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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Peace news from VOW

in this newsletter
-VOW joins Climate Action Network
-new book includes history of VOWs
-UN Secretary General wants to hear from youth
-NY Times report Game over for the Planet
-petition for CPP to divest from Israel
-Web of Debt review by Shirley Farlinger
-Youth and Adults Winning War by preventing war
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Canadian Voice of Women are pleased to announce that we are now members of the Climate Action Network

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New book published this month with interviews of VOW women and children.

“Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety, and Global Insecurity” was published this month. One chapter features VOW’s disarmament work in the 1960s, and another discusses in VOW’s anti-Vietnam War activism. The book also includes my interviews with VOW members from the 1960s and 1970s and their children.
Cold War Comforts examines Canadian women’s efforts to protect children’s health and safety between the dropping of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945 and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Amid this global insecurity, many women participated in civil defence or joined the disarmament movement as means to protect their families from the consequences of nuclear war. To help children affected by conflicts in Europe and Asia, women also organized foreign relief and international adoptions.

About Tarah Brookfield
Tarah Brookfield is an assistant professor at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus, where she teaches in contemporary studies, history, and youth and children studies.

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Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon asks all young people to tell the Secretary-General about the future they want
On 17 May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address students from 23 countries gathered in the General Assembly hall at the annual Global Classrooms Model UN event organized by United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), the membership programme of the UN Foundation.

In the lead-up to this event, as part of our ongoing “Future We Want” campaign, all young people around the world are invited to join a social media Twitter conversation to tell the Secretary-General about the future they want. To join the conversation, young people should use this hashtag: #gcmodelun.

Sample tweets are as follows:

Calling all young people! Ban Ki-moon wants to know what future YOU want. Tell him using hashtag #gcmodelun. http://j.mp/KcXnF0

Young people: your ideas could be part of Ban Ki-moon speech on the #futurewewant! Find out how here: http://j.mp/KcXnF0 #gcmodelun

Submissions in all languages are welcomed and translations of the above tweets are also welcome.

In his remarks on 17 May, the Secretary-General will then share a global sampling of the thoughts he receives from youth postings on Twitter. There may also be an additional social media surprise in the speech. He is also expected to offer some ideas about how youth can get involved in June’s Rio+20 conference and the related Future We Want campaign, such as attending Rio-related events, participating in Rio-related contests, writing letters to the editor, etc. The speech itself will be webcast and promoted on the UN’s social media accounts.

As background, information about the Global Classrooms programme is available online here: http://www.unausa.org/globalclassrooms. Please find two documents attached about the event, which includes a listing of the countries and schools which will be represented by the participants. In addition to UN and UN Foundation officials, UN supporter, youth champion and actress Monique Coleman will also take part.
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from the NY Times
Game Over for the Planet
GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.” read more
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From Kairos,

Please take a moment to sign this petition calling on the CPP Investment Board to divest from firms that supply Israel with military, police, surveillance or prison-related products and services. Note that after you click ‘send’ you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your signature by clicking on the link supplied.

The Petition is sponsored by the Canadian peace organization, ‘Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade,’ (COAT)

PETITION re: CPP and Israel – click on the link below

http://peaceaction.ca/cpp-israel
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Book review by VOW member Shirley Farlinger

From the point of view of Voice of Women one of the most interesting chapters in Ellen Hodgson Brown’s book “The Web of Debt” is the chapter “From Matriarchies of Abundance to Patriarchies of Debt.”
Over many years two competing monetary schemes developed – one based on shared abundance, the other based on scarcity, greed and debt. The latter characterized the warlike patriarchal societies that forcibly replaced the matriarchal societies of antiquity as far back as the cradle of Western civilization in ancient Sumer (Iraq). Sumer was a matriarchal agrarian economy with a financial system based on abundance and shared wealth and worshipping goddesses such as Inanna-Ishtar, goddess of fertility, life and death.
Also interesting is the role of the temples. They were public institutions that served welfare functions, including support of widows, orphans and the elderly and infirm. They were endowed with land and resources such as herds of sheep. They also acted as central banks. When interest was paid on loans it went back to the temple to fund the community’s economic and social programs and to cover losses on bad loans.
In the temple system the community extended credit and received the money back with interest. In the system that replaced it interest on debts went into private vaults to build the private fortunes of the moneychangers. Interest was transformed from a source of income for the community into a tool for impoverishing and enslaving people and nations. Historically most slavery originated from debt.
It seems history is repeating itself as nations and private individuals sink into unpayable debt and austerity budgets.
Shirley Farlinger
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Youth and Adults Winning War by Preventing War
“New weapons have made the risk of war a suicidal hazard.
Modern war visits destruction on the victor and the vanquished alike.
Our only complete assurance of surviving…is to halt it before it starts.”
~ General Omar Bradley
Memorial Day, 1948
“And they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more. ”
~ Isaiah 2:4
“When you get to know ‘them,’ you come to realize that
war is really stupid because the other folks are
just like us in every way that matters.”
~ Deb Reich
“From a distance
We are instruments
Marching in a common band.”
~ “From a Distance” by Julie Gold
We win wars by preventing wars.
First, we engage face-to-face at the heart for:
1. humanizing each other, then
2. solving problems, while
3. dignifying everyone, excluding no one.
More evidence shows how to solve problems together and live beyond war.
Successful models demonstrate that war is prevented or stopped not by governments alone, but in parallel with citizens modeling creative solutions.

MODELS FROM AROUND EARTH TO END WAR

Model #1 — FROM SEASONED FACILITATORS (Global)
How to export principles of the peace process
The Irish Times – Saturday, 05 May 2012
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0505/1224315639146.html
“Ireland’s story is one of the impossible made possible. I hope it is one that will inspire those striving for peace beyond this island.”
~ Eamon Gilmore
Minister of Foreign Affairs
IRELAND
Model #2 — FROM CHILDREN (USA)
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements
8-1/2 min video — Charlottesville, Virginia public school children
http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2863
“One of the things I learned is that other people matter. In this game one person can’t win, everyone has to win. That taught me a lot about cooperating with other people, being generous, and having an attitude that, if you work together, you can achieve anything.”
~Fourth grade student
Charlottesville, Virginia USA
Model #3 — FROM YOUNG ADULTS (Africa)
Young Nigerians illustrate life beyond war
Insight On Conflict — May 3, 2012
http://www.insightonconflict.org/2012/05/nigeria-life-beyond-war/
“How can we have peace if we don’t have relationships?”
~ Ikenna Ezeibe
Abuja, NIGERIA
Model #4 – FROM BEREAVED FAMILIES (Israel-Palestine)
We are one — a single humankind, neighbors forever.
We share Earth — it has one side.
We share stories — part of one story.
We share blood — we are blood relations.
Blood Relations
Palestinians & Israelis giving blood together — creating common story
8 min video
http://bloodrelations.org
Model #5 – FROM ANIMALS: VERY DIFFERENT, YET ONE (Nature)
An Unlikely Pair
2 min video
http://www.slothster.com/2352-Cat-On-Boat-Plays-With-Dolphins.html
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm