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Dennis Kucinich in Atlanta: A Department of Peacebuilding Will Be a “Daybreak of Peace”.

By Debra Poss · April 01, 2015

Dennis Answers Questions Following Peace Talk <span>&copy; Debra Poss </span>

Dennis Answers Questions Following Peace Talk

Dennis Kucinich and Debra Poss <span>&copy; Debra Poss </span> Dennis Kucinich and Lisa Parsons <span>&copy; Debra Poss </span> Dennis Kucinich and Diane Doughtery <span>&copy; Debra Poss </span>

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich delivered the keynote address to the ”Global Peace: The Call for Corporate Social Responsibility” breakfast at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, on the morning of Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The breakfast commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.  

In this video of the keynote address, Congressman Kucinich explained that  “…Another great challenge which vexes society is a misunderstanding of the nature of power.  Look at the violence in our society, which we’re all familiar with, domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse, gang violence, gun violence, racial violence, violence against Gays, police-community clashes; they all stem, essentially from faulty assumptions and attitudes about authority and position.  On the deepest level, in any society, there must be power for all or for none, measured by Respect, Humility, Grace, Compassion and Love.”  Congressman Kucinich continued with ”In his Nobel Acceptance speech, Dr. Martin Luther King said “Man must evolve, for all human conflict is a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation, a foundation of such a method is love…” 

In this video of the keynote address, Congressman Kucinich explains that  “…. Today, we protect our nation by torturing and killing others thousands of miles away. We protect our communities by law enforcement that kills young black men in our streets with impunity, and continued withI believe said Dr. King, fifty years ago in Oslo Norway, that wounded justice lying frustrate on the blood flowing streets of our nations can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of man.”  “…There is a causal link between violence in the microcosm and violence in the macrocosm, one impinges on the other; what is innermost becomes outermost for individuals and for a society…” 

In this video of the keynote address, Congressman Kucinich explains that: “Two months before 911, I gathered people from across the nation in Washington D.C. to participate in the introduction of legislation which took the dreams of Dr. King and Ghandi and others and gave it the potential of fulfillment: what Dr. King would call a “Daybreak of Peace”, through the creation of a Cabinet level Department of Peace, which would deal directly with the panoply of hurt and harm visiting American households, streets, offices, workplaces, schools, places of worship and entertainment.   The intention is to develop an organized approach, tapping the intellectual and spiritual power of America to develop programs that would include teaching children the principles of peace: teaching them peace giving, peace sharing, mutuality, seeing the other person as an aspect of oneself, of teaching the inner equality of all people. 

Imagine, intensive counseling programs readily available for families caught in the grip of homegrown violence.  Imagine, from the earliest school experience, peer mediation…. Imagine structured programs which change the nature of community law enforcement from aggressive policing to truly safeguarding; employing principles of nonviolence. That was and is the intention of a Cabinet level Department of Peace… 

On the international level, it would mean the development of programs which divert from war, because war is not inevitable, peace is inevitable, if we are willing to (have) patience to pass and love to walk that challenging difficult path….

 Again, we receive encouragement from Dr. King who spoke to the world fifty years ago with these words: Non-violence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time, t he need for man to overcome oppression and violence, without resorting to violence and oppression”….





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