F.L. Spiritual Progressives offer proposal for peace

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

To the Editor:

In April the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives committed “random acts of generosity” to spread the word about the NSP’s proposal for lasting peace and security: a New Global Marshall Plan.

The United States emerged from WW II 63 years ago, determined to help rebuild Europe and to sow seeds of peace and prosperity, even for those people whose governments had been our enemies.

The Marshall Plan was a great success, helping the continent recover and dramatically increasing the goodwill of the world toward the United States, generating increased U.S. influence for two generations. The Marshall Plan demonstrated the power of America’s political and financial generosity to make us more secure.

Today we face challenges at home and abroad that rival the problems of that time. We believe that lasting security for America will be best achieved through policies of generosity and caring toward the rest of the world. 

One way to achieve these goals is for the U.S. and other G-8 nations to dedicate 1to 2 percent of the GDP each year for the next 20 years toward eliminating domestic and global poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, inadequate health care, and repairing the environment of the planet.

A resolution supporting this idea was recently introduced in Congress (H. Res 1078.) 

More information about this idea is available at www.spiritualprogressives.org or you may join us at our monthly meeting May 8, 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Penn Yan.

Rebecca Holder