Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis Presents
Addressing Challenges Facing Spaceship Earth
Sunday, October 25, 2015 – 2:00-7:00
First Unitarian Church of St. Louis
5007 Waterman Blvd., at Kingshighway; St. Louis, MO 63108
ASSEMBLY HALL-LOWER LEVEL
“Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity”
Leila Sadat, keynote speaker
Special Adviser to the ICC Prosecutor on Crimes Against Humanity; Director, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute; Henry H. Oberschelp Professor & Israel Treiman Fellow, Washington University St. Louis.
Helen Caldicott and Joan Brannigan – “Preserving the Future” by getting rid of nuclear weapons (video/discussion)
Robert J. Reinhold – The U.S. and Russia: The struggle of keeping the two greatest nuclear super powers from confrontation
Daniel Steinmeyer – The economics of climate change: the role of the oceans
Jennifer Roberts – Challenges facing girls in developing countries
Mary Ann McGivern – The Peace Economy Project focuses globally. The Don’t Shoot Coalition is local. What do they offer each other?
Grant Williams and Mary Beth Reissen – The ultimate 21st century challenge: Confronting and countering violent extremism
***Participate in general sessions and three topical discussions***
Voluntary contributions will be collected, $10 suggested and appreciated
RSVP by October 20 to JTGates@aol.com
Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis
The Lentz Peace Research Foundation
United Nations Association of Greater St. Louis
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
WHAT IS THE FUNSTEN FUND?
By Ron Glossop
Each year our St. Louis chapter of CGS sponsors an essay contest for students and others aged 18 to 30. The winners (usually two) get an all-expenses-paid trip to a world federalist meeting. As noted on the next page of this newsletter, in 2015 that event is the October 9-10 “Creating a Workable World” conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This project, which costs our chapter about $1500-$2000 a year, is financed by the Funsten Fund.
In the year 2000 Randy Funsten, now deceased former member of our St. Louis chapter, created the Funsten Fund. Its goal is to educate young people about world federalism as the way to bring about “world peace through world law.” His original contribution was a gift of the stock of a local chemical company which had appreciated to $100,000.
How did such a donation came about? In the 1980s and 90s the World Federalist Association had two national meetings each year. One meeting was at the national headquarters in Washington DC while the other was in another city such as Denver or Los Angeles or Minneapolis or Dallas or Pittsburgh or Cincinnati or Boston. The St. Louis chapter usually paid only the air fare for two young people to attend one of those meetings. When there were three or four very good essays, I would ask Randy if he could pay the air fare for those not being funded out of the regular chapter budget. He never turned me down.
In the year 2000 Randy decided to make a one- time tax-deductible contribution to fund programs for young people. We decided to get help from the national WFA organization in converting the stock to cash. Aaron Knight was then in charge of WFA finances. We made an agreement with the national WFA to divide the annual interest 50/50 between our chapter and the national organization but with the proviso that our chapter would always get at least $2,500 per year. In some years our half of the earnings amounted to over $3,000 a year.
The Fall 2001 WFA meeting was in St. Louis. At that time 1980 Independent U.S. Presidental candidate John B. Anderson had become President of WFA. Randy’s generous contribution was publicly recognized at that meeting. Another memorable part of that national meeting was the talk by Professor Leila Sadat of the Law School at Washington University/St.Louis about the International Criminal Court being created at that time. She received a sustained standing ovation from the 100+ audience. She was visibly moved.
There are two important dates in July for globally-minded Americans. The 4th of July is an important date for our country, and the 17th of July is an important day for our whole world community.
The Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted on July 17, 1998. Five years ago the UN designated July 17th as “International Criminal Justice Day.” The day will be celebrated by advocates for justice around the world, many of whom will post on social media using a hashtag #JusticeMatters to draw attention to this rather new world holiday.
The International Criminal Court is a permanent court with jurisdiction over individuals who commit genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity (enumerated in the Rome Statute) when they are not held accountable by their own government. The word “criminal” in the name of the Court and the holiday is crucial. In contrast to the International International Criminal Court focuses onholding individuals accountable for violating international law. The ICJ deals only with national governments. Its rulings are non-binding. Furthermore trying to punish a country requires fighting a war such as the Korean War in 1950-1953 and First Gulf War in 1991.
The precedent of holding individuals account- able for violating international law emerged after World War II with the Nuremberg and Tokyo
Trials. It continued with the creation of ad hoc international tribunals by the UN Security Council in the 1990s to prosecute individual perpetrators of genocide and war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
The Rome Statute has now been ratified by 123 countries, with the notable exceptions of China, Russia, and the United States.
Despite criticism from some corners, the Court is succeeding. Individual criminals are being prosecuted. Two individuals have been found guilty and are now in the ICC’s jail in The Hague. Eight others are in custody awaiting trial.
After several years of opposing the Court as a vital institution, the United States is now cooperating with the ICC, sending observers to meetings of its governing body, and has even supported a resolution in the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Libya to the ICC.
The ICC is exactly what the world community needs to establish the rule of law and thus put an end to war. This year, almost a quarter of all UN member states have ratified amendments to the Rome Statute that will make aggression a prosecutable criminal act. For this reason alone, every American and every globally minded world citizen should celebrate International Criminal Justice Day this Friday.
Sunday, August 16, 5:30 p.m. – 70th Memorial Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki at the Ethical
Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road. Potluck supper at 6:00 followed by Dr. Helen Caldicott Video and
survivor readings and candlelight vigil. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and Women’s International
League for Peace and Freedom and co-sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions of St. Louis.
Saturday, August 15, 10:15 a.m. – CGS/STL Board of Officers & Directors meets at World Community
Center, 438 No. Skinker, 63130. The meeting is open to all. Note that meeting has been shifted to the 3rd
Saturday of August instead of the second Saturday of July.
Saturday, September 12, 10:15 a.m. – CGS/STL Board of Officers & Directors meets at World Community
Center, 438 No. Skinker, 63130. The meeting is open to all. Note this meeting will be focused on finalizing
plans for the October 25 workshop.
Friday & Saturday, October 9 & 10 – “Creating a Workable World” conference featuring outstanding
speakers from throughout the world, Humphrey School of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota,
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 13 & 14 – Annual national meeting of Citizens for Global Solutions in
Washington DC with special program. More details in the next issue.
Sunday, October 25, 2:00 p.m. – 2nd CGS/STL workshop on “Addressing Challenges Facing
Spaceship Earth” at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, 5007 Waterman Blvd. at Kingshighway. Dr. Leila
Sadat, Director of the Whitney Harris World Law Institute, will be the keynote speaker.
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Summer 2015 Newsletter