Send Your Post Card to the President Elect!

Although we don’t know who the next President will be, we do know that one of his first actions will be to present Congress with a budget. We want to tell the new President–whether it’s McCain or Obama–that we want increased funding for effective violence reduction and prevention programs.

So we’re launching a “Personal Postcards to Your President” campaign beginning as soon as we know has won and through to the Innaguration.

It’s easy to participate!

  1. Visit your local store and get a postcard representing your town or city
  2. Write a note to YOUR next President
  3. Mail it by Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009
  4. Urge all of your friends and family to do the same

You should use the address of his Senate office. Here are the addresses of the two top candidates for the office:

John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0303

Barack Obama
713 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-1305

It’s that simple!

Will you join us in this campaign? Click here to say YES!

Your personal note to your President will continue building our relationship with him, keeping him aware of the Department of Peace concept and campaign. It will also expose the President to a special kind of citizen lobbyist-one who is a peacebuilder, committed to lasting solutions.

Not sure what to say? The key is to make this your personal and passionate message. Tell him, in very few words, what is most important to you!

You can:

  • Offer your Congratulations
  • Introduce yourself
    Say you are a Mom, a student, a plumber, a bank teller–whatever is true for you
  • Say why this issue concerns you
  • Ask him to make funding violence prevention programs a top priority of his presidency.
  • Use a statistic or two that strengthens your message.
    You can find some statistics on violence on our website.
  • Ask him to use the State of the Union Address to talk about the importance and urgency of funding violence prevention in all sectors of our society–in our homes and schools, in our streets and prisons.

Urge all your friends and family you see over the holidays to join you. Offer people postcards from your state to write on, and wait while they write it and give it back to you with a stamp. We are eager for there to be thousands of postcards sent–every card counts!

A few reminders:

  • Do not send letters. All letters with envelopes require more complex screening, which is why we’re encouraging everyone to USE POSTCARDS.
  • Mail all postcards by Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.
  • Keep it simple! This is, after all, a busy time
  • Tell us you are going to join this effort – click here.

Need help crafting your message?
Here are a few phrases you can use or adapt:

  • Make violence reduction and prevention a top priority in your first term
  • Invest in proven violence prevention efforts for our schools and homes.
  • Strengthen peacekeeping efforts internationally through our foreign assistance and diplomacy.
  • Lead us to peace with all your efforts.
  • As part of the Department of Peace campaign, I am urging that violence prevention and peacebuilding programs and policy be one of the top priorities of your legacy.

Are you going to join this action? Let us know that you’re saying YES!

Thank you for joining us in welcoming our new President, and for standing with us for a culture of peace. Together, we are making a difference.

With Gratitude,

The Peace Alliance


ONE Wants You to Know


I think there’s never been a greater need for our advocacy.
· It’s never a good day in clips when the news is reporting a
resurgence of Dengue Fever. In fact, many deadly viruses are
experiencing a resurgence as air travel and population density
increase across the developing world.
· Add to that unhappy news this unfortunate but predictable result in
Zimbabwe. Sanctions are undermining the health system, resulting in a
devastating reduction in care for TB and AIDS.
· Times have never been more trying across the continent, and African
leaders will meet next month to discuss many issues, specifically the
global financial crisis.
The downward pressures on the developing world are truly staggering,
and our voices have never been needed more.
Thank you for all that you do,
Josh Chernila, ONE
Washington, DC

1) The African Union said on Monday it would hold a summit next
month on the continent’s response to the global financial crisis. It
also urged member states to tighten their belts to help them withstand
the impact of collapsing world markets.
Reuters: Africa calls summit to respond to financial crisis

2) Zimbabwe’s HIV and TB programs are suffering as its public
health system sags under pressure as donors continue to pull out.
Development assistance to the Zimbabwe health ministry has been
declining steadily in the last five years. While donor support in the
health system in 1997 was US$71 million, by 2002 it had plummeted to
only US$7 million, a factor of 10 in only five years.
Zimbabwe Chronicle: Zimbabwe’s health system buckles under sanctions

3) Researchers at the Pan American Health Organization announced
yesterday that tourists traveling by plane and the growth of cities
are combining to help new and old infections spread around the world.
Viruses such as Chikungunya and dengue fever are finding new homes or
returning to places where they were eradicated.
Reuters: Old and new viruses spread by air travel, crowding

Reuters: Africa calls summit to respond to financial crisis
Tue 28 Oct 2008, 6:30 GMT
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) – The African Union said on Monday it would hold
a summit next month on the continent’s response to the global
financial crisis.
It also urged member states to tighten their belts to help them
withstand the impact of collapsing world markets.
“We urge African governments to pursue prudent monetary and fiscal
policies to mitigate the effects of falling world markets on the
continent, in a manner that does not compromise our development, ”
African Union Commission chief Jean Ping told a meeting on sustainable
He said the continental body and the African Development Bank (AfDB)
had agreed to hold the summit on November 12 in Tunis, where the
majority of the bank’s personnel work.
“There is no doubt it will have serious repercussions on capital flows
and their sustainability, as well as on trade in Africa,” Ping said of
the global financial turmoil.
The financial crisis also may reduce donors’ development aid budgets,
Ping said while attending the Sixth Forum on Sustainable Development
which opened in Congo Republic’s capital Brazzaville.
Ping is a former government minister from oil-producing Gabon, which
has one of the highest average per capita incomes in Africa but stands
to lose from weaker world oil prices, which have dropped by more than
half from record highs in July.
African economies generally have been growing at their fastest pace
for years thanks in part to booming Asian demand for their commodities
exports and rising foreign investment.
But with a global economic slowdown and some developed economies
tipping into recession, the International Monetary Fund trimmed its
growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa to 6 percent in 2008 and 2009
from about 6.5 percent in 2007.
The Tunis conference will come just a few days after the world’s major
industrialised and developing economies meet in Brazil as the “G-20″
to draw up plans to tackle the crisis in preparation for a global
summit in Washington on November 15.
The president of the West African state of Benin, Thomas Boni Yayi,
complained at the weekend that Africa’s poorest countries had no
representation within the G-20, which includes only South Africa, the
poorest continent’s biggest economy.

Zimbabwe Chronicle: Zimbabwe’s health system buckles under sanctions
October 28, 2008

Harare — Zimbabwe was recently applauded at the XVII International
AIDS Conference in Mexico for its success in reducing the country’s
HIV and TB prevalence and incidence.

However, despite this decline, the country’s HIV and TB programmes
are suffering as its public health system sags under pressure as
donors continue to pull out.

Development assistance to the Zimbabwe health ministry has been
declining steadily in the last five years. While donor support in the
health system in 1997 was US$71 million, by 2002 it had plummeted to
only US$7 million, a factor of 10 in only five years.

Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Edwin Muguti explains
that in 1999 donor financing was 13 percent of the national health
expenditure but by 2002 it had gone down to only one percent. And this
decline in donor assistance has coincided with a major economic
decline in the country.

“The limited Government’s ability to absorb and take over some of
the programmes and projects that were previously funded by donors has
severely put pressure on the health delivery system,� says Dr Muguti.

Donors such as DANIDA, who funded health sector reforms and the
essential drugs programme, JICA (malaria, schistosomiasis, paediatric
and obstetric facilities), NORAD (reproductive health, national
nutritional policy and health sector reforms, and the Netherlands (TB
programme and drugs) have pulled out of the health sector in Zimbabwe.

Support from the Italian Cooperation (health information system and
the district public health training) ended in 2003 and the USAID have
drastically scaled down their operations in Zimbabwe, says Dr Muguti.

Another major challenge for the country’s health system is the
skills flight. Although, figures could not be obtained, more than 80
percent of the country’s medical personnel (doctors, nurses, medical
technicians) are believed to have left the country because of poor
remuneration worsened by poor economic performance.

Other donors who have supported Zimbabwe’s health programmes include
CIDA, the Clinton Foundation, European Union, Finida, and the DFID.

Dr Muguti said while Zimbabwe qualified for support through the Global
Funds by virtue of being a member of the WHO, HIV support from the
fund has been US$4 per person, per annum compared to US$174 per person
per annum spent by the Global Fund in other countries in the Southern
Africa region.
UNFPA country representative Dr Bruce Campbell says that despite
almost zero donor funding for its HIV response, Zimbabwe has indeed
worked hard to achieve the justifiably lauded decline in its HIV

“Zimbabwe is neither a beneficiary of PEPFAR, nor has it received
much funding for its HIV response. Very little has come from the
Global Fund. But it (Zimbabwe) has shown what unity of purpose can
achieve in the HIV response,� says Dr Campbell.

It is estimated that 1,6 million Zimbabweans are living with HIV with
300 000 of these in urgent need of antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs. Only a
third of those needing ARVs are receiving them.

The Zimbabwe health ministry is serviced by up to 70 percent of
imported material. But, as the country is facing a dire foreign
currency shortage, it is unable to import the inputs resulting in poor
or no service at all.

“Because the country is facing a dire foreign currency shortage,
these imports are not met and delivery in the health ministry suffers.
Spare parts for hospital equipment, machinery and motor vehicles are
imported and this has been severely affected,� Dr Muguti says.

He explains that this will affect the country’s national malaria
spraying programme, as there are no spare parts for the ground fleet.

“We are a member of the international community with obligations
towards disease monitoring and control. If we are incapacitated in
monitoring and controlling diseases, that spills over to our
neighbours and the whole global disease control and monitoring
programmes falls into jeopardy,� he explains. But it is not only the
ministry that faces severe problems, even the patients have not been

Sick people have to travel long distances where bus fares have been
astronomically hiked with the poor majority giving up before they even
get to the major urban centres and dying at home, unnecessarily.
TB manager in the country’s health ministry, Dr Charles Sandy said
that although Zimbabwe was on the World Health Organisation’s list
of 22 most vulnerable countries bearing the burden of TB, the efficacy
of its TB detection rates is a cause for serious concern as donors
continue to shun Zimbabwe in the face of the looming TB crisis.

“Being on the global list of 22 TB burden countries should mean more
access to more funds to the TB response, and priority in funds
distribution,� says Dr Sandy.

“But, for Zimbabwe, that has not been so. It is only now that donors
seem to realise the danger in denying funds to Zimbabwe in the TB
fight. However there seems to be a slow shift in funding as we have
qualified for round five of the Global Funds.�

According to the WHO, Zimbabwe has 74 000 people suffering from TB.
But its TB detection rate is only 43 percent against the recommended
70 percent.

“This (the poor detection rate) means there are probably more people
suffering from TB that have not been included in the numbers,� notes
Dr Sandy — 2010 Feature Service.

Reuters: Old and new viruses spread by air travel, crowding
Mon 27 Oct 2008, 23:20 GMT
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters Life!) – Tourists traveling by plane and
the growth of cities are combining to help new and old infections
spread around the world, experts said Monday.
Viruses such as Chikungunya and dengue fever are finding new homes or
returning to places where they were eradicated, the researchers told
an infectious diseases meeting.
And new methods of diagnosing infections have led to the discovery of
dozens of viruses causing often-serious disease.
“As urbanization spread, so did the mosquito,” Duane Gubler of the
University of Hawaii told a news conference at a joint meeting of the
American Society of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society
of America.
Researchers at the Pan American Health Organization told the meeting
that dengue fever, which can cause mild illness or deadly hemorrhagic
disease, has come back after decades of eradication successes in Latin
They said 1.03 million cases of dengue were reported in the 1980s and
2.7 million in the 1990s, but 4.6 million were reported from 2000 to 2007.
The “re-emergence of epidemic dengue is closely associated with global
urbanization and global transportation, ” Gubler said. “Pathogens of
all kinds — many of them actually move in infected people but they
also move in infected animals and mosquitoes.”
New infections are a threat, as well.
Dr. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University in New York said his lab, using
new genetic sequencing techniques, has identified 75 new pathogens —
including a new rhinovirus that has caused serious disease in “scores
of children” around the world.
Rhinoviruses are spread person-to-person only and usually cause common
colds but this version appears more like severe influenza, Lipkin told
the news conference.
“It was literally under our noses and in our noses for a long time,”
Lipkin said. “It has been found in Asia, Africa, Oceania, North
America and Europe,” he added. “It clearly is an important pathogen.”
Chikungunya virus, which causes painful and sometimes crippling or
deadly symptoms, has spread to several new countries in the past two
years. One traveler brought it to Italy last year, Gubler noted.
“The same virus was introduced into India and into Sri Lanka, most
likely via infected travelers,” Gubler said.
Outbreaks of Chikungunya, which originated in Tanzania in 1952 but did
not spread much outside of Africa until 2005, have been helped by
mutations that let it travel via the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes
In 2005 on tiny Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, it infected more
than a third of the population — 266,000 people — and killed 260 of
The virus has spread to Singapore and people who go to neighboring
Malaysia to buy durian fruit may be helping to carry it, said Dr.
Harold Townson of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Britain.
“Aedes albopictus is very common in the United States and Caribbean,”
Townson said. “There are risks it could be introduced here.”
And Gubler noted that another species of mosquito, the dengue-carrying
Aedes aegypti, is re-emerging in Latin America.
Aedes aegypti is the original carrier of Chikungunya — whose name
comes from a word in the Makonde language of Tanzania describing the
stooped stance of victims. (Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by Julie
Steenhuysen and John O’Callaghan)

Peace Partnership International

Peace Partnership International
October 28, 2008 Newsflash
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Dear Friends,

Things are poppin’ at PPI!

1. Peace and Human Rights Workshop at the United Nations

Led by Peace Partnership International’s UN representative Anne Creter, the Culture of Peace Working Group of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns at the United Nations organized a workshop entitled “Advancing the Culture of Peace: Is Peace a Human Right?” that took place at the UN on 21 October. The workshop was part of the second annual week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns at the UN, which this year was dedicated to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The workshop featured a keynote by Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., of the Philippines, a panel moderated by Peace Partnership International’s President and CEO Dot Maver, and closing remarks by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. Read Anne’s report here.

2. Peace Day 2008 at the UN: Gabriela Posada Youth Speaker

Peace Partnership International has participated in International Day of Peace activities every year since 2005. In 2008 we also supported the nomination, and eventual selection, of Gabriela Posada to speak at the UN’s International Day of Peace Youth Observance. In her speech, Gabriela encouraged youth from around the globe to become peacemakers and peacekeepers. Juan Pacheco of Barrios Unidos provides the profile of Gabriela that led to her being selected, as well as the text of her speech. Click here to read the profile and speech.

3. Colin Jury Donates Artwork to Peace Partnership International

Depth Artist Colin Jury, who has won the highest awards in printing for six- and seven-color lithography and advertising, has donated all rights to his work “Fire of Love” to Peace Partnership International and will send us all net proceeds from sales of prints. In addition he has promised to donate to us 15% of profits from the sales of his other works for the next two years. Click here to purchase “Fire of Love” and other artwork from Colin Jury!

4. Peace Partnership International’s Annual Program Report Now Available

Peace Partnership International’s latest Annual Program Report describes our activities and accomplishments over the fiscal year August 2007-July 2008 in our three strategic initiative areas: National Peace Academy, Structures in Government Advancing a Culture of Peace, and Building Bridges of Peace. Read the annual report here (PDF format).

5. Peace Caravan Finds Peace on the Silk Road

Marla Mossman travels the ancient Silk Road in search of her roots. Along the way she finds peace. She says: “People involved in the culture of peace hold notions of peace as practical and necessary. We don’t have to be a perfected deity in order to achieve a sense of enlightenment. We are already divine in the moment. That’s the kind of positive energy we should start from in our institutions. That’s what the culture of peace is about.” Marla shares her discoveries through her photography and writings at and And Robert M. Weir beautifully tells the story of Marla’s Profile of Peace.

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Supplemental Newsletter

We have so much news for the fall we have to add this short additional newsletter!

Actions For Peace

September Peace Walks

There were Peace Walks held all over the country — and the world! — in September to celebrate peace, inform our communities about the campaign, and raise funds. There was even a walk registered that was held in Uganda to support our campaign for a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence, proof that the world is watching.

In the Los Angeles area, there were two walks held. The third annual Crenshaw Walk for Peace was organized by Mel Taylor, the CDTL for D33, represented by co-sponsor Congresswoman Diane Watson. Mel reported that they talked to many people, people saw their signs, honked their horns, and one of the stores they passed by wanted leaflets to make available in their store.

The other walk was organized by Sherri Jaye and Karen Timko, and began on the Santa Monica beach, walked down to Venice and back. In conjunction with a San Francisco walk organized by Joe Weston of Heartwalker (, the walk began and ended by walking in the shape of a heart, and a minute of silence at 12:00 noon, when the San Francisco walkers along with participants in the International Day of Peace celebrations all over the world were also holding a minute of silence. Walkers of all ages, including our two youngest representatives who said they wanted peace in their schools, held the banner and handed out flyers to many people along the way.

The September Peace Walks are an annual event — so join us next year

Lobbying in South Florida

Our campaign volunteers in South Florida have been busy this election season. Given that Florida is a ‘battleground’ state, both the primary and now general election has brought the candidates to their area frequently, and the self-described team of “peace ninjas” have been attending rallies, getting in front of the candidates and handing them folders of information about the legislation, wearing their shirts with a big “808” on the front as they stand in the front row.

This is a post from Ana Campos, the South Florida State Coordinator, with some photos she shared.

First, she wrote:

Senator Obama, his wife and Senator Clinton are coming to Florida this week. I shared the info as an email blast asking some local volunteers if anyone would be interested in handing them the bill (peace packet). So far a few dates have been covered. I’m hoping that McCain will come to South Florida for a rally too.

Seeing as though this might be one of the last times we’ll ever get this close to any of them again – (Obama and McCain) , I might play hooky from work to help plant one more seed of peace.  It might be one of those once in a lifetime opportunities.

And then…

Fun day sharing the bill today in South Florida. Obama received 2 peace packets in 2 different locations today. Lake Worth and in Miami. It was like the Obama Olympics!

(Click Here! The photos are amazing!)

We shoot, we score. Funny photos at the link above.

The last 2 photos are of Michelle with the blue folder & federal bill in LakeWorth Florida. I followed up hours later tag teaming in Miami. Obama was detained in front of me for about a minute. Not only did I say “Create a Dept of Peace” to him but I also kept pointing to the sticker on the folder and he stared at it and he nodded a serious yes in acknowledgement to me. Girl Scout honor. It was a wow moment!!

Go Team Florida!!!

p.s If he comes to your town, and you are close but can’t reach him, call out the name Reggie Love. That’s his #1 bodyman and he holds stuff given to him from the crowd.

Ana Campos

South Florida State Coordinator

US Department of Peace and Nonviolence Campaign

New All Call Date and Number

The November All Call has a new date (due to Election Day), and permanent new phone # (All Call only),

other call-in phone #s are not affected.

Tues, Nov 11 (6-7 pm PT): National ALL CALL; (219) 509-8020, access code 80808#

October Newsletter

abott kinney

September was such a busy month! Peace Walks, International Day of Peace, Living Peace at Ojai, tabling at Abbot Kinney (see photo) — there was peace making and celebration happening all over the world, and our area participated fully!
There is a lot of important news in the newsletter this month, not the least of which is the announcement of a new Executive Director for The Peace Alliance: Lynn McMullen. Many of you have had the pleasure of meeting Lynn at the various conferences and workshops that have featured her unique, passionate and inspirational approach to grassroots lobbying and unleashing peace in the world. We’re very excited to have her take on this new role!
Before the November newsletter is sent, the November 4th elections will have been held. We strongly encourage each one of you to make the effort to exercise your right and privilege to vote. Take a friend, or a neighbor, or family member — help others to have their voice heard. This is the most powerful action any of us can take as active citizens, so own it, live it, do it!
in peace and light,
Terry Mason and Tory Haslinger

in photo:

Tabling at Abbot Kinney, Left to Right: Tory Haslinger, Jo Ann Gaines, Justin Bensan, Jerilyn Stapleton; photo by Jen Sincero

We’re thrilled to welcome Lynn McMullen as the new Executive Director of The Peace Alliance.
Many of you know Lynn well from her time as National Field Director and National Campaign Advisor for the Department of Peace Campaign. In fact, she’s been involved with the Campaign since its inception.
You may not know that Lynn brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and grassroots organizing experience to The Peace Alliance, having led and managed the expansion of numerous successful lobbying and media campaigns to establish and increase funding for a variety of social service efforts. You can read Lynn’s bio along with those of the rest of the staff in our About Us section.
“Lynn’s passion and experience are exactly what we need as we embark on a powerful time of growth and change,” said Peace Alliance Managing Director Wendy Greene. “We’re thrilled to have her back full time on staff, and in this pivotal role.”
Lynn is just as excited to be back on staff with The Peace Alliance.  “I’m constantly amazed by the vision and commitment of the staff and grassroots volunteers in this movement,” she said.  “All across this country people are yearning for peace.  Our work is to take that yearning and make it a reality.”

abott kinney Peace Proclamations
Carson, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Ojai

Peace Proclamations are a powerful tool to help spread awareness about the International Day of Peace and the Global Ceasefire; and, for Dept of Peace Campaign Volunteers, a great way to work with local officials on a relatively easy peace initiative.

In past years, Heads of State, Governors and Mayors have declared Proclamations for the International Day of Peace, urging their citizens to observe and celebrate Peace Day.  City Councils and State Legislatures have declared Peace Day Resolutions, also.  Past Proclamations in California have included:  Los Angeles (2003), San Francisco (2003), Santa Cruz, Marin County Board of Supervisors, Sacramento & Sacramento County (2006), CA Governor & Legislature (2006), and San Rafael (2006).  2007 Proclamations included the City Council of Ojai.

This year, CA-36 obtained 4 Proclamations from local City Councils Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Carson.   The Proclamation Team included Rick Pruetz (HB) FAICP Planning & Implementation Strategies; Augustin Garnier (RB) social activist/musician; April Halprin Wayland (MB) author/peace activist; and Justin Bensan (Carson) President, Youth for Peace & Justice Club at Torrance High, and the L.A. area Organizer for the Student Peace Alliance (SPA).

Also, Ojai’s 2007 Proclamation was reissued to specifically note “Living Peace” as a major Ojai collaborative contribution, thanks to Evan Austin, Director, Ojai Peace Coalition, and the Living Peace Team.
Next year, we’ll put out an early reminder for those who would like to pursue a Peace Proclamation from their officials.  Individuals, families, students / classes of students, local organizations; anyone can ask their officials to join other leaders in issuing a Proclamation.
in photo:

SPA representative Justin Bensan with council members of the City of Carson, approving a Proclamation in favor of the International Day of Peace, 9/21/08. Carson (full City Council in photo) Left to Right: — Council Member Harold C. Williams, Council Member Lula Davis-Holmes, Justin Bensan, Mayor Jim Dear, Council Member Elito M. Santarina, Mayor Pro Tem Mike A. Gipson



Events in blue

All Calls in purple

Meetings in Green

Volunteers needed in Red

City Team Meeting location:

Arcana Workshops

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 107
Culver City, CA 90230

Valley Team Meeting location:
Terry Mason’s residence
16425 Otsego Street, Encino, CA 91436

RSVP to Terry at 818-687-2942 24hours in advance


National Crime Prevention Month / Domestic Violence Awareness Month(CA:

Thurs, Oct 16: Conflict Resolution Day (

Held annually on the third Thursday of October, Conflict Resolution Day is an international celebration.

(3rd Sat) Oct 18 (10 am – noon): Combined Team Meeting – City

Arcana Workshops, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 107, Culver City, CA 90230; RSVP 24 hours in advance: Tory Haslinger, 310.855.1303 or Jo Ann Gaines, c 310.200.3598.

(3rd Sun) Oct 19 (3 pm – 5 pm, 2:30 for newcomers): Combined Team Meeting – Valley

Terry Mason’s house: 16425 Otsego Street, Encino, CA 91436. RSVP 24 hours in advance:, 818.687.2942.

(4th Tues) Oct 28 (6-6:45 pm PT): National CDTL Call; 712.432.1601,access code 470821#

(last Thurs) Oct 30 (6 pm PT): Nonviolent Communication Call;712.432.1601,access code 470821#

Thurs, Oct 30 (6 pm): CA Student Peace Alliance (SPA) Call;616.347.8400, access code 463526#


Tues, Nov 4: General Election

Tues, Nov 4 (6 pm PT): National ALL CALL; 712.432.1601, access code 470821#

Tues, Nov 11: Veteran’s Day

(3rd Sat) Nov 15 (10 am – noon): Combined Team Meeting – City

(3rd Sun) Nov 16 (3 pm – 5 pm, 2:30 for newcomers): Combined Team Meeting – Valley

(Thurs) Nov 20 (6 pm PT): Nonviolent Communication Call;712.432.1601,access code 470821#

(4th Tues) Nov 25 (6-6:45 pm PT): National CDTL Call; 712.432.1601,access code 470821#


Tues, Dec 2 (6 pm PT): National ALL CALL; 712.432.1601, access code 470821#

Wed, Dec 10: Human Rights Day.  60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

(Thurs) Dec 18 (6 pm PT): Nonviolent Communication Call;712.432.1601,access code 470821#

(4th Tues) Dec 23 (6-6:45 pm PT): National CDTL Call; 712.432.1601,access code 470821#

Check the newsletter next month for the announcement of the annual holiday party!

TBD: Global Stakeholder Summit (
A Global Stakeholder Summit is planned for early 2009 as part of an inclusive process to design the National Peace Academy. This is a group effort, a consortium made up of Case Western Reserve University, Biosophical Institute, and Peace Partnership International.

Mon, Feb 9 (7:00 am – 4:30 pm): LAUSD Resource Fair, Sheraton Gateway Hotel

Neighborhood: Westchester / LAX, 6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, (310) 642-1111. DoPNV Booth, 6:30 am set-up, Volunteers Needed! Contact: Tory Haslinger,, 310 855-1303.

Internal contacts: Sherri Jaye (; Debbie Renner (vendors)

Fri, Feb 13: National Action – Send Congress a Valentine!
Send valentines to our members of Congress either thanking them for their support or asking them to support legislation to establish a U.S. Dept of Peace. Collect as many valentines from as many different people as you can and drop them off at the local office of your Representative and Senators on February 13.

Sat, Feb 14: Valentine Peace Project (

Fredrico Hewson of The Valentine Peace Project is in contact with a musician Jason Brock. He has offered to organize a Valentine Peace concert next year.

MARCH 2009
Mar 23-27 National Youth Violence Prevention Week

The Peace Alliance is a proud partner for National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Learn more at

Fri-Sun, Mar 27-29: 5th Annual National Conference, Washington, DC
“PEACE WITHIN REACH: People and Politics Partnering for our Common Security”
Fri: Leadership Program; Sat/Sun: Conference; Mon: Meetings with our Members of Congress on Capital Hill; Confirmed Speakers: Riane Eisler (The Chalice and The Blade), Ocean Robbins (Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!)), Rita Marie Johnson (Academy for Peace of Costa Rica; Campaign for a Ministry of Justice and Peace), Rich & Yvonne St. John-Dutra (Challenge Day founders), and more in the works; Hotel: Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, VA:;
single or double $165, increase for 3 or 4 / room.

Mon, Mar 30: Meetings with our Members of Congress on Capital Hill
Tues, Mar 31: Hill Briefing

Economy and Peace?
Wendy Greene, the Managing Director of the Peace Alliance, recently wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper in Denver in response to an article about the economy and the campaign of congressional candidates in the State of Colorado. It’s a great example! Take a look, and if you’re inspired, write a letter to your local paper, utilizing some of these great ideas!

Derision and Partisanship Blind Us to Solutions
How perfect that the initiative to establish a U.S. Department of Peace was included in an article about our struggling economy and the Senate candidates’ ideas for addressing it ( “Economy Polarizes Politicians” 9/22/08). That’s exactly where discussions of nonviolent conflict resolution belong.
A 2004 World Health Organization report estimated the U.S. spends $300 billion a year on the after-effects of violence in our country–not including war-related costs. A Department of Peace will support us in expanding our capacity to resolve conflict before it erupts into violence, both internationally AND domestically.
If it were funded at about $10 billion per year, as is requested in the current legislation, and we succeeded at eliminating just half of that unnecessary spending, it seems both Democrat Mark Udall and Republican Bob Schaffer would have a lot more money to put toward those things we say we want-health care, infrastructure, social security, green energy and more.
How very sad that so many continue to discount, ridicule and marginalize the ideas that may actually hold a key to moving them toward the solutions we all seek.
Wendy Greene

FAQs from the desk of State co-leads Terry Mason and Tory Haslinger
Q: This election season is so heated and polarized. I feel completely at odds with people who support the candidate that I don’t. How can I be peaceful — be the change I want to see in the world — when I feel so differently than others?
A: This is such an important question. We may find ourselves either wanting to get into a serious discussion (argument?) with someone who feels differently so we can convince them that we’re right and they’re wrong, or we may want to avoid the confrontation altogether. There are wonderful tools to connect without trying to convince in Nonviolent Communication. If you’re not practiced in NVC, we have a wonderful monthly call-in with Miki Kashtan to help work through the process. Try to empathize with the other person.  Work to make a space for every person to have their own perspective, including yourself. Try to find common ground, and celebrate that together. Try to relax if someone expresses an opinion that differs from your own — own your opinion, express it without assigning blame or fault. Part of the work that we are doing in this campaign is to be transpartisan, all-partisan, non-partisan — whatever term you choose — but to embrace all points of view and know that at the core, every person wants to live in a safe and peaceful world. In working through these kinds of conversations at a time that seems polarized, you may find that you connect in ways that you didn’t think possible — and you will build your ability to be more at peace.


Yours in Peace,

Terry Mason and Tory Haslinger
State co-coordinators, Los Angeles, Valley and Santa Barbara
areas Volunteers for the Department of Peace and Nonviolence

* Specifically, the areas covered are Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley north to Lancaster area, and Ventura area north to Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo. The congressional districts covered are 23-25, and 27-36. Don’t know what district you’re in? Go to, and input your zip code (you may also need to input your address) — you’ll find out who all of your elected officials are!

From Rebecca Peterson San Diego Organizer Student Peace Alliance

The 2008 Peace Jam Conference, held at Loyola Marymount University, gave students from all over the world the opportunity to come together and find ways to bring about peace. We had the honor to meet and listen to the inspirational speeches of 7 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates including Jody Williams, Betty Williams, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Rigoberta Menchú Tum. Peace Jam’s Global Call To Action Project Challenge hopes to inspire 1 billion acts of peace over the next 10 years. As The Student Peace Alliance, we had the honor of presenting our global call to action project (The campaign for a Department of Peace) to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a large portion of other students at the conference. These 3 days were a great way to share our project and learn how other youth of the world plan on spreading peace on a global level.


Call in 10/16/08: Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
Wendy Greene, Managing Director of The Peace Alliance, has been honored to be invited as a participant in a conference call panel (CALL A, below) hosted as part of their programming for the annual Conflict Resolution Day, Thursday, October 16, 2008.
CALL A: Conflict Resolution, Democracy, and Policymaking: Lessons and Challenges

Date: Thursday, October 16 (Conflict Resolution Day 2008) Time: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (Pacific) Call-in Number: 1-518-825-1400 Access Code: 54568

CALL B: Working for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding: How Can I Make a Better World? NOTE: THIS CALL IS INTENDED FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
Date: Thursday, October 16 (Conflict Resolution Day 2008) Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (eastern) Call-in Number: 1-518-825-1400 Access Code: 54568
Students can submit questions during the call using instant messaging at the bottom of the page located at
click here

Respectful Confrontation Workshop, November 14-16
Respectful Confrontation: The Practice of Compassionate Engagement A Weekend Workshop with Joe Weston Los Angeles – November 14-16, 2008 Friday 7 – 9:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am – 6 pm
This workshop will shift and reframe your views on Confrontation, Assertiveness, and True Power — leading to more self-confidence and peaceful interactions with others.
The principles offered will be put into action and brought to life — allowing you to embody the teachings — through physical exercises, meditation, basic martial arts techniques, breath work, and interactive role plays.
$295 (financial assistance available) Los Angeles Wllness works 540 West Broadway, Glendale 91204


Living Peace in Ojai

Ojai held its second annual “Living Peace in Ojai” weekend of activities, Sept 19-21, in celebration of the UN International Day of Peace:  peace pole planting, peace talks, music, poetry, waterway cleanup, Jeremy Gilley’s new feature documentary “The Day after Peace”, International Dances of Peace, an InterSpiritual Service, World Peace Flag Ceremony, and much, much more.

Nadia Rodriguez, our Student Peace Alliance Santa Barbara area Organizer, came through “Living Peace in Ojai” 2007 (by way of her teacher and SPA Sponsor Scott Wilson)!

Visit www.livingpeaceinojai.comto get a flavor of a whole community standing up for peace!

Early Holiday Shopping?
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