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There was an enormous grassroots groundswell behind Frank Kellogg. The Outlawry Movement swept the country and U.S. senators felt so much pressure to ratify the treaty that they all voted to ratify it with one exemption who did not think it strong enough. Women coming out of the suffragette movement had gathered millions of members to lobby congress, and they were joined by their counterparts across the Atlantic. The Kellogg-Briand Act was not the cause of WWII and proof that it failed--those who would profit from war were the cause of WWII and its failure (and still are--though today the U.S. calls its wars "humanitarian interventions,""operations," "police actions" "economic sanctions" or conducts them covertly).
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Thanks to Steve and Veterans for Peace for promoting this celebration for peace. Would that this statute could be honored today.
Yes, thank you Steve McKeown and Veterans for Peace for reviving consciousness of this treaty. Veterans for Peace is to be greatly admired for rejecting war and not glorifying it as so many do.
Thank you for covering passing of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact Day. I wish we had a Secretary of State that was like Kellogg. I hope more cities pass the “Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact Day” and who Kellogg was and what the Kellogg-Briand Pact is. I hope teachers will teach about this Pact. All Minnesotans should educate themselves of the out law of war. Every institute of faith should also educate their groups about the Kellogg Briand Pact and get their cities and towns to join St Paul and pass the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact Day and then maybe we can get cities in other states to do the same. When you read about the Pact you find out the incredible hard work it took to pass this international treat for Peace. I also hope our Senators and Representatives read this article and about the Pact.. maybe we can send the article to their offices.
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