The Community of Peace People Pledge (1976)

The Community of Peace People was a Northern Ireland peace movement. It was formed in 1976 by Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, following the deaths of Corrigan’s niece and nephews at the hands of an IRA driver. The group drafted the following declaration, which was read aloud at every one of its marches:

“We hav a simple message from this meeting, and from this movement for peace.

We want to live and love and build a just and peaceful society.

We want for our children, as we want for ourselves, our lives at home, at work and at play, to be lives of joy and peace.

We recognise that to build such a life demands of all of us dedication, hard work and courage.

We recognise that there are many problems in our society which are a source of conflict and violence.

We recognise that every bullet fired and every exploding bomb makes that work more difficult.

We reject the use of the bomb and the bullet and of all the techniques of violence.

We dedicate ourselves to working with our neighbours, near and far, day in and day out, to building that peaceful society in which the tragedies we have known are a bad memory and a continuing warning.”