An Open Letter to the President

Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP

Catherine Arnold, OP
Dominican Sisters of Peace: Sisters and Associates in Mission
1314 W Market St
Akron, OH  44313

September 20, 2017

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

Would you like to be known as the US President who accomplishes for our country and for the world what has never been accomplished?  As the President who helps facilitate peace with  the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after more than a half century of hostility?

If so, do what you can to peacefully resolve the current situation with North Korea without the use of violence.  The current Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary on the Vietnam War gives us all the evidence we need to do all we can to prevent further loss of life and destruction of Earth in every part of the world.  No Republican, no Democrat, or Independent, no one from South Korea, Japan, Guam, North Korea, China, or the United States wants to see their sons or daughters, wives or husbands, brothers or sisters killed in a battle with North Korea.  Think of the gift you would give the world.

1)   Please consider inviting to Washington all the best thinkers on active nonviolent social change, along with our military leaders, plus experts and persons from North Korea and Asian cultures, and ask them to create a variety of strategies that lead to peaceful resolutions in which no one loses face.  Often non-violent social change is accomplished by the oppressed standing firmly against the oppressor.  In this case, the leaders and people of North Korea might think of themselves as the oppressed.  Whether they or we are the oppressed, we would all benefit greatly from a nonviolent resolution.  Nonviolence has been shown to bring about the longest lasting resolutions to conflict and in establishing working democracies.  Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan.

2)   Consider inviting every university or college that has majors in the study of peace and nonviolent social change to engage this dilemma in their classes and in think tanks. Have them submit their ideas to the task force.  Have a contest!

3)   In addition, what contributions could the business world bring to this discussion?  Not the business world of creating more weapons, likely leading to more violence, but the business world of creating opportunities for meaningful employment and an improved quality of life for people in North Korea and around the world.

As a country, we developed nuclear weapons and put a man on the moon. If our best minds can accomplish such tasks, let us put our best minds together to resolve peacefully a win-win for the US, North Korea, the Earth, and all peoples of the world.  Let us create viable and long lasting strategies without using weapons of any kind, especially nuclear weapons.  I encourage you to see what creative possible ideas will arise, and put them into action.

With successful use of non-violent strategies, you could be remembered in history as an innovative President in whom people could be grateful and proud.


Sister Catherine Arnold, OP

Posted in God Calling?

14 responses to “An Open Letter to the President

  1. We are Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace, a community of peace. War is not the answer! , Cathy thank you for being our voice. Am praying your letter finds it’s way to the President’s desk and he reads it!

  2. Cathy,
    “Kudos” and congratulations for your powerful blog in the “Open Letter to President Trump”. Hopefully this is not just an internal OP Peace paper. Creative, Challenging, inclusive, collaborating, Dominican. Please send this to major news outlets in the USA. This is too good to hide under a basket.

  3. Well done, Sister Catherine. I pray a peaceful resolution to the North Korean situation can indeed be found, but many years of attempting to work with their leadership, both by the US and by other nations, has seemed to fall on deaf ears. Could it be the North Korean leadership is using hatred of the West to unite their poor and hungry people against a common enemy, just as Hitler did with the Jews?
    If so, I doubt a peaceful solution can be attained, but you’re so right in wanting such a solution, of course.

  4. Wonderful, Cathy.Thank you for taking the time to think nationally, globally, and practically with your suggestions. I hope you send the letter. Sign me on.

  5. Kathy,
    Our students are in the midst of political cartoons. I’m trying to put your message which is so insightful into a political cartoon. Do you have any suggestions and could I have permission to suggest your ideas? I am trying to help assist a 7th grade refugee girl with this assignment.
    Thank you for writing and sharing.

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