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November 3, 2015 by cgsstlouischapter
Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis
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
A PROPOSAL FOR A PRESENTATION ON INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY
On September 21, 2015 (International Peace Day) at 5:00 p.m. Veterans for Peace plans to have panel discussing “Partnerships for Peace-Dignity for All “at the Schlafly Branch Library at 225 North Euclid. Here is the presentation that Ron Glossop proposed to make for that discussion.
Practicing personal non-violence is an important step toward a better society, but by itself it will not get us to a peaceful and just world. Wars are violent struggles between groups, not just individual persons. To get peace and justice we must focus on developing a political system at the global level that promotes nonviolent resolution of conflict, namely democracy. As we look at the world we can see that the countries which have peace within their society are the Western-style democracies where conflicts between groups are worked out by political (voting) and judicial (rule of law) means following open discussion of alternatives and regular elections to choose the leaders so policies can periodically be changed if things are moving in the wrong direction.
We have plenty of evidence that Western- style democracy promotes peace and justice within societies. The processes of democracy promote gradual change which in the long term goes in the direction of more justice. We need to apply the same principle to the world community. To have world peace, we need a Western-style democratic government at the global level, a democratic world federation in which all the nations are related to each other as our U.S. states are related to each other, that is, in a federal system.
The United Nations is not yet a government, democratic or otherwise. Many of the national governments in the U.N. are not democratic but many are, and their influence in the U.N. is substantial. Because of the U.N., our world community is gradually moving in the right direction. Because of the U.N. we have such things as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the principle that national governments have the obligation to protect the rights of everyone within their borders, the Responsibility to Protect principle. We have the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.N. Human Rights Council which oversees and publicizes the behavior of national governments with regard to protecting human rights. The U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki–Moon regularly makes public statements calling attention to problems of the global community which require attention.
But our world community still has not developed the global political institutions which it needs. We still have wars and arms races and nuclear weapons. We still have anarchy at the global level. We still lack a global government.
A big part of the problem is that too many people are ignorant about the United Nations and the work that it does. Too many people in this country and throughout the world are still living in the nationalistic 19th and 20th centuries and too few in the whole-world-oriented 21st century. We all must realize that we are world citizens in a planetary community. We all must work to help develop a democratic world republic that will put an end to militarism and the collective organized violence known as war.
I am not the only person with this message for you. Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Douglas MacArthur, Oscar Hammerstein, and many others have also been supporters of this idea that we need to develop a world federation in order to have a peaceful and just world.
BENJAMIN FERENCZ HONORED WITH 2015 WORLD PEACE
THROUGH WORLD LAW AWARD
Benjamin B. Ferencz, known to many world federalists as the author (along with Ken Keyes) of the popular 1988 book PLANETHOOD, was honored by Washington University’s Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute as the 2015 recipient of “The World Peace Through World Law Award” at a private dinner at the Missouri Historical Museum on September 13. Simultaneously the museum appropriately featured a special exhibition “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.”
Ferencz was a war crimes investigator during the liberation of Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II and gathered evidence of Nazi atrocities that was later used at the Nuremberg Trials. !As the Chief Prosecutor of the Einsatzgruppen case at the age of 27, Ferencz secured the conviction of 22 of the world’s most ruthless criminals. !In the 70 years since Nuremberg he has led efforts to get property returned to Holocaust survivors and has played an instrumental role in reparations negotiations between Israel and West Germany.
His ﬁrst book, the two-volume DEFINING INTERNATIONAL AGGRESSION-THE SEARCH FOR WORLD PEACE (1975), is still referred to as a seminal work on the need to establish international institutions to promote world peace. !His two-volume work, AN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT-A STEP TO WORLD PEACE (1980), was only part of his contribution to the actual establishment of the International Criminal Court by the Rome Statute in 1998. !Another two-volume work, ENFORCING INTER \NATIONAL LAW-A WAY TO WORLD PEACE (1983), pointed to enforcement of the law as a main remaining lack. Another scholarly volume was his NEW LEGAL FOUNDATIONS FOR GLOBAL SURVIVAL: !SECURITY THROUGH THE SECURITY COUNCIL (1994).
His more popular writing includes not only PLANETHOOD (1988) but also A COMMON SENSE GUIDE TO WORLD PEACE (1985). He has served as Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School where he founded a Peace Center and taught “The International Law of Peace.” He is an accredited non-governmental observer at the United Nations and is a frequent lecturer throughout the world.
We congratulate him for this award and for his lifetime of persistent dedicated work for world peace through world law. He is obviously one of us.
DAVID LEVIN, JULIE BROWN ARE 2015 CGS/STL ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
David Levin, graduate from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and Julie Brown, graduate from Webster University, are the winners of our essay contest for an all-expenses-paid trip to the October 9-10 “Creating a Workable World” conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both studied international relations, and their knowledge of international relations was evident in their winning essays. Adam is also interested in music and plays the trombone, and Julie has an interest in journalistic photography.
At the conference they will have the opportunity to hear presentations by scholars from all over the world who have been brought together for this conference by Professor Joseph Schwartzberg and the Workable World Trust which he has established. !Schwartzberg is author of the important recently published book TRANSFORMING THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM: DESIGNS FOR A WORKABLE WORLD (United Nations University Press, 2013). Their reports about their experience at the conference will appear in our Winter 2016 newsletter.
ONE WORLD RENAISSANCE: HOLISTIC PLANETARY TRANSFORMATION THROUGH A GLOBAL SOCIAL CONTRACT
By Glen T. Martin (The Institute for Economic Democracy, Appomattox VA, 2015)
[Book review by Ronald J. Glossop, September 20, 2015]
The “global social contract” mentioned in the title is the EARTH CONSTITUTION which has been developed by the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA). Glen Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Radcliff University in Virginia as well as President of WCPA. Since the EARTH CONSTITUTION is a thoroughly worked out design for a world federation, this academic volume setting forth the case for a world federation should be of great interest to all world federalists.
The book is not addressed primarily to world federalists, however, but to intellectuals, primarily academics. In it Martin aims to show “that dealing with the global crises that threaten human existence is directly related with the imperative to establish a world based upon human dignity and human ﬂourishing, a world that will include both a spiritual renaissance and a practical, planetary social contract” (p. 11), that is, adoption by humanity of THE EARTH CONSTITUTION creating a world federation. Things seem to be moving in the right direction, but “celebration at this point would be premature, since this new paradigm of wholeness has not penetrated into the practices and institutions of civilization. The power of [global] capitalism, the system of [completely] sovereign nation-states, and instrumental-technological rationality remain fundamentally entrenched” (p. 37).
In the 20th century new developments in science engendered an important cultural movement from the Newtoniam materialistic, atomistic, mechanistic, deterministic view of the universe to a new view that leaves room for the mental and spiritual. It is holistic, teleological, and open to an emerging future. The world is not a machine that can be reduced to the movements of physical particles but rather a transcendent unity with a built-in purpose like any growing living thing. Martin supports his observations with quotation after quotation from leading thinkers. In fact a great value of this book is its very large number of important carefully documented quotations.
Martin believes that capitalism and the current nation-state political system are both the result of the old early-modern Newtonian view of reality. For him, it is these two facets of the current social system that need to be rejected and replaced by a global social democratic federation such as the EARTH CONSTITUTION would establish. He does not explicitly oppose all capitalism but only unrestrained global capitalism, which in my view results!from the other thing that he adamantly opposes, unlimited national sovereignty. I also think that he somewhat carelessly condemns national sovereigny of any kind when he omits that important qualifying adjective “unlimited.” He is a world federalist who wants to retain some national sovereignty but it must be limited by and subordinate to a global authority.
I especially like Martin’s comment!that those in the peace movement!who champion commitment to personal nonviolence “have positive insights, but not meaningful concrete proposals for institutional transformation. . . . We need to oppose the global war system with a global peace system. . . . A philosophy of nonviolence alone will not do it” (p.300).
This short review does not at all do justice to Martin’s extended argumentation about how the changes in modern science have caused vast changes in the general cultural outlook. At the same time I do want to note the absence of any discussion about what speciﬁcally needs to be done to gain support for world federalism in general or ratiﬁcation of the EARTH CONSTITUTION in particular. This book should help, but more is needed.
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. We hope you will continue your support for another year. On your address label you will find the date when your membership expires. If it says “31 January 2016, you have already renewed for 2015. Membership guarantees that you will get our quarterly newsletter GLOBAL SOLUTIONS NEWS. It 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.
Memberships in our local CGS organization and the national CGS organization are separate matters. A membership in the national Citizens for Global Solutions, Inc. costs $25 per year. Since it is politically-oriented and the home for our GS Political Action Committee which endorses and supports candidates for Congress, its memberships are not tax-deductible.
Join at the website <http://globalsolutions.org> or by sending a check to:
Citizens for Global Solutions,
The educational CGS national organization no longer has memberships and relies on the website for its helpful informational efforts.
Our CGS of Greater St. Louis publishes a quarterly newsletter and arranges local programs. Annual membership dues are $25 ($10 for students). Members and other contributors receive our 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.
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
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: Yvonne Logan
TREASURER: David Oughton, MEMBERSHIP
SECRETARY: Terry Gates, RECORDING
SECRETARY: Kimberly Murphy
DIRECTORS: Cassandra Butler, Hasmik Chakaryan, Alex Nourse, Sara Rahim, Robert Reinhold, Chancelor Thomas, Grant Williams, and Samantha Williams.
Others who are important to our work are:
NEWSLETTER LAYOUT EDITOR Marideth Sisco and
NEWSLETTER PRINTER Ally Kowalski at The Ink Spot, 3433 Hampton Ave., St. Louis MO 63139.
Our board meets every other month at the World Community Center, 438 No. Skinker, whose manager is Darrick Smith.
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, Minneapolis, Minnesota. !For details and registration see website <http://www.workableworld.org/conference-schedule.html>.
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, October 12, 13, & 14 – Annual national meeting of Citizens for Global Solutions in Washington DC with Monday evening banquet, Tuesday visit to White House & special presentations at the State Department, and Wednesday lobbying of Congress. For more details and registration see website <www.globalsolutions.org/conference> .
Saturday, October 24 (UN Day), p.m.– UNA of Greater St.Louis program. Details not available at this time.
Sunday, October 25, 2:00 p.m. –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. See front page for more details.
Saturday, November 14, 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.
Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. – Annual Human Rights Day Program at the Missouri History Museum on Lindell Boulevard in Forest Park, lower level, presented by the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights.