Give Peace A Chance

The fate of the Chicago Peace Museum is in question. The museum, which presents peaceful solutions to social issues through exhibitions and community involvement, is on the verge of permanently closing its doors because of a lack of funding.

For 20 years, U2 have been associated with the Peace Museum. In May 1983, the band visited the museum and viewed an exhibition on the Hiroshima bombing titled “Unforgettable Fire,” which inspired the name of the band’s 1984 album. When asked why the band chose to name the album after the exhibition, Bono responded, “People should use art to get something out of themselves. It [the exhibition] stuck on me and it stuck in my memory. And when I was writing the words for the ‘Unforgettable Fire,’ it just came back.”

Through the years, the band have donated several items to the museum’s permanent collection, including handwritten lyrics to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day.” They also loaned the white flags stage backdrop from their War tour for another Peace Museum exhibition titled “Give Peace A Chance.”

Since the band’s initial visit to the museum, Bono has commented on the museum at nearly every U2 performance in Chicago. During the first leg of the Elevation tour, Bono even dedicated one of their Chicago performances to the Peace Museum, saying “Lest we forget, lest we forget…”

The museum has left a lasting impression on the band and many U2 fans who have visited it. Those who wish to pledge their support to the museum should visit its web site or phone 773-638-6450.

58 thoughts on “Give Peace A Chance

  1. if bono really cares about this place maybe he’ll buy “it” instead of that 12 million dollar “apartment” down the stree from his other “12 million dollar apartment.

    i’ll put my money into the needy in my area thank you.

    as a side note… what peace of shite website for a museum too.

  2. if bono really cares about this place maybe he’ll buy “it” instead of that 12 million dollar “apartment” down the stree from his other “12 million dollar apartment.

    i’ll put my money into the needy in my area thank you.

    as a side note… what peace of shite website for a museum too.

  3. Bono spend his money on anything other than himself? I doubt it. This guy is the biggest hypocrite around. He is always asking people to give money to this cause and that cause and at the same time I keep reading about him buying expensive apartments, night clubs, and hotels. Why do people respect this guy? He charges the highest ticket prices in the world yet says he cares about the fans. NOT!! He is a hypocrite.
    By the way, I am still waiting for his apology to George Bush for his constant negative comments on the war being wrong. Of course, you don’t see this jerk showing his face now and denouncing the war because it is evident that the Iraqi people wanted liberation and Bono would have to say he was against it.

  4. Bono spend his money on anything other than himself? I doubt it. This guy is the biggest hypocrite around. He is always asking people to give money to this cause and that cause and at the same time I keep reading about him buying expensive apartments, night clubs, and hotels. Why do people respect this guy? He charges the highest ticket prices in the world yet says he cares about the fans. NOT!! He is a hypocrite.
    By the way, I am still waiting for his apology to George Bush for his constant negative comments on the war being wrong. Of course, you don’t see this jerk showing his face now and denouncing the war because it is evident that the Iraqi people wanted liberation and Bono would have to say he was against it.

  5. Yes, that Bono, he’s such a hypocrite for having money and enjoying it and not hiding it from all of us poor sods. Really, he should be publically flogged, that unamerican bastard. How dare he have another opinion than the president of U.S. of unfallible A.?

  6. Yes, that Bono, he’s such a hypocrite for having money and enjoying it and not hiding it from all of us poor sods. Really, he should be publically flogged, that unamerican bastard. How dare he have another opinion than the president of U.S. of unfallible A.?

  7. the man gives his time to those causes…which to him is worth a lot more than money. and just because he’s a good businessman and is investing his money in real estate doesn’t make him a hypocrite. in addition, the result of war has nothing to do with the causes for war. the US has the power to topple many abusive leaders and governments around the world but that doesn’t mean it should. a good result does not always mean noble causes. bono’s main argument was that the country’s resources should be used to fight a war where the threat and enemy are real, not a speculation. i’m not saying that i’m for or against the war, but i’m saying that bono’s stance on the issue was a valid one.

  8. the man gives his time to those causes…which to him is worth a lot more than money. and just because he’s a good businessman and is investing his money in real estate doesn’t make him a hypocrite. in addition, the result of war has nothing to do with the causes for war. the US has the power to topple many abusive leaders and governments around the world but that doesn’t mean it should. a good result does not always mean noble causes. bono’s main argument was that the country’s resources should be used to fight a war where the threat and enemy are real, not a speculation. i’m not saying that i’m for or against the war, but i’m saying that bono’s stance on the issue was a valid one.

  9. Sometimes the ignorance of people still amazes me. What Kelly, you don’t believe in peace? I’m sure you’ve spent your life under the umbrella of a safe home and have no clue what true violence is.
    And you have no clue how much money Bono gives to charities who are you to judge anyone. The only hypocrite I see is yourself. You type as if you’re human, you understand english so I assume you are human, yet you have no respect for humanity. How can you even say good riddance to a peace museum?

  10. Sometimes the ignorance of people still amazes me. What Kelly, you don’t believe in peace? I’m sure you’ve spent your life under the umbrella of a safe home and have no clue what true violence is.
    And you have no clue how much money Bono gives to charities who are you to judge anyone. The only hypocrite I see is yourself. You type as if you’re human, you understand english so I assume you are human, yet you have no respect for humanity. How can you even say good riddance to a peace museum?

  11. VonB, I’m glad you replied to Kelly with what you did. It saved me having to make a reply calling her an ignorant b*tch, which might have gotten me banned from here, and I really like it here. Yet, I wouldn’t have been able to help myself. But you got the job done.

  12. VonB, I’m glad you replied to Kelly with what you did. It saved me having to make a reply calling her an ignorant b*tch, which might have gotten me banned from here, and I really like it here. Yet, I wouldn’t have been able to help myself. But you got the job done.

  13. Ha Ha Ha!!! I knew my post would get a rise out of you! God forbid anyone point out something bad about your precious god Bono. He can denounce anyone he wants but if anyone says something not flattering about him they are ignorant. You are all sheep! Bono donates his time by flying around the world and having dinner with the most powerful people in the world, getting exposure for U2 by going on TV, having parties, and getting awards by leftwing groups. What terrible sacrifices this guy makes?

  14. Ha Ha Ha!!! I knew my post would get a rise out of you! God forbid anyone point out something bad about your precious god Bono. He can denounce anyone he wants but if anyone says something not flattering about him they are ignorant. You are all sheep! Bono donates his time by flying around the world and having dinner with the most powerful people in the world, getting exposure for U2 by going on TV, having parties, and getting awards by leftwing groups. What terrible sacrifices this guy makes?

  15. I am reading this site because I am a big U2 fan like you! However, just because Bono makes great music it does not mean I have to follow his rhetoric like a bunch of sheep. I am amazed how much adulation Bono gets for doing very little relative to others in this world. His sacrifices are minimal compared to others and in fact he even benefits from causes he supports because it gives publicity to his band.

  16. I am reading this site because I am a big U2 fan like you! However, just because Bono makes great music it does not mean I have to follow his rhetoric like a bunch of sheep. I am amazed how much adulation Bono gets for doing very little relative to others in this world. His sacrifices are minimal compared to others and in fact he even benefits from causes he supports because it gives publicity to his band.

  17. kelly – isn’t it possible that Bono makes more donations then are known? i mean, maybe he doesn’t announce it every time he gives money to charities and such. You aren’t Bono, you can’t possibly know every cent he gives, or doesn’t give so don’t pretend to. I don’t “worship” Bono but i don’t try to undermine his actions and accuse him of being a hypocrite. he’s done a lot for many causes by just promoting them.

  18. kelly – isn’t it possible that Bono makes more donations then are known? i mean, maybe he doesn’t announce it every time he gives money to charities and such. You aren’t Bono, you can’t possibly know every cent he gives, or doesn’t give so don’t pretend to. I don’t “worship” Bono but i don’t try to undermine his actions and accuse him of being a hypocrite. he’s done a lot for many causes by just promoting them.

  19. I don’t see anything wrong with Bono getting a little PR for U2 on the backside of his charity work. Many of the charities Bono champions would never recieve the high level of PR without Bono (or any other celebrity) speaking on their behalf. Fact is Bono is a powerful figurehead on a global level and charities need celebrites like him to bring these issues into your average home. Lastly, I don’t ever recall Bono sayng “I’m Bono from U2 support charity XYZ and don’t forget to buy U2 albums and concert tickets”

  20. I don’t see anything wrong with Bono getting a little PR for U2 on the backside of his charity work. Many of the charities Bono champions would never recieve the high level of PR without Bono (or any other celebrity) speaking on their behalf. Fact is Bono is a powerful figurehead on a global level and charities need celebrites like him to bring these issues into your average home. Lastly, I don’t ever recall Bono sayng “I’m Bono from U2 support charity XYZ and don’t forget to buy U2 albums and concert tickets”

  21. Luv, you may very well be right, but I doubt it. I am sure one of the hundreds of articles that praise Bono would have mentioned he gives a significant portion of his income
    to charity if it was true. For instance, it can easily be found what Bill Gates
    does and what Harry Chapin did. I believe you just want to believe that he donates all this money. I have not seen a single shred of evidence. Tell me, why does he not tell people the percentage of his income he donates to charity? If he was donated a significant amount he would be exploit it and use it to promote his causes by asking other wealthy people to do the same. But he does not because probably he does very little.

  22. Luv, you may very well be right, but I doubt it. I am sure one of the hundreds of articles that praise Bono would have mentioned he gives a significant portion of his income
    to charity if it was true. For instance, it can easily be found what Bill Gates
    does and what Harry Chapin did. I believe you just want to believe that he donates all this money. I have not seen a single shred of evidence. Tell me, why does he not tell people the percentage of his income he donates to charity? If he was donated a significant amount he would be exploit it and use it to promote his causes by asking other wealthy people to do the same. But he does not because probably he does very little.

  23. Absolutely no one benefits from 1000s of Africans dying every day. ~shakes head~ I’m beyond words of how selfish that statement is.

  24. Absolutely no one benefits from 1000s of Africans dying every day. ~shakes head~ I’m beyond words of how selfish that statement is.

  25. I knew I remembered this from a while ago from the financial times: http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3BH5XW7XC&live=true&tagid=IXLT95DZ1BC
    To give some perspective to your comment comparing Bill Gates and Bono…Gates is able to make Bono’s yearly salary in about a day. I think Bill might have a little more to work with in terms of monetary donations. As much as we look up to Bono, he doesn’t make THAT much money when compared to CEO’s and entire businesses who have to pay taxes on all of their profit, so they donate.

  26. I knew I remembered this from a while ago from the financial times: http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3BH5XW7XC&live=true&tagid=IXLT95DZ1BC
    To give some perspective to your comment comparing Bill Gates and Bono…Gates is able to make Bono’s yearly salary in about a day. I think Bill might have a little more to work with in terms of monetary donations. As much as we look up to Bono, he doesn’t make THAT much money when compared to CEO’s and entire businesses who have to pay taxes on all of their profit, so they donate.

  27. Bono, I believe, knows that we are not to try and parade our good works for all to see. It’s in the Bible, which he’s apparently a big fan of. That could explain why he doesn’t promote his own donations to the press.

    As for the press reporting on his expenditures, do you really think Bono sent out a press release about his expensive new apartment? I remember reading an interview with Bono where a reporter asked about it, and Bono refused to comment. He’s not celebrating his riches, but tabloid reporters know there are certain people who love to read about that stuff, so that’s what they dig up and write about.

  28. Bono, I believe, knows that we are not to try and parade our good works for all to see. It’s in the Bible, which he’s apparently a big fan of. That could explain why he doesn’t promote his own donations to the press.

    As for the press reporting on his expenditures, do you really think Bono sent out a press release about his expensive new apartment? I remember reading an interview with Bono where a reporter asked about it, and Bono refused to comment. He’s not celebrating his riches, but tabloid reporters know there are certain people who love to read about that stuff, so that’s what they dig up and write about.

  29. So Kelly, when should U2Log expect your financial statement with full itemization of your charitable contributions, for public distribution?

  30. So Kelly, when should U2Log expect your financial statement with full itemization of your charitable contributions, for public distribution?

  31. Thank you U2Man, your article proves my point. There is not one word about Bono donating a cent to the cause just about him getting notoriety about promoting the cause.

    PopArtist, I am not the one asking you to donate your money to my cause, I am not the one publicly denouncing George Bush, I am not the one receiving awards because of my false agendas. I don’t have to show you any financial statements because of this.

    I am very amused by all of your comments. Not a single one of you have come up with a strong argument against my statements.
    You just voice what you want to believe about Bono. Not a single person has shown facts to disprove what I have said. You guys are very weak in your arguments that it is laughable. Now I am sure someone will post a message saying I am “ignorant” or a “b*%#” but at least I can argue from facts
    not fiction like you jokers.

  32. Thank you U2Man, your article proves my point. There is not one word about Bono donating a cent to the cause just about him getting notoriety about promoting the cause.

    PopArtist, I am not the one asking you to donate your money to my cause, I am not the one publicly denouncing George Bush, I am not the one receiving awards because of my false agendas. I don’t have to show you any financial statements because of this.

    I am very amused by all of your comments. Not a single one of you have come up with a strong argument against my statements.
    You just voice what you want to believe about Bono. Not a single person has shown facts to disprove what I have said. You guys are very weak in your arguments that it is laughable. Now I am sure someone will post a message saying I am “ignorant” or a “b*%#” but at least I can argue from facts
    not fiction like you jokers.

  33. Kelly, your earlier post said “He charges the highest ticket prices in the world yet says he cares about the fans. NOT!!” You claim the rest of us posting on this thread show no PROOF to our many points. Yet the above statement made by you came with no proof either. According to Ticketmasters website (www.ticketmaster.com) Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and a handful of other acts are charging more for tickets to their current tours than U2 ever charged during Elevation. Furthermore who cares if Bono buys an expensive apartment, restuarant, or hotel. I bought a house last year should I be raked over the coals for not donating all that money to charity instead. Fact is – NO ONE, besides Bono and his accountant, knows exactly how much money Bono gives or doesn’t give to charity each year. Unless you’ve got access to Bono’s bank account you two will never be able to proove your assumptions.

  34. Kelly, your earlier post said “He charges the highest ticket prices in the world yet says he cares about the fans. NOT!!” You claim the rest of us posting on this thread show no PROOF to our many points. Yet the above statement made by you came with no proof either. According to Ticketmasters website (www.ticketmaster.com) Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and a handful of other acts are charging more for tickets to their current tours than U2 ever charged during Elevation. Furthermore who cares if Bono buys an expensive apartment, restuarant, or hotel. I bought a house last year should I be raked over the coals for not donating all that money to charity instead. Fact is – NO ONE, besides Bono and his accountant, knows exactly how much money Bono gives or doesn’t give to charity each year. Unless you’ve got access to Bono’s bank account you two will never be able to proove your assumptions.

  35. Well, for a start, Kelly, Bono has not publicly “denounced” Bush. That he is against the war is hardly surprising, since he is a long-time pacifist, but he has been very careful about what he has said, and there has been no personal villification of Bush. Secondly, Bono does not charge “the highest ticket prices in the world”, not by a long shot. I could go on, but I feel demeaned by even having responded thus far, your “arguments” are so vague and deliberately confrontational.

  36. Well, for a start, Kelly, Bono has not publicly “denounced” Bush. That he is against the war is hardly surprising, since he is a long-time pacifist, but he has been very careful about what he has said, and there has been no personal villification of Bush. Secondly, Bono does not charge “the highest ticket prices in the world”, not by a long shot. I could go on, but I feel demeaned by even having responded thus far, your “arguments” are so vague and deliberately confrontational.

  37. the planet is blowing tonight by all this love on log…did the good friday peace plan get signed today?

  38. the planet is blowing tonight by all this love on log…did the good friday peace plan get signed today?

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