"The US government must not punish those who followed international law and conscientiously refused to be part of illegal wars and occupations. As long as the US is persecuting war resisters, the nations of the world should provide sanctuary to those young men and women who have the courage to resist."
Helen Jaccard is a US peace activist who recently represented Veterans For Peace at the United Nations NGO Conference on Building Sustainable Societies. She believes that the issues of ending war and ending destruction to our environment are inextricably linked.
"Peace is absolutely a pre-requisite to building sustainable societies. War and occupation destroy human civilization while wreaking havoc upon Mother Earth. If we are to save the planet, we must put an end to war and militarism."
Helen Jaccard and Gerry Condon are traveling throughout Europe, networking with peace and justice activists as they go. They are currently in Ireland, and will be attending the November 13th protest at Shannon International Airport, which is being used as a transit point by US military war planes and CIA torture ("rendition") flights.
Gerry Condon & Helen Jaccard