Friday, June 20, 2014

Peace Links

Over the last several years I have found some very important organizations working on peace, social justice, and nonviolence issues around the world.

The list has grown to the point that I felt it best to make a separate page just for these links. Two of them, The Fellowship of Reconciliation and The War Resisters League, both allow individual memberships.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, founded in 1914, is the largest and oldest Interfaith Peace organization in the United States and is dedicated to the promotion of nonviolent conflict resolution.

The War Resisters League, founded in 1923, is the United States’ oldest secular pacifist organization resisting war at home and war abroad.

So, here is my "short list" of peace links. All of these organizations have great resources and information and every one of them is worth checking out. 

Fellowship of Reconciliation

War Resisters League

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft

National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth

Center on Conscience and War

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The Peace Alliance

The World Peace Prayer Society

United States Institute of Peace

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." ~Jesus (Matthew 5:9)

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud) 

Friday, February 07, 2014

Guided Missiles And Misguided Men - Another Quote By Dr. King

"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, Dr. King made the important connection between the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.

Here is a link to Beyond Vietnam with the full text of Dr. Kings speech along with an audio file of the complete address he gave at Riverside Church in New York.

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

We Need More Than Just 3 Days of Peace & Music!

So, it is August and the end of summer is fast approaching... which brings to mind Woodstock and the question, where is the universal Peace & Love that was dreamed of, hoped for, and idealized at Woodstock back in 1969.

Watching the Director's Cut of Woodstock recently I was amazed to see a different Woodstock than what was portrayed in the original version.

On one hand, the drug use that seemed to be only hinted at in the original version was much more fully documented in the Director's Cut - you could just imagine the vast numbers of brain cells that were lost during those 3 Days of Peace & Music.

On the other hand, there seemed to be more interviews than I remember with idealistic flower children telling of a Utopian world free of war, hatred, and greed that they were ushering in to existence at that very moment

I don't think that the drugs were a positive thing, but where have all of those idealistic flower children gone?

Whether or not you were actually at Woodstock or just experienced  it through film, everyone who identifies with the Woodstock Generation and all of those idealistic flower children struggles with the fact that after the music fades the realities of life begin to set in. Food, shelter, clothing - the basic needs of life that can't be neglected, along with the demands of work and family that must be attended to, all begin to compete for our focus and energy.

But, that doesn't mean our dream of a peaceful world should end or that our efforts to create that world should be abandoned. Where have all the flower children gone? Maybe we should be asking where are the new flower children? Do our children and our grandchildren value peace the way we did in our idealistic youth?

I believe the answer is yes and with the tools of the internet and social media there are possibilities that underground newspapers could only accomplish on a smaller more local level back in 1969.

Keep the dream alive!

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." ~Jesus (Matthew 5:9)

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Feels Like War

General Stanley McChrystal was quoted in the Foreign Affairs article Generation Kill back in December 2012.

"And although to the United States, a drone strike seems to have very little risk and very little pain, at the receiving end, it feels like war. Americans have got to understand that. If we were to use our technological capabilities carelessly -- I don't think we do, but there's always the danger that you will -- then we should not be upset when someone responds with their equivalent, which is a suicide bomb in Central Park, because that's what they can respond with."

For more reading about the use of militarized drones check out

"But distance takes away the horror, and we therefore speak of war with too much levity, and even read of it with an interest not sufficiently linked with pain."
~Charles H. Spurgeon

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

End Drone Warfare

Paso Peace End Drone Warfare Fox Theater
Photo credit: Hippie Christian Blog
Now that the election is over the conversation about drone warfare can begin.

This week the conversation was taken to the streets as seen in my photo of an abandoned movie theater turned billboard by a local activist artist group.

On PBS NewsHour this week Exploring Technology, Effectiveness, Consequences of Drone Warfare brought up some good questions, also this week their Targeted Killings piece gives a rather in depth explanation of the policies and rational used to justify drone warfare.

The Vancouver Sun ran an Associated Press story this week reporting that a special UN investigation is being launched into U.S. drone attacks and targeted killings. It remains to be seen what will come of the UN investigation, given that the US has veto power at the UN.

In 1858, Baptist minister Charles H. Spurgeon made the observation that the general public is insulated from the realities of war...

"It is astonishing how distance blunts the keen edge of anything that is disagreeable. War is at all times a most fearful scourge. The thought of slain bodies and of murdered men must always harrow up the soul; but because we hear of these things in the distance, there are few Englishmen who can truly enter into their horrors. If we should hear the booming of cannon on the deep which girdles this island; if we should see at our doors the marks of carnage and bloodshed; then should we more thoroughly appreciate what war means. But distance takes away the horror, and we therefore speak of war with too much levity, and even read of it with an interest not sufficiently linked with pain."

How prophetic those words are today with war being waged by remote control drones!

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)