May 28, 2005
As you probably already know, the Sudanese government is supporting a genocidal campaign against non-Arab Africans in its own country. It is now estimated that 400,000 people (mainly women and children) have been killed so far, and possibly 2 million left homeless.
Thanks to all of you who have responded to my messages about this, contacting your Senators and Congressmen (remember, www.congress.org lists all the contact info) and the President to demand that the US take a lead in helping to stop the madness. Please do that now if you have not done so already.
At a meeting in Ethiopia over the last few days, several countries pledged nearly $300 million to finance a bigger African Union force to help end the fighting. The African Union had requested $466 million, in order to triple the size of its force. Interesting statistics:
Canada gave $133 million
The US gave $50 million (In comparison, we're spending billions in Iraq)
Britain gave $12 million
For more information, you might want to check out www.darfurgenocide.org, or of course just Google Darfur, etc.
Don't forget that on the weekend of September 11, we're having our Dept. of Peace Conference in Washington DC http://www.dopcampaign.org/events/sept_conf_05.htm. I hope you'll be there. In the words of the late French philosopher Albert Camus, "Peace is the only battle worth waging."
Posted by mwblog at 6:06 PM
May 23, 2005
A Quote Worth Noting...
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be
fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks
US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)
Posted by mwblog at 8:17 AM
May 21, 2005
A Quote Worth Noting...
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952
Posted by mwblog at 2:44 PM
May 19, 2005
Help Stop the Genocide in the Sudan
Because the situation in the Sudan remains so critical, Marianne has requested that this prior Journal article be republished today...
This is a follow-up to my letter about genocide in the Sudan (click here to read letter). For those of you aware of the Rwandan massacres several years ago, this is a current situation of similarly disastrous proportions. The Sudanese government and its murderous Janjaweed are massacring non-Arab Africans within their country.
The United States is currently providing humanitarian assistance and President Bush does support appropriate sanctions, but we're not taking a seriously strong lead in stopping the genocide. This is much like what happened in Bosnia as well as Rwanda; thousands are dying horrible, horrible deaths (example: small children having their faces beaten in by rifle butts) while the world talks, waits, argues....and takes forever to act.
Only the loud and clear voices of the people will cause a shift. And that means YOU.
One beginning step would be the passage of the Darfur Accountability Act, being introduced in the Senate today by Senators John Corzine and Sam Brownback. The legislation calls for several desperately needed measures -- including expanding the ability of the African Union to deal with the genocide and help stop it. Please, no matter what else you are doing today, call your Congressperson and Senators (go to www.congress.org for contact information) and tell them you want them to do everything they can to stop the genocide of the Sudanese Africans. That is how democracy works; Congress is a reactive body, and the single most powerful tool for stopping this madness would be a massive amount of phone calls and emails into our Congressional representatives.
Most of us know the Edmund Burke quote: "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good people to do nothing." Never has that been more true.
I urge you: please do not do nothing.
All my best,
(P.S. And please help spread the word)
Posted by mwblog at 7:11 PM
May 8, 2005
The Real Scoop on Mother's Day
The original Mother's Day was a serious call to women to raise their voices against the forces of war. Julia Ward Howe (known for having written the lyrics to the "The Battle Hymn of the Republic") wrote the first Mother's Day Proclomation, printed below.
Have a meaningful Mother's Day...
Mother's Day Proclamation
by Julia Ward Howe
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of fears!
Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
"Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
"Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience.
"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devasted earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice! Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as the means whereby the great human family can live in peace,
And each bearing after her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.
Posted by mwblog at 4:32 AM