Federal Bldg, 10/10. Participants in weekly "Call to Peace" march and gathering listen during community speak-out. March begins every Wednesday at 5:15pm at Trotter House, Washtenaw and Hill. Mary Libby 930-9522 or email@example.com for info.
prev page center right: Ann Arbor Federal Bldg, 10/17. This weekís "Call for Peace" was a special invitation to the young at heart and young in age. Bundled up in a peace flag, brand new friends Ami Fall (left) and Maura Farrell beautifully share their understanding of peace and cooperation.
lower left: Ann Arbor Federal Bldg, 10/9. A separate weekly vigil concludes with a "Song for Peace". Tuesdays at noon. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 663-1870 for info.
above: UM Diag, 10/27. A group of about 50 braved the cold to gather with Ann Arbor Families for Peace, for speeches about the recent history of Afghanistan and concerns about the worsening humanitarian crisis there, and for a march through downtown carrying signs and chanting peace slogans. firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Another active group, perhaps more "militant" in spirit--The Coalition to Stop Scapegoating and the War--can be reached at email@example.com.
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