Archive for May, 2010

URI Africa call for peaceful elections in Africa

Friday, May 14th, 2010
PRESS RELEASE
May 2010
URI Africa call for peaceful elections in Africa
In 2010 citizens of 22 African countries will go to the polls for elections. In the past we have witnessed with great sadness that in a number of African Countries following the result of the election there were conflict and violence and many life and property also lost.
United Religions Initiative (URI) Africa call for this year election in Africa to be a peaceful, free, fair and democratic and to this end URI Africa appeal to all stakeholders in the 2010 general elections in all African countries to embrace peace and promote peaceful means in their electoral processes and for all the parties to respect the results of election and any grievances to be solved amicably. URI call for strict adherence to the rules for free and fair elections in all African countries. Violence and conflict should not be justified for any reason in the name of election. People life is precious and has to be respected and regarded highly above any other interest.
URI Africa strongly welcome the decision of  the African Union leaders on a new set of measures to combat unconstitutional changes of government and improve the ability to protect democracy and fair election in Africa
URI Africa also welcome the initiative of  the African Union  and its member States countries for the decsion to declared 2010  as the “African Year of Peace and Security.” This momentous dedication represents African leaders’ stated commitment to redouble their efforts to seek sustainable solutions to ongoing armed conflicts in Africa.
URI Africa would like to kindly remind the African Union and all its memeber states  on the importance of the teaching of the Golden Rule for Peace and Security to prevail in Africa
The campaign’s slogan of the peace and security year “Make Peace Happen” will help for the peaceful election in many African countries and for the peace and democracy process that is taking place in Africa.  Turning the peace and security year declaration into reality need a partnership effort from all stake holders and with this in mind URI Africa would like to join hand with the African Union on this noble mission and call upon all religious leaders and faith based organizations in Africa and all other institute  an dall African Citizens to join hand with African Union to promote a culture of peace, good governance, human right, justice, reconciliation, interfaith harmony, co-existence, and partnership for a peaceful Africa
United Religions Initiative is an international interfaith peace organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations working to promote enduring daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, healing and justice for the Earth and all living beings. It has official representative in New York at the UN and the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
MAY PEACE PREVAIL In AFRICA
MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH

PRESS RELEASE

May 2010

URI Africa call for peaceful elections in Africa in 22 African Countries

In 2010 citizens of 22 African countries will go to the polls for elections. In the past we have witnessed with great sadness that in a number of African Countries following the result of the election there were conflict and violence and many life and property also lost.

United Religions Initiative (URI) Africa call for this year election in Africa to be a peaceful, free, fair and democratic and to this end URI Africa appeal to all stakeholders in the 2010 general elections in all African countries to embrace peace and promote peaceful means in their electoral processes and for all the parties to respect the results of election and any grievances to be solved amicably. URI call for strict adherence to the rules for free and fair elections in all African countries. Violence and conflict should not be justified for any reason in the name of election. People life is precious and has to be respected and regarded highly above any other interest.

URI Africa strongly welcome the decision of  the African Union leaders on a new set of measures to combat unconstitutional changes of government and improve the ability to protect democracy and fair election in Africa

URI Africa also welcome the initiative of  the African Union  and its member States countries for the decsion to declared 2010  as the “African Year of Peace and Security.” This momentous dedication represents African leaders’ stated commitment to redouble their efforts to seek sustainable solutions to ongoing armed conflicts in Africa.

URI Africa would like to kindly remind the African Union and all its memeber states  on the importance of the teaching of the Golden Rule for Peace and Security to prevail in Africa

The campaign’s slogan of the peace and security year “Make Peace Happen” will help for the peaceful election in many African countries and for the peace and democracy process that is taking place in Africa.  Turning the peace and security year declaration into reality need a partnership effort from all stake holders and with this in mind URI Africa would like to join hand with the African Union on this noble mission and call upon all religious leaders and faith based organizations in Africa and all other institute  an dall African Citizens to join hand with African Union to promote a culture of peace, good governance, human right, justice, reconciliation, interfaith harmony, co-existence, and partnership for a peaceful Africa

United Religions Initiative is an international interfaith peace organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations working to promote enduring daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, healing and justice for the Earth and all living beings. It has official representative in New York at the UN and the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

MAY PEACE PREVAIL In AFRICA

MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH

Mussie Hailu

Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference…

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Dear URI Members,
The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference is taking place at the United Nations throughout the month of May.  The URI was a co-sponsor for an Interfaith convocation for the abolition of nuclear weapons titled,  ”For Peace and Human Needs Disarm Now!”  It was held at the UN Church Center on Sunday, May 2 to begin the month long conference with prayer and reflection.   Please add your prayers for success on the NPT throughout May.  This is a major opportunity for nuclear weapons reductions…
The NPT meetings are chaired by the new Ambassador from the Philippines,H. E. Libran N. Cabactulan.  The UN website for the conference is: http://www.un.org/en/conf/npt/2010/index.shtml
Jonathan Granoff was part of the Stanford meetings for the URI and has been dedicated to contorling and abolishing nuclear weapons through use of law throughout his career.  He is the President of Global Security Institute (GSI), http://www.gsinstitute.org
One of the programs of GSI is the Middle Powers Initiative that is “dedicated to the worldwide reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons, in a series of well-defined stages accompanied by increasing verification and control.”  They held a recent meeting in Atlanta with former US President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter to prepare for this NPT Conference.  The Atlanta Report can be found at http://www.middlepowers.org/index.html
I am also sharing a link to the newsletter from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation with many topics and additional links for those who would like to learn more about this important issue and conference.
http://www.wagingpeace.org/menu/resources/sunflower/2010/04_sunflower.pdf
This is a most critical time for all of us. We can collectively help chart a new course in history with prayers, government contacts and with your caring to include this important issue in your work.  Nuclear weapons touch every life.  For members in those few countries that have nuclear weapons, we need to reframe what security means and let our governments know that nuclear weapons do not make anyone more safe.   Mutually assured destruction is not a viable choice for the future.
May Peace Prevail on Earth,
Monica Willard
URI NGO Main Representative to the UN

Dear URI Members,

The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference is taking place at the United Nations throughout the month of May. The URI was a co-sponsor for an Interfaith convocation for the abolition of nuclear weapons titled,  ”For Peace and Human Needs Disarm Now!”  It was held at the UN Church Center on Sunday, May 2 to begin the month long conference with prayer and reflection.   Please add your prayers for success on the NPT throughout May.  This is a major opportunity for nuclear weapons reductions…

The NPT meetings are chaired by the new Ambassador from the Philippines,H. E. Libran N. Cabactulan.  The UN website for the conference is: http://www.un.org/en/conf/npt/2010/index.shtml

Jonathan Granoff was part of the Stanford meetings for the URI and has been dedicated to contorling and abolishing nuclear weapons through use of law throughout his career. He is the President of Global Security Institute (GSI), http://www.gsinstitute.org

One of the programs of GSI is the Middle Powers Initiative that is “dedicated to the worldwide reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons, in a series of well-defined stages accompanied by increasing verification and control.”  They held a recent meeting in Atlanta with former US President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter to prepare for this NPT Conference.  The Atlanta Report can be found at http://www.middlepowers.org/index.html

I am also sharing a link to the newsletter from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation with many topics and additional links for those who would like to learn more about this important issue and conference.

http://www.wagingpeace.org/menu/resources/sunflower/2010/04_sunflower.pdf

This is a most critical time for all of us. We can collectively help chart a new course in history with prayers, government contacts and with your caring to include this important issue in your work.  Nuclear weapons touch every life.  For members in those few countries that have nuclear weapons, we need to reframe what security means and let our governments know that nuclear weapons do not make anyone more safe.   Mutually assured destruction is not a viable choice for the future.

May Peace Prevail on Earth,

Monica Willard

URI NGO Main Representative to the UN

Moon Walk 4 Peace Update

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Greetings Family,
I would like to take a moment to invite you to participate in our 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace campaign to get our nation and the world walking in solidarity for peace through social justice, “spiritual democracy” (www.spiritualdemocracry.com), interfaith dialog, education, and eco-mindfulness.
Here is how you can help:
1. Share our information with others: www.13moonwalk4peace.org
2. Create a 1 – 2 minute video statement in support of the walk and get others to do the same and send it to us at 13moonpw@gmail.com
3. If you know people in any of the cities we will be walking through, please share their information so we can include them in our outreach.
4. Encourage people in your community (physical and online) to join us at the start of the walk, on 10.10.10 (October 10, 2010) @ 3pm, by walking in solidarity with us wherever you/they are: Walk A Mile for PEACE
5. You may want to share with others that we, the Trail of Dreams Peace Walkers, are Celebrating a Decade of Walking for Peace and Transformation at home and around the world.
I am attaching some general information that may be useful, our sponsorship package which is a good source of information and the Atlanta Journal Constitution article that was done on the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk when we returned home after  three and a half years of walking around the world for peace. There is much more information on our website and I encourage you to browse through it from time to time for updates.
Thank You,
Audri
www.13moonwalk4peace.org
www.audriscottwilliams.com
404-374-116

Greetings Family,

I would like to take a moment to invite you to participate in our 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace campaign to get our nation and the world walking in solidarity for peace through social justice, “spiritual democracy” (www.spiritualdemocracy.org ), interfaith dialog, education, and eco-mindfulness.

Here is how you can help:

1. Share our information with others: www.13moonwalk4peace.org

2. Create a 1 – 2 minute video statement in support of the walk and get others to do the same and send it to us at 13moonpw@gmail.com

3. If you know people in any of the cities we will be walking through, please share their information so we can include them in our outreach.

4. Encourage people in your community (physical and online) to join us at the start of the walk, on 10.10.10 (October 10, 2010) @ 3pm, by walking in solidarity with us wherever you / they are: Walk A Mile for PEACE

5. You may want to share with others that we, the Trail of Dreams Peace Walkers, are Celebrating a Decade of Walking for Peace and Transformation at home and around the world.

I am attaching some general information (see links to PDFs below) that may be useful, our sponsorship package which is a good source of information and the Atlanta Journal Constitution article that was done on the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk when we returned home after  three and a half years of walking around the world for peace. There is much more information on our website and I encourage you to browse through it from time to time for updates.

Thank You,

Audri

www.13moonwalk4peace.org
www.audriscottwilliams.com

404-374-1162

TRUST WIN CC Meeting with MLK Jr III

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Dear Ones,

Martin Luther King Jr. III spoke April 15 at an Israeli conference on Non-violence that his Realizing The Dream Institute co-sponsored at the new Peres Peace Center building in Jaffa.  The day before he spoke in Ramallah to a similar Conference for Palestinians.  The speakers included political, military, and NGO leaders dealing with various aspects of non-violence.

Martin Luther King Jr. III is a gentle and well-intentioned man — who beseeched us to have the Palestinian-Israeli conflict become a model of a “non-violent movement”.  I shared with him my own experience of marching with his father in Chicago in the ’60′s.  Members of TRUST WIN gave him an inscribed copy of our Book “Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women”  www.60voices.org and he was very impressed to see the lovely interviews with the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women featured in it.

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Many of the peace-workers there were very exhausted and frustrated — some desperate, some philosophical, some optimistic, others pessimistic, some struggling, some resigned — not a happy crowd — but a committed one…. I guess that’s part of the reason the book was so enthusiastically received by everyone — so practical and real and a demonstration that women can get together and be committed to peace….

Love,
Elana

Elana Rozenman
Executive Director
TRUST-Emun
www.trust-emun.org