Just think. Young millennials have never known peace. They’ve only known war as our constant way of life. So imagine today that we are in a high school class for honor students. Yes, millennials! Well, the first question is: where did the slogan taxation without representation is tyranny? An eager student responds, well it was a slogan of the American colonists, one of the causes of US revolution, spoken by Patrick Henry. Okay, let’s move on. Where does the government come from? The student answers it comes from citizens and non-citizens who pay taxes. Okay, thanks. But we... Read More →
Hello, friends, and welcome to World Focus. There was a wonderful gathering of peace and justice organizations recently, and I want you to hear a few of the words spoken there. The victims – both dead and alive – of the two greatest terrorist actions in world history are speaking to us as Hibakusha. They are begging us to abolish the terror of nuclear weapons. But nuclear weapons states are offering nothing but exhaustive cliches about deterrence and test bans. The majority of the world’s nations, and many of our citizens, together with the United Nations, realize that... Read More →
Friends, Joseph Gerson who has served in the American Friends Service Committee for over half a century is sending out a notice which is really not just another post. It’s about a campaign Japanese organizations and other organizations all over the world have launched appealing for a total ban on nuclear weapons. This is not a test ban. This is total ban. They are seeking hundreds of millions of signatures, and this is of course going before the UN working group, and that draft will be sent out very shortly. But the statement is coming from the Hibakusha, living and dead, who were... Read More →
You know that theme song couldn’t be more appropriate, really. Fear and the manipulation of fear is the primary tool of corrupt politics, and we’ve heard so much of it recently. Well, we go ahead. There were some very great speeches at the Democratic Convention. They were beautifully prepared and delivered. Such speeches give us hope of what might be possible, but we all know the difference between words and deeds. I would say the very best speech was given by the participants in the convention. Just three words: No More War. Just three words repeated many times. They can... Read More →
Our former secretary of defense Mr. Perry warns that the danger of nuclear biocide is imminent. People from another planet would see this destruction drawing near, the destruction of human life, and know this danger is being caused by sociopathic, profit-seeking warmongers without a moral compass. No ethics whatsoever. You can’t do it that way. My mother always said, “you can’t take it with you.” These sick people who have taken over our system may be able to put their ill-gotten gains into a casket, but they can’t take it with them. So it’s time now,... Read More →
Well, we know that two weeks ago I covered with you the concept of the Beloved Community. Last week we covered the basic principles of non-violence. In the past week, we’ve seen both the warfare model and the Beloved Community model. The warfare model is sniping murder from a distance. We denounce this practice wherever it is found. It is a failure internationally. We don’t want it in our cities or in anyone else’s city. People who are tired of racism may look to the warfare model. We think they are mistaken. They could come from the left, from the right, from the... Read More →
I’d like to wish you all Happy Independence Day. We see that the Nation Magazine edition of July this year recalls one of their magazines back in 1979 when Carrie McWilliams asked Mohammad Ali to run for congress. And he thanked the nation and thanked Carrie McWilliams, but he said: “I aint interested in politics, I mean, like running for office. I’m a world man. My fellow man is not just an American, and my race is the human race. I’m shook up when I see a child who is going hungry or a mother who needs medical attention. These are the things I’m interested... Read More →
Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King inspired John Lewis’ to understand civil disobedience in the fight against poverty, racism and militarism. Lewis did not forget the methodology when he went on the the House of Representatives. Last week, it was time for him to make his move in a historic sit-in in the house. Speaker Ryan was stripped of his mask as a result of this creativity and non-violence, and the speaker came back to his post during the demonstration and screamed through a bill that reflected his captive soul. A thoroughly sleazy piece of legislation authorizing financial... Read More →
You heard a few extra verses of my son’s song this morning because of the elections taking place and the concern for the gay community. Well, friends, these lives are reverently remembered, and it’s a deeply appreciated gesture on the part of the commercial media. It means a lot to me and to everyone to hear who they were, their names, maybe some of their interests. Each person is sacred. These people were in their sanctuary, a sanctuary from two hundred pieces of negative and pending legislation. (Isn’t that wonderful for the congress to have two hundred pieces of... Read More →
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