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Mairead Corrigan-Maguire was awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her extraordinary actions to help end the deep ethnic/political conflict in her native Northern Ireland. She shares the award with Betty Williams.
Mairead was the aunt of the three Maguire children who died as a result of being hit by an Irish Republican Army getaway car after its driver was shot by a British soldier. Mairead responded to the violence facing her family and community by organizing, together with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, massive peace demonstrations appealing for an end to the bloodshed and a nonviolent solution to the conflict.
Together, the three co-founded the Peace People, a movement committed to building a just and peaceful society in Northern Ireland. They organized each week, for six months, peace rallies throughout Ireland and the UK. These were attended by many thousands of people - mostly women, and during this time there was a 70% decrease in the rate of violence. Mairead currently serves as Honorary President.
Since receiving the award, Mairead has dedicated her life to promoting peace, both in Northern Ireland and around the world. Working with community groups throughout Northern Ireland, political and church leaders, she has sought to promote dialogue, nonviolence and equality between deeply divided communities.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 25, 2014 Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus
Violence begets violence as we witness every day on our television screens, so the choice between violence and non-violence, is up to each one of us. However, if we do not teach non-violence in our education systems and in our religious institutions, how can we make that choice?
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 15, 2014 The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex
We need to teach the science of peace at every level of society. The whole of civilization is now facing a challenge with the growth of what President Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) warned the U.S. people against -- the military/industrial complex -- saying that it would destroy U.S. democracy.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 13, 2014 Say "No" to War and Media Propaganda
This decision by the United States/NATO to create a high readiness force with the alleged purpose of countering an alleged Russian threat reminds me of the war propaganda of lies, half-truths, insinuations and rumors to which we were all subjected in order to try to soften us all up for the Iraq war and subsequent horrific wars of terror which were carried out by NATO allied forces.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2013 In the Name of Love and Nonviolence, Let Us Strive to Heal Syria
We must not allow a war to go on for decades, as many did in regards to Ireland. We must have the foresight to stand up for peace, nonviolence and reconciliation now, before the suffering is entrenched and before prejudices and lies seep deeply into the consciousness of a new generation, acting as seeds for more yet more war.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 30, 2013 Bradley Manning should win the Nobel Peace Prize
Around the world, Manning is hailed as a peacemaker and a hero. His nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is a reflection of this. Yet at his home in America, Manning stands trial for charges of espionage and "aiding the enemy." The United States, the most militarized country on earth, should stand for something better than war. Its government must be open to "debates, discussions and reforms" concerning its foreign policy.
SHARE Sunday, May 26, 2013 The Only Way To Bring Peace to Syria
The entire population of 23 million people is under tremendous threat of continued infiltration by foreign terrorists. Many are still stunned by the horrors and suddenness of all this violence and worried their country will be attacked and divided by outside forces, and are all too aware that geopolitical forces are at work to destabilize Syria for political control, oil and resources.
(19 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 31, 2013 Stand Up for Julian Assange
Julian Assange has no idea how long his virtual imprisonment in the embassy will last -- six more months or six years. The diplomatic standoff continues. This is indeed cruel, inhumane and mental torture. His only crime was to tell the truth and bring transparency to the illegal acts of the U.S. Government and its allies around the world.
SHARE Sunday, December 16, 2012 When We Look at You, We Know Peace Is Possible
We want peace. We're tired of war. We're sick of militarism, war and killing. We don't want to stay on this road anymore. We want a new way. We want a way of friendship, of reconciliation, of working together, of feeding the poor, taking care of each other as a human family.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 16, 2012 Open Letter -- World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
I cannot in good conscience, be part of a partnership with the US 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Choose Peace - End the Siege of Gaza and Occupation of Palestine
On Saturday 5th June, 2010, 35 heavily armed Israeli Navy Seals commandeered our boat, MV Rachel Corrie, one of the Freedom Flotilla, in International waters (30 miles off the coast of Gaza). As they did so, we 19 humanitarian activists and crew, sat on the deck.