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|Friday, April 27th, 2012|
|Saturday, June 27th, 2009|
Violence is not an option.
Actually, I think any violence is similar to alcohol - it doesn't make a solution to your problems, just helps to run away from them for a short amount of time - bu then it all starts again.
For exemple, let's say an american guy hates canadians. So what if he'd get beaten by couple of fellows in the centre of Toronto? Will it change his opinion about canadians? Not at all. In fact, he'd be just hating canadians more, then he was and'll seek a way to have a revenge or something.
So that's not the one who can beat shit out of his enemies is the strongest, but the one who can turn his enemies being his friends.
|Tuesday, October 31st, 2006|
|Tuesday, October 10th, 2006|
Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new group!
I'm a board member of ugandacalling
, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other. And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit - as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda!
If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!
|Sunday, January 8th, 2006|
|Saturday, September 10th, 2005|
|Monday, August 29th, 2005|
American Legion Declares War on Peace Movement
I got this article here.
The organization the American Legion
has voted at its national
convention to target peace activists and the antiwar movement. The
group boasts nearly 3 million members. The group's national commander
called for an end to all "public protests" and what he called "media
events" against the war, even though they are protected by the Bill of
Rights. Thomas Cadmus told the convention "The American Legion will
stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops,
or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue
their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples. The delegates
voted to use "whatever means necessary" to "ensure
the united backing of the American people to support our troops and
the global war on terrorism." Current Mood: Furious
|Monday, August 15th, 2005|
Okay, I'm sorry to sink this low, but I need to get this out there. I started a community called the Progressive Coalition
, or progressive_net. I'm trying to get all progressives together to talk about all kinds of things, including pacifism, socialism, anarchism, environmentalism, other isms, as well. And I would love to eventually set up a coalition of progressive organizations, so the more members, the better! Post what you know about the progressive movement or the anti-globalization movement or something. Current Mood: Artistic
|Saturday, August 13th, 2005|
Please Get This Out to Everybody!
First of all, we're all gonna help with this "The World Can't Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime
" movement, right? Everyone PLEASE HELP ME get other organizations to cooperate with this movement--unfortunately, there are even quite progressive, leftist people who consider the RCP a "lunatic fringe" group, and therefore won't help when we need them to. And the truth is, it WON'T work unless we get all or most of the labor unions to cooperate, since we're going for a national strike. One of the more important unions is SEIU — Service Employees International Union. I need as many people as possible to show them the Call and urge them to get involved. Here's their contact information:
1313 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
I also suggest we get some other organizations involved.United Farmworkers Union
United For Peace and Justice
mail: PO Box 607
Times Square Station
NY, NY 10108
P.O. Box 62
Keene, CA 93531
UNITE HERE Political ActionNational Brotherhood of Teamsters
275 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001-6708
25 Louisiana Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001,
ATTN: Communications/Website (202) 624-6800
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)United Auto Workers (UAW)
Milton L. Foster
c/o Local Union 191, IBEW
2701 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
8000 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48214
United Mine Workers of America
8315 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22031
|Tuesday, July 26th, 2005|
This is greystreet1986
. New account.
I'ma try to get more people to join this community... liven it up... I hope you all can attempt to do the same! :-D
|Thursday, May 12th, 2005|
Hello, all. I'm Libby and I'm 17 years old and going to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next fall. Lately I've been exploring different sets of values and one of the things I keep coming back to is pacifism. I've realized that throughout my life I've shown a great deal of distaste for violence. So here I am. I don't have any particular thoughts on the subject right now, but I've already enjoyed reading what you all have to say here, so keep it coming.
Aikido - learning to give back life
From the Aikido FAQ introduction
"'The Way of Harmony of the Spirit' is one way that 'Aikido' may be translated into English."
"Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba ... it is an art involving ... [techniques] from Jujitsu and ... Kenjutsu. Aikido focuses ... on using [an aggressor's] own energy to gain control of them ...[and] places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement.
... [P]ractitioners will find from Aikido what they are looking for ... self-defense technique, spiritual enlightenment, physical health or peace of mind. O Sensei emphasized the moral and spiritual aspects of this art, placing great weight on the development of harmony and peace. ... Although the idea of a martial discipline striving for peace and harmony may seem paradoxical, it is the most basic tenet of the art." Current Mood: aiki
|Saturday, April 23rd, 2005|
|Saturday, April 9th, 2005|
Hello, my name is Haley. I'm 16 years old, Lutheran-Buddhist and pacifist. I was quite ecstatic to find this community. I think it would be great to get support from other people who've taken up pacifism, and I'd love to hear ideas and such too. :) Peace, have a wonderful day. Current Mood: hopeful
|Friday, March 18th, 2005|
Why is it that Congress will step in to "save" the life of Terri Schiavo, who seems to have made it clear that she would not want to be artificially kept alive, and at the same time support the military actions in Iraq and other foreign nations? Their priorities are way out of whack, it seems.
|Friday, March 4th, 2005|
Jesus Radicals - a community for radical Christians opposed to capitalism, violence, and the state!
|Friday, February 18th, 2005|
Hi, I'm new here. I hope you all don't mind if I post a call for submissions for my zine. If this is unwelcome, feel free to delete it.
Call for submissions( Read more...Collapse )
|Monday, January 24th, 2005|
Introduction (of sorts) and website listing
Hi, all. I'm new here, hopefully things will start acting up or whatever, just wondering if anybody had seen this site/had any thoughts: Gutless Pacifist
. A rather intriguing blog. I think it has some good angles on contemporary issues and how pacifism works within them (although I guess some of the material would be a bit offtopic for this community. I guess that's everything.
|Wednesday, January 19th, 2005|
Editorial Piece I Wrote
I wrote this over a year ago, which was printed in Binghamton, NYs "Press & Sun Builletin" on January 6, 2004. Just figured you all might be interested:
Months ago, President Bush announced victory in Iraq. Yet our own violence has spawned hatred against us, death of our soldiers, and our own carelessness has led to innocent deaths of civilians. Although there were no weapons of mass destruction, I strongly believe that the people of Iraq needed to be liberated. But the question that comes to mind is: Should we have used violence? I do not believe so.
Being a pacifist, some may believe that I feel the best course of action is inaction. Thus is far from the truth. To be a pacifist, one must be completely active... but it is through actions of love, not actions of hate, that change should be made. We drop our swords and give ourselves over to love if we truly want world peace. It is the basic concept that we should not only have fought the Iraqi government nonviolently to tear down a dictatorship, but also to tear down the hatred in their hearts. When that is accomplished, then we have reached true victory.
It is commonly argued, "But Iraq was much more brutal than places such as India, it would never work in Iraq." Yet, nine different brutal totalitarian nations in South America freed themselves from their brutish governments using nonviolence, including the people of Chile whom suffered under Augusto Pinochet, one of the most brutal dictators in history. Even the Nazis could not control the nonviolent resistance in Norway until the activists turned violent.
Sometimes it seems illogical, or impractical, but when kept nonviolent every single organized large-scale peaceful revolution has worked. Success is difficult, but when organized well, it has not failed in even the most atrocious regimes.
What should we have done then? I believe we should have assembled a Nonviolent Army, one which would aide the Iraqi people in civil disobedience in a movement for peace. With millions upon millions worldwide aiding this, Iraq simply would have lost control. When a human injures another human that consistently shows love and forgiveness, in 99 out of 100 times, the aggressors hatred decreases and respect increases. When people continuously refuse to comply, even to the death, then you can not achieve their obedience. Through nonviolent, non-cooperation with evil, that evil simply cannot control you if you persist, as it is impossible for governments to function without the general obedience of the people. I believe it could have, and would have worked against the Iraqi government, if attempted with international support.
Iraq is not the only government we should have gone after nonviolently. By sitting by idly, we allow China, Cuba, among countless others to oppress their people. Apathy is the worst form of violence, and we must turn our apathy into love if we wish to turn away from the depths of violence into which we are falling. There is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence, the choice is now between nonviolence and the end of our existance. We are committing suicide upon ourselves, and this is our last chance.
It still astounds me that the possibility of nonviolence failing prevents us from attempting it, but violence has failed us for millennia (it has always lead to more violence later on) and it has always been our first option. The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put it best when he said:
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate... Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."
I sincerely hope that humanity can at least attempt such a method of compassion for change. Otherwise, we are doomed. Current Mood: happy
Hello! My name is Cory! I am an 18 year old democratic socialist pacifist.
As a Christian, I am a pacifist. I follow the nonviolent teachings of Jesus/the Bible, as expressed in the following verses:
1 Peter 2:20-23
I have been heavily influenced by the likes of Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am the founder of a local Christian group that advocates nonviolence. I have even been attacked once, without fighting back. Looking back on it, the situation would have been mounds worse HAD I fought back. Its great to be here, I hope to learn much from you all! Current Mood: happy