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  • birdof@paradisenow.net
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2003
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      >Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2003 08:11:49 -0800 (PST)
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      >> THE ESSENCE OF IT:
      >> LOBBY WASHINGTON TO CREATE A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
      >> PEACE, APRIL 6-8 CONFERENCE IN D.C.; SIMULTANEOUS
      >> CALLS, FAX'S, EMAILS FROM AROUND THE NATION. ...
      >> This bill establishes
      >> nonviolence as an organizing principle of American
      >> society, cultivating an array of peace-building
      >> policies and procedures. On April 8th, this historic
      >> legislation will be introduced for a second time...
      >>
      >> HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN:
      >> I. COME TO OUR CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON D.C. ON
      >> APRIL 6-8.
      >>
      >> THE LONG OF IT:
      >>
      >> Dear Friends and Family,.
      >> I am committed to this action below. Everything I
      >> believe and all of my
      >> actions draw me to this profoundly positive action.
      >> I feel free in my
      >> conscience to send it to you for your serious
      >> consideration.
      >>
      >> At this critical time in our nation's history,
      >> righteous action is the
      >> antidote to despair. Please participate in a
      >> powerful citizen lobbying
      >> effort to create a U.S. Department of Peace,
      >> sponsored in the House of
      >> Representatives by Congressman Dennis Kucinich. This
      >> bill establishes
      >> nonviolence as an organizing principle of American
      >> society, cultivating an array of peace-building
      >> policies and procedures. On April 8th, this historic
      >> legislation will be introduced for a second time;
      >> whether or not it becomes law is dependent on
      >> whether we, the people of the United States, take
      >> the time to make phone calls, lobby our
      >> Congresspeople, and in other ways
      >> create the political will to make it happen.
      >>
      >> Please join us, either in Washington D.C. for the
      >> bill's introduction and our initial lobbying
      >> campaign, or in your local area, as we blanket every
      >> Congressional district with a strong message of
      >> support for a Department of Peace. Written below are
      >> the relevant details.
      >>
      >> Thanks to Michael Lerner for his support of this
      >> effort, and to the Tikkun Community for its vital
      >> contribution to the conscious evolution of American
      >> politics.
      >>
      >> In peace and love, Marianne Williamson
      >>
      >> LOBBY WASHINGTON TO CREATE A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
      >> PEACE, APRIL 6-8 CONFERENCE IN D.C.; SIMULTANEOUS
      >> CALLS, FAX'S, EMAILS FROM AROUND THE NATION
      >>
      >> Congressman Kucinich's legislation to create a
      >> Department of Peace
      >> focuses on individual and group responsibilities for
      >> establishing nonviolence as an organizing principle
      >> in society. The Department of Peace would focus on
      >> nonmilitary peaceful conflict resolutions, prevent
      >> violence and promote justice and democratic
      >> principles to expand human rights. Domestically, the
      >> Department would be responsible for developing
      >> policies which address issues such as domestic
      >> violence, child abuse, mistreatment of the elderly,
      >> and other issues of cultural violence.
      >> Internationally, the Department would gather
      >> research, analyze foreign policy and make
      >> recommendations to the President on how to address
      >> the root causes of war and intervene before as or
      >> before they begin, while improving national
      >> security, including the protection of human rights
      >> and the prevention and de-escalation of unarmed and
      >> armed international conflict.
      >>
      >> Let us stand as passionately for peace, as some now
      >> stand so passionately for war.
      >>
      >> HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN:
      >>
      >> I. COME TO OUR CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON D.C. ON
      >> APRIL 6-8.
      >> During our conference we will hold seminars on
      >> Non-Violent Principles
      >> and Civics/Lobbying Training, led by Marianne
      >> Williamson and Lynn
      >> McMullen along with a presentation by Congressman
      >> Kucinich on the Department of Peace legislation. In
      >> addition, we will travel together to the Capitol to
      >> lobby our representatives. It is particularly
      >> important that as many people as possible come to
      >> this event in order to lobby our Congresspeople on
      >> April 8 when the bill is "dropped." There is
      >> no political act more powerful than actually meeting
      >> with your Congressperson. Set a meeting with you
      >> Member of Congress or April 8th. You can visit
      >> www.renaissancealliance.org to learn more about how
      >> to set a meeting with your representative and to
      >> register for the conference. Web link here!
      >>
      >> II. If you cannot come to Washington SET UP A
      >> MEETING IN YOUR HOME
      >> DISTRICT WITH YOUR CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE on April
      >> 8th. Recruit as many people as you can to attend
      >> this meeting with you. Doing this, we will blanket
      >> the nation with meetings in support of the bill,
      >> both in DC and beyond. Our goal is a meeting with
      >> every single member of Congress or members of their
      >> staff so we need people from every Congressional
      >> district in the country to come forward and help.
      >>
      >> III. GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO CALL, FAX &
      >> EMAIL YOUR
      >> REPRESENTATIVE on April 8th. Your job between now
      >> and April 8 is to make sure that everyone has the
      >> name and phone and fax number of their
      >> Congressperson (easy to find...visit
      >> www.Congress.org), and to call them on April 7 to
      >> remind them to make the call. It is a good idea for
      >> you to keep a list of the people who have agreed to
      >> call and the needed numbers in case they misplace
      >> the contact information.
      >>
      >> IV. PRINT FLYERS (on the GRA website at
      >> www.renaissancealliance.org)
      >> Hand them out at Peace marches and post them in
      >> coffee houses, universities, churches, bus station,
      >> staff break room, everywhere you can think of!
      >>
      >> As soon as Congressman Kucinich "drops" the bill, we
      >> will post its
      >> number on our website. Between now and April 8,
      >> e-mail as many people as you can, giving them the
      >> information about the Department of Peace lobbying
      >> effort. Ask them to help us!
      >>
      >> Most importantly, FOLLOW UP. It is not enough to
      >> merely let people know
      >> that the legislation is being introduced; our job is
      >> to lobby for it, so that
      >> it passes. Congress is a reactive body, but if our
      >> Congress people do not
      >> hear from us directly, then there is nothing for
      >> them to react to.
      >>
      >> Please send us an email to
      >> peace@... and let us know you
      >> will be a DOP Activist Leader. This means you will
      >> adopt your Member of Congress and stay with this
      >> process for the duration of this legislative
      >> session. You will be contacted within a week, to
      >> follow up. We will give you a new action each month
      >> to forward the bill. On the GRA website you will
      >> also find many additional ways in which you can
      >> participate in your community on an ongoing basis--
      >> to help educate, speak up, and lobby for this
      >> important legislation.
      >>
      >> There is much to do, to change the direction of our
      >> country. Each of us
      >> can make a difference. The time to do it is now.
      >>
      >> For more information on this campaign, or for
      >> general or registration
      >> information on our peace gathering in Washington,
      >> visit our website at
      >> www.renaissancealliance.org, email us at
      >> peace@...
      >> or call us at (586) 754-8105. Please help us spread
      >> the word! You can
      >> share this information with everyone you know. If
      >> you are a part of an
      >> activist network, please consider sharing this
      >> information. To sign up to receive email updates on
      >> the campaign, send a blank email to: join-
      >> graenews@...
      >>
      >> Global Renaissance Alliance
      >> - P.O. Box 3259 - Center Line MI 48015
      >> Phone: (586) 754-8105 Fax: (586) 754-8106
      >> www.renaissancealliance.org
      >> peace@...
      >>
      >> READ THE BILL: Please visit our website at
      >> http://www.renaissancealliance.org to read the
      >> latest draft of the proposed legislation.
      >>
      >> "The time for peace is now. At the dawn of a new
      >> millennium, there is no better time to review age
      >> old challenges with new thinking that peace is
      >> not only the absence of violence, but the presence
      >> of a higher evolution of
      >> human awareness with respect, trust and integrity
      >> toward humankind. Our
      >> founding fathers recognized that peace was one of
      >> the highest duties of the newly organized free and
      >> independent states. But too often, we have
      >> overlooked the long-term solution of peace for
      >> instant gratification of war. This continued
      >> downward spiral of violence must stop to ensure that
      >> future generations will live in peace and harmony."
      >>
      >> -Congressman Dennis Kucinich
      >>
      >> HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PEACE LEGISLATION
      >> -Hold peace as an organizing principle in our
      >> society;
      >> -Endeavor to promote justice and democratic
      >> principles to expand human
      >> rights;
      >> -Strengthen non-military means of peacemaking;
      >> -Work to create peace, prevent violence, divert from
      >> armed conflict, use
      >> field-tested programs, and develop new structures in
      >> non-violent intervention, mediation, peaceful
      >> resolution of conflict, and structured mediation of
      >> conflict;
      >> -Address matters both domestic and international in
      >> scope;
      >> -Submit to the President recommendations for
      >> reductions in weapons of
      >> mass destruction, and make annual reports to the
      >> President on the sale of arms from the United States
      >> to other nations, with analysis of the impact of
      >> such sales on the defense of the United States and
      >> how such sales effect peace;
      >> -Encourage the development of initiatives from local
      >> communities,
      >> religious groups, and nongovernmental organizations;
      >> -Facilitate the development of peace summits at
      >> which parties to a
      >> conflict may gather under carefully prepared
      >> conditions to promote non-violent communication and
      >> mutually beneficial solutions;
      >> -Develop new programs that relate to the societal
      >> challenges of school
      >> violence, guns, racial or ethnic violence, violence
      >> against gays and
      >> lesbians, and police-community relations disputes.
      >> -Sponsor country and regional conflict prevention
      >> and dispute resolution
      >> initiatives, create special task forces, and draw on
      >> local, regional, and national expertise to develop
      >> plans and programs for addressing the root
      >>
      >> sources of conflict in troubled areas;
      >> -Provide for the training of all United States
      >> personnel who administer
      >> postconflict reconstruction and demobilization in
      >> war-torn societies;
      >> -Sponsor country and regional conflict prevention
      >> and dispute resolution initiatives, create special
      >> task forces, and draw on local, regional, and
      >> national expertise to develop plans and programs for
      >> addressing the root sources of conflict in troubled
      >> areas.
      >>
      >> Fanchon
      >> Fanchon Shur
      >> 4019 Red Bud Avenue
      >> Cincinnati, OH 45229
      >> fanchon@...

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