Dear Workshop Attendees,
It was a great pleasure to talk with you about the Global Peace System. On our website you can find several of the resources I discussed. Here are a few direct links:
From June 3-5 a group of dedicated individuals met at the Ben Lomond Quaker retreat center to discuss the future direction of World Beyond War – A global movement to end all wars. At the War Prevention Initiative we recognized that it is necessary to build a re-energized movement to end all wars. We recognize that the time is right and that we can counter all myths of war and that there is an evolving Global Peace System creating an alternative story of humanity. We encourage you to give your voice to World Beyond War by signing the Declaration of Peace at http://www.worldbeyondwar.org/individual/.
War Prevention Initiative Executive Director and Core Team member Liz Thatcher attended the 2014 annual meeting of the Peace and Security Funders Group in Chicago, IL. The conference took place under the theme “Connecting Local to Global.
As funders and an organization with an active peacebuilding program, we want to share exciting news about our involvement with a new initiative.
World Beyond War (WBW) is a growing coalition of individuals and groups – at this point mainly from the traditional peace movement – who are creating a global movement to end all war and preparations for war.
“Civil Society Organizations should develop and put into practice strategies that embrace the cultural and systemic root causes and learn new ways to influence the political and social systems.” (Michael Narberhaus, Founder Smart CSOs)
The role is civil society organizations (CSOs) in the realm of peacebuilding is clear to academics and practitioners alike.
For Immediate Release: August 28, 2013
Contact: Patrick Hiller: (541) 490-4485, philler[at]pdx.edu
War Prevention Initiative Advocates Nonviolent Alternatives in Syria
The War Prevention Initiative promotes continued nonviolent approaches to address the escalated violence and atrocities in Syria.
We are happy to announce that under the leadership of Al Jubitz and Erin Thomas from the War Prevention Initiative Core Team, the newly founded Rotarian Action Group for Peace launched its comprehensive web portal at http:www.//rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org.
The steering committee of the Peace and Security Funders Group unaimously and enthusiastically approved the Jubitz Family Foundation’s application for membership to the Peace and Security Funders Group.
The central purpose of Peace and Security Funders Group is to enhance the effectiveness of the network of grantmakers supporting work in the area of peace and security by: 1) facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among funders regarding emerging issues of international security, and innovative approaches to the problems of peace and security; 2) providing opportunities for strategy development and collaboration; 3) providing a forum for funders to receive in-depth analysis of developments in the field; and 4) encouraging funders not currently making grants in the peace and security field to work in this area and to participate in PSFG.
Dr. Joseph G Bock and Dr. Abbee Corb headline a special one-day event for change agents and stakeholders held at Portland State University on May 31, 2013. Attendance of this event is free and open to the public, but online pre-registration is required.
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).