December 1990 JOHN ROGERS OF BURLINGTON, VERMONT, TO JOIN GULF PEACE
TEAM AS HUMAN BUFFER AGAINST POTENTIAL WARRING FORCES
BURLINGTON, Dec., 19-John Rogers (46), a carpenter by profession, will depart shortly from Burlington with the blessing of the local Quakers, a World Passport in his pocket and the badge of the sovereign Order of World Guards pinned to his jacket, to join the "Gulf Peace Team," an "international multi-cultural team working for peace and opposing any form of armed aggression," according to its "constitution" (See attached statement).
Organized by British and Scandinavian peace activists, the advance party of the Gulf Peace Team, which left for Baghdad on November 16, has succeeded in obtaining permission of the Iraqi authorities to set up an international peace camp at the Iraq-Saudi border.
The "common platform" states in part that "We aim to have peace camps on both sides of the frontier in the war zone and have accordingly made representations to the Saudi, Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities."
Rogers, besides having the moral and financial endorsement of the Burlington Quakers, has recently joined the rapidly-growing world citizen constituency organized by the World Government of World Citizens, founded in 1953 by Garry Davis, and signed on as a World Guard, the non-violent alternative to national military service founded in 1956 in India with the spiritual sanction of Guru Nataraja, founder/head of the Gurukula Movement (See Roger's statement appended).
The Gulf Peace Team is "an entirely independent body of individuals sponsored by no organization and looking for support from any source provided no political strings are attached," according to its "constitution."