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The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) is a group composed of people from many faiths, and no particular faith --
all coming together to support nonviolence and justice.
Offering people of conscience an action response to a morally-impaired U.S. foreign policy.
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Join the Mid-Missouri "Troops Home Fast"
Urging an Immediate End to the
The Mid-Missouri FOR and the Columbia Peace Coalition invite you to join dozens of us across mid-Missouri who are fasting for a single day, once a week or longer as part of an international fast (begun by the peace group Code Pink on the 4th of July and continuing in front of the White House). The fast for peace, an end to the
This action is in solidarity with Code Pink and Gold Star Families for Peace who initiated the “Troops Home Fast” (See http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=996/ ).
As an act of solidarity with the Iraqi people, US troops, and those fasting (regardless of whether or not you are fasting), please..
Join us for any or all of the following Peace Vigils from 12 noon to 1pm:
*Mondays- outside Sen. Kit Bond’s office at 10th St. & Cherry,
*Wednesdays- U.S. Post Office,
*Fridays- outside Rep. Kenny Hulshof’s office, 33 E. Broadway,
For more information call FOR/Jeff at 573-449-4585, Peaceworks/Mark at 573-875-0539, e-mail
You are also welcome to attend the other Mid-Missouri Weekly Vigils for Peace….
*Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 am., Post Office
*Wednesdays, 4:15- 5:45 pm., Broadway & Providence
*Tuesdays 4:30-5:30, market &
Contact the offices of:
Sen. Kit Bond (573-442-8151), Sen. Jim Talent (573-636-1070), Rep. Kenny Hulshof (573-449-5111) or your
(log onto http://www.capwiz.com/pfaw/dbq/officials/?lvl=C to find out yours) & the White House (202-456-1414).
Urge them to work for an immediate end to the
"Violence is a failed policy, whether it's perpetrated by the
This event is sponsored by the Columbia Peace Coalition including: Columbia Friends Meeting, Democracy for Missouri, Green Party of Central Missouri, GRO GrassRoots Organizing Interfaith Peace Alliance of Mid-Missouri, Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, Mid-Missouri Chapter of Global Action to Prevent War, Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, Mid-Missouri Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out- Missouri/Midwest, MU United Activists' Network, Native American Support Group, Rock Bridge Christian Church, St. Francis Catholic Worker Community, September 11th Inside Job Awareness Campaign, Students for Progressive Action, UMC Faculty, Staff and Students Concerned About Democracy and Public Knowledge, Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committee and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Mid-Missouri "Troops Home Fast"
List of Mid-Missouri Citizens Fasting
Carolyn Mathews ,
Melissa Nigh, Fulton-- fasting since Monday, August 7
Don Manson, New Bloomfield
Helen Manson, New Bloomfield
Rev. Larry Brown, Fulton
Rev. Maureen Dickman,
Rev. Mickey Havener,
Rev. Karen Walker McClure,
Ruth Schaeffer, Guthrie
Public Statement of Melissa Nigh of
Melissa began fast Aug. 7 and intends to continue fasting until Sept. 21, her health permitting
Mahatma Gandhi said, "A small body of determined spirits, fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."
There are now over 4,000 people participating in the "Troops Home Fast" movement in the
*The withdrawal of all
*No permanent bases in
*A commitment to fund massive reconstruction efforts, but with funds going to Iraqi, not
Those taking part in the movement are fasting for a day, one day per week, or constantly.
I am willing to commit my life to the cause of peace. Starting today, August 7, 2006, I am going on a liquid-only fast until at least September 21, International Peace Day. I am fasting to show my dedication to stop the
My level of discomfort will in no way compare to the pain and suffering experienced by those involved in, and touched by the violence. However, I need to show that my commitment to peace is as strong as others' commitment to war.
The majority of Americans are now opposed to the war in
This insane war which continues endlessly has caused me to feel the need to step far outside of my comfort zone, to disrupt my life, and voluntarily suffer for the greater good.
I am OUTRAGED, and I cannot remain passive as my government tortures and kills indiscriminately. I am acting for peace.
We must end this war, and we must turn this country around.
Melissa J. Nigh
Public Statement 7 August 2006—
--Stacy Hafley, president, Military Families Speak Out MO/Midwest Chapter
On the start of the mid-Missouri "Troops Home Fast"
About two centuries ago, the U.S. President John Adams said:
"Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice."
As a leader of Military Families Speak Out Missouri/Midwest, a group of Military families who have loved ones fighting "the war on terror", I am in close contact with families all over the
"Major combat operations in
A job well done??? Was the
Recently Congress, including most all the Congress people from
I am here to tell you what "Staying the Course” looks like to Military families. I would like to read an excerpt from a letter written by 12-year old Kristine Klein of
"So, It's Mother's Day. I'm here with my Mom and even if you can't be with your daughters, I need you to listen to this story about this immorally wrong war. OK...Now, center yourself, every thing white, blank, total nothingness. But now you're looking into Jenna's and Barbara's eyes, then their face, now their upper body, and now as a whole. But they are dressed in desert camis[sic]. They made it home alive. But something's different. Something you just can't place. You try and try to reach out with all your heart, but Jenna leaves, Barbara follows. Because no one knows their pain they feel. There's no reason to live so why go on? You get a call later on that night. You know what it is about on the first ring. It's not just another soldier to you this time. It's not just another family, another death is it? It's your own children.
You only know the tip of the iceberg. Do you know what it is like to spend every waking hour watching the news, to be afraid to fall asleep, go to work, live your life? Because what if another death happens? It might be your kid. Do you, huh, do you know because what if your babies get hurt? Well, you know what? We can at least give the troops a flake of dignity and respect by ending this war."
Out of the mouth of babes. How horrible is it that a child has such a grip on the "reality" of war? This was written by a 12 year old child. Is this what “staying the course” looks like? Should she have to watch her brother attempt to kill himself twice because he is suffering from the mental hell of war?
And now with the orders for deployment of 172nd Stryker Brigade from
I hear so many horror stories of soldiers and their families every day--but for me they are not just stories. They are REAL. They are the stories of my members, my friends, and my family.
The Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda recently reflected:
"The powerful may appear great, but in reality they are not. Greatest of all are the ordinary people. If those in power lead lives of idle luxury it is because the people are silent. We have to speak out. With impassioned words, we need to resolutely attack abuses of power that cause people suffering. This is fighting on the side of justice. It is wrong to remain silent when confronted with injustice. Doing so is tantamount to supporting and condoning evil."
I would like to share with you a letter that I wrote to Congress regarding the trauma this war is inflicting on our families and our Soldiers.
"Dear Members of Congress, People ask me every day "So is your husband home safe and sound?" I usually reply, "Yeah, he got home from
I understand that this is not an appropriate way to unload my fears and feelings on strangers so I don’t say it.
You don’t know my husbands name, you don’t know our children (
Go to sleep tonight knowing that while you slumber there are mothers and wives of deployed soldiers crying and pacing in an attempt to console their grief and control their anger. Understand that while you sleep there are mothers rocking their inconsolable children trying to explain to them why daddy is gone. If you wake in the night, look over and notice that there is likely not a person next to you sitting up, sweating and shaking as so many soldiers do, remembering
Can you (as our political body) and others see that there is an emotional war raging here not only as they face the front lines in
Before you take your next vote on prolonging, funding or engaging in war, consult an
I have decided that from now on when people ask me if my husband is okay I am going to say, "NO, soldiers are tormented by the war daily. And until our national elected officials here in the state of
Advocating for troop withdrawal, Stacy Hafley~ Wife of an
President of Military Families Speak Out MO/Midwest Chapter
My husband served in
I want to close with an observation made by the former President Theodore Roosevelt on May 7, 1918. The Kansas City Star reported him as saying:
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
I firmly believe this statement to be true. This is why I’m speaking out. Thank you for listening.
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