James O'Connor Whitlock
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PERSONAL PAGES, COLLECTIONS, NOTES
A Work Always In-Progress &
No longer. Not another minute. Never again will I
acquiesce in silence.
Not until they take away my voice.
Not In My Name
James O'Connor Whitlock
Buffalo, New York
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed
citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only
thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
"In the end we will remember not the words of our
enemies but the silence
of our friends." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
"Our lives begin to end the day we
become silent about things that matter."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing."
Get involved now. Your
silence betokens consent and implicit affirmation.
Visit and peruse our under-construction site at BuffaloPeacePeople.org
Share your own observations and journey into peace activism; let others know
they are not alone.
Ask for a personal site like this by email request to: editors@BuffaloPeacePeople.org
MoveOn Petition and Comments - 20030304 - MoveOn drafted a
Petition to the UN Security
Council to be delivered on March 6th, 2003. The clock is winding
down now but there's still time to have an impact. Take a look at the
local copy of the petition and my
own added comments if you like, but please do
go to the original and sign it
yourself with your own comments.
Letter to My Daughter, Bitsy - 20030115
- So much of what we now do, we do in the names of children; our own and
those everywhere whose world we may destroy if we if we hesitate for a
moment to stand tall and resolutely with our convictions. Sometimes, the words we
share with those we most love inspire those still silent most of all.
Bitsy, eleven years old and sweet and thriving as all children are when we
allow it, is my dearest love and only child, living apart with her Mom.
If you're still silent and nothing else moves you to reconsider, please read
this and see if it helps. And if you're already speaking up, consider
sharing some of your most personal words to your own special loves with
others -- that they may more clearly see and resonate with the heart that
moves you to do whatever you do to stand-up for what you know and believe
to be right, fair and just for all.
Note to a
Colleague - 20030121 - Charles Cobb, director of the WNY Peace
Center, a respected friend and fellow peace activist in WNY, keeps
telling me that the awakening we need to save the futures of our children
will not occur in response to the usual rallies, film
screenings, and various same-old/same-old events we habitually organize --
attended by all the same people -- those already awakened. Rather, if
it happens at all, he says and I increasingly believe, it will occur as a
result of one-to-one heartfelt and informed communication between each and
every one of us and those to whom we expose our hearts, our knowledge, our
fears, and our hopes. The linked note is a recent sanitized exchange
with someone I know and work with every week. It may offend him.
He may get angry. His anger could affect and degrade our working
relationship. But we have to speak up, friends, even with the risk of
approbation and mitigation of our working careers. Surely our children
deserve no less than that. Please,all of you so much
better informed and so much more eloquent than I, take a chance and reach
out to everyone you know who will listen. You will not want to live
with the consequences of your silence if you do not.
Narratives of My
Travels - a running collection of journal entries, bits of notes to
friends, rambling about whatever I'm trying to sort out, observations, and
so on. All being something of an audit trail revealing me as I twist
and turn trying to avoid life's brambles and canyons. Most of the time
when I'm confronted with trying and perplexing circumstances, I write about them
in some form partly as a way of working out the issues, problems or
solutions. I hope that others will feel stronger and less alone
perusing this collection; not
because they reach similar conclusions but simply because we struggle with
the same general issues and problems. We all have that in common. We are not
alone. Together we shall prevail.
Now. by William Rivers Pitt
- my current favorite handout. Also now up as a <pdf>
file [104 KB]. Yes. Do
something. Do anything. Just don't sit around doing nothing.
At the end of the day, it does not matter what you do.
A sign in your yard, a button
in the lapel of your coat, an email
sent around to friends, will have a small but salutary
It will make others in the country who feel isolated in their
fear that something
has gone terribly wrong understand that they are not
alone. Big storms gather around
Think on this as you give
thanks for what you've got. The
moment is here, now, upon
us all. Even
the smallest effort can and will make a difference.
On a large enough scale,
it could change the face of the world.
Be thankful for that, as well, and do something
How about right now? Email
me if you want help getting connected.
First they came -- But I didn't speak up -- 20021224.pdf
- [101 KB]