October 7, 2011, Times Square
John Lennon and Yoko Ono said – War is over if you want it. Imagine Peace.
As endless wars continue, the military industrial complex seeks new young bodies to fill the ranks of our forces preparing them to wage war. The Department of Defense is fat on money – no supplemental funding to support war has been denied by Congress. The Pentagon spends $5 billion per year on recruiting. No nook or cranny, no high school, playground, sporting event, or school career fair is overlooked for the opportunity to speak with students, to embellish the benefits of service and entice youth into enlisting in the military. Movies, violent video games, advertising and clothing design all incorporate the war story and the myths and misleading precepts surrounding military service and patriotism. Turning war into a video game, becoming the hero – the good guy/gal, saving the world, the country, your honor. Kill – maim – destroy, then press the reset button. You’re safe in your room and you’ve destroyed the “other – the alien – the foreigner – the terrorist.” It’s fun, it’s strong; it’s immoral, it’s wrong. In real life, there is no reset button.
How can a child, a teen, an adult understand the true meaning of war, who dies, who kills, and why? We are all diminished by the lack of compassion and understanding of the great human loss in war no matter the country or culture. Imagine Peace.
Our tax dollars go to support the military to the tune of 48c of every dollar collected. Bring our troops home now, bring our war dollars home now, renew hope and opportunities for our youth. Provide care for those who have served and now suffer from innumerable physical and mental illnesses. This is the time – we are the people. Bring Our War $$s Home – domestic needs to be served, social and economic justice for all. If not now – when?
Peace is not just the absence of war. It is a world with justice and equality. It’s a world where the basic needs of the majority of the people are met. The future is with our youth. We come together today for our children and grandchildren. Continue the action – we have a worthy cause. We must continue to seek peaceful solutions to domestic and global conflicts.
– Barbara Harris
for the Granny Peace Brigade