Urgent Appeal by Citizens and Institutions from All Over the World to the (Next) President of the United States!

May 17, 2023

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June 10, 2023 will be the 60th anniversary of the famous American University speech by JFK on what he himself called “the most important topic on earth: world peace.”

President Kennedy gave that speech less than a year after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, in the middle of the Cold War, but he was able to elevate his listeners to see above the geopolitical conflict and to look at the interest of humanity as a whole.

Today we are faced with a strategic situation far more dangerous than that at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. Offensive NATO weapon systems are much closer to the border of Russia than Cuba is to the United States. The destructive power of the NATO weapons is even greater, the warning time before their launch shorter, and the trust between the leaders of the big nuclear powers is virtually non-existent, compared to that between Kennedy and  Khrushchev. The doomsday clock has been set by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at 90 seconds before midnight, and that may be overly optimistic.

The world is in danger of splitting into two blocs, a NATO-U.S.-UK-EU bloc, and a Russia-China- “Global South” bloc. This represents the acute danger of a new world war, which would be nuclear, and would therefore mean the annihilation of the human species. Since Russia and the U.S. presently have 90% of all nuclear weapons directed against each other, which weapons could destroy the world many times over, it is an urgent matter of concern for every human being on earth that we find a way out. The solution must be on a plane that overcomes geopolitics and takes the perspective of the interest of the one humanity.

We, the undersigned, therefore express our hope, that the (next) President of the United States finds the greatness in herself or himself to adopt the viewpoint which was expressed by JFK in his historic speech. 

President Kennedy said on June 10, 1963:

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children—not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women—not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

Many may think that it is impossible today for an American President to make such a speech. And indeed, Russian President Putin is today portrayed as more evil than Khrushchev was at the time, and China is also painted as a great threat. But President Kennedy nevertheless praised the Russians, and lauded their great contributions in science, industry and culture. He praised their courage in defeating Hitler in World War II, in which cause, they sacrificed more than 26 million lives. The world needs an American president who can see the best tradition in every nation, including Russia and China, as the basis for mutual trust and the basis for peace.

We the undersigned want America to be again the America expressed in that beautiful speech of JFK. We want the United States to be again a beacon of hope and a temple of liberty. We believe that this is the basis for “peace for all time,” as JFK said.

Initiating signer

Helga Zepp-LaRouche (Germany), founder Schiller Institute

Who's signing

françois Lépine
Patrick M Lonergan
Carl Osgood
Behon LaPrairie
Peter Chew
Opira Allan
Johnny Shrieves
Ishmael Phali
Jane Bloomer
Reginald Landry
Avrio Taylor
Andrew Olson
James Stamps
Pernille Grumme
Bill Anderson
thomas corlett
Magnus Wennerlund
Mona Ellinor Larsen
ziba norman
Armel Deslandes
Jean Ross
Bob Cushing
Harry J Bury
Carlos Herrera
Judith Hobbs
Sally Jones
Kendra Ortega
Katherine Notley
Timothy Williamson
Josiah Preston
832 signatures

Sign the petition here:

  • françois Lépine
    signed 2023-06-06 14:06:02 -0400
  • Patrick M Lonergan
    signed 2023-06-06 11:53:37 -0400
  • Carl Osgood
    signed 2023-06-06 11:44:22 -0400
  • Behon LaPrairie
    signed via 2023-06-06 10:20:17 -0400
  • Peter Chew
    signed 2023-06-06 09:25:35 -0400
  • Opira Allan
    signed 2023-06-06 03:59:13 -0400
  • Johnny Shrieves
    signed 2023-06-05 23:19:51 -0400
  • Ishmael Phali
    signed 2023-06-05 20:36:03 -0400
  • Jane Bloomer
    signed 2023-06-05 19:37:20 -0400
  • Reginald Landry
    signed 2023-06-05 17:35:34 -0400
  • Avrio Taylor
    signed 2023-06-05 15:59:10 -0400
  • Andrew Olson
    signed 2023-06-05 15:02:32 -0400
  • James Stamps
    signed 2023-06-05 15:01:53 -0400
  • Pernille Grumme
    signed 2023-06-05 14:54:29 -0400
  • Bill Anderson
    signed 2023-06-05 14:10:53 -0400
  • thomas corlett
    signed 2023-06-05 09:45:26 -0400
  • Magnus Wennerlund
    signed 2023-06-05 07:33:17 -0400
  • Mona Ellinor Larsen
    signed 2023-06-05 06:59:37 -0400
  • ziba norman
    signed via 2023-06-05 05:07:47 -0400
  • Armel Deslandes
    signed 2023-06-05 04:21:54 -0400
  • Jean Ross
    signed via 2023-06-04 21:37:44 -0400
  • Bob Cushing
    signed via 2023-06-04 21:32:53 -0400
    Kennedy’s aspirations are still alive in us!
  • Harry J Bury
    signed 2023-06-04 21:07:46 -0400
    I believe to end wars we need to do all we can to meet the needs of those afraid of the USA.
  • Carlos Herrera
    signed 2023-06-04 12:51:43 -0400
    Thank you for your honest and sincere work.
  • Judith Hobbs
    signed 2023-06-04 11:13:27 -0400
    We need God’s help.
  • Sally Jones
    signed 2023-06-04 11:06:31 -0400
    America was meant to be a beacon of hope, not a weapon of enforced politics.
  • Kendra Ortega
    signed 2023-06-04 10:54:01 -0400
  • Katherine Notley
    signed 2023-06-04 06:28:26 -0400
    This petition couldn’t be more important to support the peace initiatives of China, Brazil, the Vatican and any others, by the people of the world: We, the world citizens.
  • Timothy Williamson
    signed 2023-06-03 22:24:22 -0400
  • Josiah Preston
    signed 2023-06-03 22:04:46 -0400