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August 2009 Blog Posts (25)

Thich Nhat Hanh

All we need are live discussions and debates on prime time, national television about the divided issues in our country.

“We recommended that the Palestinians and Israeli talk about their suffering, fears, and despair in a public forum that all the world could hear. We could all listen without judging, without condemning in order to understand the experience of both sides. This would prepare the ground of understanding for peace talks to occur." (1)

"The same situation…


Added by Jacob Griesmer on August 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments


Obama applauds Blair:

Bill Clinton in East Timor:

Religions of East Timor: Roman Catholic 98%, Muslim 1%, Protestant 1% (2005)

In 1979 the U.S. Agency for International Development estimated that 300,000 East Timorese—nearly half the population—had… Continue

Added by Jacob Griesmer on August 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Exerpts about the militarization of space

"But America has rejected the desire by 160 other countries to have United Nations talks about banning an arms race in space, an extravagantly unilateral approach whose appeal you might have thought would have been tarnished by its experience in Iraq."

-Times of London

Iraqi deaths have reached over a million, yet US troop deaths in Iraq are well under 4300. Well over 80% of the worlds nations want to talk, including India and China, who alone constitute about two thirds of the… Continue

Added by Jacob Griesmer on August 30, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

CA Co-State Coordinator Recognized as Peacemaker

Congratulations to Bobbi Jo Chavarria, Department of Peace Campaign Co-state Coordinator in Southern California's Inland Empire region! On September 20, 2009, she will be recognized with one of four Peacemaker Awards from the Veterans for Peace (VFP) at their International Day of Peace luncheon.

According to a VFP announcement released August 25, "The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts… Continue

Added by Wendy Greene on August 26, 2009 at 12:46pm — 1 Comment

CHALK4PEACE Draw your own conclusions...

CHALKSTARS! It's the Season for CHALK4PEACE again! With more than 400 locations happening worldwide, we are excited to expand this project to an even wider audience this year, one dedicated to giving peace its chance. Please visit for a list of locations and dates. Our goal is for ONE MILLION artists to join us this fall as we repaint the planet the colors of peace! Get down! Get dusty!

Please join us for CHALK4PEACE and tell us about your event at… Continue

Added by John Aaron on August 26, 2009 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Howard County Community College Student Peace Alliance

I started Introduction to Conflict Resolution last night at Howard Community College. I had met the Professor, Belinda Reed, a few weeks ago at the University of Maryland where we were volunteering for the Peace Alliance at the Veterans for Peace conference. When she told me about this class, I knew I had to take it. It is interesting going back to college after finishing up my BA 16 years ago. I am very excited to be learning this incredible material.

Our assignment this class is to… Continue

Added by David Cockrell on August 25, 2009 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment



"Happy Hands, Happy Feet, Happy Heart"

I just returned from Washington DC for the event. White doing Chalk The White House I noticed the Institute of Peace building being constructed. Aren't WE all UNITED in Peace?

Integration is the issue. Co-creating and co-designing systems that make that possible.

SIM ( System Integral Management) orchestrators are coming together to form the… Continue

Added by Robert Allan Schueler on August 23, 2009 at 8:58pm — No Comments

How To Get Your Peace Globe ~ 2009 (Was SPECTACULAR!) NEW 2010 Info Here!

How To Get Your Peace Globe

November 4, 2010…


Added by Mimi Lenox on August 22, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Help Student Peace Alliance win $10,000 with the Grant for Change!

Hey Everyone! I've been nominated for Nau.Com's Grant for Change and we have a chance to win $10,000 for Student Peace Alliance.

Please go to the link and vote with 5 stars to help win $10,000 for my work with Student Peace Alliance! Aaron and I are working hard in D.C. but need help to get sustainable funding for our salaries and the salaries of future directors. We have a chance to make a real difference and the time for peace is NOW.…


Added by Julia Simon-Mishel on August 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

first post at DoPeace

Okay, so here's my first DoPeace blog post! I do have a blog I've been using for two years now, Dr. Sheltie. That will give you a little better picture of who I am.
I'm looking forward to connecting with some people in this part of the blogosphere!

Added by James Moore on August 20, 2009 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Veterans for Peace resolves to Support the Youth PROMISE act!

At the recent Veterans for Peace convention in College Park, Maryland, our own Jim Ramelis introduced a resolution for VFP to support the Youth PROMISE act - and it was approved! The below text is from the VFP website:


Whereas Veterans for Peace affirms its responsibility to serve the cause of world peace in its "Statement of Purpose",… Continue

Added by Ted Nunn on August 20, 2009 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Peace is not hiding at the hunger, poverty and illiteracy?

Dear Friends

What do think that Peace is not hiding at the hunger, poverty and illiteracy? I believe the Peace is within all of you including me but Peace easily will not come out and invisible if we can not treat to them. Am I right?

Pease is within, therefore we should not give priority to end the hunger, poverty and illiteracy. I believe We should providing the services to the orphaned and disadvantaged children and peoples. Aimed to creating a Peace within the heart of… Continue

Added by Mong Mong Thun Marma on August 20, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Road to Peace - Day 2

Well, today was a rather uneventful day. I've been reading a bit more of "Three Cups of Tea" for college though and that's getting pretty interesting. If you aren't familiar about the book, it's the story of this man Greg Mortenson and his quest to build a school for the poor village of Krophe which is located in the Mountains in Pakistan. It's just really interesting how he starts out as a mountaineer and ends up with this huge mission to promote peace throughout the Middle East by building… Continue

Added by Jared Nunn on August 19, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Road to Peace - Day 1

So, I joined DoPeace today, after being asked to do so by my father. He's really big into this peace movement and working to establish a US Department of Peace and I fully support him in everything he's doing. (It is also important to mention his girlfriend, or my pseudo-mom, Wendy Greene, who also plays a major part in our famiy’s peace-doing.) I honestly don't talk with them enough about the movement specifically to remember what their exact "positions" are in the Peace Alliance but for some… Continue

Added by Jared Nunn on August 19, 2009 at 1:07am — 2 Comments

Winning the ultimate battle: How humans could end war

Is the human urge to wage war innate, or will war one day be a thing of the past?

Please comment with your thoughts.

Link to the article:

Added by Megan Jetton on August 16, 2009 at 10:36am — 6 Comments


Hi my name is Simon Holmes from the UK and I've just joined!I would like to link my blog to your site,how can I do this?

Added by Simon Holmes on August 13, 2009 at 7:02am — 1 Comment

Peace-Making Requires As Much Effort As War-Making

The following is the main body of an editorial that I wrote for our local newspaper to coincide with a visit from a member of a peace-making group to our town, sponsored by our local group, the Macomb Area Alliance for Peace and Justice. I have never "blogged" before, but I thought I would put this out there, as some might be interested in hearing different voices (I am an anthropologist, after all, and I do like to hear the 'stories' of folks...).

From April, 2009 [so, some of the… Continue

Added by Macomb Jess on August 12, 2009 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Stories from the Other Side: "Hometown Baghdad"

When I attended the 2007 Student Peace Alliance Conference as a senior in high school, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the creators of the "Hometown Baghdad" webisodes, which document the lives of three young Iraqis during the ongoing "war on terrorism." Watching the lives of these young people unfold, listening to their stories, seeing their own tears and the tears of their families is at once eye-opening and heartbreaking. America has lost a few thousand of its soldiers, but the war is… Continue

Added by Megan Jetton on August 12, 2009 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Something to think about...

Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Added by Megan Jetton on August 12, 2009 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Links for Peace - Part I

Decided to throw together this list of links related to peace and other humanitarian efforts. I strongly encourage all of you to check them out and to volunteer, if there's an opportunity and you're interested. Enjoy!

Free Rice

For every multiple choice vocabulary question you answer correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the UN World Hunger Program. Dust off those dictionaries, and get to feedin' all those hungry people out… Continue

Added by Megan Jetton on August 12, 2009 at 9:57pm — 2 Comments

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