Thursday, October 21, 2010

14 Days Til BlogBlast For Peace ~ "War Is Not So Very Far Away"

BlogBlast For Peace 2010 20 Day Countdown ~ Day 14
with quotations and prose from famous peace activists -

I am listening to the voices of peace bloggers.

I have long maintained that while there is significant noise in numbers, the real power of the peace globe movement lies in the eloquent prose  buried deep in the pages  of peace posts from Nigeria to Switzerland. But when people are not allowed to speak, hope is forever silenced and change has no chance.......because silence is the greatest partner to apathy and apathy is the greatest threat of all. My hope is that this movement will continue to harness and illuminate the goodness and imagination of people whose  hearts truly long for peace and tolerance.  It is my belief that massive change always starts  with momentum born of passion and unrest.
Let our words start the flood  of permanent peace.
If we believe that words are powerful.....then this matters.

Billie Greenwood, author of the wonderful "Border Explorer" blogs peace each year with passion and realism.  I was riveted to the page in 2008 when she told this story of her real life commitments to justice and peace.
She wrote:
A week from today I depart from my home state of birth (Iowa) to spend five months volunteering along the US-Mexico border in El Paso, TX. Blog Blast for Peace means something concrete to me: I'm moving to a war zone.

Drug cartels are battling for control of the valuable portal into the U.S. which is Juarez-El Paso. In October the murder average was 10 per day in Juarez, an easy 40 minute stroll away from my front door.....

If we want peace, we need to work for justice.
If we want peace, we need to dismantle racism.
If we want peace, we must promote economic opportunity for all.
If we want peace, we must do the inner work of healing and recovery, both personally and as a nation.

If we want peace, we can begin by opening our eyes to the realities from which we are largely insulated.

War is not so very far away.

You have a voice.
What will you say?
November 4, 2010

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