One week from today, we will do the "impossible."
Planners of International Day of Peace will declare Wednesday, September 21 a day of ceasefire around the world.
This is in Asheville, NC, but things much like it will also be happening in neighboring Hendersonville, NC. Join them will be millions of other people around the globe who are sick of war, and aren't going to play that dangerous game any more.
Members of Peacetown Asheville also plan to introduce their hot off the press resolution that will eventually go before their city council that calls for President Obama and our Senators and Congressman to abide by our demand for bringing our dollars home instead of being used to harm thousands on the other side of the world.
Can this really happen in North Carolina? Well, much of the same thing is happening in Durham, NC, where North Carolina Peace Action Network sponsored a public hearing about their own bring our war dollars home resolution.
Likewise, at the summer Conference of Mayors from all over the United States passed a resolution that also stressed that our mayors want their dollars brought back home, too. Thanks to the Mayors for Peace for sponsoring this resolution.
People, believe that Peace is budding out all over! War is expensive, terribly expensive, at over a trillion dollars a year. That's money that isn't being spent on renewable energy research, or healthcare, or education, or infrastructure or anything else. This money reflects dollar signs in the eyes of multi-national war making corporations. Easy money, but those same corporations could be making trains, hybrid cars, solar panels, repairing bridges.
"But gee, it's hard to change course," these corporations say."Let's just keep doing what we do best, building more bombs, sewing more body bags, equipping more drones."
Americans are waking up. If you see some still asleep, wake them up.
We in Asheville are awake and want our leaders to lead us onward to peace, not more useless and endless war. It's unaffordable, it's deadly for both sides, it teaches violence that ripples into our schools and families. It doesn't build communities; it fractures and starves them.
No more war is what Asheville says at International Day of Peace at Pack Square in Asheville Wednesday, September 21. We truly want to give peace its chance for a change.