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October 02, 2017

US peace groups call for international action on November 11

"November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, cheer the 17th year of occupying Afghanistan, thank anybody for a supposed “service,” or make America great again. This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of the worst things our species had thus far done to itself, namely World War I."

Armistice Day 99 Years On And The Need For A Peace To End All Wars


By David Swanson, www.worldbeyondwar.org
September 30th, 2017, posted at popularresistance. org

"Mass slaughter and war-created famines and disease epidemics have now become almost routine, but we don’t have to stand for it. World Beyond War is organizing events all over the world on November 11, 2017. So is Veterans For Peace. So is WILPF. And RootsAction.org and many other organizations. Send us your events here. We’ll post them here."

Please read this important posting carefully and think about what you can do in your community. --- WLOE internet project

"November 11 is Armistice Day / Remembrance Day. Ninety-nine years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, fighting ceased in the “war to end all wars.” People went on killing and dying right up until the pre-designated moment, impacting nothing other than our understanding of the stupidity of war.

Thirty million soldiers had been killed or wounded and another seven million had been taken captive during World War I. Even more would die from a flu epidemic created by the war. Never before had people witnessed such industrialized slaughter, with tens of thousands falling in a day to machine guns and poison gas. After the war, more and more truth began to overtake the lies, but whether people still believed or now resented the pro-war propaganda, virtually every person in the United States wanted to see no more of war ever again. Posters of Jesus shooting at Germans were left behind as the churches along with everyone else now said that war was wrong. Al Jolson wrote in 1920 to President Harding:

“The weary world is waiting for
Peace forevermore
So take away the gun
From every mother’s son
And put an end to war.”

Mass slaughter and war-created famines and disease epidemics have now become almost routine, but we don’t have to stand for it. World Beyond War is organizing events all over the world on November 11, 2017. So is Veterans For Peace. So is WILPF. And RootsAction.org and many other organizations. Send us your events here. We’ll post them here. Here are some ideas for events you might do:

Sit in your Congress member’s or senator’s or MP’s office until they meet your demands for peace.

Demonstrate on a street corner.

Collect petition signatures.

Hold a forum to which you invite great speakers.

Use the videos and ideas from World Beyond War’s online study and action guide: Study War No More!

Screen and discuss a video:

Make a presentation using tools like these:

Do a Penny Poll that lets people determine what they’d like the public budget to look like.

Use a PDF presentation on nuclear weapons thanks to Evan Knappenberger.

Make peace dolls.

Use flyers, sign-up cards, sign-up sheets.

Wear/give/sell sky blue scarves and bracelets, and shirts, and stickers, cups, etc.

Educate people about this:

Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, cheer the 17th year of occupying Afghanistan, thank anybody for a supposed “service,” or make America great again. This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of the worst things our species had thus far done to itself, namely World War I.

World War I, then known simply as the world war or the great war, had been marketed as a war to end war. Celebrating its end was also understood as celebrating the end of all wars. A ten-year campaign was launched in 1918 that in 1928 created the Kellogg-Briand Pact, legally banning all wars. That treaty is still on the books, which is why war making is a criminal act and how Nazis came to be prosecuted for it." ... read full posting

download a pdf version, 7 pp., 335kb

 


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