[R-G] Rice for Peace
epcraig at efn.org
Sat Feb 1 06:45:34 MST 2003
If you do this, label the envelope with a big "RICE FOR PEACE"
Even if you're not sending it to a Democrat, you can't blame the
Postal Service and government staffers for being a bit jumpy about odd
inclusions in letters. Anthrax.
On Fri, 31 Jan 2003 DavidMcR at aol.com wrote:
> (pass on to others)
> My first response to this idea was not to pass it on - I get a great many
> "brilliant ideas" in the email. But this one seems to have caught on. I've
> already gotten it from at least three of you to whom this goes (just so
> you'll know I paid attention).
> It is a small idea, the sort of thing that can be done by the weak, the
> elderly, as well as by the young. I think it's worth doing - and I will. I
> hope you do and pass this post on. I'm going through by address book, ten
> twenty at a time, and passing it on.
> From: Katha Pollitt
> Subject: Rice for peace
> This is such a sweet, simple idea! Even my daughter, who
> never misses a chance to tell me she isn't interested in
> politics, seized on it right away. You can leave out the
> biblical citation, of course. But I like the idea of
> quoting the New Testament against war to our born-again
> Pres. My cousin in Boone, North Carolina, tells me
> people are actually sending the rice.
> > Resistance with a history of success--from the
> > Mennonite community
> > Place 1/2 c. uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a
> > snack-sized bag or sandwich bag work fine). Squeeze
> > out excess air and seal the bag. Wrap it in a piece of
> > paper on which you have written: " 'If your enemies
> > are hungry, feed them.' Romans 12:20 Please send this
> > rice to the people of Iraq; do not attack them."
> > Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either
> > a letter-sized or small padded mailing envelope - both
> > are the same cost to mail) and address them to:
> > President George Bush
> > White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
> > Washington, DC 20500
> > Attach $1.06 in postage. (Three 37 cent stamps equal
> > $1.11)
> > Drop this in the mail TODAY. It is important to act
> > NOW so that President Bush gets the letters asap. In
> > order for this protest to be effective, there must be
> > hundreds of thousands of such rice deliveries to the
> > White House. We can do this if we all forward this
> > message to our friends and family. If every Mennonite
> > and every Church of the Brethren household sent one of
> > these, and the tens of thousands of persons from
> > outside these churches who think war is a mistake also
> > send them...we are hundreds of thousands of people!
> > There is a positive history of this protest! Read on!
> > "In the mid 1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of
> > Reconciliation, learning of famine in the Chinese
> > mainland, launched a "Feed Thine Enemy" campaign.
> > Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of
> > rice to the White House with a tag quoting the Bible,
> > "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." As far as anyone
> > knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an
> > abject failure. The President did not acknowledge
> > receipt of the bags publicly; certainly no rice was
> > ever sent to China. "What nonviolent activists only
> > learned a decade later was that the campaign played a
> > significant, perhaps even determining role in
> > preventing nuclear war. Twice while the campaign was
> > on, President Eisenhower met with the Joint Chiefs of
> > Staff to consider US options in the conflict with
> > China over two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals
> > twice recommended the use of nuclear weapons.
> > President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and
> > asked how many little bags of rice had come in. When
> > told they numbered in the tens of thousands,
> > Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many
> > Americans were expressing active interest in having
> > the US feed the Chinese, he certainly wasn't going to
> > consider using nuclear weapons against them."
> > From: People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory by
> > David H. Albert, p. 43, New Society, 19.
> > Thank you all for being people of hope, people of
> > faith.
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