One mother's mission for peace

EMILY HOPKINS, Edmond North Published: May 1, 2010
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also made the moral decision to not fight in the occupation.

Miller got involved with Peace of the Action soon after army recruiters visited the school where she taught.

"They were coming for my students because they were primarily poor students of color,” she said. “And it just really stepped on my last nerve.”

Miller later quit her job and joined the organization full-time.

"When I first started activism for this war,” she said, “everybody was older than me. And now, everybody is younger than me. It's the youth in the movement that are the engine.”

The only mission Peace of the Action pursues is immediate withdrawal of all American troops from foreign occupations. Sheehan doesn't entertain compromise.

"Peace can only be created through not killing people,” she said. “The more innocent people that we kill, the more war and violence we create, not just in Iraq and Afghanistan but in our own streets. Violence, like Martin Luther King Jr. said, begets violence. Peace begets peace."

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