[act-ma] [UJP Activist] Reportback from Iranian Civilian Diplomacy Initiative

United for Justice with Peace ujpcoalition at gmail.com
Tue Nov 23 03:19:27 PST 2010

UJP Activist: Reportback from Iranian Civilian Diplomacy Initiative


When: Tuesday, November 30, 7pm
Where: Boston University, room tba

John Schuchardt, co-director of the House of Peace in Ipswich, will report back
on his recent fact-finding and friendship mission to Iran.  

Schuchardt was part of a 10 member peace delegation organized by the Fellowship
of Reconciliation (FOR), the oldest and largest interfaith peace organization in
the United States.

The delegation learned first-hand about the lives of ordinary Iranians, even as
international tensions continue to rise amidst new trade prohibitions
(sanctions) and increased U.S./NATO/Israeli military preparations for a possible

The civilian diplomats were scheduled to visit cultural and historic centers in 
Tehran (the capital), Qom (the world center of Shi’a theology), Isfahan (the
legendary capital of medieval Persia), and Shiraz (a jewel of classical Islamic

The House of Peace, founded in 1990, has welcomed and cared for victims of war
from many countries, most recently war-injured children from Iraq, who have
received medical treatment at Childrens’, Shriners’, and Mass General
Hospitals.    John Schuchardt, an attorney and former marine officer,  is an
active member of Veterans for Peace and the North Shore Coalition for Peace and
Justice,  and has been on peace missions to Viet Nam, Nicaragua, Israel, 
Palestine, Yugoslavia, and Iraq, and, together with his wife Carrie, offered a 9
day fast of repentance in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2005.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Iranian Civilian Diplomacy Initiative goals
are: 1) connect peace constituencies in the U.S. and Iran; 2) broaden mutual
understanding; 3) mobilize advocacy for peaceful, proactive alternatives to
confrontational policies by both Iran and the United States.

Schuchardt said on his departure, “I am going to Iran because of the alarming
recent announcement of $60 billion weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and a further
$63 billion in weapons sales to the Gulf states; these are urgent warning signs
of another U.S. ‘preemptive war’.  Any attack upon Iran is illegal under our
Constitution and would threaten escalation to nuclear catastrophe.”

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