Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM
Congressman Dennis Kucinich spoke at
Action (Ground Zero) on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Ground Zero's annual
weekend event commemorating the anniversaries of the atomic bombings
spoke to both our hearts and minds.
Kucinich spoke of the human heart as the place "where blind fear
hides in dark chambers. It’s there where murderous intensity is
unleashed against our brothers and sisters and the world. It is there
where nuclear explosions first take place. It’s there where the world
ends. The world also begins in the human heart..."
He then spoke of "a new doctrine of strength through peace, which
relies on diplomacy the size of human relations addressing the needs
of people everywhere for sustainability, for housing, for education,
clean water, clean air and freedom from fear."
Kucinich devoted the rest of his speech to enumerating and elaborating
upon sensible, concrete steps that "will lead us to nuclear
abolition." Those many steps include revising and repealing the 2010
Nuclear Posture Review, cancelling plans for 12 new ballistic missile
submarines, and cancelling funding for nuclear weapons modernization.
The Congressman from
statement of hope and action:
Today as we gather in this beautiful setting we have to remember that
our destiny and the fate of the planet is not outside our reach. It
is within our grasp if it is within our hearts to abolish all weapons
and to abolish war itself. On this great day when we reflect upon the
great human tragedy of war and the dropping of the atomic bombs on
architects of a new world free of fear, free of nuclear weapons, and
free of war.
I have attached a PDF file of Congressman Kucinich's speech in its
entirety, and I invite you to share it widely. We need to support his
vision of "strength through peace" and "a new world free of fear, free
of nuclear weapons, and free of war." We need to dispell the myth of
"deterrence." We need to "change the thinking that created those
weapons" as well as "the
Here is a link to the videos of Kucinich's speech and question and
The transcript is also posted at The Nuclear Abolitionist.
Disarm Now Plowshares (Media & Outreach)