Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa
Promoting international peace through education, intercultural communication, public witness, citizen involvement, and personal choices
We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls "enemy", for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers. I think of them, too, because it is clear to me that there will be no meaningful solution until some attempt is made to know them and hear their broken cries.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Riverside Church - April 4, 1967
Good News on Yemen!
On February 4, 2021, President Biden said, in regard to Yemen, "This war has to end." He said "unendurable" suffering must end. He said the 6-year US support for the Saudi coalition's offensive military operations in Yemen will end. Pending arms sales to Saudi Arabia have been frozen. He has appointed a special envoy, Tim Lenderking, to work with the UN in bringing about an immediate cease fire, increasing humanitarian aid, and restarting peace talks. There is so much more to do, and we must not relax, but this is an "hooray" moment. Many folks had urged the Administration to take these steps, by contacting WhiteHouse.gov and State.gov. Another message now of thanks to those same sites might be in order, as we gird for the continuing struggle.
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.