I want to wish you all a very happy new year and look back a little bit at 2013. I think that Medea Benjamin, one of our great leaders in the peace movement, has done a great job of analyzing 2013. She said
We begin the new year with renewed awareness of the effectiveness of nonviolent action and nonviolent movements. The possibilities for a more peaceful and just 2014 are boundless.
It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things—wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform. But it’s also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the year ends, let’s pay tribute to the good things their efforts have wrought.
1. A spontaneous uprising by the American people kept President Obama from invading Syria.
Remember he said we were going to do that? His Secretary of State said we were going to do that. And the people said you’re not going to do that. That sounds like some sort of democracy.