A Just and Sustainable Peace…Or Else! 

September 21st was designated by the United Nations as International Day of Peace. You could not be blamed for missing it as the news focused on war. We desperately need to move beyond a symbolic day for peace to a just and sustainable peace. War and militarism have brought us here. We suffer from endless … Read more

It’s time to stop the MAD*-ness! 

*(MAD= Mutually Assured Destruction) Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed 77 years ago this week. The two bombs the United States dropped on those cities killed some 200,000 human beings; most of whom were civilians. Comparing those bombs to the weapons of today is like comparing a colonial era musket to an AR-15. Now we can … Read more

The New Year’s Resolutions I’d like to see my country make in 2022

These are some of the New Year’s Resolutions I’d like to see the United States make in 2022 The United States resolves to engage with all nations to reduce or eliminate the real threats of climate change, pandemics, and nuclear war that face us as a global community. The United States resolves to work with … Read more

A Real Day for Veterans

John Miksad Some 30,000 post 9/11 service members and veterans have been desperate enough to take their own lives.  A real day for veterans would provide mental and physical support services that would seek to reduce or eliminate these self inflicted casualties.  There are 40,000 homeless veterans in this country. A real day for veterans … Read more

We Should Address The Greatest Threats To Our Safety And Security!

Currently, the U.S. spends about three quarters of a trillion dollars each year on the Pentagon. The U.S. spends more on militarism than the next 10 countries combined; six of whom are allies. This amount excludes other military related spending like nuclear weapons (DOE), Homeland Security, and many other expenditures. Some say the total U.S. … Read more

Ten Reasons to Oppose Militarism & War on Earth Day

The U.S. military is the largest institutional polluter in the world. Since 2001, the U.S. military has emitted 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the annual emissions of 257 million cars on the road. The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest institutional consumer of oil ($17B/year) in the world, and the largest global landholder with … Read more

Safe Passage

We ask our government to keep us safe. Since our founding, this has meant keeping us safe from foreign adversaries. Our government has been battling foreign “adversaries” ever since.  Most of these battles have not been for the protection of its citizens. Most of these battles have been for resources, land, or ideology. It is … Read more

Why I’m Against All War

War dehumanizes all participants.  War profits the few but hurts and kills many. War creates homelessness.  War creates refugees.  War kills innocent civilians.  Contrary what we are told, war creates terrorism War (and the preparation for war) robs us from dealing with human needs…education, poverty, homelessness, healthcare, social justice, clean water, healthy food, sustainable economy, … Read more

NEIGHBORS

The sun rises eyes open the market opens too a worker stocks shelves with corn, tomatoes, and onions preparing for the day a mother makes breakfast her little girl washes her face and dresses for school she eats breakfast while watching cartoons on television  good bye kisses and hugs are shared there is work, school, … Read more

Non-Violent Views

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Douglas MacArthur The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forbearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides. Robert E. Lee People never … Read more