From Popular Resistance, Nov. 5, 2021:
“The 2021 US Peace Prize has been awarded to World BEYOND War “for exceptional global advocacy and creative peace education to end war and dismantle the war machine.”
Michael Knox, Chair of the US Peace Memorial Foundation, thanked World BEYOND War and its members “for years of outstanding and prolific antiwar actions and extensive peace educational projects involving many people and organizations. We appreciate your leadership and the significant impact your members and programs have had throughout the world.”
Upon learning of the award, David Swanson, Executive Director, said, “World BEYOND War has grown so large that this prize needs to be shared among hundreds of thousands of people, not just in the United States but around the world. We are deeply honored to be placed in the company of the amazing individuals and organizations who have previously received the US Peace Prize and are grateful for all the work done by the US Peace Memorial Foundation to advance demilitarization and the building up of a culture of peace in the world’s leading war-making nation.”
WBW President Leah Bolger remarked, “I am thrilled that World BEYOND War is the recipient of the 2021 US Peace Prize! I believe that World BEYOND War is doing some tremendous work, and it is so gratifying to have that work recognized and lifted up by the US Peace Memorial. Winning this year’s US Peace Prize is quite an honor and validation that WBW might just be onto something! The publicity and attention this award will bring will only help broaden our international network working together to abolish war forever.”
In addition to receiving the US Peace Prize, our highest honor, World BEYOND War has been designated as a Founding Member of the US Peace Memorial Foundation. WBW joins previous US Peace Prize recipients Christine Ahn, Ajamu Baraka, David Swanson, Ann Wright, Veterans For Peace, Kathy Kelly, CODEPINK Women for Peace, Chelsea Manning, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich, and Cindy Sheehan.
The Foundation honors Americans who stand for peace by publishing the US Peace Registry, awarding the US Peace Prize, and working to promote and raise funds for the US Peace Memorial in Washington, DC. We celebrate these role models to inspire other Americans to speak out against war and work for peace.”
In their honor, I’ll add few Peace & US Empire antiwar songs; feel free to add others if you’re so moved. First, my two top favorites among so many greats:
As far as I’m concerned, Sam Bradley owns Dylan’s to-the-heart of-matter song.
Pete Seeger’s Where Have all the Flowers Gone
(the blurb below the youtube):
‘On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Pete Seeger and seven others (including playwright Arthur Miller) for contempt, as they failed to cooperate with House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in their attempts to investigate alleged subversives and communists.
Pete Seeger testified before the HUAC in 1955. In one of Pete’s darkest moments, when his personal freedom, his career, and his safety were in jeopardy, a flash of inspiration ignited this song. The song was stirred by a passage from Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “And Quie Flows the Don”. Around the world the song traveled and in 1962 at a UNICEF concert in Germany, Marlene Dietrich, Academy Award-nominated German-born American actress, first performed the song in French, as “Qui peut dire ou vont les fleurs?” Shortly after she sang it in German.
The song’s impact in Germany just after WWII was shattering. It’s universal message, “let there be peace in the world” did not get lost in its translation. To the contrary, the combination of the language, the setting, and the great lyrics has had a profound effect on people all around the world. May it have the same effect today and bring renewed awareness to all that hear it.’
Joni Mitchell – The Fiddle and the Drum
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Who’ll Stop The Rain?
The answer? Those who can…and must.
John Lennon Imagine (Official Music Video 1971)
Wooden Ships – Crosby Stills Nash and Young
(Imagining post-nuclear holocaust)
“Can ya tell me please…who won?”
John Lee Hooker – I don´t wanna go to Vietnam
Sam Stone – John Prine (bring a hankie…)
Buffy Sainte-Marie “Moratorium”
(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)