Posts Tagged ‘nonviolence’

Chris Hedges speaks spontaneously on the Occupy Wall Street campaign, the brutality used against peaceful protesters and on the big picture of living in a society under a corporate coup de tat and what can be done about it!

Synopsis of Bio from Truthdig….Chris Hedges, whose column is published on Truthdig, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times.

He was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism and received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009, and granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010.

Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University. He currently teaches inmates at a correctional facility in New Jersey.

He has written eleven books and holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif.


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The speech the corporate media ignores, King’s antiwar speech, the speech some, closest to him, have surmised led to his assassination, for a number of his closest associates have believed that he was indeed assassinated by and from forces from within  the government; how then would his strong and bold antiwar stance be received today? Would King be marginalized today; would he be harshly criticized today for his antiwar stance, which would as surely be applied to war today as it was applied to war then; would his greatness be recognized or marginalized today?

King spoke of our status in the evolution of mankind stating, “It is no longer a choice between nonviolence and violence, it is a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence; that is where we are today!” Even more clearly, these words rings now, just a few decades later, such a short time in the span of man’s existence; today, a day set aside to honor his life, should forever be a day to honor nonviolence, for nonviolence and nonviolent action were the sum of his life and of his faith.


Time Magazine on King’s Antiwar Speech:

“Demagogic slander that sounded like Radio Hanoi!”

The Washington Post on King’s Antiwar Speech:

“[King] diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, and his people.”

Watch Democracy Now on King’s Antiwar Stance:


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About the author Andre’ Trocme’ :

When France fell to Nazi Germany, the mission to resist the Nazis became increasingly important. Believing in the same ideas as former Pastor Charles Guillon, André and Magda Trocmé became very involved in a wide network organizing the rescue of Jews fleeing the deportation efforts of the Nazi implementation of their Final Solution. Following the establishment of the Vichy France regime during the occupation, Trocmé and other area ministers serving other parishes encouraged their congregations to shelter “the people of the Bible”. Trocmé was a catalyst whose efforts led to Le Chambon and surrounding villages becoming a unique haven in Nazi-occupied France. Trocmé and his church members helped their town develop ways of resisting the dominant evil they faced. Together they established first one, and then a number of “safe houses” where Jewish and other refugees seeking to escape the Nazis could hide. These houses received contributions from the Quakers, the Salvation Army, the American Congregational Church, the pacifist movement Fellowship of Reconciliation, Jewish and Christian ecumenical groups, the French Protestant student organization CIMADE and the Swiss Help to Children in order to house and buy food supplies for the fleeing refugees. Many refugees were helped to escape to Switzerland following an underground railroad network.*

*This passage is from Wikipedia.

Read Trocme’s classic book Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution:


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Award winning journalist and activist Allan Nairn’s review of geopolitics in 2010:

“You can’t say that your waging a war on terror if your commiting terror.”
Allan Nairn


Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, “What about President Obama?”

Allan Nairn “Well, as we said in the discussion last year at this time, he’s kept the machine set on kill, he’s continued backing for the dozens of  repressive regimes, he’s upped the killings in Pakistan and Afghanistan, when you compare the democrats and  the republicans on core issues of preventing preventable death, shifting funds to stop hunger, of killing of civilians, there’s no difference, but we have some democratic rights in this country and people have to organize to stop that, you know on the basic issues there’s not that much difference between the choice that an American has and the choice that a person in repressive Burma has or repressive China has or repressive Indonesia has, in none of those countries, including the U.S. can you choose to alter the basic policies; if you vote for a democrat, if you vote for a republican you get the same thing on state murder, on preventable death but we, here, have the right to rebel [nonviolently], we have to use it.”

RT’s   Anastasia Churkina ” You’re among American citizens who say the U.S. needs a revolution of change, what do you imply when you say that?

Allan Nairn, “We need to, in the words of the American founding father’s, alter or abolish the current system because it is not enforcing the murder laws and it’s allowing about a billion people worldwide to starve and they could be fed, they could be fed for the price of Washington’s bailout of Citibank, for example, it could happen through massive street protests, it could even conceivably happen electorally, if through media channels enough Americans were able to get the facts about what the U.S. and other powers have been doing.”


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I’m taking some time off, so enjoy this first edition of Quantum Sunday’s exploration into the world of nonviolent Muslims, their lives, their work, and their observation of the world through the eyes of peace.

Quantum Sunday, posted every Sunday, is a sort of pop quantum physics exploration into what the wave function (quantum term) is and what the role of the observer (quantum term) means, metaphysically and as it may apply to the human psyche and the manifestation of peace in world. Essentially, my loose thesis is that if the wave function is the wave aspect of a dual state of energy manifestation, the unified field within which, from which we are all springing, the source of potential three-dimensional manifestations, a Gestalt of Everything That Is, then the Wave, essentially, is God. By the same token, if God is the Wave and we, as the observers, in quantum terms, are co-creators, for we create from the source of the wave by way of the experience of our observation; therefore, observation itself is, metaphysically, a sacred act, how then do we observe? Do we observe from a place of conscience or from a place of self-interest, and how does our observation affect the manifestations of our lives and contribute to the evolution of world events and of mankind, for fundamental to quantum physics, fundamental to our very existence, according to quantum physics, is the principle of unity.

Most of what Hundredth Hummingbird deals with is the truthful observation of world events, it is concerned with the truth, especially the truth which the mainstream media tends to avoid or under-report, but also the deeper truths simply in stories, the value of telling this or that truth and of exploring its ramifications.

On Quantum Sunday, however, I explore the spiritual ramifications of my own exploration into the principles of quantum physics, because it seems to me that quantum physics both unifies and transcends the world’s religions and that it brings us, because of the unified field of oneness which it proclaims, ultimately to peace.

I have been, for several weeks, exploring the nonviolent Christians from a rather loose quantum perspective, in keeping with the quantum principle of observation, I observe that their observation is through the eyes of conscience, of nonviolence, and of peace.

Now, Quantum Sunday is embarking on an exploration of peacemaker Muslims,  beginning with the phenomenal Yusuf Islam or as he was known way back when, in the days when I sang his songs with teenage devotion, Cat Stevens, a peacemaker who renounced the material world and left the outer edge of darkness, to ride on the peace train.

Be back next Sunday exploring Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus! Insha’Allah!

Take a ride into the heart of a life transformed:

How a young man of unfathomable success walked away from it all and found a deeper meaning:

Cat’s farewell concert as Cat, his moment of renunciation, his embrace of the spiritual life, his last song:

Yusuf’s website:



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Cindy Sheehan www.cindysheehanssoapbox.com has organized a nonviolent, civil disobedience, anti-war, peace coalition called Peace of the Action www.peaceoftheaction.org.

Recently Peace of the Action camped out at the Nation’s Capital, hundreds protested in front of the White House and over sixty Americans, including Cindy were arrested for practicing nonviolent civil resistance in opposition to these illegal wars, occupations, and for a full and complete end to torture which takes place under what is known as  torture loopholes http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17204 .      

In the video series below Cindy is joined by such antiwar greats as former CIA analyst Ray McGovern who used to give George HW Bush his daily CIA briefings and who founded Veteran Intelligence Officers for Sanity. He also writes for several sites, including Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, and Alternet.com*, and by Col. Ann Wright www.voicesofconscience.com, and author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience; Government Insiders Speak out Against the War in Iraq, one of the first State Department officials to retire in protest of the invasion of Iraq and who has been an outspoken peace activist ever since. Cindy is also joined by Kevin Zeese co-founder and Executive Director of Voters for Peace www.votersforpeace.us and by Brian Becker the National Coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition    https://secure2.convio.net/pep/site/SPageServer?pagename=ANS_homepage .

If you want to learn what is happening in the antiwar movement today, visit these sites and watch these videos of the recent camp out. Yes, the antiwar movement shrank when Obama became president, for we had high hopes, but it is once more rising, and rightly so, for Obama has sustained many Bush policies and has added draconian measures such as legalized assassinations of Americans.

The current antiwar movement is small but it is strong, it is being led by a core of long-term, well-disciplined, well-educated activists, a number of whom have been insiders such as Col. Wright or Ray McGovern. It has teeth and it has the discipline of nonviolent civil disobedience as a strategy, which Cindy Sheehan has long been a practitioner and leader of.

There’s another camp out in Washington DC this summer www.peaceoftheaction.org !

Share these videos with the peace mom in your life and have a peace filled Mother’s Day!


*Ray McGovern articles found at these sites:




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“Arise then…women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts! From the bosom of a devastated Earth goes up a voice with our own, it says, Disarm! Disarm! Julia Ward Howe, Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870

Perhaps mothers will save the world. They are still going strong in one of the few potent anti-war organizations challenging Obama’s continued war making, that organization being Code Pink www.codepink.org . They could use our help.



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