Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Penny Allen and the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund

I have recently begun making some small steps to participate in the Cleveland-area peace movement, after being in writerly and family hibernation for a few years; I am on the planning committee for the Peace Show, an annual event that acts as a celebration of the peace movement and an implicit demonstration against the Cleveland Air Show, with its bevy of ear-splitting military jets.

One of the immediate gifts of my small involvement is meeting people like Penny Allen, the Congressional District Organizer for the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (http://www.peacetaxfund.org/). People like Penny, it seems to me, are the kind of citizens who deserve a peace medal of honor.

At the bottom of her emails reads the following quote from President Eisenhower's farewell address, in which he warned about the dangers of the growing military-industrial complex:

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."--Dwight D. Eisenhower

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