Other Selected Projects

Parkdale Peace Gatherings

The War Prevention Initiative emerged out of the first Parkdale Peace Gathering in May of 2011. Since then three Parkdale Peace Gatherings were held. The Parkdale Peace Gatherings convened groups of selected scholars and practitioners from various backgrounds and institutions and organizations following the invitation by Al and Ray Jubitz to discuss the complex issue of ending war within a generation.

Parkdale Peace Gathering, Oregon, USA

Parkdale Peace Gathering, facing Mount Hood in Oregon, USA

Parkdale 1 was an exploratory meeting leading to the founding of the War Prevention Initiative. Parkdale 2 was held under the theme “Bridging gaps and next steps in war prevention”. The theme of Parkdale 3 was “A Global Campaign to End All War – Transcending the Peace Movement.”

The following individuals where some of the special invitees who provided great additional perspectives to those of the regional peace and conflict resolution experts: Winslow Myers – author of “Living beyond war”; Kent Shifferd – author of “From war to peace”; Hardy Merriman –International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; Jack-Nelson Pallmeyer – St. Thomas University; author of “Authentic Hope”; Alice Slater – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation New York; David Krieger –Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Leah Bolger – World Beyond War / Former President Veterans for Peace; David Cortright – University of Notre Dame; Conor Seyle – One Earth Future Foundation; Karen Jakob – Women’s Action for New Directions.

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Invited Speakers / Symposia

Dr. Joseph Bock on the "Technology of Nonviolence"

Dr. Joseph Bock on the “Technology of Nonviolence”

The War Prevention Initiative co-hosted the event “Promoting nonviolence, addressing hate & preventing global conflicts: the role of media outlets”. Featured speakers were Dr. Joseph G. Bock and Dr. Abbee Corb.

Other invitees include Dr. Kent Shifferd to present his book “From war to peace” at Portland State University; Dr. Joseph Bock for a special lecture “Engaging Rotarians in global violence prevention”, Dr. Julia Chaitin speaking about the roles of narratives in peacebuilding and peace obstruction, and militarism expert John Lindsay-Poland on “Confronting Militarism”.

 

 

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World Beyond War

Movement building organization World Beyond War

Movement building organization World Beyond War

Since winter 2013 a growing coalition of individuals and organizations – mainly from the U.S. peace movement – have been involved in intensive collaboration and actual planning for a re-energized effort to build a movement to end all war (henceforth: World Beyond War). The underlying ideas and vision of these efforts add the until now unavailable movement component to the work of the War Prevention Initiative.

Since its inception, the War Prevention Initiative has been involved in planning and steering World Beyond War with individuals such as David Swanson, David Hartsough, Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater or Leah Bolger – all of them widely recognized in the peace movement. Several thousand individuals like Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Time Person of the Year Coleen Rowley, Noam Chomsky, Johan Galtung, David Krieger or Cindy Sheehan are among the early supporters for this campaign. More than 140 organizations signed on as well.

 

 

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Oregon Arms Spending Alternatives Project

The War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation and University of Oregon Law School’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center co-sponsored an exploratory brainstorming session to discuss a possible campaign in Oregon inspired by the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project (MNASAP).

 

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Tabling at events

We were present with informational material on the Global Peace System at multiple events. Some of them are: “The cost and threat of nuclear weapons” hosted by U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer, the Meta Peace Team’s “Nonviolent Peacemaking Skills” training event, or the annual conference of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

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“Seeing Systems. Peace, Justice and Sustainability” discussion course

Seeing Systems Discussion Course book created in collaboration with the Northwest Earth Institute

Seeing Systems Discussion Course book created in collaboration with the Northwest Earth Institute

We worked with the NW Earth Institute to develop a discussion course for use within living rooms, community settings, classrooms and may other settings. The discussion course titled, “Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability” was released in April 2014. Within these links you will find a description of the course – http://www.nwei.org/discussion-courses-2/seeing-systems-peace-justice/

 

 

 

 

 

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PeaceVoiceTV

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams on PeaceVoice TV

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams on PeaceVoice TV

PeaceVoiceTV, hosted by the War Prevention Initiative, is a customized YouTube channel which offers positive peace (peace and justice by peaceable means) scholarly content in a brief format (three minutes). These commentaries are by peace and social justice professionals, including scholars and professional advocates in the fields of conflict analysis and transformation.

These unique teaching resources are intended as supplementary curriculum material for peace educators, and as vital information for use by activists and public policy makers. To date there are 60 videos available to the public.

Click here to go to PeaceVoiceTV

 

 

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Research and resource material

The War Prevention Initiative created free and accessible resources such as a citizen-interest peace bibliography, peace briefings, or a glossary. Other compiled resources include a training materials, peace journalism links, or peace, justice and conflict resolution practice and knowledge links.