Sunday, June 21, 2015


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology
 (#1 June 19, 2008; #2 June 20, 2010; #3 June 19, 2011; #4 6-17-12; #5 6-16-13).  Complementing Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day for PEACE.


My blog:
War Department/Peace Department


#4 and #5 at end

Contents Father’s Day for Peace and Justice Newsletter #6, June 21, 2015
Google Search Bust

United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Association Perspectives

Masculinity and Militarism Google Search
What Kind of Fathers Do We Need in Imperial USA?
Veterans for Peace to Fathers to Speak Up for Diplomacy
J. William Fulbright, Empathy, Reason, and Diplomacy

What Kind of Fathers in Climate Changing World?
Naomi Klein and International Cooperation
Pope Francis and Compassion In Action
Population Connection

What Kind of Fathers for Liberty and Equality?
ACLU for LGBT Parental Equality, Impending Supreme Court

National/international DAYS Project
Recent OMNI Newsletters
Father’s Day for Peace Newsletters #4 and #5

Google Search Father’s Day June 21, 2015:  As usual, with one exception (responsibility to children) in seven pages I found only commodification, entertainment, food and drink.  The attraction to armed force instead of diplomacy and to violent masculinity instead of cooperation is so powerful in the USA that there’s no Father’s Day equivalent of Howe’s Mother’s Day for Peace ( ).  But there are protests of business-as-usual Father’s Day, and alternative ways to signalize it.

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Father’s Day
A Prayer for Fathers   Music Download
Dr. L. Edward Phillips composed this anthem for Father's Day at the request of the choir director at his wife's church, where the choir was small and the resources for Father's Day few. Parts are mostly unison with some division to three part and a two-part canonic treatment at the close.
On this Father’s Day, or another time during the month of June, take time in your family for reflecting together about fathers. 

Unitarian Universalist Perspectives
Third Sunday in June. A time to celebrate the sacred vocation of fatherhood and the larger themes of paternal figures in our lives.
Words for Worship Services
We light our chalice for fathers and for fatherhood
by Peter Friedrichs
Tagged as: Change, Children, Direct Experience, Father's Day, Fathers, Parents, Relationships, Words and Deeds
A Father's Day Prayer
by Kirk D Loadman-Copeland
Tagged as: Family, Father's Day
When Lonely Press Left Paw
by George A Tyger
Tagged as: Children, Direct Experience, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Grief, Love, Memorial Day, Military, Military Service, Service, Words and Deeds
Empowering the fathers of this world
by Loraine Bottorff McNeill
Tagged as: 1st Principle, 3rd Principle, Children, Connections, Direct Experience, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Humanism, Men, Parents, Relationships, Words and Deeds
Forgive Me
by Jay Wolin
Tagged as: Children, Direct Experience, Father's Day, Fathers, Forgiveness, Generations, Love, Pain, Parents, Relationships, Wisdom
Father's Day Prayer
by Carol Allman-Morton
Tagged as: 7th Principle, Caring, Compassion, Family, Father's Day, Fathers, Humanism, Love, Parents, Words and Deeds
Father's Day Prayer
by Kristin Grassel Schmidt  MORE


MASCULINITY AND MILITARISM Google Search, June 13, 2915, Page One
War, militarism, and masculinities - ‎Higate - Cited by 70 › Journal home › Archive › Articles
by L Segal - ‎2008 - ‎Cited by 22 - ‎Related articles
The gender dynamics of militarism have traditionally been seen as straightforward, given the cultural mythologies of warfare and the disciplining of 'masculinity' ... › Programmes › Right to Refuse to Kill
Mar 1, 2010 - I objected to military service, because I am also against this laboratory manufactured masculinity. The struggle against militarism defined in ...,en...
School of the Americas Watch
Presente! - the Newspaper of the Movement to close the SOA, Tough, decisive, uncompromising, and ready to fight are among the masculine gender norms that ...
Dissident Voice
MasculinityMilitarism, and Empathy. by Gary Olson / June 16th, 2011. Knowing something of feminist-human rights activist and sociologist Kathleen Barry's ...
May 31, 2012 - War, militarism, and masculinities The nexus linking war, militarism, and ... preserved the naturalized dimension of military masculinity.
May 29, 2013 - It is not that 'masculinity' generates war, as the question has been put, ... misogyny etc) that characterize modern Western militarism, and the ...
by M O'Brien - ‎1998 - ‎Cited by 15 - ‎Related articles
Masculinity, Class and Militarism in. Ontario, 1902-1914. Mike O'Brien. IN MANY CULTURAL and historical contexts, warfare has been seen as a quintessen-.
by C Treiblmayr - ‎2004 - ‎Cited by 1 - ‎Related articles
Militarism Revisited: Masculinity and. Conscription in Germany. Ute Frevert, Die kasernierte Nation. Militiirdienst und Zivilgesellschaft in. Deutschland, Munich ...
Women in Black
Militarismmasculinity and men. Talk at the Annual General Meeting of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, UK, seeking to engage men, ...
10.                [PDF]Masculinity, Militarism and Family Values ... - Vinay Lal
MasculinityMilitarism and. Family Values. Afterthoughts on American Election. Vinay Lal. Most Americans view the eroding strength of America, as the.

Father's Day Action: 'Say No to War!'  2015 are calling on VFP members who are fathers to write short reflections about their hope for a peaceful future.Please send your reflections, poems, or blog posts by June 18th to be posted on our national website and our social media pages on Father’s Day.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Veterans Call For Diplomacy in Iraq, Not More U.S. Bases and Troops For Peace is dismayed by news that the Obama administration is sending 450 more troops to Iraq, and is considering building additional U.S. bases in the war torn country.

We remind President Obama of his own words, as reported by many news outlets in August 2014:

"There is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq… The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government."

Veterans For Peace calls on the President to bring all the troops home now and to use
diplomacy instead of more violence to address the fighting in Iraq and Syria.   <Full Statement>


“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
-Howard Zinn

Waging Peace and Justice
June 2015

Last month, members of Veterans For Peace participated in our first national Lobby Days. This year, we discussed the Budget and Military Spending, Diplomacy with Iran, Stop the Militarization of Police Act, and the Relief for Victims of Agent Orange Act.  We hope to expand on these efforts next year. At the same time, the Swords to Plowshares Belltower stood outside the Lincoln Memorial for the week leading up to and on Memorial Day. During this time, thousands of people traveled across the country to visit the national monuments. With many Memorial Day ceremonies taking place, VFP members educated the public on the true costs of war. On Memorial Day, as part of the Full Disclosure Campaign, VFP Members placed hundreds of letters at the Vietnam Wall. The letters were provided by VFP members, allies, and others who were alive during the Vietnam Wall and were addressed to those who had died there.

Speaking out against war is never easy. Moving beyond ourselves, our allies, and our like-minded social circles can be intimidating, and at time, emotionally tolling. The members and volunteers who participated in last month’s DC actions exposed an array of people to the Veterans For Peace message. Although not all individuals we encountered shared our beliefs, we were able to involve more people in the conversation about peace. As peacemakers, we can learn a lot from these efforts and continue to look for creative and genuine ways to expose more people our message.

Take Action This Month!
Here are some suggestions for taking action this month. If you would like tabling materials, please e-mail

Golden Rule Christening – June 20th S. 1493 Fay Ave Samoa, CA 95564[map]
After over 5 years of restoration, the Golden Rule is ready to sail! The ship that sailed out into the Pacific in 1958 to halt atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands was rescued from a watery grave and lovingly restored by members of Veterans For Peace. The christening and launch will take place on June 20th, 2015. Check out the event page for more info.

Fathers Say No to War! – June 21st [across the country]
As fathers (and veterans) who are opposed to war, Father’s Day is an opportunity to write a Letter to the Editor, Op-Ed, poem, or blog post. Please send your reflections/writings to by June 18th to be posted on our national website and our social media pages by Father’s Day. Drone protests will be happening at Beale AFB on June 22nd, with this theme “Fathers Say No to War”. We are calling for VFP members and allies to organize their own solidarity actions during this time. Check out the Beale AFB event page for inspiration!


Father's Day Action: 'Say No to War!' Father's Day, members of Veterans For Peace call on our leaders to invest in future generations, instead of endless war.  As veterans and fathers, we say "No To War!"

J. William Fulbright: Can an Empire Change Its Attitude?  Posted by tbaker | February 20, 2014 in The Free Weekly.
J. William Fulbright
If you previously knew anything about J. William Fulbright, it was probably of his educational exchange program, one of the world’s most admired peacemaking innovations. One proposed exchange, as recounted in his last book, The Price of Empire, never began.
In the early 1970s Fulbright approached the Soviets to apply part of their World War II Lend-Lease debt owed to the U.S. to Fulbright fellowships…. The Soviets had agreed to repay about $800 million, and Fulbright hoped to get “maybe a hundred million.” But the détente was sabotaged by a group of Cold War senators, and the Soviets abrogated the exchange agreements and other joint ventures in retaliation.
The story has a larger meaning. . . .His purpose is “to stimulate public thought and discussion free of the rigid and outdated stereotypes which stultify many of our foreign policy debates.” This is a main duty of Congress, he writes, “under our Constitutional system.” We should and can rid ourselves of dogmas dangerous to humans, such as the Evil Enemy. . . .
In his last book, The Price of Empire (1989), Fulbright’s guide to a humane community and global culture of peace continues to unfold. By practicing international cooperation, joint international ventures, negotiation and diplomacy, international understanding, a cosmopolitan perspective, knowledge, facts, reason and empathy will gradually reduce fear, paranoia, parochialism, nationalism, jingoism, fanaticism, arrogance, militarism and wars.
The world was made by human actions; actions are based on attitudes; and it is “possible to alter human attitudes,” he believes. Wars are not inevitable (speaking of today: nor are empire and warming); we can learn, and we must choose.   [I shortened the article slightly.  –Dick]
Join the Discussion, Learn From Others
J. William Fulbright: Voice of Reason and Diplomacy
A Forum discussing Fulbright’s resistance to dogma and fanaticism, to war and empire, during the 1960s to 1980s.
Panelists: Prof. Hoyt Purvis, Prof. Sidney Burris, Prof. Emer. Dick Bennett, Moderator
At Giffels Hall, University of Arkansas.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the OMNIUA Student Organization.


Climate Change Is a Crisis We Can Only Solve Together
by Naomi Klein
"The weight of the world is not on any one person’s shoulders. Not yours. Not mine. It rests in the strength of the project of transformation that millions are already a part of."

'Climate Is a Common Good': Pope Francis Calls for Justice on Warming Planet
by Jon Queally
"What makes the pope's message so radical isn’t just his call to urgently tackle climate change. It’s the fact he openly and unashamedly goes against the grain of dominant social, economic and environment policies."

America’s Voice for Population Stabilization
Since 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG) has been America’s voice for population stabilization. We are the largest grassroots population organization in the United States—we have over 500,000 members, supporters, and participating educators!
Our core programs:
  • Population Education (PopEd): We train K-12 teachers and produce curriculum materials that address population issues and reach 3 million students each year;
  • Grassroots Outreach: We engage an active constituency of U.S. advocates for international family planning programs;
  • Advocacy: We work directly with federal policymakers to fund and improve international family planning.
Population Connection works to ensure that every woman around the world who wants to delay or end childbearing has access to the health services and contraceptive supplies she needs in order to do so.
Our Approach
Overpopulation threatens the quality of life for people everywhere. Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth's resources.

This Father's Day, pins and needles [Gay Dads]

Tevin Johnson-Campion, ACLU  June 21, 2015  Action via 
7:38 AM (1 hour ago)
to James

ACLU Action
Hi James –

For over 20 years, my dads have built their lives together and raised me, my two brothers, and my sister. But they’re not just amazing dads – they’re also plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that, at any moment now, could make history by extending marriage to all.

To my dads: I love you both so much, and I am SO proud of you. You’ve shown us so much love, and you’ve taught us to fight for what we believe in. Happy Father’s Day!

To all the other families out there: while we’re all on pins and needles waiting for the Supreme Court decision, I hope you remember what my dads taught us kids – love is what makes a family. We’re thinking of you, and of what this long road to the Supreme Court decision means to all families.
With love and anticipation,
Tevin Johnson-Campion for the ACLU Action team
P.S. I asked my dads how they're feeling leading up to the Supreme Court's decision. Head over to my Tumblr to read what they had to say!
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This newsletter continues OMNI’s NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL DAYS PROJECT.  Half of the Project affirms nonviolent DAYs, such as Human Rights Day.  The other half offers nonviolent, world cooperative alternatives to violent, imperial, or generally misdirected days, as with the following:
Feb. 14:  Standing on the Side of Love Day (formerly Valentine’s Day)
May, 2nd Sunday: Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day for Peace (Mother’s Day)
3rd Sat. in May: Peace Forces Day (Armed Forces Day)
May, last Monday:  Day of Mourning for Victims of Wars (Memorial Day)
June 14:  Liberty and Justice for All Day (Flag Day)
June, 3rd Sunday:  Father’s Day for Peace (Father’s Day)
September 11 (9-11):  Peaceful Tomorrows Day (Patriot Day)
Oct., 2nd Monday: Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day):
Nov. 11: World Unity Day (Veterans Day) (Or Armistice Day in 1918 when WWI ended).
November: Fourth Thursday:  National Day of Gratitude and Atonement (Thanksgiving)
December 7:   Pacific Colonial War Day (Pearl Harbor Day)
December 25:  Love and Peacemaking Day (Christmas)
2015 will be the final year of this project, the subject having been defined and profusely supported.)

Recent OMNI Newsletters, Month of June 1-20
UN Refugee DAY 6-20
Russia 6-19
Flag DAY 6-14
Vegetarianism 6-10
UN Torture Awareness Month 6-6
Population 6-5
Terrorism 6-3
UN Nuclear Weapons Abolition DAY 6-2
Service (What service were you in?) 6-1

Contents #4
Father’s Day Around the World (4 essays)
Same-Sex Fathers (3 Essays)
Julia Ward Howe’s Proclamation for Fathers
Huffington Post’s Best Fathers

Contents #5 June 16, 2013
Paley, “Fathers”
Google Search for Father’s Day June 10, 2013, Page One:
   Another Day Commodified
Donovan, Get Rid of Parent Days
Google Search for Masculinity June 10, 2013
Recent OMNI Newsletters About US Imperialism


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