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  • The Costs of War

    As of September 24, 2011

    6,257 American military killed in Iraq + Afghanistan. See other data at icasualties.org

    $1,254,293,000,000 - YES, THAT'S OVER ONE TRILLION DOLLARS - and rising (Iraq + Afghanistan, since 2001). Watch the counter at costofwar.com
  • This Week in Peace History

    September 23, 2007 - Dr. Jane Goodall created Roots & Shoots Day of Peace in 2004 in honor of U.N. International Day of Peace; each year, Roots & Shoots Day of Peace is observed in late September. Roots & Shoots groups around the world fly Giant Peace Dove puppets to celebrate Roots & Shoots Day of Peace for its symbolic meaning. They also plan and implement peace project initiatives to help make the world a better place for animals, the environment and the human community.

    Dr. Goodall was appointed a Messenger of Peace in 2002 by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. People selected as Messengers of Peace are widely recognized for their achievements in music, literature, sports and the arts.

    To commemorate her appointment, Roots & Shoots members at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point first conceived of and created the Giant Peace Dove puppets. Since then, Roots & Shoots groups have flown doves in over 40 countries around the world.

    Check out peacebuttons.info for more.
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Lumono Kuelede Kutolela Munyika!

This blog post’s title comes from my sister Tatiana, who is serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia, Africa. It is the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the language of Citonga.

ACTIONS:
SUNDAY DECEMBER 23 – HELP VETERANS SET UP ARLINGTON WEST IN SANTA BARBARA
Veterans for Peace in SB will be setting up their Arlington West memorial just as they have every Sunday for several years now, honoring the fallen in our current wars. They anticipate being critically short of volunteers tomorrow and would like some help from 7-9am for setup and after 3pm for take-down. Arlington West takes place on the beach next to the pier.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 23 – GREET THE KUCINICH PEACE TRAIN IN VENTURA
Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich’s Peace Train has been traveling the California coast and making key stops along the way. Although Dennis’ brother Perry died earlier this week (which puts the Kucinich’s at funeral services in Ohio), the Peace Train rolls on with veteran campaign organizer, activist, and key aide Amy Vossbrinck filling in. The train arrives at the Ventura station at 9:58am…be there by 9:30 to join other supporters in greeting its arrival!

NOW – BLANKET AND COAT COLLECTION FOR LOCAL FARM WORKERS
Tanner and Michael Akseven of Ventura are collecting gently used and recently washed, cleaned and dry-cleaned blankets and coats for local farm workers. If you bring them to me, i’ll get them to the Aksevens. Contact me for drop-off availability: evan austin at superher0@sbcglobal.net or 805-746-3750

Cross-posted at ojaipost.com