October Newsletter

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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.”

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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.
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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 terry@lupineproductions.com 818-687-2942 24hours in advance


National Crime Prevention Month / Domestic Violence Awareness Month(CA: www.safestate.org)

Thurs, Oct 16: Conflict Resolution Day (www.acrnet.org)

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 amzonbabe@aol.com, 310.855.1303 or Jo Ann Gaines jogaines1@hotmail.com, 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: terry@lupineproductions.com, 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 (www.nationalpeaceacademy.us./)
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,amzonbabe@aol.com, 310 855-1303.

Internal contacts: Sherri Jaye (sherrijaye@sbcglobal.net); Debbie Renner (vendors) drenner@lausd.net

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 (www.valentinepeaceproject.org)

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 www.nyvpw.org.

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: http://crystalcity.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp;
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 www.congress.org, 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?
You can shop online at over 700 brand name stores through iGive.com, and have a portion of each online purchase donated to The Peace Alliance! On the main page of www.thepeacealliance.org, at the bottom of the banner on the left-hand side, click on the iGive icon — or, just click on this



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Peace Tour Artist Alex Arndt plays on 8/26

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Alex Arndt Band’s next LA show is at The Derby on Tues. Aug. 26th at 9:30pm. Send me an email to be on the guest list!

Peace Tour on Go Vegan Radio!

Click Here and Listen to GoVeganRadio’s May 17th, 2008 show featuring Alex Arndt and the Peace tour!

Peace Tour 2008! Hear the Music Be the Change!


Peace Tour 2008Once is not enough.“I am so happy and grateful to be embarking on a journey that will go down in history! “ Alex Arndt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE[May 13, 2008]Los Angeles- Last year a rising indie band, China Room, decided to make their first tour a Peace Tour in support of the Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence., garnering national and international attention. This year, the hear it, feel it, be it generation said that one Peace Tour was not enough and more independent musicians take this Peace thing into their own hands. Alex Arndt and Acoustic Minds join forces for Peace Tour 2008. This year, two sets of musicians, with a more extensive touring schedule, join a growing list of celebrity endorsers such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frances Fisher, Amy Smart and Joaquin Phoenix, to bring this historic grassroots citizen initiative to the nation.

“To be able to creatively deliver a message of peace to all people who hear about this tour or come to see the concerts, is a true blessing.  Peace and love is the essence of my message, my music, and my life.  Hence, at this crucial time when Mother Earth and her residents are crying out for peace, I feel very privileged to be trailblazing this campaign using the talents bestowed upon me by the universe.” Alex Arndt has performed at such hot spots as Las Vegas’ House of Blues, The Key Club, The Viper Room, The Knitting Factory, Highland Grounds and Fais Do Do in Los Angeles, Whitlow’s on Wilson in DC, Boston’s Harpers Ferry, Eugene’s Cozmic Pizza and many more. He has been a featured Spotlight artist on Sonicbids.com and has been reviewed by Northeast In-Tune Magazine, Great American Song Contest, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Papercut Records, and Enfuse Magazine. Alex also was the recipient of an honorable mention in the Singer/Songwriter Awards for his song “Oh Well.” “This band is all around good rock songs with a lighter touch. Excellent songs from beginning to end.” A&R Select

“Support World Peace! We are honored to make our NW Ride Tour a Peace Tour – working with the Dept of Peace and Non-Violence to get this global message out!” Acoustic Minds began as a three-piece, with twins Jenni and Amanda Price sharing their love of singer-songwriters like Sarah McLachlan and Joni Mitchell with acoustic guitar. They found like-minded artists around the Portland area, Nathan Milton (acoustic guitar, vocals), Franklin Gallwas (percussion), and Nathan Carver (bass) and eventually filled out their sound to a full band. Their first CD “Time” was released in 2005, and launched a national 59-city tour. Now, they have released their second CD, Live at Mississippi Studios and has already made a splash on Garageband.com’s Folk Rock charts as well their Blues, R&B, and Jazz top picks, described as “Amazing Harmonies, one of the best vocal blends in town..” by Jim Brunberg (SF’s “Box Set” & owner “Mississippi Studios”)

What has these artists so excited that they’re dedicating an entire tour to it? The Dept. of Peace Campaign, an historic citizen lobbying effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace, with a bill currently before the U.S. House of Representatives (HR 808) is a landmark measure that will augment our current problem-solving options, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict. Domestically, the Department of Peace will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal discord. Internationally, the Department will advise the President and Congress on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation among nations. www.thepeacealliance.org

“I am so happy and grateful to be embarking on a journey that will go down in history!  I truly believe from the core of me, that the world desperately deserves a US Department of Peace.  Just saying it’s pure title sends chills down my spine.  As with “Strength Through Peace (1,2,3,4)”, a song I wrote and recorded in support of Dennis Kucinich’s HR 1234, I aim to also write an even more powerful song about HR 808 to engage and inspire congressmen and citizens across the nation.” Alex Arndt A grassroots alliance between musicians and awareness raising for the Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace is so natural and successful that the Los Angeles area campaign is putting together a Peace Tour Kit to enable musicians from around the entire country to make their own Peace Tours, with information, models, resources and contacts for advice, experience sharing and even training in how to talk about peace.Please check out www.ladop.org

for information on the Peace Tour 2008 including a tour schedule that includes Eugene, Portland and Seattle, an Electronic Press Kit, and links to information on the Dept. of Peace Campaign, Acoustic Minds and Alex Arndt.For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact press@ladop.org  

Peace Tour 2008

May 16   Borders Books and Music   Beaverton, Oregon

May 17   The Vogue                        Chelan, Washington

May 18   Borders Books and Music   Union Gap, Washington

May 18   Borders Books and Music   Tacoma, Washington

May 19   Faire Gallery                        Seattle, Washington

May 20   Cozmic Pizza           Eugene, Oregon

May 21   Edge of Belmont      Portland, Oregon

May 22   East Burn                 Portland, Oregon

May 23   Skyway w/Keegs      Rhododendron, Oregon

May 24   The Summit Saloon Lounge  Bend, Oregon