American Friends Service Committee
Sara Burke, Managing Editor
2161 Massachusetts Ave.
Peacework has been published monthly since 1972, intended to serve as a source of dependable information to those who strive for peace and justice and are committed to furthering the nonviolent social change necessary to achieve them. Rooted in Quaker values and informed by AFSC experience and initiatives, Peacework offers a forum for organizers, fostering coalition-building and teaching the methods and strategies that work in the global and local community. Peacework seeks to serve as an incubator for social transformation, introducing a younger generation to a deeper analysis of problems and issues, reminding and re-inspiring long-term activists, encouraging the generations to listen to each other, and creating space for the voices of the disenfranchised.
Five hundred pairs of combat boots in formation; empty. Each pair of boots, arrayed here on Federal Plaza in Chicago, Illinois, represents a person, recruited into the US military and sent to Iraq, who did not return alive. If we were to commemorate the Iraqi civilians, conscripts, and officers killed by US soldiers, the memorial would have to be expanded by a factor of more than twenty. Action and photo by AFSC-Chicago, www.afsc.org/iraq/us/boots.htm.
4 Stop AIDS: A Presidential Platform for 2004
by Paul Davis
US trade policy must promote access to affordable medicine for all impoverished nations.
5 “Rose Revolution” Blossoms:
Nonviolent Insurrection Overthrows Georgian Government
by Revaz Sakevarishvili and Margarita Akhvlediani
The cordon of security ministry troops parted before us....
6 A New Day for Bolivia
by Jim Schultz
When the death toll climbed, marchers from cities hundreds of miles away began marching on La Paz.
8 Colombians Create Indigenous Peace Force
by Rachel Chandler-Worth
The Indigenous Guard patrols the area to keep all armed factions out, and enforces the self-imposed community restriction against carrying guns .
Advancing Small Arms Disarmament in Brazil
by Jessica Galeria
On Mother’s Day, Viva Rio launched the “Choose Gun Free: Your Weapon or Me!” campaign.
Occupy, Resist, Produce:
The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement
by Jessica Galeria
Utilizing nonviolent land takeovers, the movement has settled over 300,000 rural workers on their own farms.
11 Brazil’s New Deal
Challenging the Global System
by Andreas Hernandez
Brazil’s foreign policy initiatives may be signs of a social democratic turn in the global system.
12 Free Trade at the Crossroads: Miami and Beyond
by Arnie Alpert
Environmental regulations, worker-safety provisions, wage standards, and health care provision can be ruled unfair trade.
13 Protesting the FTAA in Miami
by Liana Foxvog
Fair trade protesters created a “Really Really Free Market,” organized to demonstrate what real freedom is.
14 The Soldiers at My Front Door
by John Dear
God does not bless war. God does not want you to kill so Bush and Cheney can get more oil.
14 Maine Judge Praises Civil Disobedience
We all have derived benefits from acts of civil disobedience like the Boston Tea Party, the Judge explained.
15 Judge Recognizes Free Speech Rights
When do citizens become trespassers on federal property, which constitutionally they own?
15 Jury Acquits DU Weapons Inspectors
by Steve Clemens
Twenty-eight Minnesotans “crossed the line,” entering the world headquarters of Alliant Techsystems with the express purpose of conducting a “citizens weapons inspection.”
16 Global Solidarity Against War:
US Unions Work for Iraqi Labor Rights
by Bob Muehlenkamp
US-led occupation forces have continued to enforce the Hussein-era anti-labor laws, and have prohibited strikes.
17 Iraqi Governing Council Initiates
Iraqi Women Protest
The Governing Council plans to recreate the miseries of women in Afghanistan, Iran, and the Sudan. Plus, the founding statement of an Iraqi women’s coalition.
18 Eritrea-Ethiopia War Looms
by Dan Connell
To remain on the sidelines and allow this tinderbox to explode once again will spell disaster.
19 On Trial For Exposing US Wiretaps on UN
The US wiretapped the personal and professional communications of UN employees in an attempt to coerce them into supporting the Iraq war. The whistleblower is now on trial. for violating Britain’s Official Secrets Act. She’s prohibited from talking with her lawyer about this, on grounds that it would violate the Official Secrets Act.
20 Telling Which Way the Wind is Blowing
by Harvey Wasserman
...how J. Edgar Hoover became the godfather of the movement against nuclear power.
21 Witnessing Transformation: a Review of Common Shock
Fred Marchant reviews a book by Kaethe Weingarten
Through story-telling and compassionate listening, we can restore the bonds of connectedness that have been broken by force .
24 The Ordination of a Gay Bishop
by Robert Dove
Gene Robinson implored us to do everything in our power to reach out with love to the people who objected to his ordination.
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