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

Evelyn Shilamba
Eve Duran
Richard Power
Kathleen Edwards
Elisa McLean
Dean Rivers
Joseph Jennings
Jay Tharappel
James Inkenbrandt
David Beere
Dianne Foster
Jeanne Thatcher
Jamie Dzamka
Angelica Munoz
Leigh Acfield
Marianne Lisenko
Silvana Pavlovska
loes beerendonk
Amanda Childs
Fernando Duque Jaramillo
Enrique Juan Box
Jeffrey Stahl
Linda McDonald
Anne DeGennaro
Wayne Baker
Corinna Fox
Sharon Rickner
Steven Rendon
Alan Van Duzer
Ange Power
832 signatures

Sign the petition here:

  • Evelyn Shilamba
    signed 2023-05-25 01:00:16 -0400
    Namibia is free today because of the solidarity support and sacrifices of Cuba and Russia not materialistic or classic reasons but for the love of peace. Let Love Lead.
  • Eve Duran
    signed 2023-05-25 00:06:57 -0400
  • Richard Power
    signed via 2023-05-24 22:40:38 -0400
    The world needs a US president who has the strength of character, moral sense, intelligence , educational wisdom and bravery to stand up to the US MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX which has run the country behind the facade of a succession of low quality venal presidents since JFK that its gamed elections turn out.
  • Kathleen Edwards
    signed via 2023-05-24 22:38:35 -0400
  • Elisa McLean
    signed 2023-05-24 22:28:02 -0400
  • Dean Rivers
    signed 2023-05-24 21:27:40 -0400
  • Joseph Jennings
    signed 2023-05-24 21:08:58 -0400
    “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!”
  • Jay Tharappel
    signed 2023-05-24 20:35:03 -0400
  • James Inkenbrandt
    signed 2023-05-24 20:23:41 -0400
  • David Beere
    signed 2023-05-24 20:10:02 -0400
  • Dianne Foster
    signed 2023-05-24 19:59:42 -0400
    We need another president who speaks to all countries, and doesn’t declare some as “enemies”. What a terrible situation we are in…. all completely unnecessary due to the neocons running the place. Also, I don’t have a cell phone.
  • Jeanne Thatcher
    signed 2023-05-24 19:59:06 -0400
    Economic competition is better than bombing and supplying bombs to others to win their cause.
  • Jamie Dzamka
    signed 2023-05-24 19:42:58 -0400
  • Angelica Munoz
    signed 2023-05-24 19:38:02 -0400
  • Leigh Acfield
    signed 2023-05-24 19:12:45 -0400
  • Marianne Lisenko
    signed 2023-05-24 19:00:44 -0400
  • Silvana Pavlovska
    signed 2023-05-24 18:57:42 -0400
  • loes beerendonk
    signed 2023-05-24 17:59:38 -0400
  • Amanda Childs
    signed 2023-05-24 17:55:29 -0400
  • Fernando Duque Jaramillo
    signed 2023-05-24 17:50:30 -0400
    El Mundo necesita la Paz propuesta por el Presidente Kennedy
  • Enrique Juan Box
    signed 2023-05-24 17:49:53 -0400
  • Jeffrey Stahl
    signed 2023-05-24 17:48:35 -0400
  • Linda McDonald
    signed 2023-05-24 17:42:55 -0400
  • Anne DeGennaro
    signed 2023-05-24 17:42:17 -0400
  • Wayne Baker
    signed 2023-05-24 17:30:00 -0400
  • Corinna Fox
    signed 2023-05-24 17:27:20 -0400
  • Sharon Rickner
    signed 2023-05-24 17:12:59 -0400
    We need accountability and Peace – NOT WAR.
  • Steven Rendon
    signed 2023-05-24 16:58:54 -0400
  • Alan Van Duzer
    signed 2023-05-24 16:55:48 -0400
  • Ange Power
    signed 2023-05-24 16:48:38 -0400