We live in the command center of empire, the mother-country of imperialism, and the terrifying modern-day Sparta. With an annual billion dollar war budget, the US is the biggest threat to world peace and the largest force for war, destruction, and “fire and fury” ever assembled on earth.
The current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and 6,800 American soldiers their lives with a price tag of $5.6 trillion. The true cost in human terms is incalculable and ongoing. On top of that the US spends 20-plus times more on militarism annually than on diplomacy, and it consistently chooses war as its default position (see Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and on and on).
And this is one more reason the Democratic Party establishment and their liberal talking-head enablers can’t mount an effective opposition to the rising fascist threat: they agree that the US is the “exceptional” nation, that it should have the exclusive right to stride across the earth like Colossus, threatening, invading, and occupying other nations at will.
In Singapore Donald Trump promised to suspend joint War Games on the Korean peninsula (we shall see), admitting that they represent a provocation to North Korea. Anti-war forces in the US and around the world have called these exercises a provocation for decades, and we’ve demanded their cessation.
So we won?
Not according to the liberal hawks. Rachel Maddow called the suspension “an absolute jackpot for the North Korean dictator,” “one of the things he wants most on earth,” something Trump “has just given [him] for free, for nothing.” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof said “the cancellation of military exercises will raise questions among our allies,” and that Trump was snookered into using the word “provocative.”
If you’re against war, then supporting inter-Korean efforts to officially end the stalemated Korean War, and to advance (slow-motion) toward reunification is a good thing. Yes, also moving toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, including getting US nuclear weapons and all troops out.
Korea has the right to self-determination, to decide its own fate without meddling by the US, Japan or any other aspiring imperialist. Mother country peace activists and revolutionaries stand for peace and justice, and against war and militarism. We fight for a world at peace and in balance, powered by love.
Sorry that the liberal hawks won’t join us.
“Americans Who Tell the Truth”
Contact: Robert Shetterly, 207-326-8459 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Americans Who Tell the Truth” is excited to announce a public event to honor Bob Koehler with an unveiling of Robert Shetterly’s new portrait of him at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago, on June 16, from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Long-time, award-winning Chicago writer Bob Koehler describes himself as a peace journalist: a journalist who believes in tearing back the status quo and reporting the complex—the human—story behind the news. To a peace journalist, love is complex and violence is simplistic, and it is the journalist’s duty to report a story in its complexity, to look for the path toward healing in every conflict. He calls his columns prayers described as op-eds.
On his website, commonwonders.com, he writes: “Nonviolent response to conflict is, simply put, the foundation of civilization, is it not? Conflict — between and among people, between species, with our planet and universe — is inevitable. Violent response belittles the conflict, shatters the complexity, perpetuates the problem, endangers the innocent and often blows up in our faces. But violence is an industry, shrouded in mythology and consensus. Working to undo the mythology of violence is the most responsible act a writer can commit. We can’t dehumanize others without doing the same to ourselves.”
He has devoted his career—forty-plus years as a reporter, editor, syndicated columnist and teacher—to empowering readers and students alike, to find their voices, to participate in the creative process of social evolution, which begins with speaking and writing the truth.
The “Americans Who Tell the Truth+ portraits, now numbering over 235, travel to schools, colleges, museums, churches and libraries all over the United States to promote engaged and courageous citizenship. “Bob Koehler’s portrait will be a great addition to this project,” Shetterly says. “I know of no greater contemporary writer and no greater source of wisdom for how we must think of ourselves in relation to one another and to the future if we want to survive in a healthy and humane way on this planet. Bob Koehler is surely guilty of that most responsible act a writer can commit—compassionate, courageous, peace-loving sanity.”
At the unveiling Robert Shetterly will introduce Bob and together they will unveil the portrait ,and then Bob will speak.
Please visit www.americanswhotellthetruth.org to get an idea of the scope of this project, and to see the company of portraits Bob Koehler will be joining.
Thursday June 7th
3 – 5pm @ the Arts Incubator in Washington Park
301 E. Garfield Blvd.
BrooksDay is the Guild Literary Complex’s annual celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, held every year on June 7th, the anniversary of her birth. Since 2013, BrooksDay has been a marquee event in the Guild’s yearly calendar with many literary, cultural, and civic leaders from Chicago and beyond taking the stage to celebrate and honor Gwendolyn Brooks, former Poet Laureate of Illinois and the first African American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. BrooksDay honors her legacy as an artist and an iconic figure of generosity and civic conscience in Chicago and the nation.
Each year’s celebration has been unique, but each has commemorated Gwendolyn Brooks’s artistic achievements, her legendary generosity toward other poets, her influence as a pathbreaking cultural figure in Chicago and the nation, and her well-deserved stature as an iconic poet of modern Chicago, through public performances of her work. Last year’s spectacular BrooksDay@nite was a flagship event in the City of Chicago’s celebration of Brooks’s 100th birthday, featuring one hundred one-minute performances, a reception, and more at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
This year marks the 101st anniversary of Brook’s birth, and will include the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Gwendolyn Brooks statue unveiling in Gwendolyn Brooks Park afterward.
Guild Board President Andrea Change will emcee, with confirmed readers to include Bill Ayers, Nora Brooks Blakely, Nicole Bond, Reginald Gibbons, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Krystal Grover-Webb, Jyreika Guest, Angela Jackson, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Eric Charles May, Haki Madhubuti, Ydalmi Noriega, Nikki Patin, Timothy David Rey, Mario, Willie Williams, and more…
“Gwendolyn Brooks: The Oracle of Bronzeville,” a larger-than-life bronze portrait of Gwendolyn Brooks, will be unveiled after the readings in Brooks Park, just a short drive (or long walk) from the Arts Incubator. This will be the very first sculpture of an African American woman, and also the very first sculpture of a woman poet, in any Chicago park. The unveiling, which is part of the Night Out in the Parks series, will run from 6-8 p.m. and include readings, performances, and tributes in Gwendolyn Brooks Park, 4542 S. Greenwood Ave.