New Palestinian Hope

February 27, 2010

The construction of the first “Palestinian Settlement” at Rawabi, financed by $700m from Qatar, gives us reason for hope. We are pleased that the Israeli government supports this development, and urge them to grant permission for highway access immediately. Projects like this one can lead the way to peace for both Israelis and Palestinians, and we hope this is the first of many such developments.

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

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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.


Council Meeting Postponed

December 13, 2009

Due to the extreme inclement weather, tonight’s Council meeting has been postponed; we expect to be meeting next Sunday at the Community Center instead. We will post the time as soon as we have the details.


Woodstock Council Meeting

December 13, 2009

Tomorrow, December 13, 2009, the Woodstock Council for World Peace is meeting at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road in Woodstock, NY, from 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. All are invited; among the subjects for discussion are website development, fund raising, and projects to be taken on/promoted by the Council. We must choose the work we will do that will best sustain the Council and most effectively promote the cause of peace. Please come; we invite and need your input on these important matters.


A Very Special Concert

December 7, 2009

A message from Pete Levin:

Hi, friends. I’m doing something very special at the end of this week and want to let folks know about it. Here’s a short version:

Two Israeli friends of mine have been in a band for about 10 years called White Flag, comprised of 3 Israelis and 3 Palestinians. No politics, just people—musicians getting together to make music. Their story and the history of the band is pretty amazing; they’ve experienced police harassment at the border, instruments destroyed, escaping from Gaza, hiding from Hamas—amazing! And I complain about driving through New Jersey traffic to make it to a gig! If you’ve got a few minutes to read about it, click the link here.

A couple of weeks ago, they told me they were coming to the States and asked me to sit in for the two New York gigs. One’s in NYC, on the lower east side; the other’s in our own back yard. Also sitting in will be our own master tabla player, Ray Spiegel. There will possibly be some surprise guests too; we don’t know yet.

It’s a bit pricey for Woodstock, but the Kleinert is a small venue, and the band has some major travel expenses. If you’re free and up for it, I hope you can make the gig. And if you’re inclined to spread the word, that would be much appreciated.

See the flyer at the top of the page for complete information. I hope to see you there at the Kleinert/James Gallery, Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.