To The Daily Sun,
I meet new people interested in the peace movement, and I see surprise on their faces when I tell them that our Plymouth Common peace vigil has run Saturdays for an hour since February of 1998. We miss occasionally for family reasons, but pretty much we maintain it. We leaflet with a peace/justice issue topic, timely, handing out between 25-30 of these. We raise up a peace banner between light-post and tree. We've done this in the work for no-war through administrations of Clinton, Bush, and now Obama.
Similarly N.H. Peace Action has passed our 30-year mark, last year. We have now seen the U.S.'s longest war, and we lament the loss of life, the maimed lives, the excessive monetary cost. We think the U.S. can do better. As President Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
I invite others beyond our N.H. Peace Action mailing list to donate to our statewide effort to shape a peaceful and sustainable world. Our website is nhpeaceaction.org, or call 228-0559. At year's end we look forward to being useful in 2014, to organizing, to providing speakers and speak-out opportunities. Our projects are both long-term and fledgling. We hire a full-time director and keep a Concord office. My daughters are now 43 and 40, so most of their lives their mom has been working for peace, and not alone in that. As chair of N.H. Peace Action Education Fund at this time, I thank all who do support us and ask others to prioritize peace and justice by connecting with us. Peace in 2014.
Lynn Rudmin Chong