MARCH FOR PEACE ~ SUMMER 2007

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Ideals
Students from around the country are interested in engaging our generation in discussion of peaceful solutions to some of the world's greatest problems, and in taking action. We are organizing a march across the United States over the summer of 2007 to raise awareness about the need for peace and to unite people in a discussion of how we can take action and solve problems nonviolently. The grand march will be from San Francisco, California to Washington, D.C.

Marching for Peace means marching for:
-Nonviolent resistance to war efforts
-End of genocide in Darfur and all crimes against humanity
-Civil disobedience to social injustices and orders of war
-End of nuclear weapon holding and proliferation
-Principles of sustainability and global citizenship

Nonviolent resistance to war efforts
The March for Peace is an anti-war march. In the face of the United States at war just as the people of the 1960s were, our generation is comparatively silent. Now is the time to change that by speaking out and taking action. Joining the March for Peace, submitting peace manifestos and coming to the rally in Omaha shows opposition to the war in Iraq and to all war efforts globally. In addition to speaking out against the present wars, supporters of the March for Peace commit to nonviolent resistance to all war efforts unconditionally. The March for Peace is an anti-draft-registration movement and supporters are committed to nonviolence regardless of circumstances - committed to resisting war efforts consistently.

The March for Peace is designed to draw attention to the need for genuine service, not military "service." It seeks to reconsider the meaning of the word service, to recognize that participation in military endeavors directly counteracts the goals of true service, and to advocate for active global service.

End of genocide in Darfur and all crimes against humanity
The March for Peace calls for immediate nonviolent assistance to countries facing crisis. We can no longer sit back and watch countries that are war-torn, oppressed by genocide or stricken with disease and poverty to go on alone in their struggles. The March for Peace calls for global compassion and immediate increase in financial and humanitarian aid to countries in need. We call for selfless giving, not partial help or offerings of loans that result only in oppressive debts.

The March for Peace is particularly focused on the present situation in Darfur, as genocide is taking place right before our 21st century eyes. In the Darfur region, the Sudanese government is arming Janjaweed militias to systematically exterminate all non-Arab Darfurians. Over 400,000 have already been killed, while others continue to be brutally tortured and raped. Living conditions in sparse refugee camps is dismal, and humanitarian and monetary aid is limited.

One of the principle goals of the March for Peace is to raise awareness of this issue, raise funds to support assistance, and provide a network of activists united in working towards solutions.

Civil disobedience to social injustices and orders of war
The March for Peace calls for the end of social and economic inequality. Marching for peace shows an unwillingness to perpetuate systems of inequality, social hierarchy, and oppressive governmental mandates. Peace marchers refuse to be involved in war and prepare for civil disobedience.

End of nuclear weapon holding and proliferation
The March for Peace is in opposition to nuclear weapon holding and proliferation for any purpose. Peace marchers do not simply advocate for the control of nuclear weaponry, but we demand the end of nuclear weaponry. We do not stand for the "responsible" holding of nuclear weapons by certain powerful countries, but for the universal surrender of arms.

Principles of sustainability and global citizenship
The March for Peace is in support of increased environmental sustainability globally, as this is inextricably connected to global peace. The March for Peace advocates and demands the immediate transition to renewable and sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy. We recognize the urgency of global warming and march in demand that the United States signs on to the Kyoto Protocol, limiting carbon emissions and setting a precedent of environmental regard. Marching for peace means advocating for a change in worldview: coming to view the world as connected and ourselves as responsible citizens of the earth, not self-centered citizens of a particular country.

The issues listed above are many and broad, but they are all addressed under the single framework of peace. Resisting war efforts, promoting equality, and living sustainably all work towards peace. March for it.