We've done the work. We've laid the groundwork from grassroots web pages since the fall of 2006. There are 1468 peace globes and remarkable posts flying proudly in the blogosphere from 46 countries. The fifth launch was inspiring.
Now it is time to take it a step further.
Consider this statement: "Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today." ~ President Barack Obama. This quote was taken from a website called Change.gov. maintained by The Office Of The President which has now transitioned into the official White House site. On the right side you will see "An American Moment" with the link "Tell Us Your Story" and at the bottom of the page "Tell Us Your Vision" with this explanation, "Your stories and ideas can help change the future of our country. When we come together around a common purpose, great things are possible."
I believe we have an opportunity and an obligation to do so.
The President understands the power of the Internet. He successfully built and won his campaign for office via the old-fashioned campaign stump trail, FaceBook, Twitter and Blogging sites - just like ours. A long-time peace blogger - my friend and yours - Travis, who writes Trav's Thoughts decided to make his voice (and ours) heard on the President's web page.
This is what Travis had to say during our last BlogBlast For Peace : "I visited more than 240 peace posts. But there were more than 500 bloggers who signed in on two of Mimi's posts. Many signed in on the Nov 6 Dona Nobis Pacem post. And many more signed in on the Sept 10 kick off post.
I wish I had time to visit each of you. But know that I join with you all in hoping and working for peace.
In keeping with my goal to be part of the change and work for an end to the politics of fear and divisiveness, I have sent my Peace Globe to the office of President-Elect Obama. ....
There is a form you can fill out to send an email to the President-Elect, in which you can "share your vision for what America can be, where President-Elect Obama should lead this country". I encourage you to do as I have done. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to write to President-Elect Obama. Use your voice to tell him you are out here.
Speaking to my fellow citizens, whether you voted for him or not, we are all Americans and we need to stop spreading fear and distrust and start looking forward.
I was chatting with a friend yesterday, and she asked me where I thought idealism fit with pessimism and optimism. I said...
And I said that realism is the plan.
Maybe I'm right and maybe I'm wrong. But it's the way I feel. And I am going to do my best to be part of the process and not part of the problems this country faces. So I attached my Peace Globe to my email to President-Elect Obama. I wrote...
Please fix that.
I accept your challenge and have done the same. I explained our efforts to the President and sent my globe. I would have done so no matter the outcome of the election. I shared with the President and his staff what we had done, how far the movement has reached and promised to continue to make our voices heard.
The site is Change.gov. Click the Tell Us Your Story link, the Share Your Vision link or the contact page at Whitehouse.gov (the blog!). Snail mail to the President at:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
FAX # 202-456-2461
Can you believe it??! They walked right past me.
Carry on with your groovy peace-lovin' selves.
**White House photos public domain wikimedia.org
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