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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear Andrius and All, Thanks immensely for the lovely message!! It is the perfect way to cap such a momentous day! I am posting part of the personal mail I
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      Dear Andrius and All,

      Thanks immensely for the lovely message!! It is the perfect way to cap such
      a momentous day!

      I am posting part of the personal mail I sent to Andrius earlier today
      (oops, make that yesterday)--after missing his call--expressing my great
      appreciation for such a kind and touching gesture. Even more so for Andrius
      to reach out to as many of us as possible...I'm very glad some of you were
      home to take the call and share the elation together!

      To Andrius, what you have said and expressed is meaningful and very moving .
      To all, while we have much left to do (this agreement being just the
      beginning of the challenging work ahead, for all of us!), this is a time to
      celebrate and to be grateful for all of the amazing souls who have helped
      Kenya and Kenyans reach this historic juncture.

      Thank YOU, Andrius, and thank EVERYONE for your remarkable and life-saving
      work! It has been inspirational working with each of you, and has brought
      precious hope, joy, and uplift in a traumatic and harrowing time. Your
      commitment, courage, and caring are truly cherished, as is the
      "championship" of our members for peace, understanding, oneness, and the
      goodness of humanity.

      And now "forward": as independent thinkers who are united in being
      local-to-global linkers!! There can be unity in diversity, diversity in
      unity, disagreements aired agreeably, and conflicts resolved peaceably.
      Dream now, follow vision with action, and know that you will be helping to
      change the world.

      I'm delighted to read about Beatrice Nzobu working on a manual for
      reconciliation and healing, and will write more on that tomorrow, partly in
      response to the introduction of Beatrice done two days ago here by Rachel.
      Beatrice, if you are here, huge welcome, and hope we can be of assistance
      with this manual.

      It sounds like this may have something in common with the "Peace Practices
      Handbook" I have discussed as a possibly helpful project, and hopefully we
      can discuss these ideas and perhaps find linkages for mutual collaboration!
      The Handbook would be a collection of best peace practices, as submitted by
      our members and others, which would hopefully serve as a guide or toolkit
      for anyone looking to learn something abt nonviolent approaches to conflict
      resolution, and to peace education. especially to apply to their own work in
      these fields.

      Andrius, you mention Lawrence and his need for a phone. I will send you some
      funds for that in the next few days. Also, Ken Owino would appreciate a
      laptop for his work, which encompasses both the POP and other MS-related
      activity in Kenya (and perhaps beyond). I believe we had discussed this a
      few weeks ago (along with Ricardo), and hope we can do something for Ken on
      this at some point soon.

      For now and forever, love and blessings to all , Janet

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
      To: "help group" <holistichelping@yahoogroups.com>; "learningfromeachother"
      <fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com>; <mendenyo@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 6:33 PM
      Subject: [holistichelping] Pyramid of Peace is ready for peace in Kenya!

      > Congratulations to all in Kenya and around the world with this great day
      > for peace! Today President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga signed on
      > national television an agreement that shows they have found the heart to
      > work together. Kenyans on all sides are celebrating jubilantly. This
      > is a step forward that is hard to take back.
      > Early on I was told that all of the conflict could end in one day if
      > there was simply a call for a recount. Today is the day that shows this
      > is true. Many Kenyans have been hurt these two months. But there has
      > been a great yearning for peace that has spoken today.
      > We are all Kenyans today: Janet Feldman, Samwel Kongere, Sasha Mrkailo,
      > Kennedy Owino, Pamela McLean, David Mutua, Meadowlea, Dennis Kimambo,
      > Asif Daya, Rachel Wambui Kungu, Fred Kayiwa, Wesley Chirchir Chebii,
      > Maria Agnese Giraudo, Kiyavilo Msekwa, John Rogers, Lawrence Achami, Joy
      > Tang, Kenneth Chelimo, Franz Nahrada, Tom Ochuka, Ricardo, Josephat
      > Ndibalema, Benoit Couture, Collins Odour, Dan Otedo, Peter Burgess,
      > Wendi Loshe Bernadette, Greg Wolff, Davis Wedii, Sabrina Jung, Hamimu
      > Byabato, Theresa Bakalarz, Edmundas Kulikauskas, Ron Odhiambo, Jerry
      > Michalski, Emmanuel Were, Brian Behlendorf, Charles Kilel, Nancy White,
      > Eric Wanjamah, Chris Ouma, Felix Kipruto, Raimundas Vaitkevicius,
      > Masimba Biriwasha, Alexander Nikolic, Dorcas Koskey, Tania Palacios,
      > Edwine Nyandisi, Samuel Rose, Steve Bosserman, Robert Othieno, Ciru,
      > John Barbieri, Perpetua Warutere, Edward Damal, Joe Damal, Alice
      > Wathika, Jeff Buderer, Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani, Eluned Hurn, Rono
      > Richards, Algis Cibulskis, God and many hundreds more who have worked
      > together as peacemakers.
      > Thank you to all of our independent peacemakers who have risen to love
      > our enemy. Thank you even more to the contagious Spirit which has leapt
      > from heart to heart so that we care for each other. I confess that all
      > that I myself have done these last two months was triggered on January
      > 1, 2008 by four letters from Sasha Mrkailo, Janet Feldman, Maria Agnese
      > Giraudo and Asif Daya, all concerned that we do something. You have
      > changed my life with your Spirit. I have grown and I know that we have
      > grown as we have taken and fulfilled responsibilities to help each other
      > care for people we know or don't even know. We have applied ourselves
      > in ways that give new meaning to our many skills and talents, including
      > theater, acrobatics, computers, motorbikes, chess, art, song, video and
      > countless more. We have worked effortlessly because we have engaged
      > each other as independent thinkers who are woven together by a caring
      > that is deeper than thinking.
      > I spoke today with Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275, Rachel Wambui Kungu
      > +254 721 626 389, Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251, Kenneth Chelimo +254
      > 722 809 690, Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107, David Mutua +254
      > 720 462 559 and congratulated all. I tried to call more people but I
      > think the phone lines were jammed! We are one with millions of people
      > hoping and acting. Yet we do stand out, too. If you Google on "help
      > Kenyans" you will see that our work together, as documented at
      > worknets.org, is ranked Nr.1 !
      > Our priority now is to embrace peace and to add our good will to that
      > shown by President Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga. Certainly, we can rest
      > and celebrate. Rachel notes that we will enter a long period of peace
      > making. We can't ignore the deep wounds and we need to reconstruct our
      > relationships. Starting Monday, March 3, she will serve as
      > Commander-of-Operations to lead our peacemakers in Kenya so that we can
      > quickly learn, apply and share skills for healing and reconciliation.
      > Rachel is asking Beatrice Nzobu to prepare such a manual. Dennis notes
      > that there will be many requests for help now. Diversity Councils can
      > help us respond fairly and inclusively and foster community. Wesley
      > alerts us that the great enthusiasm can make it easier to attract
      > volunteers. Indeed, we may help people get involved so that today's joy
      > may be the seed for a lifetime of work and play.
      > I have learned to be ready to change our plans every few days. I worked
      > all day on a letter to prepare for civil war. And just before I sent it
      > out, the good news came from Tom Ochuka! I did not expect that today
      > would end this way. I am happy to be wrong. I believe the words
      > "Humanity before Politics" have been taken to heart. Yet I share my
      > sober letter. We came to this day well prepared to be surprised. Let
      > us now rest, sleep, dream and plan anew.
      > Love,
      > Andrius
      > -------------------------------------------------------------
      > Pyramid of Peace is ready for civil war in Kenya
      > -------------------------------------------------------------
      > Are you afraid of civil war in Kenya? Do not panic. Join the Pyramid of
      > Peace http://www.pyramidofpeace.net I share my thoughts on how the
      > future will unfold in March and the roles that our Commanders and
      > Peacemakers are playing.
      > Our Commanders, Dennis Kimambo +254 722 388 275 http://www.repacted.org,
      > Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 http://www.peace-caravan.org,
      > Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 http://www.nafsiafrica.org and I are
      > agreed that Kenya is moving towards civil war. Kofi Annan has acted
      > brilliantly as a statesman. I ask us to pray for him to persevere. Mwai
      > Kibaki and Raila Odinga have made evident they have no care for each
      > other, let alone the rest of Kenya. The recent call for "mass action"
      > was alarming because without a discipline of nonviolence it can only
      > spark violence. Such unruly demonstrations would bring the worst out of
      > people. They can settle nothing except by storming the government. Yet
      > such a battle is the alternative that both politicians are thinking in
      > terms of, and I believe they have plenty of cronies who are giving them
      > every reason to do so. Civil war is the only change that they are
      > accepting. We are therefore urging all peacemakers to make the most of
      > the civil war which they so badly want.
      > We are having an impact. Raila Odinga called off the demonstrations.
      > This is a flash of humanity in his heart, a sober look at the mood of
      > the people, and a sign of the glory of God. We are also present and
      > wearing our white armbands. Thank you to all who mobilized on Tuesday
      > including:
      > * Tom Ochuka +254 712 929 029 in Kisumu
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2642 where the men
      > voted 27 to 3 not to demonstrate,
      > * Kenneth Chelimo +254 722 809 690 and Joseph Chumba +254 722 479 069,
      > who brought white armbands for the volunteer security organized by Singh
      > Kisa +254 710 774 841 and Michael Kipkoech in a mixed-tribe slum of
      > Eldoret http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2664
      > * Douglas Arege +254 720 466 340 on the Borabu(Kisii)/Sotik border
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2619
      > Kenya is a big country. Yet a few bold signals by independent
      > peacemakers can tip the many conversations that make their way to Raila
      > Odinga, Mwai Kibaki and Kofi Annan.
      > We are not resting because there is no alternative to the
      > demonstrations, there is no alternative to civil war. There is simply
      > the waiting by the many and the working by the few, and we as
      > peacemakers are doing our work even as warmakers do theirs. Dennis
      > Kimambo, our current Commander-of-Operations, has with few resources
      > coordinated many missions to bring peace to neglected areas. Lawrence
      > Achami +254 720 613 379 showed outstanding initiative and won a great
      > victory. He opened the roads for the Kalenjins in Molo so they are
      > accessible now. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2653
      > Indeed, the Daily Nation reported on a large meeting of church leaders
      > that Lawrence organized.
      > http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=1&newsid=117629
      > Lawrence, you have made clear your great character and we are now asking
      > for help so that you might have an Internet enabled phone and be able to
      > serve as a Commander even from the remote rural areas where you live and
      > go.
      > Dennis Kimambo, thank you for your able leadership. Thank you to our
      > peacemakers for your reports:
      > * Emmanuel Were in Nandi Hills on Sunday
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2647
      > * Ron Odhiambo +254 722 240 088 in Naivasha
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2671
      > And while we still can we are advancing further:
      > * Collins Odour +254 721 637 457 in Narok
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/holistichelping/message/2631
      > Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 in Eldoret, you note how we can
      > help:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightingpeacefully/message/764
      > Emmanuel Were is traveling today (actually, next week) to Eldoret to
      > join you for the television peace program there. We are planting seeds
      > far and wide with our vigorous outreach and our wonderful victories.
      > Rachel Wambui Kungu +254 721 626 389 now serves again as our
      > Commander-of-Operations starting Monday, March 3, 2008. Rachel will
      > take on the challenge of civil war, visible or not. Peacemakers, please
      > know that if demonstrations take place, if violence erupts, then we will
      > stay out of the way. Instead, we will organize emergency services to
      > help those who need to be evacuated, who are surrounded, who fear for
      > their lives. We will work with the Red Cross and the local
      > authorities. Please alert local authorities to any signs of firearms
      > entering the country. We encourage peacemakers to join us, to wear
      > white armbands, to organize themselves in groups of about seven or
      > eight, and to have a Coordinator who lets us post their name and
      > telephone number and stays in touch with our Pyramid of Peace. We
      > should keep practicing how to love our enemy and think from their point
      > of view. We will also send out peacemakers to the village elders to
      > learn if they would give allegiance to the Pyramid of Peace. They would
      > appoint a Messenger from their village who would help us stay in touch
      > with them by phone. We would help them develop their ICT skills and
      > resources. They would organize volunteer security with white armbands
      > to keep order in the village and to keep villagers from participating in
      > violence and civil war. They would be able to work with us on larger
      > actions. We will commit to apply ourselves nonviolently to defend them
      > from genocide, which is a grave but vital responsibility. We will also
      > make contact with tribal militias to embrace them as our enemies and
      > help them consider all options that would keep them from participating
      > in civil war.
      > Kennedy Owino +254 723 568 251 will serve after Rachel as
      > Commander-of-Operations. He is organizing long term structures for all
      > people to participate to the fullest. I have outlined a Constitution
      > for Humanity that we will apply as we evolve.
      > http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Constitution
      > We already have a Command Structure by which peacemakers wield as much
      > authority as they possibly can. Additionally, we need each tribe to be
      > able to speak with a clear voice, a Congress of about thirty creative
      > people who love their tribe and can establish, annul and reform the
      > tribe's traditions, who can annul oaths and establish counteroaths
      > (which is important for helping people to leave militias), who can hold
      > tribal militias accountable, who can speak on the tribe's behalf, and
      > who can represent the tribe in any agreements with powers, governmental
      > or otherwise. Kennedy Owino is a Luo and will take initiative as the
      > Luo Commander for the Pyramid of Peace. He will organize such a
      > Congress in March so that it can speak for the Luo tribe. They can
      > help Raila Odinga stick to peace and not war and they can make their own
      > agreement with the government as they might choose. If Raila Odinga
      > works with the Luo Congress, he will be stronger because of it.
      > Kennedy and Rachel will also organize Diversity Councils for each
      > location and bioregion so that we might include the widest variety of
      > people. We are currently operating in three bioregions: Lake Bioregion,
      > Rift Valley Bioregion, Nairobi Bioregion. Each has a very different
      > dynamic. By organizing a Diversity Council in each bioregion we will
      > have in each case a mixed group of twelve people who by consensus can
      > let us know what people want, what are the priorities, and manage a
      > treasury for projects. We will be able to focus on the real issues in
      > each bioregion (such as land issues in the Rift Valley) and disentangle
      > ourselves from contrived issues, for example, the politics of Nairobi.
      > The Lake Bioregion Diversity Council will be able to make clear to Raila
      > Odinga and Mwai Kibaki the steps that are truly relevant so that the
      > Lake Bioregion is treated fairly. We can ask Ukraine's Orange movement,
      > which inspired Kenya's Orange movement, to investigate and separate
      > peacemakers and troublemakers. We also offer to Raila Odinga and the
      > ODM to organize peaceful, nonviolent actions that would help
      > participants grow thoughtful, disciplined to persevere for justice.
      > Rachel will also work so that Mwai Kibaki shows heart, for example, by
      > allowing others in the government to stake out positions that allow for
      > peace.
      > I ask David Mutua +254 720 462 559 in Nairobi, Kenneth Chelimo +254 722
      > 809 690 and Wesley Chirchir Chebii +254 722 992 107 in Eldoret, Tom
      > Ochuka +254 712 929 029 in Kisumu and all to share your visions for the
      > Diversity Councils in your area and reach out to learn who might
      > participate, both locally and regionally. Please, reach out to include
      > women!
      > We are encouraged that genocide is not a national problem, but a human
      > problem. We are drawn together by our love for life. We are able to
      > remake our world so that we listen to God in the hearts of the
      > peacemakers, in wisdom of the cultures, and in the balance of nature.
      > We have been separated from each other by national and economic walls.
      > We are ready to make the most of war and peace. Join us to embrace
      > enemies! As our world falls apart, our love will pull us back together.
      > We share our love.
      > Peace,
      > Andrius
      > Andrius Kulikauskas
      > Commander-in-Chief
      > Pyramid of Peace
      > http://www.pyramidofpeace.net
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