"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." ~ George Washington
"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." ~ George Orwell (Water-boarding?)
In 2002 neighborhood groups in and around the greater Puget Sound area were organized through SNOW toprotest our Country's path to war. Among them was Lake Forest Park north of Seattle. Several dedicated members worked tirelessly to construct the viable peace group that thrives today. We have been together over five years and continue to make a difference in our section of the Northwest. We welcome all who would join us in our opposition to the occupation of Iraq.
"War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." ~ Thomas Mann
OUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
the members of Lake Forest Park for Peace, an affiliate of Sound
Nonviolent Opponents of War (SNOW), stand united in our opposition to
war, especially the policy of premeditated preemptive, and
preventative war, as conducted by our government. We commit ourselves
to nonviolent support of multilateral resolutions to conflict. Since we
deem any war to be a grievous crime against humanity, we demand that
this policy of aggressive war be rescinded.
collective conscience compels us continually to demonstrate our
opposition to our government's policy against Iraq in particular for
the following reasons:
That Iraq posed a grave danger
to our country through it's possession and dispersal of "weapons of
mass destruction" has proven to be at least misinformed if not
downright deceptive to America and the world.
The disruption of international relations,
through the United Nations and other alliances, can damage global
avenues of peaceful resolution.
That the policy of "first-strike" war does
not make our nation more secure, but puts the whole world at peril if
followed by countries across the globe.
as members of Lake Forest Park for Peace, call for specific actions
leading towards a peaceful present and future, including and not
limited to the following:
Promote a peaceful stabilization in Iraq for all Iraqis.
No continuing US military presence in Iraq.
The refusal of using preemptive, aggressive war as US policy.
A US world policy based on mutual agreements,
support of human rights and grassroots development, and reductions of
US military presence.
And, as members of Lake Forest Park for Peace, we commit ourselves:
To continue our vigils every Saturday from 11
AM to noon at Ballinger and Bothell Ways (Lake Forest Park, WA.) to
simply and strongly demonstrate our public witness for peace, and our
rights as citizens to demonstrate our opinions openly.
To communicate with elected officials and media outlets on our concerns.
To extend our presence throughout Lake Forest Park and beyond.