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 (www.heartwalker.org), 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#

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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

Calendar

Key:                                                      

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

OCTOBER

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#

NOVEMBER

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#

DECEMBER

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!

2009
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.

FEBRUARY 2009
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.

VOTE! NOVEMBER 4th!!!

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
campaign

* 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.

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS:

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

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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

Vote!

International Day of Peace is Sunday Sept 21st.

International Day of Peace  is Sunday Sept 21st.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FmEIP46B-E

What is Peace Day? How did it get started? Watch the video at the above link to find out.

Then come join us!Celebrate peace this weekend!
In celebration of the International Day of Peace, the Peace Alliance is sponsoring Peace Walks all over the country.

There are two Peace Walks in the LA area this weekend, one on Saturday morning in Los Angeles starting at Leimert Park at 9:00 am, and one on Sunday morning starting at the Santa Monica Pier North parking lot at 9:00 am, in conjunction with Heartwalker (www.heartwalker.org) — so please come and join us, and walk for peace!

Saturday:
The 3rd Annual Crenshaw District Peace Walk
Come Join Us: Location: Leimert Park – Crenshaw Blvd. & Vernon Ave. L.A., CA 90008 (4300 Block of Crenshaw)
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Time: 9:00 A.M Registration and the Walk Starts at 10 AM – approx ending time is 12:30PM
We will be walking on the sidewalk starting at Crenshaw Blvd. & Vernon Ave. down Crenshaw Blvd. to Rodeo Rd. & Crenshaw Blvd and back to Leimert Park.
WE ARE PLANNING TO HAVE A FUN, PEACEFUL DAY FOR ALL THAT COME OUT…So Please Come Out.
(Wear Comfortable Shoes)
Peace Out – Love In, LOCAL CONTACT: Mr. Mel. Taylor (323)286-5502 Email: all4peace@usa.com

Sunday:
Sunday, September 21, 2008 (International Day of Peace!)
Walk Start Location: Santa Monica Pier parking lot.
Time: 9:00 am to 12:01 (a minute of silence for peace will be held at 12:00 noon)
The Walk for Peace is from the Santa Monica Pier to Venice and return. This walk is coordinated in solidarity with the Heartwalker peace project (www.heartwalker.org).
For flyers / details, contact: Sherri Jaye, sherrijaye@sbcglobal.net, 310.625.9658

Hope to see you there!
Terry and Tory
www.thepeacealliance.org


September 2008 Newsletter from The Peace Alliance – Department of Peace Campaign

The Peace Alliance Newsletter

September 2008

2008 has been a busy year thus far. Successful regional conferences brought in new supporters, energy and enthusiasm for the campaign. The annual “Peace Wants a Piece of the Pie” event was bigger than ever with pies delivered in over 100 districts and available for all members of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. We lost a champion for peace with the passing of Stephanie Jones-Tubbs, and our campaign became nonpartisan at the elected official level with the addition of Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD). And within the last two weeks, The Peace Alliance met one of its 2008 goals by joining both parties at their national conventions to spread the word about HR 808 and the need for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence. And the media has taken notice.

I joined The Peace Alliance in December 2005. In the almost three years since then, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many of you. And because of your hard work and willingness to reach out to your local journalists and reporters, our media coverage has increased over ten-fold. Each time a letter to the editor is published, you raise awareness about a Department of Peace. Each time you speak at a local gathering, you give your fellow citizens something to think about and act on. Each time you wear your Department of Peace t-shirt, buttons or logo, you let your community know that you support peace. With September comes “Walks for Peace” and another opportunity for us to raise money, spread the word and enroll others in this important campaign.

I have deep gratitude for the vital work that you all are doing. Please feel free to contact me anytime for help with the media. Together we will Make Sense, Make Peace, and Make History.

In peace and gratitude,

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Patty Kuderer

Director of Communications

The Peace Alliance

Peace Walks … and Runs!

We are very proud to say that we are having our third annual Walks for Peace! What began in Michigan as an innovative idea from Dennis Mazurek has spread across the country to become fun events that raise money and awareness for the Department of Peace Campaign. Check out what Ft. Worth, Texas is doing with the first annual Peace RACE!

Enter your zip code here to see if there is a walk near you. Or join an existing walk in your area that another organization has created. Just set-up your fundraising page with us and circulate to your friends and family to raise money. Everyone wins! You support the turnout for an existing walk, and you support your commitment to this campaign.

Can’t make it to a walk? Click here to donate or set-up a fundraising page and ask your friends to imagine that you are walking. You get the idea! Participation is as creative as you want to get.

And last, if none of these appeal to you, pick a state from our event page and donate to their walk.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for all you do to support this historic movement. Everything we do brings us closer to the world we dream of.


Convention Reports

We are so pleased that we had a presence at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. We are working diligently to move beyond partisanship and this is particularly challenging during an election year.

These are times that make it clear we must focus on what we have in common to achieve unity and lasting solutions. Read the reports from Kathy Kidd, National Field Director and Wendy Greene, Managing Director.


Keep Peace in the Election Dialogue

Volunteers across the nation are keeping the Department of Peace legislation in the election-year dialogue, reminding candidates at all levels to Make Peace a Priority. Read how New Hampshire activists participated in activities in Unity, NH in June, then make plans for having your own impact.

Remember, we are nonpartisan, so we want to reach all candidates. You can learn more and download a packet of materials online.


Peace Jam GraphicSPA Partners with Peace Jam

The Student Peace Alliance is proud to announce an official partnership with Peace Jam! Both organizations collaborate to achieve similar goals and are youth-driven. The Student Peace Alliance expresses solidarity with Peace Jam’s Global Call to Action directly through two of its 10 sections, ‘Investing in Human Security’ and ‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence’. The other eight sections all contribute to reducing the root causes of violence.

Read more about the Global Call to ActionWatch an introduction on YouTube.

Every act for a culture and Department of Peace and Nonviolence is an act for Peace Jam’s Global Call to Action.


Ask the Peacebuilder

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!

What is Nonviolence?
By Marianne Perez

In the previous columns, we defined the terms “peace,” “conflict” and “violence.” This month, we will look at a related term: “nonviolence.”

Far from being passive, nonviolence requires a lucid understanding of the status quo and then flips it to reveal the humanity of all those involved. Gandhi first publicly espoused nonviolence on September 11, 1906 in South Africa, arguing against violent resistance and riots as an answer to British colonial laws that marginalized Indians. (See the video excerpt from Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi)

Read more and join the conversation on our website.


Stories from the Field


Miami Launches Grassroots Campaign
“The first step towards establishing a Miami Department of Peace Campaign took place on Tuesday August 13, 2008,” Nicola Roxburgh reports….


Phoenix Celebrates 4th Annual Department of Peace Day
Terri Mansfield and the Arizona Department of Peace Campaign supporters enrolled the Mayor of Phoenix in declaring the 4th Annual Department of Peace Day. Read the proclamation here…

Tabling with the Army
Photo - Florida volunteers with Army Recruiters met at a tabling eventAna Campos shares Florida volunteers’ experience at the Back to School/Stop the Gun Violence event in honor of Bryan Pata: “When we arrived at the event it was about 100 degrees, Tropical Storm Fay was headed our way and we were running a little late. LOL we were distracted by some challenges – but our hearts were so filled with joy and excitement! And then the Army, set up their information table right next to ours!” Read the whole story…


A Night with Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu spoke to a near capacity audience at Western Michigan University, and Robert Weir and Michigan volunteers were there to hear and share his insights. Read more…


California Conference Explores “A World Beyond Violence”
Kendra Mon from California’s 6th district shares a report on the powerful and moving California Regional Conference. Read more…


Benjamin Rush, Giant Dove Highlight NH Parades
“Due to our invitation to march in the Temple celebration, our initial intention was to forgo the Amherst parade. However, a week before the Fourth I became aware of the parade’s theme: Founding Fathers,” Jan Grossman from New Hampshire shares. You’ll never guess who showed up! 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

Times for all calls: 6:00 PM Pacific/ 9:00 PM Eastern
Call In Number for all calls: (712) 432-1601 Access code: 470821#

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

Monthly All Call
Tuesday, October 7

More than 75 volunteers joined this month’s All Call! Make sure you join the next 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 monthly calls.

Nonviolent Communications
Thursday, September 25

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.

September 2008 Newsletter from The Peace Alliance – Department of Peace Campaign.

Newsletter:

Department of Peace Southern California*

* 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!

IN THIS ISSUE

Calendar of Events

The International Day of Peace is September 21, 2008, with events all month long

Click here!

This is the LINK to your FREE COPY of Peace Day Magazine bannerpacked with events in every major city on Earth, and stories about people making strides in peace building around the world. This exciting issue will tell you all about Peace Day 2008, and how you can get in on the fun and excitement. There are festivals, concerts, marches, conferences, kids parades and lots more. Find an event near you, or put on one of your own – you’ll find it all in this FREE digital magazine hosted by NxtBookMedia – with music and flash! — check out page 72 for an article on The Peace Alliance!
Please forward this email to all of your friends and contacts! By spreading the word about Peace Day, you will help bring thousands of new people into these peacebuilding organizations so that they can expand their reach!
Peace will prevail if we build it! Peace is a choice! Get the tools in Peace Day Magazine


Peace In Action



There are extremists in all faiths who misguidedly act in violence against the message of their doctrines. Check out the similarities of major religions. It becomes clear that at the core, we all want the same things for the common good of everyone. Click HERE

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Civilian Diplomacy
If we know enough we’ll never go to war again

By ROBERT C. KOEHLER
Tribune Media Services
August 14, 2008

Peace is no more – and no less – than the audacity of sanity, reaching past the dubious geopolitics of national self-interest and standing, as Hank Brusselback did, underneath the ancient bridge in Esfahan, Iran, listening to the men who had gathered to sing.
It’s called civilian diplomacy, and it is one way we will create the peace our leaders don’t believe we’re ready for.
“If the government isn’t willing to talk to people, then the people need to be willing to (talk to each other),” Brusselback said. “It comes from a belief in the nature of security – it’s not about weapons, fear and posturing on the world stage. It’s about communication, talking to people, everyone having their basic needs met. If you understood security that way, you’d see that security is about dialogue.”
Full article here:

SPA Corner

by Nicole Nabulski

Student Peace Alliance tabled at the Jack Johnson concerts at San Diego and Irvine. Twelve students volunteered their time to table five hours and enjoy another 3 hours of Jack’s show. Jack Johnson met personally with some of our members where he thanked us for our work. Student Peace Alliance held a picture petition at the concert,where people wrote their names and addesses (so we can send their picture and name to their congressman) and took pictures of each concert goer. We collected many pictures and e-mails! Woot woot! Already, 2 concert-goers plan on starting chapters at their schools!

Options:Edging Toward Humanity

K. Skatula – 2008

Always opt for kindness.

Always opt for manners.

Always opt for joy.

Always opt for humor and happiness.

Always opt for forgiveness.

Always opt for taking the high road.

Always opt for gratefulness and grace.

Always opt for compassion.

Always opt for empowerment of another.

Always opt for the optimism of possibilities.

Always opt for character, conscience, and courage.

Always opt for trust in your own identity.

Always opt for faith in God’s design for us.

Always opt for the patience of a listening heart.

Always opt for seeing God’s light in a stranger’s eyes.

Always opt for the healing wisdom of music.

Always opt for passion.

Only opt for “love one another.”

Walk For Peace

Join the Los Angeles area Walk for Peace
Sunday, September 21st, 9 am – noon, Santa Monica

Dear Supporters:

Department of Peace activists from the greater Los Angeles area will be holding a Walk for Peace on Sunday, September 21, 2008 — the United Nations International Day of Peace. Please join us for what will surely be a fun and inspiring morning. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. We will meet at the Santa Monica Pier parking lot, and be walking south to Venice Beach and return. We plan to raise awareness and money for the campaign to help establish a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence! Our Walk for Peace will conclude with a minute of silence at noon. This Los Angeles area walk is coordinated in solidarity with the Heartwalker peace project (www.heartwalker.org) and will be incorporating the heart shape.

Our Walk for Peace is a fun and fitness activity for everyone. Please come prepared — sunscreen, hats, bottled water…

Please spread the word. We plan on making this Walk for Peace a great success. It goes without saying, the more participants and contributions we receive, the greater likelihood is that we will achieve our goal.

Thank you very much for your participation! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 21st, 2008!!

Details

For Flyers and Forms Click HERE

WHAT: Los Angeles area Walk for Peace Part of the 3rd Annual National Department of Peace Walk-a-thon,
and in solidarity with the Heartwalker Peace Project (www.heartwalker.org)

WHEN: Sunday, September, 21, 2008 (The International Day of Peace)

TIME: 9 am – noon
Registration 9 am, Walk 9:15 – noon, Minute of Silence at noon

WHERE: Santa Monica, CA 90401
Walk from
Santa Monica Pier to Venice and return

MEET: 9 am in the Santa Monica Pier parking lot,
just north of the pier at 1550 P.C.H.
(for map / directions, visit www.santamonicapier.org)

WHO: YOU, your friends, and others ready to literally walk the talk of peace.

COST: Free
This is a Dept of Peace National Walkathon and donations are welcomed.

WHY: Raise awareness and donations for The Peace Alliance /
Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence!
Model being the change, Inspire others, Have fun!
Support International Culture of Peace Month / The International Day of Peace!

WHAT TO BRING: H20 & sun protection,
Pledge forms/contributions,
Signs for the walk (positive, pro peace only, please; suggestions available on request).
We’ll have some Department of Peace (& International Day of Peace) signs available.

FLYER / FORMS: contact Sherri

RSVPs/Qs: Sherri Jaye, sherrijaye@sbcglobal.net, 310.625.9658

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Day of Peace

Dear Friend,

Every year, the United Nations International Peace Day is held on 21 September, when people around the world express their desire for peace. So that the majority of Roots & Shoots groups and JGI friends can be involved, I have chosen to have the “Roots & Shoots Day of Peace” take place in late September in support of the United Nation’s peace endeavors.
This year our day for celebrating peace will be Sunday 21 September. I do hope that you and your friends and families will join groups around the world to fly Peace Doves and celebrate the desire for peace in the human spirit!
Read entire note.

The Dept of Peace will be tabling at Dr. Jane’s event on Sept 21st and we need volunteers from 11-4pm. Please contact Pat Tallman! It’s fun for the whole family! On the lawn by the carousel in Griffith Park. Follow the signs. Pat will send all the info you need.More on the Day of Peace event:

Issue: # 9

September 2008

September is internationally acknowledged as a month for peace, with events occurring all over the world, most particularly in relation to September 21, the United Nations International Day of Peace. Know that, especially during this month, we are joined by people everywhere searching for peace with prayer, meditations, dreams, peaceful actions and celebrations.
Do this today — the deadline is 9/9, as the petition will be delivered to Congress 9/11: sign the petition “I Stand for Peace” on the national website, Click here to SIGN! We’re hoping for 5000 signatures, and are nearly there — with your help, we’ll make it, or go over the top!
The regular monthly meetings are cancelled this month due to all of the fun events! Go and enjoy, by yourself or with your family and friends, and we need volunteers to help table with us at a few of them — so please check the calendar, and join in the fun for peace!
With warm regards,
Terry Mason and Tory Haslinger

September Actions

see the Calendar for more details!

September 11-13 — Peace Jam. SPA has a booth. Seven Nobel Peace Laureates speaking! Space still available — register here now!
September 18 – “IN” workshop
September 19-21 – Living Peace in Ojai – www.livingpeaceinojai.com
September 21 — two GREAT events in the LA area!
Go to both for a double dose of peace on International Peace Day! – National Department of Peace walks – our local Santa Monica Peace walk – Click HERE!

also

Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots Peace Day Celebration, locally in Griffith Park by the merry-go-round – volunteers contact Pat at paxtallmanus@yahoo.com

September 28 – 24th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival, Venice – volunteers contact Tory at amzonbabe@aol.com


Calendar

September 2008

Key:

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


SEPTEMBER (Culture of Peace Month)

Sept 9 (6 pm PT): National ALL CALL; 712.432.1601, access code 470821#
Join us for our monthly All Call! On these calls, we celebrate recent local activities, share ideas, and hear updates on upcoming actions. All active campaigners or anyone interested in learning about what we are doing are encouraged to join us for these monthly calls. Check website at www.thepeacealliance.org for details regarding this call.

Thurs, Sept 11: Patriot Day; 102nd anniversary of Gandhi’s 1st nonviolent action

Sept 11-21: 11 days of Global Unity

Thurs, Sept 11: ‘I Stand for Peace’ petition will be delivered to our Congressional leadership.

Thurs-Sat, Sept 11-13: Peace Jam Call to Action Conference, Loyola Marymount University, L. A.
Over 3,000 youth (age 14-25) from around the globe will be there, as well as 7 Nobel Peace Prize Winners! For details: click here! Student Peace Alliance deadline for the conference is Friday, Aug 22. It is IMPORTANT to include that you heard about the conference through SPA.
($345 / youth participant / adult sponsor). If you are interested in joining the SPA National Group at the conference, contact TJ Bowen at spa.field@thepeacealliance.org

Sun, Sept 14 (5 pm GMT, 10 am PDT): World Peace Intention Experiment . The first in a series of Peace Intention Experiments testing the power of group intention to lower violence in areas around the world. This could be the largest scientific study in history, with hundreds of thousands of participants sending an intention of peace under highly controlled scientific conditions. Lynn McTaggart, author of The Intention Experiment, has assembled a scientific advisory body of leaders in consciousness research, to devise a strict protocol and measure violence levels before and after the intention is sent, to see if there is any effect. More information read more here!


CANCELLED DUE TO PEACE DAY Sept 20 Combined Team Meeting – City
CANCELLED Sept 21 Combined Team Meeting – Valley

Thur, Sept 18 (7-10pm): “IN” Workshop I ; Torrance (just off the 405); Japanese Meditation that combines breath, sound, and movement;1st in a series of 2 free workshops,
2nd date is Sept 28 (12 – 4pm); Instructor: Uran Snyder, artist, peacemaker, peace pole local contact;
Details HERE RSVP required click HERE!: URAN contact info: URAN4U@aol.com, 562.422.7711.

Sat, Sept 20 (or alternate day): 3rd Annual National “Walk for Peace” (visit www.ThePeaceAlliance.org)

Sun, Sept 21: International Day of Peace

Call In Action! Click here:

SPA National Action (in conjunction with DoPNV): National Call-in for a U.S. Department of Peace How to, click here for every thing you need to know:
Host a national call-in on your campus or in your community to have people call Congress in support of the Department of Peace. Call members of Congress asking them to cosponsor HR 808, or to thank those Representatives who are already cosponsors. For additional info, visit:
UN designated international day of peace and nonviolence, and worldwide movement to create a global ceasefire. A wealth of information is available on the website, including how to celebrate — in our schools, places of worship, libraries, parks, municipal buildings, with city/government officials …Please observe a minute of silence at noon.

Fri-Sun, Sept 19-21: “Living Peace in Ojai 2008”, Ojai celebrates The International Day of Peace For Info go HERE
check back for major updates: For schedule of events click here: Will include an interfaith service celebrating many faiths and spiritual traditions (Ojai Interfaith Alliance)

Fri-Sun, Sept 19-21: 50th Anniversary Catalina Art Festival, Catalina Island;
Redondo Beach Participants Augustin Garnier and Willie Davis will also table DoPNV.

Sun, Sept 21: Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots Day of Peace celebration, Griffith Park, near the Merry Go Round. L.A.Celebration & grand parade with hundreds of Giant Peace Doves. This event is free.

Volunteers needed! DoPNV Table Contact Pat Tallman, paxtallmanus@yahoo.com

Sun, Sept 21 (9 am-noon): 3rd Annual National Department of Peace “Walk for Peace”, Santa Monica

Meet at 9 am at the Santa Monica Pier parking lot (north of pier — 1550 P.C.H.), walk to Venice and return (observing a heart shape), and close with a minute of silence at noon. Join the national walk-a-thon in our L. A. community. All are welcome! Contact: Sherri Jaye (CA-33): sherrijaye@sbcglobal.net, 310.625.9658

Sun, Sept 21: “STAND-UP for International Peace”
A night of comedy in recognition of Peace Day. At a comedy club near you. Comedy dates may vary.
Check site HERE for updates.


Sun, Sept 21: Global Mala Yoga for Peace
Join a 2008 event. Check for updates HERE!.


Sept 23 (6-6:45 pm PT): National CDTL Call; 712.432.1601, access code 470821#

Sept 25 (6 pm PT): Nonviolent Communication Call; 712.432.1601, access code 470821#

Sun, Sept 28 (10:00am-6:30pm): 24th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival, Venice
DoPNV booth.
Volunteers needed! Contact Tory Haslinger, amzonbabe@aol.com, 310.855.1303.

OCTOBER


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

Thurs, Oct 2: International Day of Non-Violence in recognition of Gandhi’s birthday

Tues, Oct 7 (6 pm PT): National ALL CALL; 712.432.1601, access code 470821#

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

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

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


MARCH 2009 Looking Ahead!!
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

Insight from our South Florida partners

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The South Florida team lead by Ana Campos is a fun and powerful group, making contact with many on the campaign trail directly. Recently, Ana shared a story of tabling at an event put on by the Bryan Pata Foundation www.BryanPataFoundation.org. The Army set up their table right next to theirs. They spent the day, one by one, going to the Army table, befriending, honoring and appreciating them — in addition to sharing information with hundreds of attendees. At the end of the day, each soldier gave them positive feedback, acknowledging that they understood what the campaign is about, and that they were supported — and thanked our volunteers!
Then they met Robert Bozeman, who offered to help pass this bill, saying that we need to prevent violence. Ana wrote:
“On February 28, 2005 when he was 22 years old, he was shot at 18 times in front of 32 witnesses. He’s missing half of his skull and has a beautiful smile. He is also a living crime statistic that we talk about and he’s a walking miracle.
Meeting him puts things and life into perspective. When I have a bad day or get bummed or we start fussing about meetings, copying flyers, walks, donations – thinking about Robert will always remind us of a living, breathing, feeling example of exactly why we’re doing this and why we need this.
These are his videos – please watch one:
Video 1
Video 2

Dept of Peace Presence at the DNC & RNC

From Jerilyn Stapleton, reporting on the Democratic National Convention in Denver:

I was privileged to be able to attend the DNC convention with the Feminist delegation who had their reception, The EqualiTEA, on Monday. I was so excited the DOPN had a presence at this convention, I would not have missed our reception for anything. Tuesday was the hottest day of the week, so having the reception at The Gelato was perfect (nice cold eats and drinks.)
It was great to see Kathy Kidd and Wendy Greene who always represent us with such class. I enjoyed seeing and talking to Linda Henderson from MI. I was able to meet the Denver team, great people all. I was given a new button that says “Peace is Sexy!” in red and white, I will wear and treasure. I was able to meet TJ Bowen, the national field organizer for the SPA. We talked about the upcoming Peace Jam event at Loyola Marymount, September 11 – 13, 2008. He said he would like another youth from Los Angeles to attend the event along with him and Nicole. Another highlight, was getting my picture taken with Congressman Conyers, what a treat! All in All it was a great event!

And an excerpt from Wendy Greene, reporting on the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN:
Sadly, as most of you know, there was conflict between citizens and police in the preceding days, and it didn’t do much to make the town inviting. A Republican Delegate friend of mine actually described St. Paul as being “locked down.” So at 8:00 a.m. on the final day of the Convention–our randomly assigned speaking time–the streets of St. Paul were quite dead. Nearly a dozen of our incredible Minneapolis/St Paul area grassroots supporters came out, despite the very late night before, the cloudy and chill morning and the tense aura in town. It was a really wonderful show of support and the level of commitment in this campaign!
At the last minute, we enrolled Mel Duncan, Executive Director of Nonviolent PeaceForce, to join us on stage, and Patty Kuderer gave her speaking time to him. The promised press never materialized, so he, Mary Jane LaVigne and I played it for the police on the other side of the ugly iron barriers. It was, as advertised, a bit like speaking in a cage, which had been constructed out of fear of angry protests (that certainly never materialized at that site).
The entire experience was a powerful reminder of the deep need for the work we’re doing.
The Open Forum stage staff was most courteous and helpful, and let us know that we had the largest turn out of anyone so far that week! They actually came around to the front of the stage to listen directly to our presentation for awhile. And, of course, we added our brochures to the collection of what they described as “websites people think we should go look at.” So who knows–maybe we’ll gain some new grassroots supporters!

Questions From You!

FAQs from the desk of State co-leads Terry Mason and Tory Haslinger

Q: What is tabling? What will I be asked to do if I volunteer at an event like Roots and Shoots, or the Abbot Kinney Festival?

A: Simply put, tabling is putting up a table with literature where people are expected, and sharing the information about the campaign with passers-by. We distribute literature, and buttons and bumper stickers for donations, and have a container available for additional donations. Sometimes we also offer baked goods or water for donation. We sign people up, and later add them to the database to receive National and local emails.
At each one of the events that we table, we will always have experienced volunteers to assist anyone that is newer to the campaign. If you don’t know the answer to a question that is asked, someone at the table will — and by the end of the few hours you spend, you will become much more expert at sharing information about the bill and the movement, and much more effective at taking it back to your personal sphere of friends and family. You will become more empowered and have fun at the same time!
It’s really one of the most fun things that you can do — because sharing the information with people, and watching their faces light up as they realize that there’s something exciting going on that they can be a part of, will put a smile on your face. Do you remember the first time you heard about the campaign? That’s what happens when you table — you create that first experience for many, many other people.
So volunteer! Come join us for a few hours, and share the message with people

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
campaign

The Peace Alliance – Campaign for a Department of Peace

California: Santa Monica, CA 90401 – Walk for Peace

September 21, 2008

9:00 AM – 12:01 PM

Sunday, September 21, 2008 (International Day of Peace!) Walk Start Location: Santa Monica Pier parking lot. The Walk for Peace is from the Santa Monica Pier to Venice and return. This walk is coordinated in solidarity with the Heartwalker peace project (www.heartwalker.org). For flyers / details, contact: Sherri Jaye, sherrijaye@sbcglobal.net, 310.625.9658

Directions

Meet at 9 am in the Santa Monica Pier parking lot just north of the pier, 1550 Pacific Coast Hwy. For map/directions, visit http://www.santamonicapier.org.

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June eNewsletter: Stand for Peace this Summer; Walk for Peace this Fall

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The Peace Alliance wrote:

June eNewsletter: Stand for Peace this Summer; Walk for Peace this Fall

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The Peace Alliance Newsletter
June 2008

CONTENTS


June in Washington, D.C. can be inspiring, in spite of a heat wave! Wendy Greene and Kathy Kidd of The Peace Alliance staff, myself and Dan Smith from the Board, and Aaron Voldman and Julia Simon-Mishel of the SPA Coordinating Committee (and in Aaron’s case, also from the Board) revisited many House offices and blazed new territory on “the Hill.” We met with the senior legislative staff in offices from both sides of the aisle, and frequently we were greeted by the Representative or Senator.

A few of my impressions upon return:

 

  • Be the squeaky wheel and lobby, lobby, lobby. Don’t let them forget us. Even just stopping in with a business card at their local office with “Dept. of Peace” written on the back makes an impact.
  • To take action on our need to be bi-partisan, we were advised make a strong presence in districts where the election races are close because typically conservative candidates in those areas are more likely to move to centrist positions to gain supporters.
  • This is a pivotal year. People are very invested in the presidential campaign and related elections. Money is flowing freely in those areas, but nonprofits and community programs are suffering from lack of financial support. As an organization, we are in the best of times and the worst of times. We, The Peace Alliance and its supporters, are being heard in D.C. Staff and members of Congress alike know who we are. We also suffer from decreased financial support as everyone works to contribute to their candidates of choice.

 

As we lobby for the profound social change needed to move this country away from our addiction to violence, we appreciate each day the wonderful work grassroots supporters provide in moving this vision forward. We are gaining momentum and the next year will prove crucial. Please continue to keep The Peace Alliance on the top burner; we are the “trim tab” that can help shift the ship of state on a new course!

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and generosity.

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Judy Kimmel
Member of the Board of Directors
The Peace Alliance

 

Thanks for Supporting Our Lobbying Week

Thanks to the more than 85 of you who responded to our June 19 update about our Lobbying Week (which Judy discussed above), and gave $10 (or more!) for peace. It was a great reminder of how much, “every little bit helps.” We raised more than $1,500-enough to pay for one more month of DC office rent, and have a little left over. It’s still not too late to give, or to spread the word to friends and family!

Read more about our lobbying week and how you can help us do more of that kind of work. Or click here to donate now.

 

Stand for Peace This Summer

Photo of Azim Khamisa from the video There are many statistics in our lives, but they never matter until we become one.” So shares Azim Khamisa in The Peace Alliance’s public service announcement (PSA), explaining how his only son became the victim of gang violence. After pursuing the path of forgiveness, he founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) in his son’s memory, partnering with the grandfather of his son’s killer to teach young people the perils of gang involvement and how to make better choices.

Stand with The Peace Alliance and Azim in calling for Congress to make reducing and preventing violence a national priority.

Learn more about programs, including TKF, that are effectively addressing the issue of violence and invite your friends to do the same on our I Stand for Peace education page.

Sign the “I Stand for Peace” petition and spread the word to your friends. Help us tell Congress that We Stand for Peace.

 

League of Women Voters Update

Thank you everyone who responded to our request to support Frank Goetz and the Department of Peace campaign volunteers from the Wheaton, IL, chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) as they hosted a caucus at the LWV National Conference. Patty Kuderer, National Director of Communications, joined the group for a standing-room-only presentation to LWV members to discuss the Dept. of Peace and Nonviolence legislation and the potential for partnering with the LWV. Caucus members enthusiastically agreed with the need for the legislation.

While procedural issues prevented the whole convention from hearing the motion for support, Frank and the team were able to recommend support of the legislation to the League’s directors. Reports Frank, “I took the opportunity to make a one-minute speech, which was applauded by about half the delegates still remaining. In the speech, which was drafted as an ‘official’ motion to update the LWV position on Violence Prevention, adopted 14 years ago, I noted that violence had increased to record levels and that more government resources were clearly needed. The RESOLVE part asked for a Department of Peace, a Secretary of Peace, and a Peace Academy.” The chair indicated that the Board would accept it as guidance.

Frank is continuing to work with national staff to build relationship with the League, and build upon the good work started at the convention, and at individual League chapters around the country.

 

Get Ready to Walk for PeaceWalk for Peace 2008



Plans are underway for our third annual Walk for Peace walkathons on September 20, which falls between Patriot Day (9/11) and the International Day of Peace (9/21). Districts across the nation are already at work organizing their walks.

It’s a fun, creative, dynamic way to raise money and awareness about the Department of Peace. Updated resources and planning tools will be on the web shortly. In the meantime, check out last year’s information.

You can start organizing your events using our Distributed Event Tool. Just make sure you name your event with your information in the following format:

“State, City – Walk for Peace”

That makes it easier for folks scanning all of the events to pick out ones in their states.

Signup Link for organizers | Search by zip code for Walks already set up

 

Student Peace Alliance Update
By Miranda Fisher

As summer begins to unfold, the momentum of the Student Peace Alliance continues as students dedicate time and effort to this crucial campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

Participants at the Student Peace Alliance Retreat in Washington, DC, June 2008 The SPA annual leadership conference recently took place June 5-8 in Washington D.C. The coordinating committee along with nine state organizers reunited to envision the future of Student Peace Alliance long term, and for the 2008-2009 school year. The students discussed national actions and made alterations to the structure of Student Peace Alliance to accommodate new growth and development. Many State Organizers offered to become Regional Organizers to reach out and maintain contact with our expanding network. Importantly, a National Legislative Strategy Committee was established to address the widely expressed need. In fact, it was decided that leadership of this committee would be the exclusive focus of a Coordinating Committee member.

Students are also turning their attention to the current Jack Johnson tour, taking place all across the country. The Student Peace Alliance was invited table as part of Jack’s “Village Green” to provide an avenue for fans to take action in support of positive change. During the concerts the Student Peace Alliance is focusing on creating a massive online photo petition through taking photographs of concert attendees who support the establishment of a U.S. Department of Peace and indexing them in a huge online database to use as a tool in future lobbying.

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy time off of school. However, this free time has not slowed down the students who are dedicated to seeing a U.S. Department of Peace established in our government! Please contact your local Student Peace Alliance chapter to find out what is happening in your district, or send an email to spa.field.organizer@gmail.com.

 

Ask the Peacebuilder

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 post your comments or questions right under the article on our website, (site registration required), under Get Involved > Peacebuilding Conversations > Ask a Peacebuilder. Enjoy!


Conflict as an Opportunity
By Marianne Perez

In peace studies, conflict is often defined as a situation in which two or more parties perceive that they have incompatible goals, strategies, values or interests. Conflicts can be as simple as a couple trying to decide how to spend their vacation or as complex as the situation in the Middle East.

Let’s take a closer look at the definition:

“Two or more parties” – conflict involves at least two parties (whether they are individuals, groups, states, civilizations, etc.). It is nearly impossible to have a conflict with only one party. When asked about an internal conflict, peace scholars often say that even if a conflict is happening within a single person, there are different parts of the person that are in conflict (i.e. id-ego, left brain-right brain, etc.). On the other end of the spectrum, conflicts tend to involve more than just two parties. The couple trying to figure out their vacation plans obviously involves the two members of the couple, but can also implicate their children, their parents, their friends, the people to whom they will or will not give their business, etc.

“Perceive” – to me, this is the key. Often times, conflicts escalate to violence because of the perception of incompatibility or intractability. When the parties stop and take the time to clarify their positions, it nearly always comes out that the conflict is a result of a misperception. This could be a misperception of one’s own or the other’s goals and values. It is in this space where dialogue and creativity can positively transform conflict. This is where conflict becomes an opportunity to explore each party’s needs and to search for an outcome that meets all parties’ needs.

Read more and join the conversation on our website.

 

Why We Give

Why do people give to The Peace Alliance? Here’s a note from one very special donor (age 11):

Dear Friends at the peace alliance,

My grandfather gave my cousins and me two hundred and fifty dollars to donate to the charity of our choice. All four of us picked to give the money to you. We think it’s crazy that our government doesn’t have a department of Peace yet. We want to help you succeed!! Thank you for all the great work, keep it up!

your friend,
Tevon

The note included a colored picture of a peace sign and 4 checks each one for $250 each with a different name in the memo.

Thank you Tevon, and your cousins. You made our day!

 


Stories from the Field

Students from Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF)

School Bullying
Focus of San Diego’s Quarterly PeaceMasters Gathering

Sue Trisler shares how the San Diego Department of Peace campaign group is transforming their quarterly meetings into education and outreach events that partner with local community violence-prevention experts. Read more. . .

Photo: Young people from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) Circles of Peace program attended the PeaceMasters event.

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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

Times for all calls: 6:00 PM Pacific/ 9:00 PM Eastern
Call In Number for all calls: (712) 432-1601 Access code: 470821#

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

Monthly All Call
Tuesday, August 5

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to 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 monthly calls.

Nonviolent Communications
Thursday, July 31

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.

  • Welcome
  • Thanks for Supporting Our Lobbying Week
  • Stand for Peace this Summer
  • League of Women Voters Update
  • Get Ready to Walk for Peace
  • SPA Update
  • Two More Regional Conferences
  • Why We Give
  • Ask the Peacebuilder
  • Stories from the Field
  • Support Continues to Grow!
  • Resources and Tools to Support You
  • Grassroots Conference Calls in June
  • Quote of the Month
  • Get Active in Your Community
    Please Donate

 

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Regional Conferences

Peace “Built” in the Heartland; Florida and California Still to Come

Supporters in the Midwest region came together for their regional conference, “Building a Culture of Peace in the Heartland,” June 20-22.

The dynamic gathering featured Marianne Williamson, a writing workshop with journalist Bob Koehler, grassroots organizing and fundraising training with Lynn McMullen, media training with Wendy Greene and Student Peace Alliance local volunteer John Parker, and incredible inspiration, team-building and more. Read the news coverage from the Chicago Daily Herald.

This was the fifth regional conference held this year, and there are two more to come. Florida will host their conference July 18-20 and Californians come together in Berkeley August 1-3.

Register today!

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Resources and Tools to Support You

BayNVC Goes East!

Miki Kashtan and other trainers in nonviolent communications (NVC) are conducting multiple trainings on the east coast over the next couple months.

Learn more about how you can join in to expand your ability in this important skill, and find out about trainings in other areas on the BayNVC website.

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Support Continues to Grow!

For a list of all 36 cities, counties, and tribal councils who have endorsed the Department of Peace and Nonviolence, and to find out how you can do likewise in your city, click here

For a list of the 70 Congressional co-sponsors of HR 808, click here.

For a list of organizations endorsing the Department of Peace campaign, and a form to sign up yours, click here.

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Quote of the Month

“The peace we seek today is not unlike that described by a young president on that June day so long ago. ‘Not,’ as President Kennedy said, ‘a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war…’ but, ‘the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children-not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.’ In a world torn by strife, infected by deprivation, and searching for peace, the words of President Kennedy remain our hope for humanity today.”

~ Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the United States Institute of Peace headquarters groundbreaking ceremony.
Read the full text of her remarks
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If you have a favorite quotable from a notable about peace or evocative of what peace means, we will be happy to consider it for this space. Please email us at Quotable Quotes.

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