Vote for Peace

February 21, 2010

Click here to register your vote to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, and send your message to Congress here. The bill to establish a Department of Peace is now before the House of Representatives, and, among other things, would provide funding to establish a U.S. Peace Academy which would act as a counterpart to the U.S. Military Academy, teach violence prevention and mediation to America’s school children, and provide complimentary support to our military by engaging in parallel peace-building activities.

The Woodstock Council for World Peace has already sent a letter of support for the Department of Peace to Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who first introduced this bill in July 2001, shortly before the attacks of 9/11. Unfortunately, our country’s reaction to those attacks, and George W. Bush’s mistaken policy of GWOT (Global War on Terror) has allowed this bill to languish. Make your voices heard, and tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and your representatives that you want the United States Department of Peace to become a reality.

We are living in a world that is witnessing the threats of habitat and biodiversity loss, fisheries depletion, global economic stress and world hunger; in such a world, war is unsustainable.

The above views are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of The Woodstock Council for World Peace.

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Thaw in North-South Korean relations?

August 23, 2009
Kim Dae-jung

Kim Dae-jung

South Korea’s leader, Lee Myung-bak, met with a delegation sent by North Korea’s Kim Jong-il on the occasion of the funeral services for former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, recipient of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize for his work attempting to reconcile the two states.

Before former US President George W. Bush characterized North Korea as part of the “axis of evil”, significant progress had been made between the two states, and we are happy to see signs of positive developments to come.


Euna Lee and Laura Ling to be released

August 4, 2009

Former President Clinton was successful in his mission to North Korea, and U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been pardoned, and will soon be released. This is encouraging, and we continue to hope for other positive developments from President Clinton’s meeting with Kim Jong-il.


President Bill Clinton in North Korea

August 4, 2009

90px-44_Bill_Clinton_3x4Former President Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea today, reportedly to seek the release of jailed US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

President Clinton’s was met at the airport by North Korean officials, among them chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye Gwan and Yang Hyong Sop, vice president of parliament. He is also reported to have met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

We wish President Clinton every success on this unannounced visit.