Summer 2017 Newsletter

CGS-St. Louis Annual Meeting – Final Notice


WORLD: A Multimedia Presentation

(See details overleaf)
Bob Flax, Ph.D.
Co-Director of Research, Saybrook University, Oakland California

WHEN: Sunday Afternoon, June 11, 2017
3:00 p.m. – Informal reception and refreshments
3:30 p.m. – “Creating a Peaceful, Just & Sustainable World”
               Bob Flax, Past President, Democratic World Federalists
4:30 p.m. – Business meeting with election of Officers & Directors
5:00 p.m. – Optional buffet turkey dinner (Use form below.)
WHERE: Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, 63117
(in the Assembly Hall, lower level; park in rear & enter by rear door.)
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Reservation Form for optional BUFFET TURKEY DINNER at 5:00 p.m.
(Deadline for receipt of this form is 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 9)
Printed name(s)_______________________________________________
Telephone: (     )                        e-mail: .
No. of Turkey dinners __ No. of Vegetarian dinners __
$15 each; students $3.
Turkey, dressing, salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, whole wheat rolls, blueberry cobbler, beverage; cheese and vegetables for vegetarians. Make your check payable to “CGS of Greater St. Louis” and send it with this form to:
Dr. David Oughton, 1130 Big Sky Drive, Fenton MO 63026.
For more info, contact Ron Glossop at 314/869-2303 or <>.
Creating a Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World
A Multimedia Presentation at the CGS Annual Meeting
In today’s world, all of our major problems have gone global;  including war, terrorism, environmental crises, economic  calamities, pandemics, and social injustice. Many of our human-made systems are global as well. However, the one significant thing that has not gone global is democracy. Could that be the cause of our global problems? This stimulating presentation will describe an alternative way to govern our world, where “We the people” are in charge. Many scholars and laypeople agree that only a global democracy can meet today’s toughest challenges. We’ll explore the history of this idea, the movement that grew out of it, the paths to getting there, and how it might work.

About Your Presenter:
Bob Flax, Ph.D., is a psychologist, organization development consultant, activist, and educator. He is a Co-Director of Research at Saybrook University and teaches in their Transformative Social Change program. Bob is former President of the Democratic World Federalists, council member of the World Federalist Movement, and on the Board of Citizens for Global Solutions. Following his work as a psychologist, he trained in organization development and conflict resolution, expanding his focus to include organizational, community and global systems. This led to his involvement with the global
democracy movement – an effort to create a democratically elected global parliament, capable of ending war and responding to today’s most pressing problems. Bob lives in a cohousing community in the San Francisco Bay area, enjoys the outdoors, and maintains a meditation practice.
ANYONE 18-30 YEARS OLD (students & others)
CGS-St. Louis invites you to
Participate in the CGS National Convention
October 20, 21, 22, 2017
Enter this contest to win free full participation in this national
convention of CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS at the Hampton
Inn at the St. Louis International Airport .
(This award includes meals & lodging at the hotel plus free admission to all events, including this keynote address.)
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 (doublespaced) 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 <> or by regular mail to Ronald Glossop, 8894 Berkay Avenue, Jennings MO 63136-5004. The deadline is midnight September 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 <; or call 314 869-2303.
     On October 20-22, 2017 the national CGS convention will be held at the Hampton Inn just south of I-70 across from the St. Louis Airport. It begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday and continues until 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday morning, October 21, will be the meeting of the CGS Boards of Directors open to all, so come and learn more about what the national organization is doing and planning. Saturday afternoon and evening, will be devoted to the convention theme of how CGS can help publicize and develop support for the recommendations of the report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance 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.
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, will engage in a dialog focused on questions concerning “Just Security 2020: Citizen Action for an Effective and Inclusive UN.”
At 5:30 Saturday we will have a Thanksgiving-type banquet served by Diner’s Delight similar to what we have at our chapter annual meetings. 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?”
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 is still doing that even though Garry himself died a couple of years ago.
If you would like to just stay at the Hampton Inn, 10820 Pear Tree Lane, 63074 for the CGS national convention starting at 4:00 p.m. Friday and ending at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, you can make a reservation 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. The hot breakfast is free as is parking and Wi-Fi and coffee 24 hours a day. You would have a good chance to get acquainted with CGS members from all over the country and to enjoy an inspiring experience..

A Human Federation –
A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient means of 
social justice to ensure health, education, and a rough equality of 
opportunity, would mean such a release and increase of human energy 
as to open a new phase in human history.
 –H.G. Wells, noted historian



Prof. Joe Schwartzberg, Univ. of Minnesota, on the film


[excerpted with permission from the May 2017 newsletter of CGS-Minnesota]

Not long ago, I…had the privilege of viewing… The World Is My Country, the amazing story of Garry Davis, who died in 2013 at the age of 91 (and whom I was fortunate enough to know). A bomber pilot in World War II, a war in which he lost his older brother, Garry was, for a time, consumed with a desire for revenge. But, in viewing films of the devastation he inflicted on non-military targets near Berlin, Garry experienced an epiphany. He recognized the unmitigated evil of the legal institution of war itself and concluded that the fundamental cause of wars was the division of the world into many sovereign states, in virtually all of which national citizens were taught the righteousness of their own country and the shortcomings of others. Why not, he then reasoned, eliminate war completely by doing away with separate nations and establishing a single world nation, one in which all human beings would be equal world

Of course, the idea of a single world state was far from new. Sages have spoken and written of it for millennia. But Garry was a man of action. Most of the film deals with the extraordinary series of daring exploits that characterized his life. Garry’s politically public career commenced with his giving up his American passport in 1948, followed shortly by his interruption of a meeting of the UN General Assembly (then situated temporarily in Paris) to declare his world citizenship. That dramatic move rapidly ignited a worldwide response. Before long, his followers– both ordinary folks and numerous luminaries (e.g. Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt)–numbered in the millions. Happily, Garry had an excellent sense of PR, and he made sure that many of his successes (and frequent travails) were filmed and archived. Otherwise, the making of The World Is My Country would not have been possible. Garry was also a remarkable raconteur and narrated much of the script.

Go see the film if you have an opportunity to do so.

[One chance will be during the CGS national convention from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 22 at the Hampton Inn at the St. Louis International Airport. For more information contact Ron Glossop at 314-869-2303]

A Better world –
My vision of a better world would be one under the control of a 
strong United Nations, one that truly has the support of all 
countries in the world. Only an effective world government could 
provide sufficient law and have the power to control the unboundaried 
destructive forces of pollution and war. I will continue
to be a leader in the World Federalist Association. 

–Lloyd Bridges, Actor





Citizens for Global Solutions is now focused on promoting the June 2015 report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigerian Foreign Minister & UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs. The Commission and its report were supported by The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Stimson Center, a Washington DC nonpartisan policy research center working to solve the greatest threats to global security and prosperity.

Citizens for Global Solutions aims to draw more public attention to several proposals advanced in the report such as (1) creating an individually-recruited UN Conflict Mediation and Peace Force, (2) strengthening the role of the Responsibility to Prevent, Protect, and Rebuild principle in governing the behavior of national governments, (3) developing a green licensing facility to help check climate degradation, (4) establishing a new framework for global economic cooperation, (5) developing a global network of cybercrime centers, (6) strengthening and making greater use of the International Court of Justice, and (7) developing a UN Parliamentary Network to serve as an advisory body to the UN General Assembly.

In 2020, the United Nations will mark its 75th anniversary. That year will also be the occasion for reviews of several important treaties, political agreements and other intergovernmental processes, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The UN2020 Initiative involves adopting a preparatory process culminating in the UN Summit in 2020. It has as its goal the adoption by the UN of an inclusive and effective strategy for global governance reform. This project will be the focus of the Saturday afternoon portion of the 2017 national CGS convention at the Hampton Inn–St. Louis Airport October 20-22.

One might say today there are Russians and then there are Russians…
“Why are we raising so insistently the question of a universal system 
of international peace and security? Because we cannot reconcile 
ourselves to the situation in which the world finds itself on the 
threshold of the third millennium - threatened with destruction, 
in a state of constant tension, an atmosphere of suspicion and 
discord, expending the enormous resources, labor and talent of
millions of people in order to increase mutual mistrust and fear. 
People can talk as much as they like about the need for halting the 
arms race and eliminating militarism and about cooperation, 
but nothing will change unless we start to act.”

– Mikhail Gorbachev -Soviet General Secretary



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 <>  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.


Ron Glossop, Chair


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,
RECORDING SECRETARY: Rosario Rena Ciaramitaro
DIRECTORS: Cassandra Butler, Hasmik Chakaryan, Terry Gates, Kyerra Johnson-Massey, Yvonne Logan, Bob Reinhold and Grant Williams.
Others who are important to our work are:
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.



Saturday, June 10, 10:15 a.m. – CGS/STL Board of Officers & Directors meets with Professor Bob Flax, CGS Representative of the World Federalist Movement, at World Community Center, 438 No. Skinner Boulevard, 63130 to discuss the future of the world federalist movement. The meeting is open to all

Sunday, June 11, 3:00-7:00 p.m. – CGS/St. Louis 2017 annual meeting at Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road. Professor Bob Flax, former President of the Democratic World Federalists, Consultant to national Citizens for Global Solutions, and Professor of Conflict Resolution and Organization Development at Saybrook University near San Francisco will be the main speaker at the meeting.

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – “St. Louis Ban the Bomb – Sister March/Rally” meets at the Chuck Berry Sculpture, 6555 Delmar Blvd in the Delmar Loop across the street from the Blueberry Hill nightclub.

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.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 7 other followers