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

Don Bush
bernie holland
Gretchen Small
Arthur Jay Berman
Mario Lopez
garrett jones
sherry berg
Herman Tiu (Mentong) Laurel
Janice Kortkamp
David Sawyer
Michael deAnguera
Joyce Hall
Calvin Sauveur
Aj Shep
Marc Gregory
Amber Smith
Dixie Searway
Stefano Di Mauro
Rosemary Ross
Lauren Danchak
Sebastián Debernardi
Joan Mastrobattista
brenda ruva
Petra Workman
D B Scherz
Jennifer Di Pasquale
Jack Stockwell
Marje Vallius
Coleen Rowley
Steven Starr
835 signatures

Sign the petition here:

  • Don Bush
    signed 2023-06-01 16:25:12 -0400
  • bernie holland
    signed 2023-06-01 16:19:56 -0400
    RFK for President
  • Gretchen Small
    signed 2023-06-01 16:04:46 -0400
  • Arthur Jay Berman
    signed 2023-06-01 15:07:46 -0400
    We need world peace through global unification.
  • Mario Lopez
    signed 2023-06-01 15:05:18 -0400
  • garrett jones
    signed 2023-06-01 14:31:41 -0400
  • sherry berg
    signed via 2023-06-01 13:47:00 -0400
  • Herman Tiu (Mentong) Laurel
    signed 2023-06-01 05:52:40 -0400
    I support wholehearted the Urgent Appeal by Citizens and Institutions from All Over the World to the (Next) President of the United States! and sh all promote teh appeal here in the Philippines and ASia.
  • Janice Kortkamp
    signed 2023-05-31 20:02:33 -0400
  • David Sawyer
    signed 2023-05-31 19:23:59 -0400
  • Michael deAnguera
    signed 2023-05-31 18:39:13 -0400
    Russia and China should be our partners in keeping the peace. No more NATO. We should get rid of all our nuclear weapons and have representatives froom Russia, China, Iran, and the DPRK witness it so they konw we can be trusted.
  • Joyce Hall
    signed 2023-05-31 17:20:35 -0400
  • Calvin Sauveur
    signed 2023-05-31 17:16:34 -0400
  • Aj Shep
    signed 2023-05-31 15:47:24 -0400
    Biden and cohorts including Victoria Nuland and Lindsey Graham are ensuring WWIII with Russia. Clearly, Russia is a formidable nuclear power with hypersonic and supersonic weapons. This path is very dangerous and the rhetoric coming from Biden, Nuland, Graham combined with the recent drone attack in Moscow is meant to further push war provocations with Russia. This while America physically drowns in hyperinflation and it’s productive capabilities in collapse. The U.S. controls the entirety of Ukraine, underwriting its government and military, spending $171 billion on Ukraine thus far, making it our 51st state.
  • Marc Gregory
    signed 2023-05-31 15:43:03 -0400
  • Amber Smith
    signed 2023-05-31 15:40:33 -0400
  • Dixie Searway
    signed 2023-05-31 14:27:46 -0400
  • Stefano Di Mauro
    signed 2023-05-31 13:44:44 -0400
  • Rosemary Ross
    signed via 2023-05-31 13:13:15 -0400
  • Lauren Danchak
    signed via 2023-05-31 11:57:59 -0400
  • Sebastián Debernardi
    signed 2023-05-31 11:57:08 -0400
  • Joan Mastrobattista
    signed 2023-05-31 11:49:31 -0400
  • brenda ruva
    signed via 2023-05-31 11:42:03 -0400
  • Petra Workman
    signed 2023-05-31 10:47:27 -0400
  • D B Scherz
    signed 2023-05-31 10:47:03 -0400
  • Jennifer Di Pasquale
    signed 2023-05-31 07:29:23 -0400
  • Jack Stockwell
    signed 2023-05-31 07:13:01 -0400
    Interviewed Lyndon Larouche on the morning of 9/11 during the attack on the World Trade Center when and where Mr. Larouche called the events of that tragic day to perfect accuracy.
  • Marje Vallius
    signed 2023-05-31 06:38:52 -0400
  • Coleen Rowley
    signed 2023-05-30 23:15:24 -0400
  • Steven Starr
    signed 2023-05-30 22:39:22 -0400
    The United States has been constantly at war throughout the 21st century — we must end these endless wars and stop spending trillions of dollars for weaponry. There so many unmet human needs here at home, which cannot be addressed as long as we remain a military-industrial=security state that that rewards corruption and criminalizes dissent.