Monday, June 13, 2005

I have been spending a lot of time with the book Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism, edited by CodePink Cofounders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, published recently by Inner Ocean. The foreword is written by Alice Walker; the introduction is by Arundhati Roy. The book is filled with wonderful essays and poems and meditations on creating peace by such luminaries as Terry Tempest Williams, Eve Ensler, Barbara Lee, and Benazir Bhutto. And these aren't just pie in the sky ideas--the book is filled with very specific ideas, both practical and creative, for how to take action to combat poverty and violence world wide. I recommend it highly. And I found great hope in this quote from Susan Griffin: "War is not inevitable. The only thing in the universe that is inevitable is change."

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