|“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”
– Jeannette Rankin
Memorial Day came out of the Civil War, about laying wreaths on the Union soldiers graves, per a plaque we saw today, May 9th, 2012 at Jefferson City in the Museum at the Capitol.
Here is what else came out of the Civil War:
Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic to inspire the soldiers to fight the Civil War was so disgusted with war afterwards including the Franco-Prussian war that she issued a call to the women of the world to unite to stop all wars. This was one origin of one “Mother's Day”.
Laura Kacere, Op-Ed: "Mother's Day began in America in 1870 when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation. Written in response to the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, her proclamation called on women to use their position as mothers to influence society in fighting for an end to all wars. She called for women to stand up against the unjust violence of war through their roles as wife and mother, to protest the futility of their sons killing other mothers' sons."
The modern Mother’s Day also is connected to the civil war and to Anne Marie Reaves Jarvis work even before:
Emily Elizabeth Parsons, who worked as a nurse from 1862 to 1864 in New York, Vicksburg, and St. Louis (including Benton Barracks Hospital), developed a method of training nurses that continued to be used long after her death in 1880. She opened the Cambridge Hospital for Women and Children as a charity. Her father published the war journal she kept under the title Memoir of Emily Elizabeth Parsons.
Google Books: Emily Elizabeth Parsons
ST. LOUIS GROUPS
St. Louis Branch of the
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom brings together women from around the world to unite in working for peace by non-violent means, promoting political, economic and social justice for all. Founded in In April 1915, Jane Addams, Carrie Chapman Catt and 1300 women from Europe and North America, from countries at war against each other and neutral ones, came together in a Congress of Women, in the Hague, the Netherlands, by to protest the killing and destruction of the war then raging in Europe.
Veterans for Peace
Founded by military veterans working for nonviolence, with national office and local chapter in St Louis.
Veterans For Peace
216 South Meramec Ave
St. Louis MO 63105
(314) 725-7103 (fax)
Peace Economy Project
Researches military spending, educates about the hazards of an unchecked military-industrial complex and advocates for conversion from a military to a more stable peace-based economy. Based at the World Community Center in St. Louis.
438 N. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Instead of War Coalition
The St Louis Instead of War Coalition works to end war and oppression. Based at the World Community Center in St. Louis.
438 N. Skinker
St. Louis, MO 63130
The Institute for Peace and Justice
The Institute for Peace and Justice focuses on alternatives to war and violence and on racial and economic justice. Based in St. Louis.
475 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Friends Peace Teams
Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-run organization working around the world to develop long-term relationships with communities in conflict, to create programs for peace building, healing, and reconciliation. FPT's programs build on extensive Quaker experience, combining practical and spritual aspects of conflict resolution.
1001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
Chuc Smith, Office Administrator
Friends Peace Teams - African Great Lakes Initiative
1001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104
David Zarembka, Coordinator
African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams
P. O. Box 189, Kipkarren River 50241 Kenya
Dawn Rubbert, Program Manager
Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Formerly Indonesia Initiative
1001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104 USA
Nadine Hoover, Program Coordinator
Peacebuilding en las Americas
1001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104 USA
Val Liveoak, Program Coordinator
Friends Peace Teams newsletter is “Peaceways”
ARCHIVES, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES
Peace and Conflict Studies
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
The National Archives and Records Administration contains records of military service.
Swarthmore Library: Peace Resources
Resources of/or links to peace organizations & groups or individuals.
Inner Peace/World Peace Bibliography
Oak Park Coalition for Truth & Justice
This bibliography is excellent and has many books and other categories of resources.
Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies
Bing Internet search on “Peace Bibliography”:
ORGANIZATIONS AND INFORMATIONAL WEBSITES
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC.
Friends Committee on Legislation in California (FCLCA)
A non-profit action group established by Quakers in 1952 that works to bring more compassion and social justice into government by influencing law-making in Sacramento, the State Capitol of California.
The Gray Panthers
Supports strategies of cooperation and non-violence.
Veteran Feminists of America (VFA)
World Can't Wait
World Can't Wait is a national movement formed to halt and reverse the terrible program of war, repression and theocracy that was initiated by the Bush / Cheney regime.
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHRNA)
Rabbis for Human Rights is an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism that acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people.
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center (MTDPC)
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center is crafting an opportunity to connect more deeply with the needs and values of the people in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Concord to build a culture of peace. Their excellent email newsletter is called The Peace Activist Calendar.
Footprints for Peace
Born from the participation of many Native American Sacred Runs and Walks from 1993, Footprints for Peace aims to inspire, empower and mobilise people to take action and express their opinions not only through walking, running or bike riding but also through creative campaigning in street theatre, music, art, public meetings, petitioning, letter writing and non violent direct actions.
Intertribal Friendship House and International Indian Treaty Council
The Bay Area American Indian community is multi-tribal, made of Native people and their descendants—those who originate here and those who have come to the Bay region from all over the United States and from other parts of this hemisphere. It is a community center and service organization.
Dedicated to healing and transforming the world, through writing that gives us insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality. Tikkun builds bridges between religious and secular progressives by delivering a forceful critique of all forms of exploitation, oppression, and domination while nurturing an interfaith vision of a caring society.
Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. This is where Rosa Parks was trained before she refused to move.
RESIST funds activist organizing and education work within movements for social change.
War Resisters League
The United States' oldest secular pacifist organization, the War Resisters League has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. (Editor’s note: WILPF is older, founded in 1915, but this is what WRL says on their website.)
Courage to Resist
Supports war objectors in the military, including Bradley Manning.
A women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Iraq Veterans Against the War gives a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent.
Gold Star Families for Peace
Gold Star Familes for Peace consists of people who lost a member of their family in the Iraq War.
Cindy Sheehan’s Blog
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan's blog.
Tomdispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from
elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some
of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to
offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works.
A blog by Bruce Gagnon, offering his own reflections on organizing and the
state of America's declining empire.
Devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians,
pacifists, leftists, "greens," and independents alike, as well as many on
the Right who oppose imperialism.
An independent media source that attempts to correct the distorted
perceptions provided by commercial media.
Citizens for Legitimate Government
A multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist US
imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.
“WORLD PEACE BEGINS AT HOME”
(T-shirt slogan, by Yolanda Bako of the New York State Domestic Violence Coalition http://www.nyscadv.org/nyscadv/ )
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.