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Mairead Corrigan Maguire shows, gives us rare courage in cause of peace

Nobel Peace Laureate says no!”

Excerpt, commentary by Carolyn Bennett

From Pressenza International Press Agency

“Dear Friends, I write to let you know that I have decided not to attend the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on 23rd-25th April, 2012, in Chicago [Illinois] USA,” writes Mairead Maguire of Peace People (Northern Ireland) — thus rejecting the United States Department of State, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Chicago Agenda.

“I do not agree with many of the policies of the U.S. State Department…

“… I have now decided, with some sadness, not to be associated in this Partnership as I do not agree with many of the Policies of the U.S. State Department.

“ … I have, as a Nobel Peace Laureate, (and in the spirit of Alfred Nobel) oftencalled for disbandment of NATO, end of militarism and war, and for Disarmament and demilitarization.

“I cannot therefore, in good conscience, be part of a Partnership with the U.S. State Government (NATO).

“I also believe that my participation in such a partnership would compromise my position and put in jeopardy my work in the Middle East and other countries.

“I am very disappointed that what is a great opportunity for young people, for the Nobel Laureates and organizations to listen, learn, and exchange friendships and experiences, has been, I believe, seriously compromised in such a Partnership.

“However, I hope it will be an enjoyable and educational summit particularly for all the young people, and I am deeply saddened not to be with you all.”


I have tremendous admiration and respect for this woman. I am honored and grateful to live in this historical period in which she lives and works. To be given this gift of her courage, to be inspired by it.

Uncommon courage is required to do what she does: to act on her courage, to speak out in the face of superpower and its coalition in brute force, its abusive might, its violent aggression, its incessant violation of human rights all wrapped in a constant stream of widely broadcasted lies. It takes uncommon courage to speak boldly on your own convictions, from a “cherished position” (of man) against these forces — in the cause of peace and nonviolence, in the cause of the young, their education, and the future of the entire world.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire is a rare and true person of peace and I am indeed grateful to her.

Sources and notes

MAIREAD CORRIGAN MAGUIRE (1944- ): Northern Irish peace activist and co-founder of the Peace People, a grassroots movement of Roman Catholic and Protestant citizens dedicated to ending the sectarian strife in Northern Ireland. Nobel Peace laureate (1976 with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown), joint founder  (2006 with fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams, Wangari Maathai, and Rigoberta Menchú) of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

“Pressenza Belfast, Northern Ireland, 4/16/12— On 10th April, Sec. of State H. Clinton appeared on video in U.S. State Department Web announcing plans for the forthcoming Nobel Peace Laureates Summit and said, .The U.S. Department of State is proud to be an active partner in this event.’

“Sec. Clinton gave details of how the US. State Dept. is working with U.S. embassies around the world to bring twenty students and 4 teachers from 4 countries to Chicago and explained that video conferences and portals for live streaming of events will be managed by U.S. State department.” Mairead Maguire, Co-founder Community of Peace People, was jointly awarded 1976 Nobel Peace Prize and several other awards. Peace, Peace People, Northern Ireland 13.4.2012


Warrior for peace: Mairead Corrigan Maguire. Saturday, 5 June 2010


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Posted by Bennett’s Study April 18, 2012, at 12:45 PM