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November 21, 2006

Ron Kovic Still Working for Peace and Nonviolence

Truthdig has a lovely photo essay up on Ron Kovic, the Vietnam War veteran made famous by the movie "Born on the 4th of July".   Zuade Kaufman put the piece together about Kovic's life today.  Here's the introduction:

Paralyzed from the chest down by Vietnam War wounds, and confined to a wheelchair for almost 40 years, Ron Kovic stands as a symbol of the brutality of war. He also exemplifies a man’s ability to transform such tragedy into a lifelong pursuit of peace—for himself and his country.

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 21, 2006 at 10:50 AM in Interviews, National and International Politics | Permalink


Kindred Spirits Working for Peace:
I am trying to get the word out about my new children’s fantasy adventure “The Call to Shakabaz,” which teaches young people the fundamental principles of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. King and Gandhi and is a rollicking good read to boot. This book is exceptionally different because it does not depend on a gory violent battle scene for the climax. Instead it demonstrates a peaceful resolution to conflict. In addition, all the characters in the book are Black. There are very few books for children in this genre with all Black characters. The book will be officially “launched” on January 15, 2007, in honor of Dr. King’s birthday, but copies are already in print and are selling like hotcakes in my little part of the world. Children, parents, teachers, and librarians are reading this book and loving it (Bob Spear at “Heartland Reviews” identified the book as a recommended title for reluctant readers because you can’t put it down). Please help me get the word out! Visit my website at www.wozabooks.com.
This book is a great way to introduce children and teens to new perspectives on the uselessness of war and the power of peaceful conflict resolution.
Amy Wachspress

Posted by: Amy Wachspress | Dec 11, 2006 2:18:38 PM

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