About Peggy Hanna

Peggy Hanna, a Chicago native, became active politically after moving to Ohio in 1965. She was the co-chair of Springfield People for Peace and elected a McGovern delegate to the 1972 Democrat National Convention.

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Links and Quotes

Links and Quotes

Favorite Links and Quotes – See below!




Beetlebopper by Peggy and illustrated by her sister, Loretta Jacobson. Beetlebopper is rainbow-colored, but the other bugs are black or brown. They are big and scary, which is just what Beetlebopper wants to be. But, while trying to be like the other bugs, he finds out that he is wonderful in his own way.Beetlebopper ($7.95 plus shipping) can be ordered through Sprite Press at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or get autographed copies directly from Peggy as shown on the Home page.


Some Favorite Quotes:

Last week (January 2011) we saw a white Catholic male Republican judge murdered on his way to greet a Democratic female Jewish member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year-old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean American combat surgeon, and this all was eulogized by our African American President. ~ Mark Shields, PBS

I wanted to go out and change the world but I couldn’t find a babysitter.
Author Unknown

Speak Your Mind Even if Your Voice Shakes! — Author Unknown

Patriotism: Supporting your country all the time, and the government when it deserves it. Mark Twain

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment.  We can start slowly changing the world.  How lovely that everyone great and small can make a contribution. – Anne Frank


Introduction of Common Sense by Thomas Paine:
Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.



Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century and

The End of War:  How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet and Our Future

by Paul K Chappell

An American Ordeal, The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era
by Charles DeBenedetti and Charles Chatfield

A People’s History of the United States
by Howard Zinn

War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand?
by Joseph Fahey


Something I wanted to put in the book but couldn’t find an appropriate place for it – the following ran as the lead editorial of the Springfield Daily News, Loren G. Schultz, Editor, on Friday, March 13, 1970. I think it has stood the test of time.

An Open Mind

“I say ‘work to keep an open mind’ because it takes conscious, constant striving to be open-minded. The person with a closed mind sees and hears what he wants to… only that which substantiates what he already believes to be true. Too often he stumbles on the barriers of his own prejudice, thereby losing sight of the real issue and blinding him to the truth. His mind must be open to what’s best for ALL the people of America.”
The writer of these words? No politician, this one; no high governmental official or university professor. But a good, understanding, intelligent American.
The writer? Mrs. Peggy Hanna, who won first place for her essay in the Springfield Jaycees’ patriotic essay contest on “What It Takes To Be a Good American Today.”
“It takes more than warm patriotic feelings and flag waving to be a good American,” Mrs. Hanna wrote. “Today especially, in this time of dissent, demonstrations and extremes, a citizen must work to keep an open mind before coming to any conclusion.”
Then Mrs. Hanna wrote of responsibilities Americans have to the Bill of Rights and said, “No one has the right to wave his flag and yet turn away from his responsibility in problems such as segregation and poverty. It takes courage and honesty to admit to our country’s failing. This is not to deny one’s love for his country but, on the contrary, comes from a genuine concern for its present and future welfare. At the same time the citizen must act in a positive way to correct these wrongs. America is a great country because it listens to its citizens. And the good American today speaks out.”
Mrs. Hanna didn’t say it, but we do have segregation today because of the prejudiced with their closed minds, we do have demonstrations and riots because of bigots, we do have poverty and suffering because there are those who don’t care.
We do have people who work against fair housing because they do not have an open mind, we do have people who work against fluoridation because they do not have an open mind. And there are the extremists, both to the left and to the right, who do not have open minds.
“The person with a closed mind,” Mrs. Hanna wrote, “sees and hears what he wants to… only that which substantiates what he already believes to be true.”
Amen. – Iraq Veterans against the War (IVAW) was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 at the annual convention of Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Boston to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent. -There is currently a bill before Congress to establish a federal department to reduce and prevent violence in the United States and abroad. This department will increase our ability to strategically develop and apply practical, cost-effective and proven means of resolving conflict before it erupts into violence. It is called the Department of Peace.The legislation will pass from bill to law under one condition: that a wave of citizen interest rise up from the American people and make itself heard in the halls of congress. – Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985 and made up of men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary. – Seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public issues by featuring the ideas, opinions and analyses too often overlooked by main stream media. – Bringing ordinary people back into politics; catalyst for new kind of grassroots involvement. – American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and non-violence. – Promotes progressive visions for America’s future, using the internet as a political organizing tool. –  Provides an artistic forum for exploring issues of peace and violence in a tolerant, non-commercial environment. – Educational programs and exhibits that are non-partisan and feature themes of nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice issues, international relations and peace. – The Peace News you won’t see or hear about on mainstream media.

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Amnesty International 

International Peace Bureau

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors/ The Objector

Children for Peace

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Department of Peace

Equal Exchange and Fair Trade

Every Church a Church of Peace

Fellowship of Reconciliation

National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors

Global Citizens

Global Exchange


Heifer Project International

International Fellowship of Reconciliation

International Network of Museums for Peace

Friends Committee on National LegislationCelebrating Peace 

Friendship ForceCenter for Peace EducationCenter on Conscience and War

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund

Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Oxfam International

Pax Christi USA

Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite

Peace Brigades International

Peaceful Societies

Quaker Peace Centre

“The Tookie Protocol for Peace; A Local Street Peace Initiative” by Stanley “Tookie” Williams

Traprock Peace Center

UNESCO-Culture of Peace

United States Institute of Peace

Waging Peace

War Resisters League

War Resisters International