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The Power Of Love

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
~ Mother Teresa

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
~Nelson Mandela

It is easy to be friendly to ones friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.
~Mahatma Gandhi

Each person must live their life as a model for others.
~Rosa Parks

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
~John Muir

Power is only important as an instrument for service to the powerless.
~Lech Walesa

Oh; if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.
~Susan B. Anthony

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
~Dalai Lama

It is part of the unceasing human endeavor to prove that the spirit of man can transcend the flaws of his own nature.
~Aung San Su Kyi

To make a great dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream; the second is persistence.
~Cesar Chavez

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Secretary of State, Colin Powell, gave a posthumous award for "constructive dissent" to Hiram (or Harry) Bingham, IV. For over fifty years, the State Department resisted any attempt to honor Bingham. for them he was an insubordinate member of the US diplomatic service, a dangerous maverick who was eventually demoted. Now, after his death, he has been officially recognized as a hero. Bingham came from an illustrious family. His father (on whom the fictional character Indiana Jones was based) was the archeologist who unearthed the Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru in 1911.

Harry entered the US diplomatic service and, in 1939, was posted to Marseille, France as American vice-consul. The USA was then neutral and, not wishing to annoy Marshal Petain´s puppet Vichy regime, President Roosevelt´s government ordered its representatives in Marseille not to grant visas to any Jews. Bingham found this policy immoral and, risking his career, did all in his power to undermine it. In defiance of his bosses in Washington, he granted over 2,500 USA visas to Jewish and other refugees, including the artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst and the family of the writer Thomas Mann. He also sheltered Jews in his Marseille home, and obtained forged identity papers to help Jews in their dangerous journeys across Europe. He worked with the French underground to smuggle Jews out of France into Franco´s Spain or across the Mediterranean and even contributed to their expenses out of his own pocket.

In 1941, Washington lost patience with him. He was sent to Argentina, where, later. he continued to annoy his superiors by reporting on the movements of Nazi war criminals. Eventually, he was forced out of the American diplomatic service completely. Bingham died almost penniless in 1988. Little was known of his extraordinary activities until his son found a series of letters in his belongings after his death. He has now been honored by many groups and organizations including the United Nations and the State of Israel. Please pass on this fascinating information about a Righteous Gentile who made such a difference in so many lives.

In San Jose, CA where the San Jose Peace Chorale used to rehearse, a school bond issue passed by one vote. One vote made the 66 2/3% required!!!

Several people deciding to make a difference 35 years after Bloody Sunday in Selma AL took to becoming walking billboards to oust the mayor who ordered the police to be violent! No more Joe! and they made the difference. The first ever African American elected in Selma!

Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize for organizing the Ban Land Mines Campaign from her Vermont farmhouse. Only the US, China and India have not yet signed the treaty. If you want a Land Mine Ban you can still write letters to legislators, candidates and the President. We´ve met mine victims in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Laos, Mozambique, and Angola, almost all civilians. The Boston Globe compared costs of the minimum $6000 surgical care and fitting for artificial limbs to the less than $10 per person allotted for health care in most of those countries. Is it campaign contributions to elected officials, pleading to save constituents´ jobs, or corporate profit that continues the manufacture of this obscenity?

Guatemalans and those who stand with them are pleading for the government there to begin removing the land mines that were indiscriminately strewn round the highland countryside. Write our President to urge that US Aid help in this movement.

At the Dhammayietra Center we met, Buddhist Monk, Maha Ghosananda who founded the Coalition for Peace and Reconciliation in Cambodia, which has long been working against land mines. A number of women formed the Forum for Peace Through Love and Compassion. They meet at the center. During a day-long session people spoke of their fears and worries as well as losses incurred in the fighting, physical and emotional. Many spoke of a loss of hope and spirit but at the same time renewed their commitment to work for peace through nonviolent means. By the end of the day a walk for prayer and peace was organized to help allay fears, reduce tensions and show that many Cambodians not only want peace, but dare to work for it. One person´s work was the catalyst for others.

To contact Coalition for Peace and Reconciliation:
PO Box 144
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
E-mail: cpr@pactok.peg.apc.org

Joseph Marshall, author of Street Soldier and cofounder of Omega Boys Club feels young people "want a way out but just don´t know how to get out." Dedicated, he has made a difference one life at a time. His assessment is: poverty, unemployment, access to weapons and crack makes the current plight of especially male African Americans worse than ever before.

Susan Browne, who went on our Study Tour founded the CDI´s Support Group. It has gone beyond the original preschool program to now supporting among others, Los Chavallitos School-Farm, a farm converting to sustainable agriculture (using integrated pest management and organic fertilizers).
CDI´s Support Group
67 Santa Maria
Portola Valley, Ca 94025

Perry Adkisson and Ray Smith won the World Food Prize for bringing about a revolution on the farm with, organic methods now replicated widely.

NGO´s MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOO

An NGO is literally a non-governmental organization, either local or international, small or large. NGO´s are an extension of one person making a difference. One that we can be a part of by volunteering, supporting and/or publicizing. So each of us can make a difference.

Sue Browne´s Support group is one. It´s NGO´s we visit on our Study Tours because they make a difference and we become energized by the work of all the individuals involved.

CANTERA is an NGO founded by Nicaraguan Anabel Torres, to help people learn how to do community organizing. Our Nicaraguan Study Tours have been planned and translated by them (often by Mary Hartman). The honorarium we give helps them train and support over 150 natural health workers. The Niño a Niño (Child to Child) program ($50 for one year) allows one child to beat the odds: the call of the street. Joseph Marshall´s belief is being acted on in many places. Contributions through Friends of CANTERA have made for the Education Center, designed by California architect John Law, a reality where our work/study tour group stayed this year. Here local people learn organizing skills they teach others both in rural and urban settings where poverty is grim.

The Work/Study Tour 2000 was a CANTERA community project For Friends of CANTERA information and newsletter:
Alice Waco
917 Benton St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

COSECHA, a Honduran Agricultural Development NGO (COSECHA means harvest in Spanish) is a group of small campesinos (Farmers) COSECHA trains others in sustainable organic farming methods. The anti-soil erosion methods succeeded in holding the soil against hurricanes Mitch & Floyd. The two Work ⁄ Study Tours 2000 were hosted by COSECHA.

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