to Federal Court
Hearing on April 14, 2004
I am a very complex being who
is trying to find meaning in life.
Like you I have a range of opinions
and ideas. The following
convictions are what led me to refuse to cooperate with the
United States government the day we attacked Iraq with "shock and awe".
Basically, I believe it is wrong for my government:
To practice a double standard
by prohibiting any country from possessing weapons of mass destruction
while we maintain arsenal of WMD's to enforce it
To condemn any country & to
sentence their people to tens of thousands of deaths without evidence
that goes " beyond a reasonable
To exercise conflict of interest wherein
officials personally benefit from the oil business that flows from the
occupation of a country
Secondly I believe:
Pre-emptive strikes and unilateral action set a bad precedent for other countries.
and wins us more enemies than friends
Military siege leaves in its wake death, destruction, and cancer
causing depleted uranium, land mines, and post traumatic stress, while
fostering even more terrorism
Big spending for war may relieve our economic recession but will leave
our children's children with huge
And fundamentally I believe in:
The teachings of Jesus, Martin Luther King, and Peace Pilgrim which
point to these universal truths
love can overcome hate
Only goodness can overcome evil
Only light can overcome
Culture, class and religious strife will continue until people learn "love thine enemy."
And so it is for the sake of integrity that I abide by the highest
ideals I know. They have kept me volunteering for 14 years in Alternatives to Violence ("AVP"), a
project to help people stay out of prison. I respectfully request that
the court find ways to fund my work instead of locking me away.