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Fall 2003 Newsletter

A Season For Giving

Leslie Ann Haller, 17, from DeKalb Junction, New York, understands the spirit of giving in a world used to taking. She donated an original drawing to the Peace Resource Center for our first Christmas card. Leslie has created the artwork for cards for other non-profits in her young life. As with many other non-profit organization fundraisers, purchasing a box of these cards will provide financial support for the PRC; but it will also provide you with an original card for this holiday season!

Over the last year we, too, have been giving. We produced three newsletters that were sent free of charge to 2500 addresses across the United States. These newsletters have advertised web sites, highlighted issues, and advertised services for other non-profits. In addition to the newsletters, we have provided technical assistance, training, and staff at four ProjectTRUST retreats, at no cost to the school districts involved. In conjunction with the Westheimer Peace Symposium Committee, we worked all through the year to bring speakers like Ka Hsaw Wa and Robert Kennedy, Jr., to the Wilmington community, again at no cost to those in attendance. We hosted visiting groups of VISTA volunteers, churches, students, and other peace organizations. All of these events have a true financial cost, sometimes quite substantial, although we do not pass these costs along to those who benefit from them. We are able to do these things because of the generosity of our donors.

During this season of giving we are asking you to join our donors and support our work, and you receive these unique cards in return! Leslie Ann is a talented young artist - these cards are certain to be worth keeping and framing.

The cards come in packages of 20 for $15.00 per package. A small shipping and handling fee will be applied for mail orders. Ohio residents will be charged 7% sales tax. To order your cards, please contact the PRC using the contact information on the last page of this newsletter.

Please join Leslie Ann and support the great work we do all year round to bring more peace to the world. The season for giving is here!

13th Annual Westheimer Peace Symposium

Pollution, Politics and Peace was the environmental theme for the 2003 Westheimer Peace Symposium held Wednesday, October 29, on the main campus of Wilmington College. We were blessed with beautiful fall weather, a perfect complement to a day spent discussing the future of our fragile planet.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, spoke to a packed house in Hermann Court. Approximately 1200 individuals sat in rapt attention while Kennedy spoke on "Water: Its Social, Political, and Ecological Impact," addressing the issues of conservation, preservation, and clean-up of our nation’s water resources. His impassioned presentation of the facts moved many audience members to ask the question, "What can I do to help?" Kennedy answered by encouraging everyone present to become actively involved in local environmental groups, such as the Clinton StreamKeepers.

Sister Paula Gonzalez used graphics, video clips, and quotations to illustrate her points as she presented "Toward a Sustainable Future." From her work with Earth-Connection, a center for learning and reflection about "living lightly" on Earth, Sister Paula was able to share information about viable alternatives to our current energy sources, and ways that we can learn to make the most of our limited natural resources.

Florence Fulk joined us to share information about current research projects she is involved in at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. "EPA: The Agency, the Public, and the Science" gave audience members a chance to learn about the effects of rainwater runoff in suburban Cincinnati, and projects proposed by the EPA to deal with these effects, such as rain gardens and rain barrels on private property.

Ka Hsaw Wa closed the day’s program with "Earth Rights: Accountability for Human Rights and Environmental Abuse." Through this powerful and informative presentation, he illuminated the human rights abuses in his own native land of Burma, which are often a result of the desires of other nations and their corporations to have access to the natural resources of less-developed countries.

Students and visitors alike came away from the day with a greater understanding of the challenges facing our planet, as well as a renewed sense of hope and determination to work for a brighter, sustainable future.

Books related to the day’s presentations can be found in the New from the PRC Bookstore section of this newsletter.

Audiotapes of Gonzalez, Fulk, and Ka Hsaw Wa’s presentations can be purchased by contacting the Peace Resource Center. Tapes are $5 each, plus a shipping and handling charge of $1.50 for the first tape, and $0.50 for each additional tape. 7% sales tax will be added for Ohio residents. See the back page of this newsletter for contact information.

DONOR REPORT
14 May through 12 November 2003

Philip & Barbara Bayless
Bob & Leuola Beck
Ed & Jan Blohm
Jim & Sheilah Boland
Hara Ann Bouganim
Elise Boulding
David & Linda Brindle
Ellen Brooks
James & Margaret Brooks
Dorelen Bunting
Rosemary Coffey
William Eyman
Peter & Maryellen Fargey
Larry & Lenna Mae Gara
Ruth Gudinas
Bill & Caroline Guthrie
Bertha Haas
Frances Haines
Mary Hanners
Alice Hartman
Carl* & Mary Katheryn Hilberg
Anthony & Marilyn Hinrichs
T. Canby & Eunice Jones
Phyllis Martin
Miami Monthly Meeting
Thomas & Anne Moore
Darleen Myers
Samuel & Ruth Neff
Michael & Jane Newman
Michael & Rosie Neyhouse
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Kellye Pinkleton
Lisa Jo Rudy
Saint Mary’s College
Tamara Lynn Shadley
Becky A. Sittason
Dorothy Scott Smith
Neil & Ruth Snarr
Hideko Tamura Snider
Dorothy Stroup
June Thompson
William Upholt & Mary Morrison
Helen Weekes
William & Helen Wiegel


*deceased


Major Conference Announcement

What Works!
Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education: Early Childhood to Higher Education
The National Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

May 5-8, 2004, Columbus, Ohio

Keynote Presenters include Maurice Elias, Preparing Children for the Tests of Life: conflict Resolution Education and Social and Emotional Learning, Tricia Jones, Kids Working it Out, and Janet Patti, Smart School Leaders: Using Emotional Intelligence to Lead Schools. Pre-conference intensive training sessions will be offered May 5 and 6, with workshops on May 7 and 8 focusing on positive discipline, social and emotional learning, truancy mediation, special education mediation, creating a comprehensive CRE program, linking CRE and teacher education, restorative justice, and many more!

For information, please visit www.state.oh.us/cdr/.

RCHs, CEUs for teachers, counselors, and social workers, and graduate credit, offered.

Sponsored by Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, Interfaith Center for Peace, Association for Conflict Resolution, and Ohio Resource Network (Safe School Center).

New from the PRC Bookstore

Dissenting Views: Art in the Age of Terror, a 2004 Peace Calendar by the War Resisters League. This weekly spiral-bound desk calendar features different artwork each week. The proceeds from the sale of this calendar will be used by the League in its work for peace and justice at home and abroad. $10.00

The Lorax, by Dr. Suess. This classic children’s story is a cautionary environmental tale, told as only Dr. Suess can. Hardcover. $14.95

Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees. Recommended by 2003 Westheimer Speaker Sister Paula Gonzalez, this book converts the seemingly complex concepts of carrying capacity, sustainability, resource use, waste disposal, and more into a graphic form that everyone can grasp and utilize. Paperback. $17.95

Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble, by Lester R. Brown. Recommended by 2003 Westheimer Speaker Sister Paula Gonzalez, this book presents an alternative lifestyle plan – a worldwide mobilization to stabilize population and climate before these issues spiral out of control, presented in a workable blueprint that can be enacted now. Paperback. $15.95

The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right, by John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., with a foreword by former Vice President Al Gore. An impassioned firsthand account of two advocates who have taken on powerful corporate and government polluters to win back the Hudson River, this book also tells us how we too can fight for our fundamental right to enjoy our invaluable natural resources. Paperback. $14.00

Voices of Hope in the Struggle to Save the Planet, by former Wilmington College professors Marjorie Hope and James Young. Recommended by 2003 Westheimer Speaker Sister Paula Gonzalez, this book portrays the lives of individual women and men searching to give life to a new – or renewed – vision of humans’ relationship to the earth. Paperback, $19.95

Shipping & handling charges will be added to all books.
7% sales tax will be added for Ohio residents.
To place an order or for more information, please contact the PRC.

Peace Related Web Sites

http://www.doganart.com/events/PeaceThroughArt.htm Visit this site to learn more about "Peace Through Art: An International Celebration of Watercolour from Around the World" in Izmir, Turkey, May 1 to 7, 2004. "Peace Through Art" is an international event showcasing the art of watercolour in the ancient and beautiful Aegean port of Izmir. Art is a common language capable of creating a bond between people from all nations. Participating artists and art-lovers from around the world will attend.

http://puborder.ncjrs.org/Content/search.asp Visit this site to order "Conflict Resolution for School Personnel: An Interactive School Safety Training Tool." This interactive CD-ROM contains five modules (anger, threats, attacks with weapons, suicide, and weapons on campus) that are intended to aid school personnel in their responses to such potentially violent situations. The modules, which can be viewed in any order, are broken down into 12 didactic tutorials (e.g., de-escalating student conflicts, assessing a suicide threat, suspected gunshots) and 14 interactive scenarios (e.g., fight in library, Internet hit list, gun in cafeteria). The interactive portion presents videos of potentially dangerous situations and asks the viewer to select a response from a variety of choices. You can also order by calling NCJRS at (800) 851-3420, or writing to P.O. Box 6000; Rockville, Maryland 20859-6000.

www.crisispapers.org An anthology of the best political opinion and commentary from the progressive internet.

http://journeyeast.org Are you, or someone you know, interested in teaching English in China? Visit this site for more information.

http://www.womynkind.org Anti-Violence Education - New Spoken Word Performances and Body Image and the Media workshop. Visit this site to find more information about live, multimedia programs about women's issues. "That Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" deals with relationship violence, and "A Rose by Any Other Name" illustrates the impact of rape on women in our society. The shows "provide a unique and powerful way to educate students about these important issues. They are ideal for orientations, anti-violence programs, women's studies, criminal justice, health, and other related activities." Phone (888) 578-9847.

www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/hhe is the web site for the Nonviolent Peace Force. Of special interest is information about human rights issues and electoral integrity in Guatemala.

http://www.c-r.org/accord/index.shtml Two new supplements in Conflict Resolution's Accord series are now available free on-line. The supplements are "The Philippines - Mindanao Peace Process" and "The Northern Ireland Peace Process."

www.freetheslaves.net Free the Slaves conducts research, raises awareness, supports grassroots anti-slavery organizations, looks to eradicate modern forms of slavery, and deals with both state and federal legislation that provides assistance to victims of slavery and trafficking. This group intends to mobilize students around the national Anti-slavery Day, February 27th. You can write to them at 1326 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.

http://www.costofwar.com/ provides a running total of the cost of war in Iraq.

http://www.usip.org/class/simulations/ The US Institute of Peace has created a collection of classroom simulations on a number of world conflicts. These simulations, targeted toward upper-level high school students, guide students through a role-play as "stakeholders" in the conflict scenarios, which include Columbia, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Africa, and others.

http://www.leadershipforchange.org Leadership for a Changing World. Click on the site for awardee John Logue, Director of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC). Through the Center, Logue works to increase the number of employee-owned and run companies in Ohio and to help their employees build personal assets. Logue will discuss how, in this new global economy, OEOC fights to prevent corporations from shifting jobs and investment to regions of the world with lower labor costs, resulting in layoffs and plant shutdowns.

http://www.faluninfo.net/ A newsletter reader asked us to help bring attention to this site, which concerns human rights abuses in China relative to Falun Gong.

http://www.diversityworks.org/ Youth development work in the San Francisco Area.

www.SanDamianoFoundation.org The San Damiano Foundation produces films (such as "When Did I See You Hungry?") that showcase the active and contemplative dimensions of the spirituality of St. Francis and Clare of Assisi, along with the Franciscan concern for social justice, peace, and non-violence. The foundation’s top priority is to produce fundraising films for Christian charities aiding the world’s poor. Write to them at P.O. Box 1794, Burbank, CA 91507, or call them at (818) 563-1947.

www.churchworldservice.org Visit this site to find curriculum materials such as "Build A Better World II" for use in Vacation Church School and Sunday School settings, as well as a wealth of other useful information.

www.enola-gay.org is the website for the Committee for a National Discussion of Nuclear History and Current Policy. Among other issues, it contains information concerning the committee of scholars, veterans, clergy, activists, students, and other interested individuals now forming to challenge the Smithsonian's plans to exhibit the Enola Gay solely as a "magnificent technological achievement."

Books From Other Places

Iraq War and its Consequences: Thoughts of Nobel Peace Laureates and Eminent Scholars, co-edited by Irwin Abrams. More than 30 Nobel Peace laureates and leading scholars voice their concerns on the war in Iraq. Presented not as a collective anti-war nor anti-Bush statement, the 33 Nobel Peace laureates and scholars express their views in this latest book. Due to the diverse backgrounds of the laureates and scholars, the topics dealt with in the book range from the economic costs and burden of the war, US foreign policy, human rights issues in Iraq, the role of the UN, rebuilding and reconstruction efforts in Iraq, and the looting of archaeological artifacts from the Baghdad museum.

Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971 to the Present, by Lawrence S. Wittner. This book, which concludes the author's award-winning antinuclear trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb, provides a dramatic, inspiring story of how citizen activism helped curb the nuclear arms race and prevent nuclear war. It is available in paperback or cloth editions from the Chicago distribution center of Stanford University Press: (800) 621-2736.

Gatherings

http://www.phpeace.net/ is the site of the Pendle Hill Peace Network. Visit the site to see the impressive collection of speakers who will be there over the next few months.

Other News of Note

OAK HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWSHIP SEARCH FOR 2004 The search for the Fall 2004 Oak Fellowship will focus on a human rights practitioner doing human rights work in East and Southeast Asia (i.e., China, Japan, North and South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong). If you would like more information, or to be placed on a mailing list to receive an application form, please contact the Oak Institute’s office at oakhr@colby.edu.

http://www.brc21.org/resources/res_crgce.html The Boston Research Center for the 21st Century provides a free online directory of Curriculum Resources for Global Citizenship Education. This directory encompasses concise summaries and contact information for over 30 innovative curricula in all areas of learning, with an emphasis on the secondary level. Math, science, literature, social studies, fine arts, conflict resolution, foreign language education, community building, and more are included.

At the Hague Appeal for Peace conference in 1999, over 10,000 people gathered from around the world to commit themselves to work for the abolition of war. A CD has been made of the music and voices from that conference. Now you can listen to these same songs and messages from artists and peacemakers. "Bye Bye War!" is filled with songs from Mos Def, Judy Collins, the Raging Grannies of Canada, the Sarajevo Drum Orchestra, and the South African Choir, and ends with the famous song, "Bye Bye War," by Peace Links of Sierra Leone. Hear from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Nobel Peace Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Email for more information: hap@haguepeace.org.

Mental Health Recovery Imagine changing someone’s life just by sharing your friendship! Compeer links volunteers in supportive friendships with adults recovering from mental illness. It only takes a caring heart and a few flexible hours a month! For more information, please contact Clinton County (Ohio) Compeer at (937) 289-8406.