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Friday, February 06, 2009A Call To Send Our Peace Globes To The White House
We've done the work. We've laid the groundwork from grassroots web pages since the fall of 2006. There are 1468 peace globes and remarkable posts flying proudly in the blogosphere from 46 countries. The fifth launch was inspiring.
Now it is time to take it a step further.
Consider this statement: "Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today." ~ President Barack Obama. This quote was taken from a website called Change.gov. maintained by The Office Of The President which has now transitioned into the official White House site. On the right side you will see "An American Moment" with the link "Tell Us Your Story" and at the bottom of the page "Tell Us Your Vision" with this explanation, "Your stories and ideas can help change the future of our country. When we come together around a common purpose, great things are possible."
This is not news to peace bloggers.
It is time to tell our story.
I believe we have an opportunity and an obligation to do so.
The President understands the power of the Internet. He successfully built and won his campaign for office via the old-fashioned campaign stump trail, FaceBook, Twitter and Blogging sites - just like ours. A long-time peace blogger - my friend and yours - Travis, who writes Trav's Thoughts decided to make his voice (and ours) heard on the President's web page.
This is what Travis had to say during our last BlogBlast For Peace : "I visited more than 240 peace posts. But there were more than 500 bloggers who signed in on two of Mimi's posts. Many signed in on the Nov 6 Dona Nobis Pacem post. And many more signed in on the Sept 10 kick off post.
I wish I had time to visit each of you. But know that I join with you all in hoping and working for peace.
In keeping with my goal to be part of the change and work for an end to the politics of fear and divisiveness, I have sent my Peace Globe to the office of President-Elect Obama. ....
There is a form you can fill out to send an email to the President-Elect, in which you can "share your vision for what America can be, where President-Elect Obama should lead this country". I encourage you to do as I have done. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to write to President-Elect Obama. Use your voice to tell him you are out here.
Speaking to my fellow citizens, whether you voted for him or not, we are all Americans and we need to stop spreading fear and distrust and start looking forward.
I was chatting with a friend yesterday, and she asked me where I thought idealism fit with pessimism and optimism. I said...
Idealism is about reaching as high as you can, even it if seems to be too much. Pessimism says it is too hard to do any of it and you'll be lucky if you just make it to tomorrow. Optimism says let's give it a try and see how far we can go. Then she asked me about realism.
And I said that realism is the plan.
Maybe I'm right and maybe I'm wrong. But it's the way I feel. And I am going to do my best to be part of the process and not part of the problems this country faces. So I attached my Peace Globe to my email to President-Elect Obama. I wrote...
My vision is to see the divisiveness end. I'm tired of the politics of fear. I'm tired of asking questions of my leaders and being told that I'm not a real American because I doubt the decisions being made in my name.
Please fix that.
Travis - we greatly respect your initiative, desire for unity and pro-active commitment. You took what we did off the blog page and turned it into responsible activism.
I accept your challenge and have done the same. I explained our efforts to the President and sent my globe. I would have done so no matter the outcome of the election. I shared with the President and his staff what we had done, how far the movement has reached and promised to continue to make our voices heard.
I challenge you to find your peace globe number(s) in the Master List in the sidebar and do what Travis and I have done. Find your number in the list below, tell the President what country/location you are from, include a link to your favorite peace post (found below) and anything else you'd like to share. As you can see, Travis wrote a very short and effective vignette in his letter. It doesn't have to be elaborate to be powerful.
There is even a place to upload your peace globe.
The site is Change.gov. Click the Tell Us Your Story link, the Share Your Vision link or the contact page at Whitehouse.gov (the blog!).
SEE MASTER LIST IN SIDEBAR or click HERE
Let's face it. My first effort went unnoticed by four world leaders.Surely we can use our collective voices and step through this door of opportunity, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. Forty-six countries flying peace globes? That's no small noise. We've participated in a global peace summit five times now. How many others will follow our lead? We'll never know unless we step out of the box. I challenge you to send your amazing links and globes to America's new President. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
Can you believe it??! They walked right past me.
This is Mimi Pencil Skirt reporting live from the lovely land of the peace globes.
Carry on with your groovy peace-lovin' selves.
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