The Plowshares movement concists of people around the world working
nonviolently for disarmament. Founded in the USA in 1980, the movement came to
Sweden in the mid 80`s.
The military armaments is probably the greatest obstacle for justice in the
world. But what does "plowshare" have to do with that? A plowshare
is used for agriculture. When swords are turned into plowshares, life
threatening weapons are transformed into something useful, life affirming.
Justice and peace in the world becomes possible.
Although the name comes from the Hebrew scripture (Is 2:4), the Plowshares
movement is not specifically a religious movement. It includes people of
different faiths and philosophies. Actually, in most Plowshares groups the
members adhere to a range of different faiths or philosophies, such as
christian, atheist, new age, feminist, leftist etc.
A Plowshares action is a form of civil disobedience where ordinary people
symbolically, yet concretely, disarm weapons. The action is always done
peacefully and accountibly. The purpose is to call attention to the immorality
and danger of war preparations and to initiate a public dialogue to reach
agreements about disarmament.
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