Friday, February 15, 2013

Death Penalty Alternatives Meeting, Casa Grande, AZ:

Monday, February 18, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Val Vista RV Park Clubhouse
16680 W. Val Vista Blvd.

The newly formed Pinal County chapter of Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona will meet at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, beginning on Monday, February 18, at the clubhouse at Val Vista RV Park, 16680 W. Val Vista Blvd. For more information, go to:



I must take this opportunity to share a few ideas I discussed in my essay collection, The World I Imagine: A creative manual for ending poverty and building peace. Chapter 10 consists of five essays detailing what it would be like if "True Justice" were practiced in our society, including applying alternatives to the death penalty. In the essay on "Ultimate Crimes," I explain why the only reason states practice execution is revenge.

Throughout the book, I explain why the only way we can look forward to a future without war and violence will be to end poverty, as well as the practice of putting people to death. Reaching those goals requires that we understand the complicated relationships between social issues and the solutions we apply to each problem.

We must make sure everything we do protects and reinforces the right of every person to education and employment to the fullest extent of their abilities and interests, and that nothing we do as a society endangers the health and safety of anyone in the world. It sounds complicated, but if we approach the problem by respecting these basic principles, we can accomplish miracles!

Join me in a vow to use our blessings, skills, and talents to build a society in which governments do not kill for revenge, a society without poverty or war in which everyone is able to enjoy at least the basic benefits of prosperity and peace.

Meanwhile, send out your positive thoughts and, for those who are believers, prayers for all the suffering souls all around the world!

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