I thought my friends in the UK might want to follow the development and implementation of our pro-peace 'Civil Liberties Observer Group' at the Nimbin Mardi Grass Festival for 2010 (on the 1st and 2nd of May).

I will post the Newsletters as they are generated (along with links to the various web pages dealing with the Mardi Grass).

Mid way through the month - as we are organising our RULES OF ENGAGEMENT for this project I will request our ProPeace friends in the UK to assist us with suggestions drawn from their own experience. read more »

…and happy fifth anniversary of the conception of, the online community where we are “building a culture of peace” and celebrating our interdependence. This website was created to challenge people to think beyond the intricate dance of war and anti-war. We must not be silent, but we must choose our words carefully. read more »

At the opposite end of the Peace-begins-with-me spectrum is The Holocaust. Etty Hillesum, who was put to death at Auschwitz in 1943, while knowing full well what was ahead for her, wrote these words: "Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. read more »

Here is the Jeff Chapman-Crane poem that is engraved in the base of his "The Agony of Gaia" sculpture.

the clarion cry of woodland bird
the trickling song of mountain stream
should fill the silence here
Stately oaks
should crown this noble queen. read more »

Today I traveled to Wise, VA, a small coal-mining town not far from the Cumberland Gap, to speak at the "public" hearing of the Air Pollution Control Board. read more »

My participation in the World Prout Assembly’s (WPA) first Building a New World conference in Radford, VA really started the night before the conference started, on the evening of Wednesday, May 24, at the annual banquet of the Appalachian Peace Education Center (APEC) where I met Kathy Kelly, our keynote speaker and founder of Voices for Creative NonViolence. read more »

If you are like me, you probably used to think of yourself as a "constitution thumper." Maybe you still do. However, if you are like me and over 70% of Americans, you think this country is "broken" beyond repair. Are you surprised at that number? I sure was! read more »

I used to think that social change would happen if enough people got out in the street and demanded it. As I have seen the war in Iraq dragging on in spite of the millions demonstrating against it, I have become cynical and stopped demonstrating - with gratitude to those who do so as long as they realize that they may be meeting their need for self-expression, but nothing more. read more »

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