August Regional Conf. – Important Discount Deadline Info

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August Regional Conf. – Important Discount Deadline Info


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Join Us for the California Regional Conference
Registration Discount Ends July 4th!

State Campaigns for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence


2008 California Department of Peace Conference

with Special Guest
Marianne Williamson

August 1 – 3, 2008
University of California, Berkeley


Registration rates for “A World Beyond Violence,” the 2008 California Department of Peace Conference

Register TODAY at

Come join us on the Berkeley campus Aug. 1-3. You will be:


  • ENLIGHTENED by Marianne Williamson, best-selling author, political visionary and spiritual advisor on Oprah’s XM radio station, in her Friday evening keynote “The Politics of Possibility”
  • INSPIRED by Aqeela Sherrills, peace advocate and mediator, who brokered the1992 peace agreement between longtime Los Angeles gang rivals, the Bloods and the Crips
  • EDUCATED by Lynn McMullen, DOPN National Campaign Consultant, about how we can best organize and train ourselves to support passage of H.R. 808 to establish a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence
  • EXCITED by our Saturday panel of on-the-ground experts discussing working and proven solutions to violence in our homes, schools, streets and prisons
  • ENCOURAGED by 18 year old Nicole Nabulsi, California organizer for the Student Peace Alliance speaking on the growing role of high school and college youth/students in peace-building across the U.S.
  • ENTERTAINED by the unique perspectives of Swami Beyondananda!
  • INVIGORATED by stirring music, informational videos and a special Saturday evening BBQ dinner with live entertainment


Have you registered yet? Do it today!



Join us for the NVC Call Tomorrow Night

Wendy Greene wrote:

Join us for the NVC Call Tomorrow Night


Dear friends,

Our next monthly Nonviolent Communications (NVC) conference call to support you in your communication challenges (inner and outer) is scheduled for TOMORROW, Thursday, June 26, 2008. The call will be facilitated by Miki Kashtan.

Time: 6:00 p.m. pacific, 9:00 eastern.

Call in number: (712) 432-1601

Access code: 470821#.

Please note: These 90-minute calls are recorded for inclusion on our website, and for use in training tools created by Miki Kashtan.

The call will ask you to announce yourself. PLEASE IGNORE THIS REQUEST if it might interrupt a conversation in progress.

These calls offer a powerful opportunity to explore how to have the most rich and meaningful connections with others in your life and work for the Department of Peace campaign. On these calls, you will have the opportunity


– Increase your general effectiveness in communicating in this campaign and in your life.

– Learn to deal better with conflict as it arises.

– Explore how to have the richest and most meaningful connections you can as you educate others about our work.

These calls are most effective and useful when we work with a few individuals on real live issues. Here are some things to think about to help you discover the most valuable topics for you to bring up for


1. To whom do you want to learn to express yourself with more clarity and authenticity? What’s the situation?

2. Who do you have trouble responding to with compassion? What’s the situation? (Might be issues dealing with your congressional offices).

3. Do you have anyone you struggle with who you would be willing to join you in receiving support during the call? Please contact us immediately, so we can talk before the call.

I highly suggest you check it out, and invite others in your district to do so. If you have never participated in an NVC call before and would like to learn more, please click on the NVC call link on our home page, or paste the following URL into your browser: Whatever your previous experience, we welcome you to join us.

Thank you for your love and service to the Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace, and for your commitment to truly be the change we are calling for. I trust you will enjoy the call.

In gratitude,

Wendy Greene

Wendy Greene

Managing Director

The Peace Alliance

Direct line/cell: 310.403.5846 (Maryland)

1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW Suite 712

Washington, DC 20036

DC office phone: 202.296.1187

SAVE THE DATE–Next month’s NVC call will be on Thursday, July 31, 2008.

Same time, same call-in number.


Miki Kashtan, certified NVC trainer, is co-founder of BayNVC. Miki conducts organizational trainings, consults with private and public sector organizations, leads practice groups, and teaches NVC workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from University of California at Berkeley.

Miki is inspired by the contribution that NVC can make to social change movements and values sharing these skills with leaders and activists. She also particularly enjoys working with and coaching people interested in learning to teach NVC.

For more information, visit

The Peace Alliance

1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Suite 712

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-296-1187

Peace Partnership International June 2008 newsletter

Peace Partnership International wrote:

Peace Partnership International June 2008 newsletter

Peace Partnership International

Memo from Mike

Dear Friends,

Victor Hugo said, “There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that’s a thought whose time has come.”

Well, the thought whose time is now is that of “peace.” More than a thought, really. It’s a deep knowing in our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls that peace is, indeed, the answer and that a culture of peace is the way. That knowing has spawned a movement for peace that spans the globe, and Peace Partnership International is proud and excited to be taking action in partnership with business, government, and civil society to support it.

This newsletter updates you on progress of some of those actions and partnerships. Our National Peace Academy initiative, with The Biosophical Institute and Case Western Reserve University, is developing a stakeholder database and informational materials in preparation for a Global Stakeholder Summit next April. The Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace has inspired actions for peace in Africa and is gearing up for its Fourth Global Summit, to be held in Sydney this year. We continue engage with the United Nations on its declared International Decade for a
Culture of Peace for the Children of the World and to mentor youth for peace leadership, including support for the Student Peace Alliance in the United States.

And we are proud to announce that Affirmagy is joining us as our latest Product Partner. Affirmagy is a woman-owned business in Seattle, WA, that is spreading the power of affirmations far and wide. Read on to learn about the nature of that new partnership, progress on our initiatives, and more.

With gratitude and in peace,
Mike Abkin
Mike Abkin, Director of Operations
Peace Partnership International

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Affirmagy makes and sells “soft and comfy blankets” silk screened or woven “with powerful affirmations,” such as Love, Joy, Gratitude, Peace (of course!), and many more. A perfect gift for adults, for babies, for everyone!

Best of all, Affirmagy returns to Peace Partnership International 20% of all sales generated by people who go to Affirmagy’s site from Peace Partnership International. Just click here, and wrap yourself in the knowledge that you are helping us support a culture of peace.

News from the Global Alliance

Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace
Peace Partnership International is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace and works in strategic partnership with the Global Alliance and national campaigns around the world, including The Peace Alliance and the grassroots campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace.

Be sure to check out the newly redesigned Global Alliance website!

Fourth Global Summit in Sydney
Ministry for Peace - Australia
A principal activity of the Global Alliance in support of its community is sponsorship of the annual Global Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace. The aims of the Global Summit encompass building relationships, sharing experiences, learning from one another, conducting trainings that expand the bank of knowledge and skills of the community, and raising awareness of the movement in the eyes of governments, civil society, and the general public. So far, Global Summits have been held in United Kingdom in 2005, Canada in 2006, and Japan in 2007.

Peace Partnership International, together with The Peace Alliance, is sending a U.S. delegation to this year’s Summit, which is being held 17-26 September in Sydney, Australia. Click here to make a donation to support our delegation and developing-country scholars to attend this historic event in Sydney.

The African Alliance for Peace Takes Shape!
Africe breakout session
African delegates to the Global Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace in Japan in September 2007 founded the African Alliance for Peace. May 2008 provided three opportunities for Peace Partnership International to assist the African Alliance for Peace to develop its capacity to grow and thrive:


  • First AAP Regional Summit
  • Intensive training in nonviolent communication (NVC)
  • Public outreach and training for the ministry for peace campaign in Nigeria.


Read reports of these activities here.

From Nepal: A Model for Peace in the Middle East?
Israel Nepal Palestine
Shiri Barr, from Israel, attended the First Global Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace in London in October 2005. She has just (June 2008) completed her master’s degree program in conflict transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. In March 2008, Shiri presented a paper entitled “Lessons for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations from Nepal’s New Ministry for Peace and Reconstruction” at the First International Academic Conference, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Pathways to Peace, held at Central Connecticut State University.

Read Shiri’s paper here (PDF format).

National Peace Academy Update

Our National Peace Academy initiative is not quite two months old yet and already the task teams set up at the April Vision Meeting in Cleveland are hard at work developing a list of stakeholders to be invited to the Global Stakeholders Summit next April, researching peace training and education programs and curricula already out there as part of a needs assessment for the National Peace Academy, and developing a case statement and other materials to support outreach and fundraising.

And already several questions are being asked frequently. Questions like:


  • Why do we need a National Peace Academy?
  • What are the vision and outcomes of the National Peace Academy?
  • What is the design process all about?
  • How does this effort relate to current legislation in Congress (HR 808) to create a U.S. Department of Peace, part of whose charge will be to establish a peace academy?
  • Who is behind the National Peace Academy endeavor?
  • Where can I find out more about it, get involved, donate?


Answers can be found here (PDF format). Stay tuned!!

At the United Nations: Culture of Peace Program Planned for October 21

United Nations logo
Anne Creter, Peace Partnership International’s liaison to the United Nations, reports that “the Culture of Peace Working Group of the United Nation’s NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (CSVGC) has been diligently putting together an event to be held October 21 at UN Headquarters as part of the second annual week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns. Co-chairing this effort has been my focus the last few months.” Read Anne’s full report here.

UN Peacekeeping Must Tackle Roots of Violence

In a letter to the editor of Financial Times, 24 May 2008, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations, wrote: “The people need to be empowered in a way so that individually and collectively they value tolerance, understanding, respect for diversity and non-violent ways of resolving problems…. It would be worthwhile for the Security Council to include a ‘culture-of-peace’ impact clause in each of the peacekeeping mandates.” Read more of what Ambassador Chowdhury has to say here.

Youth Leadership: Student Peace Alliance Coordinating Team Retreat

Student Peace Alliance came together for its Third National Coordinating Committee Retreat on Wednesday June 4th in Washington D.C. All seven members of the Committee, Student Peace Alliance’s national staff, were present at the Retreat for the first time in SPA’s history. At the Retreat, we discussed proposals and plans for the upcoming year. On Friday June 6th, the Coordinating Committee was joined by nine state organizers, bringing the retreat total to 18.

Over the next two days, the attendees came to consensus on SPA’s organizational direction and bonded with their fellow activists. For the first time Student Peace Alliance has developed a national plan decided with a democratic process by youth leaders from across the country, and we feel great confidence going into our third year. Read the full report.

Profiles of Peace

One way to facilitate a culture of peace is to use the power of story to demonstrate what peace looks like in practice. These Profiles of Peace are intended to do just that. If you have a Profile you’d like to have us consider, please send an email to describing your idea, and, if it looks like a fit, we’ll ask you to write it up for possible publication here.

From the Peace Registry: Face Up to Peace

Face Up to Peace is a project of Alive Today Enterprises, which provides an opportunity for people from around the world to creatively share the vision of peace. Through mask making and related interaction, the organization works to support and raise awareness of efforts to create Departments of Peace (DOP) and Ministries for Peace (MFP) in governments around the world. Read more about Face Up to Peace here.

Pondering Peace

“Our new-found freedom should enable us to start searching for total universal human values on which a global civilization could be founded and its future secured. It is my belief that such values are hidden in our collective human experience, in our sad memories, and in our half-forgotten awareness of the universal order of being. We need to discover these values and transcend the horizons of our day-to-day existence.” –VaclavHavel

Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country

Edward Tick, in the Summer 2008 issue of Yes! Magazine, writes: “We cannot heal from war without involving the entire community and society, and without invoking transpersonal help. We must develop modern rituals that acknowledge the additional wounds caused by war fought for non-defense reasons. Much as we might disagree with a war, our rituals must include purification, public storytelling, and community acceptance of responsibility for what the soldier has done.” You can read the article here.

Product Partners

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Invest in the Future – Join the Partnership

Peace Partnership International is undertaking the following pivotal initiatives, which are purposely focused for transformational effectiveness: (a) establish a National Peace Academy; (b) develop youth leadership potential; and (c) participate in and help grow the global movement for structures in government supporting a culture of peace, including partnership with the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace and with colleagues at the United Nations working for a General Assembly resolution calling for such structures in government.

In all that we do, we seek to forge partnerships with business, civil society, and government. You, too, can join the partnership with an investment in the future. Just click here to donate, and please consider becoming one of our monthly donors. Together we can create the foundation for a culture of peace!

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Join us for the 2008 California Department of Peace Conference

The Peace Alliance wrote:

Join us for the 2008 California Department of Peace Conference

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Subject:                          Join us for the 2008 California Department of Peace Conference

"A World Beyond Violence"
2008 California Department of Peace Conference

State Campaigns for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence

2008 California Department of Peace Conference

with Special Guest
Marianne Williamson

August 1 – 3, 2008
University of California, Berkeley

Dear Germaine De Pibrac,

Please join us for our California Department of Peace Regional Conference August 1-3, 2008 at University of California, Berkeley. Join supporters from across California and neighboring states to hear inspiring speakers, including


  • Political visionary and author Marianne Williamson
  • Peace advocate and Los Angeles gangs mediator Aqeela Sherrills
  • Department of Peace National Campaign Consultant Lynn McMullen
  • Student Peace Alliance California State Organizer Nicole Nabulsi
  • And more

Learn about proven solutions to violence in our homes, schools, streets and prisons from our panel of experts; join break-out groups, including the Student Peace Alliance, Nonviolent Communications training and San Francisco’s 2010 Summer of Peace. There will be connecting, camaraderie and networking at our Saturday evening barbeque, and intervals of music and entertainment, including the unique Swami Beyondananda.

Find all the details and register online at our conference website:

Hope to see you there!

Your California Regional Conference Planning Team

National News piece on NBC of Azim Khamisa – June 13, 2008

NBC film crew along with John Larson spent the morning with Azim Khamisa and TKF. You will remember that Azim is in The Peace Alliance Public Service Announcement "I Stand For Peace" video.

They came and filmed parts from two Violence Impact Forum Assemblies at Parkway Middle School in San Diego last week. They spent the remainder of the day with Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix filming for a piece on MSNBC’s "Making a difference".

It will air Friday, June 13th on NBC as a tribute to fathers for Father’s Day. Check your local listing for the times in your area and please tell a friend! Then ask them to sign our Petition asking our political leaders to Make Violence Reduction and Prevention a National Priority.