Hello GuacFunders!

Jackson Browne hits the road this week, and as promised, we are following him virtually, highlighting great organizations near each show, who are working to make a better world. We hope you’ll enjoy these missives, and like we are, be inspired by the amazing people out there making the world a better place in so many ways. It gives us hope, and hope is critical… read on, be inspired, and support if you can!

We’re with Jackson in Missouri this week, and are pleased to share these organizations in the area:

Veterans for Peace is headquartered St. Louis, Missouri, and has local chapters across the country.
Guacamole Fund has long supported VFP and their good work, whether it’s through benefit shows, granting charity tour funds or coordinating tabling for previous tours with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Veterans for Peace is working on many issues at a national level. One that is close to our heart is the Golden Rule Peace Boat Project – “We aim to advance VFP's opposition to nuclear weapons and war, and to do so in a very memorable and intriguing way. We have recovered and are restoring the original peace boat, the Golden Rule, that sailed in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and which inspired many peace makers and peace ships that followed. The restored Golden Rule will voyage once more, to show that a nuclear peace is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.”

For more info on Veterans for Peace, both nationally and regionally, please visit:

Our next stop in Missouri brings us to Mid-Missouri Peace Works.

”Mid-Missouri Peaceworks holds a vision of an ecologically sound, sustainable world and a violence-free community in which human equality and justice flourish. We aspire to create a participatory, cooperative social order in which all individuals can fully actualize their potential free of coercion or violence. Through public education, advocacy and fellowship, Peaceworks strives to serve as a vehicle for citizen empowerment. A primary premise upon which we pursue our mission is that citizens can, and should, be involved in policy decision making at all levels. We aim to achieve both a greater degree of democracy, and outcomes which move us incrementally toward our vision.”
More info at: www.midmopeaceworks.org

Mid-Missouri Peace Works and Veterans for Peace are working together on a project connecting issues around climate and militarism. The two organizations just co-sponsored a Peace gathering on Memorial Day. Below we’re re-printing a piece written last week by Mark Haim from Mid-Missouri Peace Works, exploring these connections.

We’ll be back to you next week, to highlight more non-profits along the tour!
Thanks so much for reading,
Tom, Paula, Diane and Jeffrey


From Mark Haim at www.midmopeaceworks.org:

“We, of course, oppose war and militarism because they are barbaric; they involve killing and maiming others, destroying life and both the built and natural environments, and they are very costly, with huge opportunity costs; that is there are much better things that could be done with the money spent.

But, in addition there are specific climate concerns that go with a highly militarized economy. These include:

• The military burns enormous amounts of petroleum fuels for planes, ships and other vehicles. Overall, the U.S. military is the world’s largest single consumer of fossil fuels.

• The extraction of materials, processing thereof, and fabricating the material of war, including weapons, vehicles, munitions and more, is also energy intensive and thus has an oversized carbon footprint.

• As we’ve seen in recent pictures from Ukraine, war entails destroying buildings, roads and other infrastructure that took significant energy to construct and will require the use of lots more energy to replace.

• Climate change, if not addressed promptly, is almost certain to lead to the dislocation of tens if not hundreds of millions of climate refugees, leaving inundated coastal communities, and regions experiencing severe drought and/or heat that will make regions of the planet uninhabitable. This will likely lead to conflict as some countries close their borders, as the availability of food is limited, etc. It would be much better to prevent these problems than to respond to them militarily later on.

• As mentioned above, war and militarism are very costly in the economic realm and the money being wasted on unnecessary military spending could be much better utilized by investing in addressing the real security threats we face. At the top of that list is dealing ASAP with the climate crisis.

What are the Root Connections?

Our participation in war and militarism goes hand in glove with our view of the environment as something to dominate, control and employ in pursuit of our own desires as opposed to sharing and caring for nature and other people. This is part of a top-down system that defines success as winning vis-à-vis others.

We are taught from childhood that we succeed by outdoing and controlling others. Our culture is atomistic and we are taught to prioritize winning, whether in sports, in the academic realm, in social hierarchies, and in terms of our careers, our status and possessions, etc. We are also taught that might makes right—both physical and, more importantly, economic and social power.

The system of hierarchy and control is evident in the garrison states humanity has created all around the planet, as well as in our addiction to burning ever larger amounts of fossil fuels without concern for the Earth or for the generations to come after us. We prioritize “me” and fail to care for “we;” a “we” that includes all beings and the fragile balance of life.

The time has come for us to get to the root of so many of the problems created by humanity and now threatening not just our well-being, but rather our very survival. We hope you, in the Green Team, will join us in working for a thoroughgoing transformation of our culture to one that’s co-operative, peaceful, just and sustainable.”
The Guacamole Fund
PO Box 9921
Truckee, CA 96162

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