Doukhobor Peace Day Message 2019
TMS PEACE JOURNALISM, 1 Jul 2019
29 Jun 2019 – It was on the midnight of June 28-29 (New Style July 11-12), 1895, that 7,000 Russian Doukhobors in Transcaucasia, Russia (and now Turkey) set ablaze piles of their own and government-issued rifles, pistols and swords in the first mass protest in history against militarism and war. (Historic 1895 Burning of Guns descriptions, selections and translations)
This year 2019 marks the 124th anniversary of this momentous pioneering happening calling for hope in creating a world without wars. Stopping or starving the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction is still the way for peace in our world. Or, as we now know, Nonkilling is the way to Peace!
Today with the escalating arms race and climate change, the Doomsday Clock of Atomic Scientists is almost one minute to midnight. We are on the brink of destruction unless we change course, bring our troops home, close down military bases abroad, get rid of NATO, and use the tools of listening and diplomacy in finding a way to get to know the stranger, and then work cooperatively to solve our common problems.
That is the urgent message today as we celebrate Petrov Dien, or the annual Doukhobor Peace Day. Speak to your family, your neighbours, your friends, the media, as well as your Member of Parliament. We need to wake up the people at home and abroad. For our children’s sake and our grandchildren, let us act now.
Koozma J. Tarasoff is an anthropologist, writer, published author, photographer, blogger, peace activist, and a representative of the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative. He is a scholar of Spirit Wrestlers/Doukhobor studies. Born in Saskatchewan, he now resides in Ottawa, Ontario,Canada. http://spirit-wrestlers.com.
Tags: Activism, Doukhobor, Eastern Europe, History, International Relations, Military, Nonkilling, Nonviolence, Peace, Rebels, Solutions, Violence, War, power
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