My fellow advocate for peace,
For more than six months, millions of people throughout the world have joined together against war. Millions have instead stood for peace. And, while we support our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, our friends and relatives who are enlisted in the service of our great nation, we are united and unwavering in our belief that the conflicts of the world cannot be resolved through perpetual warfare.
As you may know, I am running for President of the United States. I am running because I believe in the cause of perpetual peace, not perpetual war. I believe we must reach out to our adversaries, not with fists clenched to cause mutual pain, but with open hearts to establish mutual understanding.
While I am running for the highest public office in our great democracy, my sights are set even higher than victory in a single election. With your help, I am also trying to build a movement for progressive social, economic, and political change.
I am certain that an historic movement of great and lasting achievement is within our grasp. I am certain because I have marched for peace through our great cities with all of our brothers and sisters. I am certain because I have spoken with so many of you, and each person has shown me their resolute and indefatigable core. And I am certain because each person committed to our movement is connected to the greater whole in common cause as never before.
Technology, and in particular email and the Internet, has played a highly significant role in establishing and reinforcing our strong bond. Over the last several weeks, many of you have written and spoken to me about the lack of meaningful information concerning our movement's response to the invasion of Iraq. I believe this problem is serious and endemic, and extends to the inadequate reporting of peace-related activities that occurs daily in Washington, D.C.
Today, in response to this problem, I will begin to publish an eNewsletter called the Peace Report. The first report follows below. In this periodic report from our nation's capitol, I will describe a new kind of campaign that wages peace, not war. It is a campaign being waged every day, at the highest levels of your Federal government, for the cause of peace.
As a Congressman from Ohio and as co-chair (with Rep. Barbara Lee) of the Democratic Progressive Caucus, I act daily with other elected officials to resist endless war. With the Peace Report, I hope to provide you with timely information about our efforts in order to help you take action to promote peace.
The Peace Report will tell you about those elected Federal officials, in many cases your elected officials, who are working to bring an end to this war and to lead this nation to non-violent conflict resolution.
I hope my Peace Report will serve all interested in the cause of peace, regardless who they may choose to support. If you do not wish to receive the Peace Report, for any reason, please follow the instructions at the end of this email.
The Peace Report will initially follow a standard weblog format with journal entries. It will also provide information about upcoming peace- related activities and initiatives in Congress and the Federal government. What follows is our first report. Thank you for reading.
Peace, always, to you and your families and friends,
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PEACE REPORT - EARLY APRIL 2003
(4/1/03 - 4/8/03)
April 8, 2003
Today, we redoubled our efforts to promote peace at the national level. Forty-seven of my fellow Members of Congress and I introduced H.R. 2459, a bill to establish the Department of Peace at the Cabinet level. The Members of Congress who joined with me were: Mr. CONYERS, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. RAHALL, Ms. LEE, Mr. CLAY, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mrs. MALONEY of New York, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Ms. SOLIS, Mr. FARR of California, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mr. STARK, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. SANDERS, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Ms. WATSON, Mr. FILNER, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. HONDA, Mr. OWENS, Mr. EVANS, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. TOWNS, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. BAIRD, Mr. HOLT, Mr. MCGOVERN, Ms. WATERS, and Mr. SCOTT.
Please read more about our bill here: www.dopcampaign.org/read_bill.htm .
The co-sponsors and I encourage you to get involved in this campaign. The Department of Peace website offers you ways to do this. We have found that just talking about the Department of Peace with your friends and family is an excellent and effective way to introduce a discussion on the issue of peace.
April 7, 2003
This evening, I talked with Marianne Williamson who had organized a conference in Northern Virginia to support our efforts for a Department of Peace. If you donk4;t know Marianne, please visit her website here to learn more about her work: www.renaissancealliance.org. After our conversation, I addressed all those who attended the conference and support our efforts for peace.
April 6, 2003
This morning, a conference on the Department of Peace legislation was held in Northern Virginia by the Global Renaissance Alliance. The conference was held after my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives had attempted to stop the invasion of Iraq and bring the United Nations into that war-torn country.
April 4, 2003
Today, my colleagues and I declared as "STOP THE WAR, START FUNDING AMERICAN NEEDS DAY". To make this a meaningful declaration, we offered an amendment to a supplemental request by the Bush Administration to finance this war. We sought to cut the financing off for this war immediately, and direct it to priorities here at home, including education, healthcare and homeland defense. You read more about this amendment here: www.house.gov/apps/list/press/oh10_kucinich/030403warsup.html
April 1, 2003
After unsuccessfully waging peace in March, a month which we saw our country choose war, not peace, and as a direct result, we saw the deaths of dozens of Americans and hundreds of Iraqi civilians, I implored this Administration to "STOP THE WAR." You can read more about my efforts here: www.house.gov/apps/list/press/oh10_kucinich/030401floorwar.html
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