AUDIO FILE: Dennis Kucinich-A Calling For Peace and Unity
Representative Dennis Kucinich was in Portland today, June 5, 2005, as Keynote speaker for a gathering at the First Unitarian Church entitled, A Calling For Peace And Unity.
The Program, featuring presentations from Oregon Civic, Government and Spiritual Community and Peace Activists, as well as Rep. Kucinich, was moderated by Peter Bergel, Executive Director of Oregon Peace Works|
Dennis began by thanking those who made it possible for him "to reach across this state in the last few years. And it's been a great relationship, a chance to, not only learn about Oregonians, but also to learn about about the kind of sentiments that animate you as a community of people who are in quest of social and economic justice. It's those kinds of sentiments that have helped to power my own commitment, not only here but around the country. So I'm very deeply grateful for your presence here this afternoon......"
Following this, Kucinich observed, "we can see that in the last year events in our nation and the world have gone in a direction which underscores the urgency of our work. Our country continues to have an official policy which separates us from the world community. Just last week, at the United Nations, the Administration concluded one month of activity that was totally dedicated to wrecking the Non Proliferation Treaty. The unwillingness to participate in the entire architecture of international agreements continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to see the connections between the United States and the nations of the world. Now at this moment where we see an official policy of disconnection, it's so important for our work to be one of connection....not only with other nations as citizen diplomats, but also to make the connections in our own community."
Dennis believes that we should be working to forge a community that is consciously dedicated to Peace, a world where war is not only not inevitable, but would be unthinkable. "We cannot any longer accept the approach that says that well, a certain type of armed conflict has to be acceptable. We've been drawn into this kind of acceptance of war as being inevitable without questioning whether or not it degrades our Humanity."
Here he introduces the main theme of his presentation. "The idea of a Department of Peace means that we are starting a new discussion across this country. This discussion is taking place in all fifty states...........What we are really talking about here is a shift in consciousness. It is our awareness of the necessity of building peaceful families, of building peaceful communities, of building a peaceful nation in a peaceful world which brings us here today. It is our awareness of our individual role in making that happen which gives us the power to be co-creators of this condition that we seek to obtain."
Throughout the remainder of his presentation, Kucinich speaks with much knowledge, heart and soul concerning the subject of a Department of Peace. This House Resolution, HR1673, was introduced on April 8, 2003, and at the end of the 2003/2004 Congressional session had 54 co-sponsors. The bill will be reintroduced in September of 2005.
After about a 12 minute presentation, Dennis begins taking questions from the audience, for a total audio file length of just over 1/2 hour.
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