Hiroshima A-Bomb Survivor Junko Kayashige holds picture of her 1945 family
Humans and nuclear weapons cannot co-exist.
This start judgment begins an opinion article by the AFSC's Shan Cretin and Joseph Gerson on the urgency for action by President Obama and the U.S. Senate, on the occasion of the 11th Annual Nobel Peace Laureates Summit next month in Hiroshima Japan.
I recently had the pleasure of making presentations to two very different groups, but both experiences were very heartening.
One group was made up of retired clergy, who had many years of preaching under their belts. I shared thoughts and hopes for peace. I discussed a quote from Antoine de Saint Exupéry, author of the The Little Prince, who once wrote “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
Maggie Rawlands, active in Des Moines WILPF since the 1960s and a leader on causes like disarmament, small weapons treaty, anti-nuclear weapons, and challenging corporate power. Maggie is delighted with the featured speaker we will have at the meeting, David Cobb from National Move To Amend. More on David later.
Waves of foreign soldiers have deployed to Afghanistan, and if fortunate, get return home again after a year. Meanwhile Afghan citizens have lived every day of their lives, for nine years, surrounded by the horrors of war—some displaced, refugees, forced to rebuild whole new communities only to be chased out again. The constant fear and hardships these people endure are beyond most of our understandings. And yet, the pain of war has inspired young artists to create.
It is the artists' treatment of subject matter that distinguishes their reflections on the war in Afghanistan and justifies serious attention being focused on the debut of their dynamic show "Windows and Mirrors," at Arch Street Meeting House (Windows and Mirrors is the second event listed).
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