November 3, 2016 by cgsstlouischapter
Making Life Better on Spaceship Earth
Participate in our October 16 workshop. Experts will bring news, insight, and informed visions about how people and governments are addressing some of the challenges we face. We hear the news and the spin:
• Political conflict and terrorism within and among nations (including our own presidential
• Trade pacts that offer more to global businesses than they protect workers and consumers.
• Climate change that will produce even more serious migration events and food shortages.
• Globalization of business and industry that outpaces government capacities to regulate it.
• Human rights violations of all kinds.
• Increases in immigration pressure on otherwise peaceful countries.
• A world economy that cannot seem to accommodate growing populations and meet these increased challenges.
We also hear of heroic people and nations, using personal and governmental resources to build communities and support lives that are meeting these pressures.
We’re residents of a minor planet in an infinite universe. We’re all we have. Our workshop presenters will discuss with you some good news and some cogent proposals about how we can address the challenges facing spaceship earth.
See the announcement below and save the date—Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 at the Ethical Society.
Addressing Challenges Facing Spaceship Earth
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 3:00-7:00
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, 63117
League of Women Voters of metro St. Louis, Peace Economy Project, United Nations Association of St. Louis, Webster University Institute for Human Rights, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
—Participate in general sessions and two topical discussions—
C. Dale Walton, keynote speaker
Dr. Walton will speak on:
“The Nation and the World in the Twenty-First Century:
Transnational Elites, Technocracy, and the Future of
Democracy and Globalization”
In both Europe and the United States, 2016 has been a year of political upheaval in which the political status quo has been challenged by frustrated voters unwilling to accept “more of the same.” While the issues driving this upheaval vary somewhat from country to country, it is clear that voters in numerous affluent, democratic countries feel deeply estranged from their own governmental, economic, and cultural elites. This talk will discuss why this rift has developed and how it relates the tensions between
globalization and democratic governance.
Dr. Walton has published three books to date: Grand Strategy and the Presidency: Foreign Policy, War and the American Role in the World; Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the Twenty-first Century; and The Myth of Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Vietnam. Prior to coming to Lindenwood University in summer 2012, Dr. Walton served as a Lecturer in International Relations and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading in England and Missouri State University’s Defense and Strategic Studies Department (located in Fairfax, Virginia).
His research interests include strategic relationships and security problems in Asia, geopolitics and the changing geostrategic environment, and U.S. military strategic history. In addition to his three books, he has published more than 75 book chapters, articles and reviews.
Presenters and discussion session leaders
Brian Arendt will propose what the rest of the world should do with regard to China in the future. This session will cover the role of China in world organizations today, its overall foreign policy and international relations. Topics to discuss include:
· In what ways may China be persuaded to take a positive role in maintaining world peace?
· To what extent might China help create opportunities for UN reform?
· How may people in the U.S. further better relations with China?
Cassandra Butler will discuss how to protect human rights as they are related to poverty and discrimination for “left out” peoples in both richer and poorer countries. Economic disparities are growing more divisive in 21st century societies. Not only do they put pressure on poor and middleclass people, they also challenge governments to meet the economic needs of their citizens. Human rights are often compromised by these pressures.
Donald Heidenreich will address international aspects of the coming U.S. presidential and Congressional elections. He will be discussing how the various scenarios for the 2016 election could affect US foreign policy and how various world partners might react to each of those outcomes.
Robert Reinhold will focus on the Tobin Taz, a proposed international tax on all currency transactions, named after James Tobin, a notable economist. He proposed the tax in 1972 when changes were made in international currency agreements. The primary purpose of a Tobin Tax is to discourage flash computer trades and other quick trades that destabilize currencies. The secondary purpose, proposed by some, is to finance international organizations such as the U.N. The way it works: Every time a currency exchange occurs a small tax is imposed.
Admission is free of charge. A pizza supper will be served—suggested donation $10 per person.
REPORT FROM OUR NATIONAL CGS
In May of this year, the Boards of Directors of the Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund (CGS-‐EF) and the Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network (CGS-‐AN) found themselves faced with a serious budget deficit. The only solution they saw for the short‐term was to lay off the staff which cost a significant amount of money each month. It was a painful process especially for the staff. TheBoard Members also were pained by these steps and are committed to reviving the organization for the future. Currently CGS is volunteer led, with countless hours being spent by volunteers to create a new future for us.
Here are some of the committees that are hard at work for CGS:
• Administrative/Executive Committee meets every other week to run the organization and deal with the issues that arise. We currently have two contractors working for us: one as an accountant to balance the books, pay our bills and track our income; the other is organizing our files both those in the office and those in off-‐site storage, with an eye to deciding what should be added to the World Federalist Archive housed at Indiana University. The Administrative Committee is planning a face-‐to-‐face meeting of the boards to take place in Washington, DC the weekend of Oct 29-‐30. We are hoping that next year’s face-‐to-‐face meeting will take place in Saint Louis.
• Finance Committee meets every week to review our bank balance, see that all bills are paid, and provide direction to the contract accountant as he creates a budget for the coming months and year. Without the monthly payments to staff, we are seeing our account balance grow comfortably in order to enable us to pay our bills.
• The newly formed Program Committee is meeting twice a month right now. They have recently created a form for volunteers to recommend programs to be sponsored by the national organization. Right now only modest funding is available, although this is expected to grow as we continue to get our finances in order. Anyone wishing to submit a program proposal could contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Strategy Committee is charged with creating a Strategic Plan for the future which is then brought to the Boards for final approval. This committee had done significant work before May of this year, creating statements of vision, mission and organizational values as well as goals and objectives that had been approved by the Boards. Now faced with the opportunity to rethink our organizational assumptions, they are revisiting these earlier decisions.
• The Development Committee is responsible for fund raising and invigorating our membership. Recently they implemented a decision made by the boards last October to allow memberships in the CGS-‐EF. (Prior to now, membership only existed in the CGS-‐AN.) Anyone who donates $25 or more per year to the CGS-‐EF will be considered a member. Students and low-income individuals need only pay $5 per year.
• The WFA Endowment Trustees are the owners of the 2 buildings in DC that had housed our national office. 18 months ago a decision was made to convert the buildings into intern housing for the steady flow of student interns who spend a semester in DC. The location on Capitol Hill and near the Eastern Market metro stop is ideal for many interns. Architect plans have been finalized and an expeditor was engaged to get the permits through the complicated DC process. Recently one contractor with strong ratings on Angie’s List has expressed interested in bidding the project. A visit has been scheduled with a second contractor as well.
• The World Federalist Institute (WFI) meets monthly via teleconference call. According to the by‐laws of the CGS‐EF: “The World Federalist Institute, a program supported and carried out by the Corporation, shall support the efforts of the Corporation to develop and promote a greater understanding of and interest in the values, concepts and principles of world federation and its components, among them democratic international institutions, the rule of law, and abolishing war.“ Anyone interested in joining in the WFI calls can e-mail email@example.com for details.
• The Grassroots Leaders Council (GLC) is one group that is currently in limbo. Recently the C4 Board had approved a resolution changing the way the GLC was defined and implemented. However, this resolution required staff direction which is no longer available. Furthermore the previous Chair of the GLC who had worked with staff to craft the resolution, has stepped down from this role. The Strategy Committee, described above, is responsible for creating a strategy and tactical plan for re-starting the GLC. According to the current by‐laws of the CGS-‐AN: “Each year Chapter Chairs (or their designees) shall be invited to meet, share best practices, and elect a nine (9) person Grassroots Leaders Council nominated by the Leadership Committee or by other means determined by the Council. The Chair of the Grassroots Leaders Council shall serve as an ex officio voting member of the Board of Directors.”
• In mid-‐September 2016, the CGS‐AN Executive Committee made a decision to close the PAC given that we no longer have a Treasurer. Don Kraus, former CEO of CGS, had been serving as the PAC Treasurer, but resigned in March 2016. Without a treasurer it is irresponsible to keep a PAC open, so steps will be taken immediately to close the PAC. The PAC can always be reopen later if a treasurer is found.
If anyone has any questions, ideas, or concerns about what is happening on the national level, please contact us at our e-mails provided below.
Larry David, Chair, CG‐EF Board
Donna Park, Chair, CGFAN Board
Excerpts from the Postscript of The Anatomy of Peace by Emery Reves
The following excerpts were selected by Dr. David Oughton. The editor’s note below is from one edition of Reves’ book.
Editor’s note: After the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, journalists asked Albert Einstein for his ideas on world peace. Einstein replied, “We need a world government.” He then urged the journalists to read a new book by Emery Reves entitled The Anatomy of Peace. The following passages from the postscript of this book references the early days of the debate over the adoption of the U.N. Charter early in 1945:
There is only one method that can create security against destruction by the atomic bomb. This is the same method that gives the states of New York and California (non-producers of the atomic bomb) security against being erased from the surface of the earth by the states of Tennessee and New Mexico (producers of the atomic bomb). This security is real. It is the security given by a common sovereign order of law. Outside of that, any security is but an illusion.
Many of the scientists who released atomic energy, frightened by the consequences of this new force, warn us of the dangers that will result if several sovereign states possess atomic weapons, and urge control of it by the United Nations Security Council. But what is the United Nations Security Council, except ‘several sovereign states’?
The pathetic defenders [of the U.N.] argue that it is all we have and we should be practical and start from what we have. [But] the mere fact of having something does not automatically make it valuable.
The San Francisco Charter [that created the United Nations Organization] is a multilateral treaty. That and nothing else. Each party to it can withdraw the moment it desires, and war alone can force the member-states to fulfill their obligations under the treaty. Law and only law can bring peace among people; treaties never can.
We can never arrive at a legal order by amending a treaty structure. To realize the task before us, the heated debates of Hamilton, Madison, and Jay in Philadelphia should be read and reread in every home and every school. They demonstrated that the Articles of Confederation (based on the same principles as the United Nations Organization) could not prevent war between the states, [and] that amendment of these articles could not solve the problem [by] establishing an overall federal government with power to legislate, apply, and execute law on individuals in the United States. That was the only remedy then and it is the only remedy now.
The San Francisco league is not a first step toward a universal legal order. There is no ‘first step’ toward world government. World government is the first step.
Whether the change from treaty structure to a legal order takes place independently of the United Nations Organization or within it is irrelevant. To amend the San Francisco Charter—if that is the road we choose—we will have to rewrite it so drastically to get what we need that nothing of the document will remain except the two opening words: ‘Chapter One.’
The stumbling block to transforming the San Francisco league into a governmental institution is the Charter’s basic conception expressed in the first phrase of the first chapter: ‘Members are the states.’ This makes the charter a multilateral treaty. No amendment of the text can alter the fact until the very foundation is changed to the effect that the institution will have direct relationship, not with states, but with individuals.
But—argue the defenders of the Charter— the preamble says, ‘We the Peoples of the United Nations.’ These symbolic words of democratic government do not belong in the San Francisco Charter. Their use in the preamble is in total contradiction to everything else in it. The most vulgar of all objections is the meaningless assertion made by so many ‘public figures’: ‘The people are not yet ready for world federation.’ One can only wonder how they know. Have they ever tried to explain to the people what makes war and what is the mechanism of peace in human society? After having understood the problem, have the people rejected the solution and decided they did not want peace by law and government but preferred war by national sovereignty?
Everybody has a perfect right to say that they do not believe in federal world government and do not want it. But without having faith in it and without having tried it, nobody has the right to preclude the decision of the people.
The World Community Center where our CGS/STL board meets is in danger of closing because of lack of money to fund operations. Contributions (which are tax-deductible) should be sent to Joyce Best, WCC Board, 6943 Amherst Ave., St. Louis MO 63130.
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 fall workshop will be October 16 (See Page 1).
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 NetworkContributions 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 newsletter 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
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: 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 LAYOUT EDITOR Marideth Sisco.
NEWSLETTER PRINTER The Ink Spot, 3433 Hampton Ave., St. Louis MO 63139.
Our board meets at the World Community Center, 438No. Skinker, whose manager is Darrick Smith.
Wednesday, September 28, 11:15 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. & Thursday, September 29 – 9:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m. – Webster Universitiy’s East Academic Building, 545 Garden Avenue – Webster University’s Annual Human Rights Conference: Equality Before the Law, Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Free & open to the public. For details see <http://www.webster.edu/arts-and-sciences/affiliates-events/yihr.html>.
Sunday, October 16, 3:00-7:00 p.m. – “Addressing Challenges Facing Spaceship Earth” at Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road. Park in back and enter door on right for meeting on lower level. See first three pages for more details.
Thursday, October 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Film: “Paying the Price for Peace” at Kinetic House, 3633 Nebraska Avenue, St. Louis, MO; sponsored by PEP.
Monday, October 24 – UN Day.
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Film: “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA” at the Tivoli theater, 6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City MO 63130. CGS/STL is co-sponsor.
Saturday, November 12, 10:15 a.m. – CGS/STL Board of Officers & Directors meets at World Community Center, 438 No. Skinker Boulevard, 63130. The meeting is open to all.
Saturday, December 10, 3:00 p.m. – Human Rights Day Celebration, lower level of the Missouri History Museum on Lindell Boulevard at north edge of Forest Park, focused on theme “Re-Defining Real Equality of
Education.” CGS/STL is co-sponsor.