When a group of Northern California members of Veterans For Peace learned the damaged ketch was nearby and might be salvageable, they leaped at the chance to raise the vessel from the depths and restore it to its former peacemaking glory. Later, many others joined them, including me. I assist with fundraising from my home in Ohio, and have journeyed to California, mostly to sand, paint, and help however I can.
The Golden Rule’s original crew richly deserves honoring. They stood firm for peace and nonviolence before it became fashionable. Two of them, Albert Bigelow and James Peck, were among the original 13 Freedom Riders in 1961. Racist mobs beat them badly for their trouble, but they won in the end with the desegregation of interstate buses.
The other crew members were equally noteworthy. One led United Nations development programs, and another became a founder of Peace Brigades International.
All of us on the crew restoring the Golden Rule are honored to carry on this legacy as best we can by bringing that noble little ketch back to life. While sponsored by Veterans For Peace, the Golden Rule Project brings together an eclectic mix of environmentalists, peace activists, and progressives. It’s open to anyone interested in working to complete the ship’s restoration and promote its mission.
Once we finish that task, the Golden Rule will again ride the waves as a living museum and floating classroom. It will educate future generations on the risks of nuclear technology, the importance of the ocean environment, and above all, the power of peace-making.
Arnold “Skip” Oliver (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a professor emeritus of political Science at Heidelberg University, in Tiffin, Ohio, an avid sailor, and member of Veterans For Peace and the Golden Rule Committee. This was distributed by OtherWords.org.