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

Patrick Littlejohn
Karen Hansen
Marian Black
Jim Morrell
Armon Ketchum
Fred Murray
Beccy Watson
Dana Banov
Omar Hamza
Anastasia Battle
Elizabeth Oakley
Nancy Henson
Johan Nordquist
Lew A (Lincoln) Welge
Steve Kaylor
Christoph Mohs
Natasha Allgood
Deborah Sonnenblick
Dahlia Hawezy
Abdul Salam Macud
Liz Guru
Roger Furer
Jolanda van Boekel
Jim Harwood
Terry Thiele
Louise van Blitterswijk Van Blitterswijk
Mohd Peter Davis
Jeff Mahn
Jeff Philbin
C. (Kees) le Pair
832 signatures

Sign the petition here:

  • Patrick Littlejohn
    signed 2023-05-23 13:22:27 -0400
  • Karen Hansen
    signed 2023-05-23 13:04:56 -0400
  • Marian Black
    signed 2023-05-23 12:54:07 -0400
  • Jim Morrell
    signed 2023-05-23 12:50:17 -0400
  • Armon Ketchum
    signed 2023-05-23 11:55:58 -0400
  • Fred Murray
    signed 2023-05-23 11:47:31 -0400
  • Beccy Watson
    signed 2023-05-23 11:13:30 -0400
  • Dana Banov
    signed 2023-05-23 10:58:39 -0400
  • Omar Hamza
    signed 2023-05-23 10:39:35 -0400
  • Anastasia Battle
    signed 2023-05-23 10:28:25 -0400
  • Elizabeth Oakley
    signed 2023-05-23 09:19:36 -0400
  • Nancy Henson
    signed 2023-05-23 09:16:33 -0400
  • Johan Nordquist
    signed 2023-05-23 07:29:17 -0400
    “Some men see things as they are and ask why, I dream of things that never were and ask why not”

    Robert Kennedy
  • Lew A (Lincoln) Welge
    signed 2023-05-23 07:16:12 -0400
    Add apartheid Israel & murderous Saudi Arabia as authoritarian CONfederates of the NATO-US-UK-EU imperialistically #nefariousNewWorldOrder. And #WeThePeople need a new United Front to firmly, yet nonviolently oppose these perpetually warring corporate & corrupt Orwellian oligarchs who CONtrol our governments. Ours is a nonpartisan, peaceful, and not infrequently “civilly disobedient” #RevolutionOfAwareness for #FreeingTruthAndReconciliation (ref. Bollyn.com, John 8:32, and #NelsonMandela, respectively). So, easily align with us by identifying as #CREATORS (Conspiracy Realist Educator Activist Truther Organizer Reader Socializer) #MovingForeward.


  • Steve Kaylor
    signed 2023-05-23 03:38:15 -0400
    It’s time to put away adolescent policies + actions – and arrange an Economic and Security Architecture for all nations!
  • Christoph Mohs
    signed 2023-05-23 03:19:58 -0400
  • Natasha Allgood
    signed 2023-05-22 20:08:03 -0400
  • Deborah Sonnenblick
    signed 2023-05-22 19:52:12 -0400
  • Dahlia Hawezy
    signed 2023-05-22 19:25:33 -0400
    We want genuine Peace ( like JFK said),and Peace is development. Let us stop having world wars for the benefit of a few (bankers and elites) and the destruction of the most (human population) for once and all! Because this time , there won’t be winners and losers , but the end of the all humanity from the nuclear war annihilation so everyone will be a loser!
  • Abdul Salam Macud
    signed 2023-05-22 17:50:58 -0400
  • Liz Guru
    signed 2023-05-22 17:14:08 -0400
    It is a pivotal moment in our time globally to take a stand against the Western political warmongers pushing their aggressive agendas against Russia and China and support those who are courageous enough to promote and stand up for a peaceful solution. God bless the Schiller Institute!!
  • Roger Furer
    signed 2023-05-22 17:05:25 -0400
  • Jolanda van Boekel
    signed 2023-05-22 16:00:06 -0400
  • Jim Harwood
    signed 2023-05-22 15:59:23 -0400
  • Terry Thiele
    signed 2023-05-22 15:58:22 -0400
  • Louise van Blitterswijk Van Blitterswijk
    signed 2023-05-22 15:56:22 -0400
  • Mohd Peter Davis
    signed 2023-05-22 15:52:15 -0400
  • Jeff Mahn
    signed 2023-05-22 15:46:18 -0400
  • Jeff Philbin
    signed 2023-05-22 15:44:49 -0400
  • C. (Kees) le Pair
    signed 2023-05-22 15:40:05 -0400