COMMITMENT to UNITY

    Martin Luther King stated, in the Riverside Church speech,
    “Beyond Vietnam”, April 4th, 1967, “Every nation must now
    develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to
    preserve the best in their individual societies.”  

    The time has come for everyone to be committed to unity.

    Throughout time, people have been fighting wars.  In the twentieth
    century, countries banded together to form the United Nations (UN)
    to attempt to resolve conflicts peacefully.  The UN has not been
    able to achieve their main goal, despite formidable efforts.  There
    are millions of reasons why the goal has been elusive, but the
    efforts must be continued.  Out of the peace efforts, a multitude of
    wonderful humanitarian programs have been developed.  Working
    together for peace creates unity!

    Perhaps, what is needed is a new commitment to unity.  The world has entered the twenty
    first century and has encountered a new major conflict.  The new world is fighting the old,
    the west against the east, two philosophies, two cultures, two ways of thinking.  How is the
    conflict to be solved?  Is there a prophetic symbolism in the name, United Nations, for
    solving the problem?

    People have a choice between separation or unity.  Violence and death create anger and
    hostility.  Solving the problem militarily seems to separate people.  Dialogue and
    diplomacy would unite people.  Is the world able to seek world-wide unity – unity based
    upon trust and common goals, nobility found through compromise, peace through
    nonviolence and love?  Are people able to work together?  Are people able to show each
    other that they are not enemies?  There is a wedge of mistrust and fear being driven
    between the east and the west.  There must be an initiative to find common bonds, to
    mend the wounds, not aggravate them.  

    What if there was a “World-Wide Unity Campaign” to show that the
    people in every country have great similarities.  Everyone could be
    made to feel they are a part of the whole.  People in every village,
    town, and city, in every country of the world could participate.  
    Efforts for peace could be conducted with humility, respect, and
    nonviolence.  People of the world could work towards common
    goals rather than fighting and killing one another.  The objective
    would be to build bridges and transcend ideological, religious,
    national, and political borders.

    People around the world are the same.  They have differences but
    they can be solved peacefully.  How can a common bond between
    people be created?  Is there a way to create a family for all the
    children?  Perhaps, the answer lies by analyzing what happens
    when a disaster strikes.  When the Tsunami struck in December,
    2004, people around the world contributed to helping those in
    distress and rebuilding the areas destroyed.  Why can’t the world
    mobilize without a disaster?

    James Carroll wrote profoundly about unity in an article entitled
    “Discourse in the Middle East,” in the Boston Globe, February 26,
    2007.  Carroll was relating the difficulties of peaceful relations in
    Jerusalem between the three major religious groups, Jews, Muslims,
    and Christians.  He stated, “One person’s true belief is another
    person’s fundamentalism.  Tolerance is proclaimed a religious
    virtue, but can it tolerate the intolerant?”  The inference is that it
    has to be done.  He wrote, “Incompatible narratives do in fact
    unfold side by side.  Arabs and Jews do intermingle.” A Palestinian
    leader was quoted as saying, “There is no choice but partnership.”  
    And a Jewish leader spoke of “the coalition of civilizations.”  
    Carroll’s brilliance is in seeing that people can find ways to work
    together and his writing expresses his view without forcing it upon
    people.  He makes people think!  It gives me hope.  It makes me
    believe in unity.  It makes me want to work hard for that unity, in a peaceful way.

    There are thousands of organizations working to help others.  These group’s efforts must
    be brought into the mainstream of political life and made priority.  World humanitarian
    efforts will help bring unity.  

    What is world-wide unity?  What does it mean?   Are people able to differentiate between
    everyone being the same versus everyone working for a similar goal?  If people work
    together, they would still be able to maintain their own identity and integrity.  They would
    still be able to live the lives they choose, within their own communities, and continue their
    own national and religious identities.  If they work together on common goals, they would
    be sending a message to others stating, we trust you, we honor your rights, and we want
    to help you.  

    The time has come for people to live in peace.  Howard Zinn, author of “A People’s History
    of the United States”, wrote, “We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and
    not to any one nation.” Why did he write that?  Was it because, if the countries do not
    realize it they will always be in conflict?

    In 2006, Kofi Annan announced the design of an “Alliance of Civilizations” via the UN
    because the UN saw the need for unifying.  The announcement stated, “The initiative is
    intended to respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community --
    both at the institutional and civil society levels -- to bridge divides and overcome
    prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization which potentially threaten
    world peace.” Also, “The Alliance of Civilizations is intended as a coalition against such
    forces, as a movement to advance mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions, and
    as a reaffirmation of humankind's increasing interdependence in all areas -- from the
    environment to health, from economic and social development to peace and security.”

    The UN has prepared Millenium Goals and Manifestos (great words!).  They have an
    initiative called the Culture of Peace, as well as hundreds of other programs for people to
    work together.  People around the world don’t see the work everyday.  An extroverted
    method must be designed to make people aware of the amazing peace efforts being
    implemented everywhere!  The bad things are going to happen.  People can take it.  The
    good must be emphasized, not the bad!

    There must be a commitment to nonviolence.  People are attempting to “break down
    borders.”  (See Power of Collectivity)

    Why are there coalitions?  Why are people trying to unite?  Is it because they would be
    stronger if there were more people involved?

    Why are people sending out announcements about peace rallies, protests and vigils on
    the internet?  Why are emails constantly asking for people to write their Congress people
    and Senators?

    Why are there rallies in Washington DC and other major cities of the world?  Why are
    people always concerned with the amount of people that are at the rallies?  Is more
    better?  If there were more, would it help?  Of course.  An organizer, Mark Lipman, wrote,
    “there was an energy and excitement that I hadn't felt before, as more people than we
    even expected came to join and swell our ranks, from all walks of life - new faces, new
    voices, new hope.”


    If countries of the world attempt to solve the problems themselves, they will struggle much
    more than if everyone worked together for a common goal.

    There is a strength when people are joined with others, as Rabbi Lerner said a prayer at
    a Washington DC march January 23, 2007, to approximately 80,000 people, “Thank you
    universe. But we can all say together: Wow, what an amazing universe and what a gift to
    be alive , even with our limited consciousness, to be here with other human beings who
    share our commitment to building a world of love and generosity. So lets say it together—
    about the universe and about the goodness of it all—Wow, Louder please a loud Wow.

    Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom was formed during the first World
    War.  A play was written to commemorate it’s formation called Conceived in war, born for
    peace.   Here is a profound statement from the play:  “The interests of humanity will
    transcend the interests of country.”

    There are many organizations with superior initiatives to bring people together such as,
    ONE for Aids, (see Utne letter), Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives,  See
    Links


    "We are not enemies!"   

    What do you think?  Is this true?  Are people enemies?  I first heard it from a professor at
    a Nuclear Safety convention sponsored by Dr. Helen Caldicott.  Dr. Blair said, “We are not
    enemies.”    

    In a book about the political status in Egypt from the 1950's to the 1990's, by Dr. Carrie
    Wickham, entitled, “Mobilizing Islam.” and the people there were shown to be the same as
    the people here.  They were politically struggling to secure a safe home to bring up their
    children.  The Islamic radicals and extremists made it difficult, let alone the system in
    which they operate is authoritarian.  The book illustrates people around the world, in
    diverse cultures, want the same thing.  The book affirms people are not enemies with the
    majority of people in the world.  The political struggle is with the powerful and
    governments themselves.

    The moderate voice that must be heard

    Is there a sleeping majority that prefers peace?  The rich are a small percentage of the
    population.  The leaders are a small percentage of the population.  The extremists are a
    small percentage of the population.  The people that lead corporations are a small
    percentage of the population.  Yet the rich and powerful make the decisions.  It is time for
    the people to make the decisions.  The first and most important issue is peace.  Without
    peace, none of the other issues make a difference.  The people must speak out for
    peace.  People must be empowered to speak out for peace.  People that do not ordinarily
    speak out, must now, speak out for peace.  What is the objective, peace?  Then the
    opposite is war?  Who wants war?  Probably not very many people want war.  That means
    that the majority probably want peace.  Who wants peace, everyone?  Can the world find
    unity working for peace?

    The Moderates must affect the people confronting extremists in their own society

    We need MILLIONS  -  There is strength in numbers.  There are thousands of political,
    philosophical, and religious grass root organizations throughout the US and throughout
    the world, working for peace.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the groups were united?  
    What will unite them?

    There are thousands of organizations with wonderful messages and slogans.  Here is an
    example, from Earth Repair Foundation in Australia:  “World Peace and Unity is not an
    Option, it is a Necessity!”  Another is “World Unity and Peace, Believe it. Accept it.”

    Gila Svirsky, the leader of Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP), wrote after an initiative,  
    “The international campaign "GAZA: Stop the Siege! End the War!" was amazing, and
    embraced the entire globe. While individual actions may have been
    small, the cumulative impact of 107 cities holding protest and educational
    activities together is formidable. Some of the media reports were
    particularly effective and won access to broad international audiences.”

    “Above all, the campaign gave hope to some Palestinians who had none. In the
    words of Lama Hourani from Gaza, following her painful descriptions of the
    sights in Beit Hanoun, "I don't know what to do, desperate and depressed.
    Maybe one of the things that cheers me up sometimes and gives me hope is
    hearing about the solidarity activities that take place in different places
    in the world."

    There are many - Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals - who have their
    flickering hope kept alive by the work that all of us do throughout the
    world. Thank you for your partnership.”

    Lao Tsu said, “Struggling to achieve unity is not as natural as the spontaneous
    experience and participation in the unity.”
PEACE and LOVE

How beautiful the world is when we live and work together in peace.
Global Strategy of Nonviolence
Mother Theresa said, “Peace begins with a smile.”
Welcome! A Global Strategy of Nonviolence
FOR the CHILDREN A World-Wide Unity Campaign
A Strategy to Bring Peace For the Children and Stop  War
(GS of NV)
GUIDELINES

In 3 years, we the
people, can change the
world
.

PLAN ALL 3 PHASES

PHASE ONE:

Mobilize, in every village,
town, and city,in every
country!

Select Demands
and Deadlines

One year awareness
campaign

Starting Event

June 21, 2018
+23 scheduled events


PEOPLE POWER

The People must be
HEARD, the Moderate
Voice

We want the children to
see an overt exhibit of
nonviolence.
PHASE TWO:

Conflict Resolution
and Disarmament

PHASE THREE:

Programs For the
Children
February 11, 2008