Voices of Peace
and Social Justice
"Israel Prize laureate David Tartakover,
a long-standing supporter of Yesh Gvul, has graciously granted us the rights to the
poster he designed to mark the 35th anniversary of the occupation. The poster is
on view at our website. Copies are available
for a donation of 50 NIS (aprox 15 USD) towards having copies of the poster pasted
up on municipal billboards throughout Israel." Peretz Kidron - Ram Rahat
The world holds its collective breath as India and Pakistan amass troops on the borders.
The focus of the dispute, the legendary Kashmir, the mountain garden of southeast
Asia, could become a living hell beyond imagination. The swords are unsheathed. But
now the ultimate sword is nuclear. Even if limited nuclear weapons are unleashed,
the whole world will change forever. Besides the unthinkable scale of death, disease
and famine to the people and ecological damage to the environment of the area, there
is the world wide effects of radiation that would be carried by the trade winds to
all the planet. We all have an immediate and vital stake in the work of peace with
justice. Our very collective survival depends upon it. It is sad and ironic that
the lands that gave rise to the modern movement of mass non-violence fell into the
nuclear weapons trap.
The inspiration of the active, non-violent resistance of the Gandhian Peoples Movement
in India (and Pakistan) brought about the end of the British empire. It profoundly
influenced the American Civil Rights movement, the North American New Labor movement
from the United Farmworkers to the S.E.I.U., the U.S. Peace movement, the Polish
Solidarity movement, the Philippine's Peoples Power movement, and many sectors of
the South African Anti-apartheid movement, the Chinese Democracy movement, and the
worldwide peace and social justice and ecology movements.
The Gandhian influence is also at work in the Middle East where peace activists of
all nationalities, especially Palestinian and Israeli, are engaging the masters of
war for the future of the region and maybe the world. In this issue of West By Northwest's
Voices of Peace, we look at the changing role of American Jews who love peace and
justice as well as the best ideals of Israel.
Also, as news about Latin American coups and elections are highlighted again in our
group consciousness, we present a unique project by Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick
who are returning to Central America after seventeen years to document and witness
the long-term effects of war and peace on real people and places.
We hope the following articles and web sites will help as you explore the issues,
challenges and inspire your work for peace and justice.
We remember Walt Taylor who authored a visionary
"blueprint" on Waging Peace for a Living: An Action Plan for Survival of
Life on Earth. Reviewed by Lois Barton.
Visit Professor Bill Thomson's amazing news sources from his Middle
East Update -- fresh daily.
Message from Hopi Elders from the 2001 Annual Greeting
Letter from Cathy Woods of Creative
Resistance on Gandhi and change, introducing website for social justice for the
poor of British Columbia.
Dirty Bombs and
Civil Rights from the editorial page of The New York Times.
Fran Shor -- Meanwhile,
Back in Afghanistan from Common Dreams.org
No Nukes Over Kashmir petition, a grassroots response to sign online.
Arundhati Roy is Under the Nuclear Shadow
from the Guardian /Observer.
Muzamil Jaleel writes My Lost Country and Peace
Plans for Kashmir , also from the Guardian/ Observer with links.
Pam Fitzpatrick and Paul Dix have pledged!Volveremos!
We Shall Return: Living with the Consequences of US Policy -- The Central America
Photo Testimony Project with Paul Dix's poweful photographs.
Peg Morton's School for Dictators on Trial
as she prepares to go to court. Expanded & Updated.
Starhawk, a world activist and spiritual leader, proposes Heresies
in Pursuit of Peace: Thoughts on Israel/Palestine
Sarah Shields asks Please Dad, Tell Me:
How Do I Stop Being Complicit? a powerful open letter
to her progressive rabbi father.
A professor of international law, Francis A. Boyle's brief summary :Prosecute
Israeli Crimes At Jenin: Sharon to The Hague!
George Qassis and the International Solidarity Movement
with many fascinating web links. Thanks to Bill Thomson's Middle East Newsletter.
Yesh Gvul, a respected Israeli peace group, appeals to help support the growing
numbers and risks of the Refuseniks.
Alec Dubro, an American Jew in Israel, writes in Ha'aretz Payback
Time, (Give Me Back My Trees).Thanks to Bill Thomson.
Petition Protesting AFL-CIO President John
Sweeney's Support for Israeli Invasion from concerned union members.
Meet African writers and scholars as they promote understanding about Africa:
Peace with Justice Education Tour which begins June 2002 in the Pacific Northwest.
Closer to home, "Some call it the Friendly
Frontier; others see it as the starting point for the third world war. Small
Alaskan town prepares for missile site in wilderness" by Duncan Campbell in
Delta Junction, Alaska The Guardian
Jonathan Freedland sees Bringing peace out of the shadows. Veterans of the
conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Ireland seek to
make the impossible possible at
Michael Lerner examines the Jews
for Justice. Some American Jews today feel betrayed by Israeli policies. from
A Time for Dissent
in America An Op/Ed by Richard Reeves from Yahoo News
School of the Americas Watch
¿Qué es nuevo en Colombia?
by the Guardian
Christian Peacemakers Teams
Foundation for Middle East Peace
Jewish Unity for a Just Peace
Middle East News Online
Not In My Name
Rabbis for Human Rights
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
United Methodist Church
thanks to Lois Barton and Eugene Friends Meeting
Fellowship of Reconciliation -thanks to Mary Sharon
No such thing as a little nuke! Least We Forget - The Effects of Radiation in Chernobyl
- thanks to kevin s
The Nation has created a special
page of resources on the MiddleEast.
Currently, you can find links to groups offering news and background info, a recommended-reading
list, and a complete collection of recent relevant Nation commentary. thanks to ctp
AFL-CIO Petition WeObject
Labor takes a stand about the use of its name and shelter.