Thursday, December 26, 2013

Friday Peace Vigil, Casa Grande, AZ, and surrounding area, December 27, 2013:

Friday, December 27, 2013
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W. Cottonwood Ln.. & N. Pinal Ave.

Peace Vigils are held every Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Casa Grande from mid-December to mid-April. Come and stand for Peace! Bring a sign or a sign can be provided - and bring another peace activist. The more the merrier! Call Debbie Jordan (520-494-0437) or Tony Fasline (520-426-0070) for details.


Now that Christmas is over, we come to the observance that I admire and love most of all. Yes, today, December 26, is Boxing Day in many parts of the world, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The observance of Kwanzaa, in which people honor the vital principles of strong community values, is much more important to reaching the goals of ending poverty and building a peaceful world than the rituals of all other holidays of the year, including Christmas. I know December 25 is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, but excessive materialism and the spirit of overindulgence in everything from food and drink to greed has all but destroyed the true spirit of the occasion.

In many African-American households and communities, Kwanzaa is observed from the day after Christmas through the first day of the New Year. I believe that spending the final week of each year discussing the meaning and importance of Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith (in more than just religion) can be a positive way to welcome the New Year. So, for every person who is about to begin this wonderful seven-day journey, I wish you a very Happy Kwanzaa.

Meanwhile, I hope that everyone is wise enough to enjoy a safe and sane New Year.

As always, I invite everyone to join me in a vow to use our blessings, skills, and talents to build 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!

The World I Imagine: A creative manual for ending poverty and building peace and my historical mystery novel, Lion’s Pride, are available through your local bookstore. They are featured at, Barnes & Noble, and most online bookstores around the world. Both are available for Kindle readers.

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