WORKING FOR PEACE: PUSHING FOR A BETTER WAY

Cheryl Morrissey, NGO Representative for Pax Christi International at the UN, shares why she works for peace: 

Cheryl M cropMy father had multiple myeloma and then quadriplegia as a direct result of exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. A career US Army Officer—an elite Army Ranger (similar to Navy Seals) and part of the celebrated 173rd Airborne Brigade, “The Sky Soldiers”—he was exactly the gung-ho strong and young hero-type the rest of us look to when “we” want to go to war—but just not actually go ourselves, or let anyone we love go. The sacrifices made by soldiers, sailors, and pilots like him around the world in all countries—the lifelong physical and spiritual burdens we pack onto them without much thought but LOTS of braggadocio—are an important motivation to do anything I can at the UN that increases peace and justice. We have to keep pushing for a better way to coexist.

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  • Peace needed off-planet too: E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, speaks on prevention of an arms race in outer space http://bit.ly/1WbS3Ul
  • World Radio Day was celebrated on 13 February with the theme “Radio in times of war and conflict”www.signis.net/spip.php?article8104
  • Join the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict: www.gppac.net
  • Notre Dame student represents USA at peace meeting in Japan: http://bit.ly/1Vfq9Z0

 

You can’t win a war any more than you can win an earthquake.
Jeannette Rankin

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