Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa
Promoting international peace through education, intercultural communication, public witness, citizen involvement, and personal choices
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Caravan Seeks End to War on Yemen
Veterans For Peace Chapter #161 and PEACE Iowa announce a No to War on Yemen caravan, to begin at noon on January 25th at the Mercer Park parking lot in Iowa City. This caravan is one of many similar events happening that day across the world. The UN director of the World Food Programme declared Yemen the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. Starvation has already claimed tens of thousands, and another 10 million are close to starving. Yemen's environment, infrastructure, and health facilities have been devastated. The US continues to provide military support to Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen as it has for over 5 years. The US has reduced food aid to Yemen and on January 19th declared increased sanctions, which will result in thousands of additional deaths by starvation.
The January 25th caravan will call for an end to US military involvement, an end to arms shipments to Saudi Arabia, an increase in humanitarian aid, and a speedy end to sanctions. Homemade signs, either inside or outside the vehicles, are welcome. Signs and materials will also be available at the site. The caravan will go through downtown Iowa City, with the whole event lasting about an hour. Social distancing and mask-wearing will be observed throughout. Public is invited to join. Arrive by 11:45 at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr, Iowa City.
This event is also supported by other local organizations, including Iowa Physicians For Social Responsibility, Johnson County United Nations Association, 100Grannies, and Peace by Peace.
The Golden Rule Across Cultures
This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Udana Varga 5:18
So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother what which he desires for himself.
What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.
Talmud, Shabbat 31:a
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself: I am the Lord.
Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.
T'ai Shag Kan Ying P'ien
That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self.
Avesta: Dadistan-i-dink 94:5
PEACE Iowa volunteers Georgiane and Nancy at our booth at the 2019 Iowa City Soul & Blues Fest.
The first visitors to name 3 countries on an unlabeled map of Africa at our booth at the 2019 Iowa City Soul & Blues Fest.