1 February 2003
Dear Kristen and Ujeni folks,
This form message in the 1950's was apparently quite effective with
It is certainly a good idea.
But I have been in touch with one of the peace activists locally who has
reported legal hassles for the senders of these packages when some of
the rice manifests itself as a white powder. Apparently the post
office, police and federal agents treat the stuff as possible major
contaminants, test for anthrax, etc, and generally have or cause
So a letter might be just as effective and don't forget to send a letter
to your senators and representatives as well.
This particular form of protest has as its biblical foundation the
following: "If your enemies are hungry, feed them." (Romans 12:20)
I suggested a possible update on the concept below:
"'Our president has a faith based office and has expressed support of
several faith based ideas. At least this appears to be case. Perhaps
a love your enemies
do good to them that hate you campaign would be
more appropriate in this day and age, than the 1950s feed thine enemy
Reference: Matthew 5:43-45
"'43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do
good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use
you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for
he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain
on the just and on the unjust.' (Jesus)
So sending a letter to the president or senator or representative with a
message with the admonition to love and do good to the people of Iraq
and maybe a symbolic gift of good to forward to them would be better."
Good luck with whatever form of peace activism you may choose,
From: Kristen E Cheney [mailto:kcheney@...
Sent: Saturday, 01 February, 2003 14:51
Subject: [ujeni] Whatever works...
>Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 17:16:32 -0800
>From: Kathryn Nance <wingsofwellbeing@...>
>To: Kristen Cheney <kcheney@...>
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>There is a Boulder Colorado Mennonite Church that is organizing a mail
>protest to President Bush. It is important that as many people
>possible and that they do this immediately. If you have a moment and
>participate, here are the simple directions.
>Put half a cup of rice in a small plastic bag. Squeeze out the air as
>sealing it. Put it in a standard business envelope or small padded
>(both cost the same to mail) with a note attached that says,
>"'If your enemies are hungry, feed them.' (Romans 12:20)
>Please send this rice to the people of Iraq. Do not attack them."
>Mail it to:
>President George Bush
>1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
>Washington DC 20500
>You'll need $1.06 in postage (three thirty-seven cent stamps will do)
>In order for this protest to be effective, there must be hundreds of
>thousands of such rice deliveries to the White House. We can do this
>all forward this message to our friends and family. If every household
>one of these, and the tens of thousands of of our family and friends
>think war is a mistake also sent them...we are hundreds of thousands of
>There is a positive history of this protest! Read on!
>"In the mid 1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning
>famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a "Feed Thine Enemy" campaign.
>Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice to the
>House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him."
>as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject
>The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly;
>rice was ever sent to China.
>"What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the
>played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing
>war. Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the
>Chiefs of Staff to consider US options in the conflict with China over
>islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice recommended the use of
>weapons. President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked
>many little bags of rice had come in. When told they numbered in the
>thousands, Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many
>were expressing active interest in having the US feed the Chinese, he
>certainly wasn't going to consider using nuclear weapons against them."
>From: People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory ,by David H. Albert, p.
>New Society, 1985.
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University of California at Santa Cruz
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