Peace on Earth
    by Andre Sheldon


    Peace on Earth after 12/25/2006 –    Op-Ed

    How beautiful a saying, peace on earth?  How tranquil and loving?  
    For one day of the year, many people believe peace on earth can
    happen and that a savior can make it happen every day.  How
    wonderful an idea, a savior?  The savior is a concept and idea
    which means we are saved by an idea.  Therefore, we can find
    peace on earth, even amongst all the violence.  If we want to try
    and stop violence, doesn’t it make sense to follow a doctrine of
    nonviolence?

    Jesus, The Prophet - Muhammad, Gandhi, King, and many other
    sages of the past attempted to teach us that nonviolence was the
    key to both inner peace and global peace.  Have we learned from
    these sages?  When the time comes, will we know how to be
    nonviolent?  Can we have peace on earth every day?  How do we
    interpret the sages’ messages?  

    To attempt to answer these questions, over the past week I watched and studied the 1982
    movie, Gandhi.  I learned following a nonviolent path would be difficult, need sacrifice, and
    confront mortality, but was possible.  The movie confirmed my belief that the world needs
    a “Global Strategy of Nonviolence.”  Following, in quotes, are words from the movie to
    best describe the pragmatic and the idealistic nonviolent path.  

    Gandhi (in the movie) knew of the inner struggle and there would be anger against the
    opposition, but he knew we must “fight the anger, not provoke it.” “An eye for and eye
    makes the whole world blind.” “The devils are in your own heart and that’s where the
    battles should be fought.”

    Gandhi’s reality of trying to bring about change led him to profound
    convictions.  “Change their minds, not kill them for weakness that
    we all possess.”  “Resistance must be active and proactive.”  
    “…must defy authority, not with violence but with a firmness that
    will open their eyes.”

    Most profoundly of all were Gandhi’s commitment to nonviolence
    and the awareness of the risks.  Gandhi said, “If we obtain our
    freedom (objective) from murder and bloodshed, I want no part of
    it.”  Gandhi was confronted with people’s fear, violent retaliation
    and willingness to die.  His response was, “I praise such courage.  
    I need such courage because in this cause I too am prepared to
    die, but my friends, there is no cause in which I am prepared to kill.  
    Whatever they do to us, we will attack no one, kill no one.  They will
    imprison us, fine us, seize our possessions, but they cannot take
    away our self respect, if we do not give it to them.”  “We will not
    strike a blow.”  “…must prove ourselves worthy.”  “Let us take a
    solemn oath.”  Gandhi’s fellow leaders concurred and declared to
    their followers, “We will not raise a hand.  They expect us to lose
    heart or to fight back. We will do neither.”  

    Gandhi’s strategy was of non-cooperation and constructive
    proposals.  I suggest the same for Peace on Earth.  I suggest
    initiating the “largest, nonviolent” movement the world has ever seen!  
    First, a global oath of nonviolence, together with a direct action
    phase and an awareness campaign.  Second, a transition phase
    of conflict resolution with a focus on disarmament.  Third, a
    constructive phase of programs “For the Children” designed for
    everyone to work together on a common goal.

    Each day our world is becoming more violent and going in the
    wrong direction, separating people.  The world needs a counter
    balance, a movement for world-wide unity and nonviolence, giving
    credence to the moderate voice and showing mutual respect.  
    People around the world are waiting for something different, a new
    vision!  I am a peace activist, a facilitator, who has designed a strategy
    for peace based on nonviolence.

    The strategy states: We come in peace, we offer the olive branch, we are not a threat, we
    are not enemies, we are all part of the family of the human race, we have common bonds,
    we apologize for our misdeeds, we forgive your misdeeds, we need to heal the wounds.
    We need an OVERT EXHIBIT OF NONVIOLENCE to bring World Wide Unity, to start a
    global action to break down borders and build bridges.

    We need all the practical methods to, step by step, find peace.  We also need idealistic,
    symbolic inspiration.  A “Global Strategy of Nonviolence” is a new political philosophy.  
    Throughout the world, people are realizing there must be world-wide unity – unity based
    upon trust and common goals, nobility found through compromise, peace through
    nonviolence and love.  People can work together.  People must show each other that they
    are not enemies.  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.”  

    Mahatma Gandhi said, “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.  It is
    mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

    How could a strategy of this kind be implemented?  Who would be first?  Who are the
    leaders?  
    Andre Sheldon, Member of NOW, WILPF, CODEPINK  

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, 2017
+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
Origination