Not Just, Another War

Our government is now considering a major military action to overthrow the Iraqi government.

All of us long for a secure future. But war is not the way. War will:

  • cause suffering and death for ordinary Iraqis (mothers, fathers, children);
  • mean numerous U.S. soldiers returning home in body bags;
  • further ruin an already collapsing Iraqi civilian infrastructure;
  • spread violence and further destabilize the Middle East;
  • aggravate anti-American sentiment.
A more hopeful path toward a secure future includes commitments to:
  • thoroughly explore peaceful solutions;
  • cease making threats and begin building trust;
  • acknowledge positive and address negative behaviors, rather than labeling a whole nation as evil;
  • work cooperatively with other nations rather than acting alone;
  • value the well-being and safety of Iraqi citizens as highly as our own security.

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Every man, woman, and child deserves peace.

Questions or Comments?

Post Yard Signs

Madison Mennonite Church has run out of yard signs. However, alternate signs are available with the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice by
phone: (608)250-9240 or e-mail: Otherwise, wallpaper versions for your computer are available for download. To download a larger version of the sign, Right-click the link to the desired version and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As...".

War is not the path to peace.

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No war in my name.

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peace leads to security for everyone. war leads to terror for the world.

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Contact Your Area Representatives

To voice your own concerns around a possible war against Iraq, contact your area representatives. As a potential starting point, the ideas used in our advertisement were taken from a set of talking points provided by Mennolink.

Otherwise, additional suggestions for successful phone calls or letter writing may be found at: Hints for Effective Letter Writing, Phone Calls, Faxes, E-mail and Visits

In general, area senators and representatives may be reached using the following information.

Senator [Name]
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121

Representative [Name]
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121
To find your representative:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: Comment Line 202-456-1111, Switchboard 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-2461

Madison Area Representatives  

Senator Herb Kohl
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Russ Feingold
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Representative Tammy Baldwin
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Learn More About Iraq

Bill Thomson's Image Gallery (main image photographer)

Overview of Iraq

Legacy of the Gulf War

A Brief History of United Nations Sanctions Against Iraq

U.S.-Iraq Policy: Has the Die for War Been Cast?

Reflections on U.S. policy toward Iraq: Making space, saving face

A Guide for North American Christians Concerned about Iraq

Learn More About Peace Opportunities

Madison-Area Peace Coalition

Global Coalition for Peace

Mennonite Church USA Peace and Justice Committee


Why Do Mennonites Work For Peace?

Mennonites believe that peace is an essential part of the good news of Jesus. Most Mennonites get their primary ideas about peace from what Jesus said and how he lived

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God"
(Matthew 5:9).

"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
(Luke 6: 27.).

We see Jesus' message of peace in his teachings and also in the way he treated others, including those who put him on trial. Although he talked often of peace, Jesus was not passive. Indeed, his challenges to the religious and political leaders of his day led to his death. In raising Jesus from the dead, God showed for all time that love will triumph over evil and violence.

Mennonites try to show God’s love in their actions, working to eliminate war, violence, and injustice.

(Adapted from Third Way Café website.)

For more information about Mennonites and peace, see the following links:

Third Way Café

Mennonite Church USA

Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA

What can you do?

Organizational Sponsors

Madison Mennonite Church

Madison Area Peace Coalition

Community of Hope, UCC; Advent Lutheran Church, ELCA; and Madison Christian Community

Madison Quaker Meeting

Madison Vipassana, Inc.

Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society Social Action Committee

Board of Christian Outreach of Lake Edge United Church of Christ and over 50 individual members

Wisconsin Community Fund

Edgewood College Campus Ministry

Church Council of Plymouth Congregational United U.C.C.

Madison Benedictine Women

Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes

La Samaritaine Community

Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Society

Physicians for Social Responsibility - Madison

Dane County Religious Committee on Central America

Executive Committee of Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

Madison branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Individual Sponsors

Mike Boehm, Chair, My Lai Peace Park Project
Sr. Maureen McDonnell, O.P.
Director of Campus Ministry
Edgewood College
Pat and Mary Schumacher-Tiede
Julie and Abdullah Younes
Shirley and Edwin Beers
Judy Collison and Dan Tomaro
Lynn and Bill Whitford
Bonnie Block
Doleta Chapru
Randy Converse
Mary Lou Diehl
Rosemarie Lester
John Lewis
Frederick R. Trost
Mary Mullen
Margaret Sommers
Robert & Barbara Park
Andy and Mary Somers
Sue Burwell
Chuck Mitchell
Elaine Weidemann
Sally Weidemann
Judith Siers-Poisson and Jean-Marc Poisson
Helen and Cecil Findley
Frank and Dolores Emspak
George and Audrey Hinger
Lorry Bond
Midge Miller
Carolyn Gantner
Julie Satkamp and Edris Makward
Mary P. Collet
Susan Hoffenberg
Jean Christie
Jackson Tiffany
Nancy L. Davis
Matthew D. Davis
Jeremiah A. Cahill & Nancy T. Lynch
Mark Leach
Judith Detert-Moriarty
Paul Hastil and Camy Matthay
Reid, Martha, Matt, and Catherine Cooper
Susan K. Pastor
Karen R. Shevet Dinah
Dianne Greenley
Frank Paynter
Vicki Berenson & Shel Gross
Robin and John Greenler
Patti La Cross and Jim Penczykowski
Edward Feeny and Susan Grindrod
Emma Czarapata
Polly (Pauline) Molenaar
Michael and Ellen Carlson
The Rev’s Winton Boyd and Deborah Dean of ORUCC
Elizabeth Myers
David Myers
Lyn Laurion
Daniel Myers
Joyce Pohl
Deane Arny
Pamela Ole
Mary Ann Waterman
Bob Anderson
Richard and Doris Dubielzig
Jerry Folk
Lois Yatzeck