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”NO-WAR” Philly Reach-Out for Peace, Ukraine, in the World…at corner of City & Monument Avenues, in front of WPVI ABC channel 6.

March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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‘NO-WAR Philly Reach-Out for Peace… in Ukraine, in the world
Fri., March 4, 4 p.m.
Corner of City & Monument Avenues
in front of WPVI channel 6.
Large banners and posters provided.
Bell-Tolling of Peace

The Bell of Peace tolls for all the war dead and dying, children, the earth, humanity, and the future.

The bell’s tolling sounds an appeal that America maybe forgiven for its racist history of war-making, nuclear weaponry, and boundless celebration of greed and militarism around the world.

Most of all, and most immediately in this unbelievably murderous time, the bell tolls for all the victims of  Vladamir Putin’s vicious invasion and war on Ukraine, thc countless refugees, the bombing, the insane threats to unleash nuclear war.

The bell also intones a steadfast commitment to peacemaking, in the nonviolent example of Russians and Ukrainians who continue to resist war in an abiding hope for peace. World without End, Amen.

No War

Moscow, Russia. 21st Feb, 2015. Man holds a banner with text ''No war''. The march of February 21, 2015 dedicated to an anniversary of protests in the Ukraine that started on Kiev'sPoster no war. Retro poster say no to war. | CanStock

Messages of solidarity from antiwar activists in the United States to the anti-war people of Russia

While governments make propaganda, pursuing their own horrific wars while denouncing the wars of governments they don’t like, people all over the world want peace and oppose the cruelty of war. Seeing news of antiwar demonstrations by courageous people in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and elsewhere in Russia, we here in the United States express our warm solidarity with those protests. The terrible destruction being inflicted in Ukraine by Russia’s armed forces is as abhorrent as the terrible destruction inflicted in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in the deceptive name of the “war on terror” by the armed forces of the United States. We denounce all such killing, no matter what the nationality of the military forces — and we pledge to rededicate ourselves to nonviolently resisting the militarism of the U.S. government. https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/index?action_KEY=14539&start=100
https://www.salon.com/2022/03/01/is-the-greatest-evil-was-baited-into-this–but-thats-no-e xcuse/

War is the greatest evil: Russia was baited into this crime — but that’s no excuse

I was a war correspondent for 20 years. I carry the ghosts with me. War brings only chaos, terror and death

By Chris Hedges

Published March 1, 2022 6:00AM (EST)

A burnt out truck allegedly belonging to a Russian commando unit on Victory Avenue on February 26,2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. According to Ukrainian soldiers present on Victory Avenue, the Russian commandos, wearing Ukrainian uniforms, allegedly tried to advance towards the center of Kiev and was stopped by the Ukrainian forces. Explosions and gunfire were reported around Kyiv on the second night of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has killed scores and prompted widespread condemnation from US and European leaders. (Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde/Getty Images)
A burnt out truck allegedly belonging to a Russian commando unit on Victory Avenue on February 26,2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. According to Ukrainian soldiers present on Victory Avenue, the Russian commandos, wearing Ukrainian uniforms, allegedly tried to advance towards the center of Kiev and was stopped by the Ukrainian forces. Explosions and gunfire were reported around Kyiv on the second night of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has killed scores and prompted widespread condemnation from US and European leaders. (Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde/Getty Images)
Preemptive war, whether in Iraq or Ukraine, is a war crime. It does not matter if the war is launched on the basis of lies and fabrications, as was the case in Iraq, or because of the breaking of a series of agreements with Russia, including the promise by Washington not to extend NATO beyond the borders of a unified Germany, not to deploy thousands of NATO troops in Eastern Europe and not to meddle in the internal affairs of nations on the Russia’s border, as well as the refusal to implement the Minsk II peace agreement. The invasion of Ukraine would, I expect, never have happened if these promises had been kept. Russia has every right to feel threatened, betrayed and angry. But to understand is not to condone. The invasion of Ukraine, under post-Nuremberg laws, is a criminal war of aggression.

I know the instrument of war. War is not politics by other means. It is demonic. I spent two decades as a war correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, where I covered the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. I carry within me the ghosts of dozens of those swallowed up in the violence, including my close friend, Reuters correspondent Kurt Schork, who was killed in an ambush in Sierra Leone with another friend, Miguel Gil Moreno.

I know the chaos and disorientation of war, the constant uncertainty and confusion. In a firefight you are only aware of what is happening a few feet around you. You desperately, and not always successfully, struggle to figure out where the firing is coming from in the hopes you can avoid being hit.

I have felt the helplessness and the paralyzing fear, which, years later, descend on me like a freight train in the middle of the night, leaving me wrapped in coils of terror, my heart racing, my body dripping with sweat.

I have heard the wails of those convulsed by grief as they clutch the bodies of friends and family, including children. I hear them still. It does not matter the language. Spanish. Arabic. Hebrew. Dinka. Serbo-Croatian. Albanian. Ukrainian. Russian. Death cuts through the linguistic barriers.

I know what wounds look like. Legs blown off. Heads imploded into a bloody, pulpy mass. Gaping holes in stomachs. Pools of blood. Cries of the dying, sometimes for their mothers. And the smell. The smell of death. The supreme sacrifice made for flies and maggots.

I was beaten by Iraqi and Saudi secret police. I was taken prisoner by the Contras in Nicaragua, who radioed back to their base in Honduras to see if they should kill me, and again in Basra after the first Gulf War in Iraq, never knowing if I would be executed, under constant guard and often without food, drinking out of mud puddles.
The primary lesson in war is that we as distinct individuals do not matter. We become numbers. Fodder. Objects. Life, once precious and sacred, becomes meaningless, sacrificed to the insatiable appetite of Mars. No one in wartime is exempt.
“We were expendable,” Eugene Sledge wrote of his experiences as a Marine in the South Pacific in World War II. “It was difficult to accept. We come from a nation and a culture that values life and the individual. To find oneself in a situation where your life seems of little value is the ultimate in loneliness. It is a humbling experience.”


The landscape of war is hallucinogenic. It defies comprehension. You have no concept of time in a firefight. A few minutes. A few hours. War, in an instant, obliterates homes and communities, all that was once familiar, and leaves behind smoldering ruins and a trauma that you carry for the rest of your life. You cannot comprehend what you see. I have tasted enough of war, enough of my own fear, my body turned to jelly, to know that war is always evil, the purest expression of death, dressed up in patriotic cant about liberty and democracy and sold to the naïve as a ticket to glory, honor and courage. It is a toxic and seductive elixir. Those who survive, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote, struggle afterwards to reinvent themselves and their universe which, on some level, will never make sense again.War destroys all systems that sustain and nurture life — familial, economic, cultural, political, environmental and social. Once war begins, no one, even those nominally in charge of waging war, can guess what will happen, how the war will develop, how it can drive armies and nations towards suicidal folly. There are no good wars. None. This includes World War II, which has been sanitized and mythologized to mendaciously celebrate American heroism, purity and goodness. If truth is the first casualty in war, ambiguity is the second. The bellicose rhetoric embraced and amplified by the American press, demonizing Vladimir Putin and elevating the Ukrainians to the status of demigods, demanding more robust military intervention along with the crippling sanctions meant to bring down Putin’s government, is infantile and dangerous. The Russian media narrative is as simplistic as ours.

Only the autocrats and politicians who dream of empire and global hegemony, of the godlike power that comes with wielding armies, warplanes and fleets, along with the merchants of death, whose business floods countries with weapons, profit from war. The expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe has earned Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Analytic Services, Huntington Ingalls, Humana, BAE Systems and L3Harris billions in profits. The stoking of conflict in Ukraine will earn them billions more.

The dangerous and sadly predictable provocation of Russia — whose nuclear arsenal places the sword of Damocles above our heads — by expanding NATO was understood by all of us who reported from Eastern Europe in 1989 during the revolutions and the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is the former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a columnist at ScheerPost. He is the author of several books, including “America: The Farewell Tour,” “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” and “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.” He previously worked overseas for the Dallas Morning News, the Christian Science Monitor and NPR, and hosts the Emmy-nominated RT America show “On Contact.”

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Details

Date:
March 4
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Organizer

Brandywine Peace Community
Phone:
484-574-1148
Website:
www.brandywinepeace.com

Venue

WPVI ABC channel6
4100 City Avenue
Philadelphia, 19131 United States
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Phone:
215) 878-9700