Fall 2017 Newsletter

ST. LOUIS HOSTS CGS 2017 NATIONAL CONVENTION

On October 20 to 22, 2017 the national CGS convention will be held at the
Hampton Inn near the St. Louis Airport. It is just south of I-70 at 10820 Peartree Lane, 63074. The convention begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday and continues until 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Participants will be coming from all over the country, but St. Louis area participants who don’t intend to stay overnight at the motel should plan to come for the Saturday and Sunday events.
Anyone who would like to stay at the Hampton Inn for the whole CGS national convention from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon can reserve a room by calling 314-429-2000. Don’t let them transfer you to “reservations.” Explain that you are with the Citizens for Global Solutions, confirmation number 82864036. The cost of a room for Friday and Saturday nights is $252.03 tax included. Each room has two queen beds, but to avoid confusion if two people are rooming together only one should make a reservation with the motel. The hot breakfast is free as is parking and Wi-Fi and coffee 24 hours a day. Staying at the Hampton Inn would provide you a good chance to get acquainted with CGS members from all over the country.
The opening event at 4:00 p.m. Friday will be the rather wide-ranging meeting of the World Federalist Institute. It functions as the creative think-tank of CGS. How can we attract new members? What kind of messages should CGS be using? What should we be displaying on our CGS website? What kind of regional or national meetings should we have?
At 9:30 Saturday morning, October 21, the two national CGS Boards of Directors, one for the Educational part of the organization and one for the Action Network part, will meet together as usual. This meeting is open to all. !It provides a good opportunity to come and learn more about what the national CGS organization is doing and planning.

After participants eat lunch together at the nearby Bandana’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant, the Saturday afternoon and evening program will be devoted to the convention theme: How CGS can help publicize and develop support for the recommendations of the 2015 report of the Commission on Global Security,

Justice & Governance.

 

This prestigious international commission is co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Ibrahim Gambari, former Foreign Minister of Nigeria and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Its official report incorporates many proposals advanced by CGS.

At 2:00 p.m. Saturday David Lionel will show and discuss the video clips he has produced to explain the Commission’s recommendations on how to deal with three current global challenges:(1) intrastate conflicts & the resultant masses of refugees, (2) the causes and impact of climate change, and (3) the growing economic inequality in the global community. Then Dr. Richard Ponzio, Director of the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 Program in Washington DC, will engage with us in a dialog focused on the issue “Just Security 2020: Citizen Action for an Effective and Inclusive UN.”

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday we will enjoy a Thanksgiving-type banquet served by Diner’s Delight similar to that which we have had at our chapter annual meetings. Anyone wanting to join us for this banquet will need to order it individually after October 1 and will need to pay $17 cash only at that time. At 8:00 p.m. Tad Daley, also from Washington DC, will speak on “STAR TREK & the United Federation of Planets: Mere Science Fiction or Future Reality?”

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday we will have a discussion guided by CGS national leaders on “What Every CGS Member should know.”

 

On Sunday afternoon from 1:00-3:00 we will view MY COUNTRY IS THE WORLD, a great new film about the life of Garry Davis. After World War II he became internationally known for renouncing his U.S. Citizenship and proclaiming himself to be a citizen of the world at the 1948 meeting of the UN General Assembly in Paris. Afterward he established the World Service Authority (WSA) to provide critical documents such as passports and birth & marriage certificates to refugees and others who couldn’t get them from their own national governments. WSA under the Direction of David Gallup (who will be with us) is still doing that even though Garry himself died a couple of years ago. Arthur Kanegis from California who produced the film will also be with us to discuss its significance and how Citizens for Global Solutions can make use of it.

 

The film MY COUNTRY IS THE WORLD will also be shown Monday evening at 7:00 p.m at the Tivoli Theater, 6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City, Missouri 63130. There will be no admission charge, but we are hoping to receive contributions of $5-10 from those attending. We also expect co-sponsorship from other local peace-andjustice groups. UNA of St. Louis has already voted to do that. That October 23 showing aims to energize support among residents of the St. Louis area for the idea of world citizenship and the work of Citizens for Global Solutions. Those wishing to stay Sunday and Monday nights at the Hampshire Inn will be able to get the same special rate they got for Friday and Saturday nights.

Questions about the national CGS convention or showing of the film MY COUNTRY IS

THE WORLD can be sent to Ronald Glossop at <rglossop@mindpring.com>.

 

 

ANYONE 18-30 YEARS OLD (students & others)

CGS-St. Louis invites you to Participate in the

CGS National Convention, October 20, 21, 22, 2017 in St. Louis

Enter this contest to win free full participation in our national convention

This award includes meals & lodging at the Hampton Inn, St. Louis International Airport . plus free admission to all events, including this keynote address.)

“JUST SECURITY 2020: CITIZEN ACTION FOR AN EFFECTIVE & INCLUSIVE UN”

by Richard Ponzio, Ph.D. Director,Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 Program

Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) of Greater St. Louis will pay for full participation in the national CGS convention for two contest winners aged 18 to 30 as of October 20, 2017.

If you want to be a contestant for this award, write a 3-5 page printed essay (double-spaced) consisting of two parts. In the first part tell us about your background and accomplishments. Why would you be the right person for us to send to this event? In the second part share with us your thinking about one or more of the global problems now confronting our world community. What should we, our national government and the United Nations do to deal with them more effectively?

In exchange for this award, CGS of St. Louis expects you to give us a brief written report about the event & what you learned from it. Your report will be published in our quarterly newsletter CGS News.

Send your essay by e-mail to <rglossop@mindspring.com> or by regular mail to Ronald Glossop, 8894 Berkay Avenue, Jennings MO 63136-5004. The deadline is midnight Sept. 30, 2017. Winner will be notified Monday, October 2. Be sure to include your home address & phone number. If you have questions or want more information about Citizens for Global Solutions. go to <http://www.globalsolutions.org&gt; or call 314 869-2303.

 

 

OUR DEDICATED LONG-TIME VICE-PRESIDENT YVONNE LOGAN HAS DIED

Sadly we must inform you that Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis has lost one of our most committed members, Yvonne Logan, our chapter Vice-Chair since 1980 and one of our lifetime members along with her husband Joe. Yvonne died Saturday, June 24, and her funeral took place at the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves Thursday, June 29th. Yvonne was a lifelong peace activist as well as a wife, mother and grandmother, a dedicated Democrat, and a world traveler. She was born in Holland, Michigan December 8, 1919 to William and Effie Westrate and married attorney Joe Logan July 17, 1943. They had four children: Dan, Kate, Gregory, and Laurie. Holland remained an important summer home for them throughout her life. For 50 years their home in Webster Groves was a regular meeting place for many progressive groups including the World Federalist Association/Citizens for Global Solutions.

In the 1960s Yvonne served as St. Louis area agent for the Committee for Nuclear Information’s well-known Baby Tooth Survey on strontium-90 which was crucial in building support for the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963. She served as Director of the Saint Louis Peace Center from 1967 to 1974 and then as volunteer Director of Saint Louis’s new World Community Center for 40 years. She was particularly active in Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), serving as national President from 1981 to 1985 and as a member of its national board from 1965 to 1987. She worked for many local peace organizations including being Vice-President of the St. Louis chapter of the World Federalist Association/ Citizens for Global Solutions since 1980 and a member of UNA of Saint Louis’s board of directors from 1999 to 2002. At a special Women’s Day event in 2013 Yvonne was honored for her many decades of service promoting peace and justice and human rights, especially for women.

Yvonne’s life was dedicated to working for peace and justice, and Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis was one of the main beneficiaries of her efforts. We will greatly miss her.

 

Commemoration of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By David Oughton

About fifty representatives of Citizens for Global Solutions, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Veterans for Peace gathered together on Sunday, August 6, at the Ethical Society of St. Louis for the annual commemoration of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This evening event began with several songs that were beautifully sung by young adults known as the Group of Twelve. Then everyone shared a potluck supper and exchanged ideas about how to eliminate nuclear weapons in light of the current crisis with North Korea’s nuclear program and the United Nations Security Council resolution that has imposed sanctions on North Korea. Some referred to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted recently by 122 member-states of the United Nations General Assembly. The group then watched the movie “Hibakusha: Our Life to Live” about Japanese and Korean survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. This film explained the physical and psychological conditions which atomic bomb survivors have suffered throughout their lives. After the film, everyone went outside behind the Ethical Society in order to hear a letter written by the mayor of Hiroshima and to sing the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

UN ADOPTS TREATY TO PROHIBIT ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS

On 7 July 2017, 122 out of the 193 Member States of the United Nations voted to support a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. One Member State, the Netherlands, voted against it, and another Member State, Singapore, abstained. The nuclearweapon Member States did not participate in the drafting of the Treaty.

Immediately afterward the delegations of the USA, the United Kingdom, and France issued a joint press statement saying that “This initiative clearly disregards the realities of the international security environment… This treaty offers no solution to the grave threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program, nor does it address other security challenges that made nuclear deterrence necessary.” Article I of the Treaty sets out its basic intention: to prohibit all activities involving nuclear weapons including to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons and to use, threaten to use, transfer, station, install or deploy these weapons. The Treaty will be open for signature and start of the ratification process when the U.N. General Assembly opens on 20 September 2017. 50 ratifications are necessary for the Treaty to come into force, but according to international law theory only those nations that ratify it are bound by it.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons follows The Hague Law tradition on the banning of weapons because of their humanitarian consequences, a tradition first stressed in Saint Petersburg in 1868 and which was carried on by two peace conferences at The Hague in 1899 and 1907. This tradition has led to the ban on poison gas by the 1925 Geneva Protocol as well as the more recent bans on chemical weapons, biological weapons, anti-personnel land mines, and cluster munitions. Recently a conference of U.N. Member States was held in Vienna, Austria on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons. It featured reports and studies on the impact of the use of nuclear weapons on humans and Nature. As a result the negotiations on this new Treaty focused on humanitarian consequences rather than arms control issues.

Many believe that progress toward a cosmopolitan, humanist world society requires the development of effective norms, procedures and institutions. The challenge is to get the nuclear weapons states and other nations to support and abide by these treaties limiting certain kinds of weapons.

Blogs on this issue as well as others can be found at the CGS website <www.globalsolutions.org>.

 

 

Reminder: Time to renew your membership in CGS of Greater St. Louis

We value your membership in Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis. The expiration date for your membership is at the top of the address label on your newsletter. Life members will see “XOXOXO.” For 2016 members, it will say “31 Jan 2017,” which means that you will get the Winter 2017 issue even if you have not yet renewed for 2017. If the expiration date is past, we are hoping that you will soon renew your membership. If there is no expiration date of any kind on the label, you are receiving a free copy with the hope that the information will be of interest to you.

Membership guarantees that you will continue to get our quarterly newsletter GLOBAL SOLUTIONS NEWS which keeps you informed about our local activities and provides articles of interest to our members. We encourage you to participate in our events where you will be informed by experts about global issues and global solutions and will have a chance to share your views with them. Our 2017 annual meeting will be Sunday afternoon, June 11, at the Ethical Society of Saint Louis.. Memberships in our local CGS organization and the national CGS organization are separate matters. Membership in the national Citizens for Global Solutions costs an additional $25 per year ($5 for students and low income individuals). You can decide how much of your national membership dues goes to the educational CGS Education Fund and how much goes to the political CGS Action Network. Contributions to CGS-AN are not tax- deductible. You can join the national CGS at the website <http://globalsolutions.org> or by sending a check and your name and address to: Citizens for Global Solutions, 420 Seventh Street SE, Washington DC 20003.

Our local CGS of Greater St. Louis publishes a quarterly newslettter and arranges local programs. Annual local membership dues are $25 ($10 for students). Members and other contributors receive our quarterly newsletters and have voting rights at the annual meeting. Please also consider an additional contribution to assist us in our work. Life membership is awarded for a donation of $500 or more. Joining after Oct. 1 also includes the next year.

Make checks payable to “Citizens for Global Solutions/ St. Louis” and send them along with the membership blank below to David Oughton, 1130 Big Sky Drive, Fenton MO 63026. Both dues and additional contributions are tax deductible because CGS of Greater St. Louis is a 501(c)(3) educational, non- political membership organization. Thanks for your support.

Sincerely,

Ron Glossop, Chair

 

 

 

CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS OF

ST. LOUIS CHAPTER LEADERS

Each year in April or May we have our annual meeting where we elect our Officers and Directors for the following year. The chapter leaders for 2015-2016 are:

CHAIR: Ronald Glossop,

VICE-CHAIR: Brian Arendt

TREASURER: David Oughton,

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: David Oughton

RECORDING SECRETARY: Brian Arendt

DIRECTORS: Terry Allen, Cassandra Butler, Hasmik Chakaryan, Terry Gates, Bob Reinhold and Grant Williams.

Others who are important to our work are:

NEWSLETTER LAYOUT EDITOR Marideth Sisco.

NEWSLETTER PRINTER The Ink Spot, 3433 Hampton Ave., St. Louis MO 63139.

Our board meets at the World Community Center, 438 No. Skinker, whose manager is Darrick Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

COMING EVENTS

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27- Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park sponsored by the International Institute of St. Louis.

Saturday, September 9, 10:15 a.m. – CGS/STL Board of Officers & Directors meets at World Community Center, 438 No. Skinner Boulevard, 63130 to discuss coming events including the CGS national convention Oct. 20-22 and the showing of “MyCountry Is the World” October 23 at the Tivoli Theatre in University City. The meeting is open to all.

Friday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 22, 4:00 p.m. The 2017 national convention of Citizens for Global Solutions will be held at the Hampton Inn at the St. Louis Airport. The main program for local persons will be Saturday, including an evening banquet.

Monday, October 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.- The film “My Country Is the World” will be shown at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City, Missouri 63130. We expect cosponsorship from other local organizations such as WILPF, the UNA of St. Louis, Peace Economy Project, League of Women Voters, Veterans for Peace, and so on. There is no admission charge but we will ask for voluntary contributions of $5-10.

Saturday, November 11, 10:15 a.m. – CGS/STL Board of Officers & Directors meets at World Community Center, 438 No. Skinner Boulevard, 63130. The meeting is open to all.

 

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