Saturday, 29 June 2019

Doukhobor Peace Day Message 2019

My Message to the Celebration Today in Verigin, Saskatchewan

Location: National Doukhobor Heritage Village, Veregin, Saskatchewan.
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019.
Time: 11 am, followed by a Potluck lunch with speeches.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Spirit,

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 crisis, 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.

This message with 2 images is copied at Transcend Media Service, 1 July 2019. So far 3 of my articles are copied at TMS.

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  1. Bill Bhaneja, Ottawa30 June 2019 at 16:01

    On the occasion of Doukhobor Peace Day, let me add to your comment "Nonkilling is the way to Peace!".

    June 28 also happens to be the 90th anniversary of Nonkilling Global Political Science pioneer Professor Glenn D. Paige (1929-2017). His nonkilling work continues at the Center for Global Nonkilling, visit:

    Happy Petrov Dien/ Doukhobor Peace Day!

  2. Brent Patterson, Ottawa30 June 2019 at 16:08

    In 1895, 7000 Doukhobors in Russia set ablaze piles of their own and government-issued rifles, pistols and swords in the first mass protest in history against militarism and war.

    Today, transnational corporations make billions in dollars of profits each year from the sale of weapons, and military carbon pollution endangering our climate.

    Arundhati Roy stated: "Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons." And Rosa Luxemburg wrote: "Militarism in both its forms - as war and as armed peace - is a legitimate child, a logical result of capitalism."

  3. Thanks Koozma – always inspiring to get your messages.

  4. I second the motion Koozma.
    A message worth spreading.

  5. Thank you for this Koozma. We need to learn more from our past. Eric

  6. Thank you, Koozma, for this reminder and for all that you (and so many here) do to build a world of brotherhood, love and peace.

  7. I just wanted to let you know that I'm with you all the way in your struggles to put an end to warfare among the peoples on this planet.

    It's been clear to me for decades that unless we do away with war, war will do away with us. And that is no idle threat. In view of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the unstable political situation in the world, in January 2019, scientists advanced the doomsday clock to 2 minutes before midnight. That leaves a slim margin between to be or not to be.

    But two conditions have to be met before any peace movement can hope to create a peaceful world.
    (1) We need to do away with the obscene social injustices in our world where a handful of greedy individuals have accumulated the financial resources of half the people of the rest of the world.
    (2) In order to address these social injustices, we need to establish true democracy around the globe, not the sham that passes for democracy in the so-called democratic countries today which is simply a fig-leaf for the corruption and greed of the rich who finance the so-called "democratic" governments to make them do their bidding, i.e. to make the rich richer and the poor poorer..

    I know it's a tall order, but merely denouncing war won't put an end to it in a world dominated by the military industrial complex.

    Best of luck in your struggles!

  8. On June 11, the U.S. joint chiefs released a document simply entitled ‘Nuclear Operations,’ the first such doctrine paper in 14 years and one that marks a major shift in U.S. military thinking towards the idea of fighting and winning a nuclear war.

    See details in my article: U.S. joint chiefs release alarming nuclear operations document, The Hill Times, July 1, 2019.