Friday, March 30, 2012

A Nobel Laureate Message for Chicago?

Four weeks before the leaders of the City of Chicago roll out the red carpet for the leaders of the military alliance that dominates the world -- NATO -- they will be using a line-up of Nobel Peace Prize laureates to legitimize the way they are associating our city with the forces of power and violence.


The following Nobel Peace Prize laureates and laureate organizations have agreed to come to Chicago April 23-25 for the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates:

President Mikhail Gorbachev – Russia (@mgorbachev)
Professor Muhammad Yunus – Bangladesh (@yunus_centre)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Tibet (@dalailama)
President Frederik Willem de Klerk – South Africa
Mrs. Mairead Corrigan Maguire – Northern Ireland - DECLINED INVITATION - April 16, 2012
President Jimmy Carter – United States (@cartercenter)
President Óscar Arias Sánchez – Costa Rica (@oariascr)
Ms. Tawakkol Karman – Yemen (@tawakkolkarman)
Dr. Shirin Ebadi – Iran
Professor Jody Williams – United States
President Lech Wałęsa – Poland

American Friends Service Committee (@afsc_org)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (@climate_science)
International Committee of the Red Cross (@icrc_english)
International Peace Bureau (@IntlPeaceBureau)
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (@IPPNW)
United Nations/Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs
PUGWASH Conferences
Amnesty International (@amnesty)
International Campaign to Ban Landmines (@minefreeworld)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (@refugees)
Médecins Sans Frontières (@msf_usa)
United Nations Children’s Fund (@UNICEF)

(See original list on the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates website.)

Chicago expects Nobel Peace Prize laureates to live up to the honor they have been given. (And Chicago is not afraid to tell a lapsed Nobel Peace Prize laureate to shape up.)

What message will the invited group of laureates bring when they come?

Some people believe that the Nobel Peace Prize laureates should decline the invitation to come to Chicago, to prevent the leaders of the City of Chicago from using them to legitimize the NATO summit. I disagree. I believe that it is precisely by coming to Chicago and speaking out against militarism that they can make the greatest contribution.

What message do you think the Nobel Peace Prize laureates should bring to Chicago?

Related posts

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Ireland, has declined the invitation to come to Chicago, saying "I cannot ... in good conscience, be part of a Partnership with the US State Government (NATO)."

(See Nobels in Chicago: Mairead Maguire Declines to Play Along )

NOW THEREFORE, by the power vested in me, and on account of the actions on the part of the recipient today described, as well as others, I hereby declare the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize award to Barack H. Obama officially revoked.

(See Obama Nobel Peace Prize - REVOKED! )

"In whom and in what should we be putting our faith?" If not in Manning -- and the Manning Principle -- then in whom, and in what?

(See The Path to Peace: Why Not the Manning Way?)

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October 26, 2014 - "Peace Prize Laureates Urge Disclosure on U.S. Torture" by Charlie Savage in The New York Times: "The joint letter was organized by two of the laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and former President José Ramos-Horta of East Timor . . . . Other laureates who signed the letter include Mohammad ElBaradei of Egypt, who was awarded the Peace Prize in 2005; Leymah Gbowee, Liberia, 2011; Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh, 2006; Óscar Arias Sanchez, Costa Rica, 1987; John Hume, Northern Ireland, 1998; F. W. de Klerk, South Africa, 1993; Jody Williams, United States, 1997; Bishop Carlos X. Belo, East Timor, 1996; Betty Williams, Northern Ireland, 1976; and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentina, 1980."