Seeds of Peace

West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition

Seeds of Peace

July 2021

Note From The President

Rumsfeld dies cheating Scales of Justice 

Donald Rumsfeld died peaceably at his home in Taos, NM at 88, surrounded by his four generation family and his $200 million fortune.

Former Secretary of Defense twice, 1975 -77, and more importantly, 2001-06, Rumsfeld was arguably the most vociferous voice in demanding immoral, illegal and criminal war against Iraq in March, 2003.

To get his war Rumsfeld lied forcefully and repeatedly that it was justified, was going well, would cost little, make America safer and the world better.

He was dead wrong on every lie.

Speaking of dead, they number in the hundreds of thousands, including 4,497 U.S. military, 1,487 civilian American contractors and 348 journalists.

In a just world, Rumsfeld, along with his fellow criminal war conspirators, President George W. Bush, VP Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, would all have been brought up on war crime charges by the International Criminal Court. But the world is not just. The U.S. is so strong, so powerful, it sanctions even the International Criminal Court to keep from the reach of justice.

The U.S. should take a page from South Africa and form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to both validate the Iraq war lies and publicly shame those leaders who brought on the needless death and societal destruction in Iraq from American perfidy. South Africa did that in 1995 to smooth the transition from Apartheid to a true democracy there. It worked for South Africa. It can work for the United States.

We know the wrong Rumsfeld and his conspirators did. But till the U.S. officially inquires and reports on the murder and mayhem they inflicted on Iraq; indeed the whole world, they can, like Donald Rumsfeld, enter the Beyond pretending they were patriots.

— Walt Zlotow

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West Suburban Peace Coalition announces 2021 Peace Essay Contest

The West Suburban Peace Coalition (WSPC) announces the 2021 Peace Essay Contest with $1,000 to be awarded for the best entry that promotes knowledge of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact and the cause of peace. Second-place prize is $500 and third place, $300.

WSPC sponsors the contest annually as a way to commemorate and to promote awareness of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, the first international agreement that outlawed war. Representing their respective countries, U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand signed the pact Aug. 27, 1928. A total of 63 nations joined the pact, making it the most ratified treaty in history at that time. The Pact served as the model for war crime trials following WWII. It also ended the legality of any territory seized in illegal war.

There are no restrictions regarding the age of contestants or country of residence.

To enter the contest:

1. Send an email by July 1, 2021, with “Peace Essay Request” in the subject box, to contest coordinator Walt Zlotow at zlotow@hotmail.com. Include your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, and age (if younger than 18). Your application acceptance as a contestant will be acknowledged in an email that contains your assigned four-digit essay number.

2. In 800 words or fewer, write an essay on “How Can We Obey the Law Against War?” Include the name(s) and position(s) of the person(s) to whom the essay will be directed; person or persons of your choice who can help promote knowledge of the Kellogg – Briand Pact and from whom you expect a response. If information is missing you will be contacted by email or phone.

Some examples of impact:

  • The President agrees to explain the limitations placed on the government by KBP.
  • A member of congress supports a resolution to make August 27 a Day of Reflection.
  • A newspaper includes a KBP story.
  • A school board revises its curriculum to expand KBP studies.
  • A religious leader calls for nonviolent actions.

3. No later than July 15, 2021, send your essay to the person(s) named in the application, with a copy to zlotow@hotmail.com.

4. Send any responses from recipient(s) of your essay as they are received.

5. Submissions will be judged on the quality of the essay. Lack of response to your essay from recipient(s) will not be factored into essay judging. However, it will help in determining the effectiveness of the Peace Essay Project.

Contest winners will be notified by August 1, 2021, ahead of the annual Awards Luncheon (pandemic permitting) to be held Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, commemorating the 93rd anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact. Winners will be invited to be publically honored at the luncheon. A well-known peace activist will serve as the Keynote Speaker.

For information, contact: Walt Zlotow at (630) 442-3045; zlotow@hotmail.com.

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June 15 Educational Forum

The U.S. War in Yemen and the Campaign to End Drone Warfare
Speaker: Peace activist Kathy Kelly
Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 to 8:00 PM via Zoom

July 20 Educational Forum

Divesting from War to a Local Peace Economy
Speaker: Danaka Katovice, Youth Outreach, Coordinator for Code Pink
Tuesday, July 20, 7:00 to 8:00 PM via Zoom

Email Walt Zlotow, zlotow@hotmail.com for the Zoom links

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WSPC Legislative Workgroup

WSPC Board Member Carol Urban runs our monthly Legislative Workshop, formerly in person, now via Zoom. The Workshop discusses current events and issues, and includes prayer and meditation as participants seek spiritual nourishment in their efforts to promote peace.

Next Legislative Workshop will be held Wednesday, July 7 from 11:00 to 12:30. Workshop member Barb Newsom will lead a discussion on nuclear disarmament.

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WSPC 2021 Membership Dues Schedule

Individual $15 per year
Organization $30 per year

Send check payable to:

West Suburban Peace Coalition
340 Greenfield,
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 442-3045
zlotow@hotmail.com
wsfpc.peace@gmail.com

Dues and additional donations are tax deductible.

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www.faithpeace.org

WSPC is a non-profit peace organization based in Chicago’s western suburbs. WSPC promotes peace through public commentary, peace education, an annual peace essay contest, lobbying for peaceful legislative initiatives and public witness.

Peace, if not now, when?