Peace Partnership International


Peace Partnership International

Dear Friends,

Thank you. Thank you for your consistent support and encouragement over these years. It is because of you that Peace Partnership International formerly Peace Alliance Foundation is now a United Nations NGO forging alliances with and among government, business and civil society – partnerships that actually demonstrate a culture and practice of peace.

We live in a time of great possibility. This moment in human history is termed by Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest, as the greatest social change movement humanity has ever known. There is no one leader; we all share the responsibility for creating a world that works for everyone. Our work together through Peace Partnership International is part of this social change movement.

In these times of tension, crisis, and uncertainty, we must ask ourselves, “What is emerging?” “What is it that will help us move through to a place of sustainability, well-being, and security?”

Let me tell you about our three initiatives.

First, we are establishing a National Peace Academy. Peace Partnership International is part of a consortium with the Biosophical Institute and Case Western Reserve University. Together, we have convened a process to design and establish a National Peace Academy in the United States. The next phase of the process is the NPA Stakeholder Design Summit, March 2-4, 2009, at Case, where David Cooperrider will facilitate the design process for 200-300 stakeholders, utilizing Appreciative Inquiry.

The National Peace Academy (www.nationalpeaceacademy.us) and the inclusive design process through which it is being created will reflect the principles and practices of peace. The development of the peacebuilder is the keystone, and we envision a National Peace Academy to be an interdisciplinary, academically rigorous program, graduating the next generation of peacebuilders who will bring their unique background to the corporate, nonprofit, and government workplace.

Second, we participate in the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace, which we co-founded in 2005. The Global Alliance is a community of people and organizations in 35 countries calling for structures in government that support a culture of peace. Here in the U.S. we partner with The Peace Alliance, with its campaign for a US Department of Peace, and the Student Peace Alliance. The Global Alliance is crafting a resolution for presentation to the UN General Assembly in support of structures in government that focus on peacebuilding.

All of us are thrilled that the government of Costa Rica will host the fourth Global Alliance Summit in September 2009, when Costa Rica will announce its own Ministry of Justice and Peace, the third country to have such a ministry – the others are Solomon Islands and Nepal.

Our third initiative, Building Bridges of Peace, is dedicated to creating partnerships throughout society that demonstrate how peace is common sense and creates peace through commerce.

For example, as a non-profit organization, we strive to think and act in ways that demonstrate the value of peace through commerce and the practicality and wisdom of investing in peace. To that end, we serve as fiscal sponsor for Cascadia Peace Development Fund, a for-profit enterprise working to promote “practical peacebuilding.” Cascadia funds financially viable products and sustainable programs worldwide that promote peace, and it supports individuals and nonprofit organizations that are working to bring about peace. All revenues are invested back into funding further peace projects.

With the holiday season approaching, there are several ways you can make an investment in peace by supporting the work of Peace Partnership International:

  • Make a tax deductible donation online at www.peacepartintl.org/invest, or write a check payable to Peace Partnership International and send it to us at the address below. You may designate that your donation is made in honor or in memory of someone special in your life.
  • Purchase the artwork of Colin Jury at www.newmediart.com.br/. Colin is donating to Peace Partnership International all net proceeds from his work “The Fire of Love” and 15% of net proceeds from sales of his other works.
  • Purchase Affirmawrap blankets from Affirmagy. Affirmawraps are “soft and comfy blankets” silk screened or woven with affirmations such as Love, Joy, Gratitude, Peace, and many more – the perfect gift for adults, for babies, for everyone! Best of all, Affirmagy returns to Peace Partnership International 20% of all sales from people referred from our site. Just go online to www.peacepartintl.org/businesspartners and click on the Affirmagy logo.

Your gift ensures our capacity to establish a National Peace Academy, continue the growth and impact of the Global Alliance, and create the partnerships that help make visible and viable a culture of peace.

Together we make a difference!

In loving cooperation and in the spirit of peace,

Dot Maver

Dot Maver, President & CEO
Peace Partnership International
www.peacepartintl.org

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Our next monthly Nonviolent Communications (NVC) conference call

Dear friends,

Our next monthly Nonviolent Communications (NVC) conference call to support you in your communication challenges (inner and outer) is this Thursday, November 20, 2008. This is a week earlier than usual, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 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

to:

– 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

conversation:

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:

http://www.thepeacealliance.org/content/view/64/73/. 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 Nonviolence, and for your commitment to truly be the change we are calling for. I trust you will enjoy the call.

In gratitude,

Wendy

Wendy Greene

Managing Director

The Peace Alliance

www.thepeacealliance.org

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, December 18, 2008. NOTE THAT THIS IS A WEEK EARLIER than usual, due to the Christmas holiday. Same time, same call-in number.

ABOUT MIKI KASHTAN

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 www.baynvc.org.

Peace Alliance Newsletter

There are times we all recognize as history in the making and certainly this past week has been one of them.

Regardless of how you voted, selecting new leaders is just the beginning. As citizens, we now focus our attention on using our voices to empower them to prioritize peace–in every home and school, in our streets and prisons, and around the world.

It is with great enthusiasm that I assumed the role of Executive Director on October 1st. Over the past years, and especially the past few months, I have worked closely with volunteers, staff, and Board, giving me a unique perspective on our work

I can tell you now our organization has never been larger or stronger. I am both excited and confident in what lies ahead.

Today we launch the registration for our Department of Peace Campaign National Conference, March 20-23, 2009 in Washington, DC and we expect it to be our largest ever.

I encourage each of you to come, whatever it takes.

The world is changing. Defining the course of our nation is the greatest civic influence we have. Now is the time, as the new Congress and new administration set their priorities, that we can make the biggest impact. Now is the time to make your voice heard and to ask your national leaders to make peace and violence reduction a top priority in every sector of our society, and the cornerstone of our international policy.

How can you do this?

Democracy is not a spectator sport. It requires our active engagement. Our last conference sold out, and we had to turn people away at the door. This year, you can be one of 1,000 citizens crisscrossing the halls of Congress, inspiring our leaders to reach for a brighter, better and saner future. Don’t you want to be there?

Lynn McMullen
Executive Director
The Peace Alliance


Get Your Holiday Cards Today!

2008 Holiday CardsDo you continue the timeless tradition of connecting with friends and family during the holidays by sending them cards and letters? If so, you have a great opportunity to also support The Peace Alliance and the Department of Peace Campaign!

Rather than popping down to your local Hallmark, buy your Holiday Cards online from us! These one-of-a-kind cards were specially designed by Campaign volunteer Marcia Taack of California. Each card contains information about the Campaign on the back and all proceeds benefit The Peace Alliance.

Order your cards today!


Send Your Postcards to the President-Elect

Now that the elections are over, our work begins in earnest. Now through Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, we are sending postcards to President-elect Barack Obama telling him we want increased funding for effective violence reduction and prevention programs. Learn how you can join this fun, easy and important action today!

If you’ve already participated, be sure to report your results (if you haven’t already) and keep enrolling your friends and family!


Get Ready for the National Conference!

We’re thrilled to announce early-bird registration is NOW OPEN
for the 2009 National Conference to be held in Washington, D.C.!

It promises to be an historic four-day event featuring YOU, hundreds of youth and adult grassroots volunteers from across the nation and the world, Riane Eisler, Rita Marie Johnson, Azim Khamisa, Ocean Robbins, Rich and Yvonne St. John-Dutra and more!

Learn all about the conference on our website and register today!


Peace Walks Inspire!

Miami Walk for Peace 2008Congratulations everyone! More than 25 Walk for Peace events were held all across the nation in during September, many held in conjunction with the International Day of Peace, September 21.

We’ve put the stories we’ve received on the website for you to read. Those are just the tiny tip of the iceberg we’ve heard about from organizers. If you don’t see your story there, feel free to send it to Wendy.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone!


Passing of Stephen Desposito

Stephen DespositoWe’re sad to report the loss of Stephen Desposito, former Co-Congressional District Team Leader (CDTL) of Rhode Island’s District 2. A very young 57 at his passing on September 5, 2008, Steve and his wife Joyce helped pioneer Peace Alliance efforts in Rhode Island.

The family has established The Stephen A. Desposito Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.   Donations payable to “URI Foundation/Stephen A. Desposito” may be sent to the URI Foundation, PO Box 1700, Kingston, RI 02881.

You may read his full obituary online. Thank you Steve for a life well-lived and well-loved.

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From the Board
By Christine Elliot

From September 25 through 27, 2008, our seven Peace Alliance Directors and three staff (Wendy Greene, Kathy Kidd and Julia Simon-Mishel) met in Marin, California for a Strategic Planning retreat lead by our new Executive Director, Lynn McMullen – a first with new Board members, Christine Elliot, Judy Kimmel, Matthew Albracht, Aaron Voldman and Daniel Smith, joining veteran Directors Heart Phoenix and Mike Robbins.

We evaluated our organization’s internal strengths and weaknesses, and the current and near-term external factors representing both threats to, and opportunities for, our work. (The analysis of “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats” forms the basis of accepted best practices for Strategic Planning.) You can anticipate exciting news in the near future as we further articulate specific goals, strategies and operational plans in the following four strategic areas: Strengthening and Growing Our Grassroots, Fundraising, Legislative Agenda and Community Peacebuilding. We look forward to working with the State Coordinators and incorporating grassroots input received in the past year as we refine our Strategic Plan.


Ask the Peacebuilder
By Marianne Perez

Editor’s Note: Educator and Peacebuilder Marianne Perez, who holds a masters in Peace and Conflict Studies and is part of New Yorkers for a Department of Peace, will share information and answer your questions about the field of peacebuilding. Read the full text of the column and submit your questions to Marianne on our website under under Get Involved>Peacebuilding Conversations>Ask a Peacebuilder. Enjoy!

Careers to Change the World?

The following email launches our discussion this month:

Hello,
My name is Katia, and I’m 18 years old. I have high hopes and dreams in changing society, and I dream big of even changing the world someday. Of course I do realize you must start small, but I was wondering if I can make this into a career? One revolving around peace and helping out society and even all over the world, spreading the message of peace. Which careers meet these requirements?

Read the answer and join the conversation on our website.

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Stories from the Field

Making Peace a Priority on the Campaign Trail
“What an amazing experience I had going to the Town Hall at Century Village in Deerfield Beach, Florida to meet Senator Joe Biden. While in line, I met Congressman Wexler (earlier this year, he signed on as a cosponsor for H.R. 808) and got the photo you see on the right.” Read more from South Florida’s Noreen Labonte here…

NorCal Hosts Town Hall with Congressman Ellison
Minnesota’s Congressman Keith Ellison joined activists in sunny Northern California to discuss peace and the Department of Peace legislation. Read Co-State Coordinator Nancy Merritt’s report….

Celebrating the International Day of Peace
Los Angeles-area CDTL JoAnn Gaines shares three great stories with insights and activities around the International Day of Peace, including her district’s efforts to get peace proclamations from local city councils and Ojai’s “Living Peace” activities.

San Diego Summer of Peace
Sue Trisler shares three great events held during August and September, touching more than a thousand people in San Diego. Read more…

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If you have a story from the field, please email it to Wendy Greene. We will be happy to consider it for this space and for posting on our website.


Monthly Grassroots Conference Calls

arrow pointing rightTimes for all calls: 6:00 PM Pacific/ 9:00 PM Eastern
New Call In Number for all calls: 1-219-509-8020  Access Code: 80808#

Click here for more information about monthly calls, and to hear recordings of previous calls.

Monthly All Call
Tuesday, November 11

Note: This is a week later than normally, due to the elections on Tuesday, November 4

Join Challenge Day’s Rich Dutra-St. John on this month’s All Call! Make sure you join us and connect with Department of Peace Campaign supporters all across the nation. We’ll share successes and challenges, find out what’s working and what’s coming up, and get re-centered for this important work.

All active campaigners or anyone interested in learning about what we are doing are encouraged to join us for these one-hour monthly calls.

Nonviolent Communications
Thursday, November 20

Note: This is a week earlier than usual due to the Thanksgiving Holiday

Get expert coaching from professional facilitators in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to support you in your communication challenges in your personal life, at work, and in service with the Department of Peace campaign. You’ll gain new skills in truly being peace, and find how changing your communications can help change your world.

Join us! This call lasts 90 minutes.