Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the press. It is not arbitrated by a judiciary that protects us from predators. Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.
On April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy gave one of the best political speeches in history deploring violence in American society, the "Mindless Menace of Violence". Two months later he too, was assassinated.
May we all contemplate Robert Kennedy's prophetic words which 43 years later resonate truth.
...the difference between Allen Ginsberg and Glenn Beck is the difference between psychedelic and psychopathic, but Beck might well envy Ginsberg's attempt, in 1967, to help Abbie Hoffman and a band of antiwar protesters levitate the Pentagon by means of tantric chanting, though Beck would no doubt concentrate his telepathic effors on the I.R.S.
- Lee Siegel, New York Times Review of Books, October 10, 2010
Sadly, the Peace Coalition has decided to suspend its monthly peace vigils until further notice due to continued anemic attendance. The Peace Coalition will continue to participate in specific National calls for local actions and protests.
10am-5pm at Wells Park, next to Melbourne Auditorium, 635 Hibiscus Blvd. Exhibition demonstrating war cost to Florida.
January 27, 2007
WASHINGTON DC, JAN. 27, 2007 - An anti-war protest said to be the biggest since Vietnam War protests of the late 60s and early 70s, estimated to be 300,000 citizens or maybe more, brought together citizens from all over the country to protest resident Bush's plans for a bigger war -- the propaganda word is "surge" -- in Iraq. On the following Monday, January 29th, about 1,000 of the protesters turned to lobbying Congress. United for Peace.org was the principle organizer of the event. In the nation's corporate media, coverage of the big event was predictably minimal.
About two dozen Brevard county citizens joined the Washington protest. Three of them shared their experience with us. You might like to read their words.
A War Too Far From Homepoem by Jim Badger, Space Coast poet & activist
New Jimmy Carter book has doable peace plan / 60 Minutes says Israel settlers blocking peace deal. Progressive Israel lobby J Street urges U.S. citizens to support Bob Simon from CBS 60 Minutes for his "thoughtful and accurate portayal of the threat Israeli settlements pose to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... Bob Simon has been getting a lot of flack from the right-wing Israel crowd..."