2014 #24 Spring

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-CGS/STL ANNUAL MEETING – SUNDAY, APRIL 27-

GETTING YOUTH ENGAGED IN GLOBAL ISSUES

Samantha Williams

UMSL graduate in International Relations and Comparative Politics Winner of 2013 CGS/STL essay contest to go to the international conference of the World Federalist Movement at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY

WHEN: SUNDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 27, 2014
2:30 p.m. – Informal reception & refreshments
2:45 p.m. – “Getting Youth Engaged in Global Issues”
Samantha Williams, 2013 essay contest winner
4:00 p.m. – Business meeting (New Bylaws) plus elections
4:30 p.m. – Optional buffet turkey dinner

WHERE: FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF ST. LOUIS
5007 Waterman Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108
(just west of Kingshighway, between Delmar & Forest Park)
Use parking lot west of the church, and meet in the basement.


Attn: College & high-school students and anyone 18-30 years old
Enter this contest for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend
GlobalSolutions.org national convention in Washington, D.C.
“WHAT SHOULD OUR COUNTRY DO TO
HELP SOLVE OUR GLOBAL PROBLEMS?”
JUNE 19-21, 2014

JOIN OTHER CITIZENS FROM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES TO LEARN ABOUT AND DISCUSS THE MAIN INTERNATIONAL ISSUES WHICH U.S. CITIZENS AND THE U.S. CONGRESS NEED TO ADDRESS. VISIT AND LOBBY YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) of Greater St. Louis will pay for transportation, registration, meals, & lodging for anyone aged 18 to 30 at the time of this conference to participate in this 2014 annual convention of Globalsolutions.org in Washington DC.

The convention begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, so you should be able to leave from the St. Louis airport Wednesday afternoon. The convention will end Saturday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m., so you should be back to the St. Louis airport that evening or Sunday. Getting to and from the St. Louis airport is completely your responsibility.

If you want to be a contestant for this all expenses- paid trip, write a 3-5 page printed essay (double-spaced) consisting of 2 parts. In the first part tell us about your background and accomplishments. Why would you be a good person for us to send to this meeting? In the second part share with us your thinking about one or more of the problems our world community faces and how we and our government could deal with them more effectively.

For more information about CGS see our website at <http://www.globalsolutions.org&gt;.

In exchange for this subsidy, CGS of St. Louis expects you to give us a brief written report about the conference & what you learned from it. (This gets published in our local newsletter.)

Send your essay to:

Ronald J. Glossop, 8894 Berkay Avenue, Jennings, MO 63136-5004

or preferably by e-mail to: <rglossop@mindspring.com>.
Be sure to include your home addressand home telephone number.

For more information, call (314) 869-2303.

Deadline: Noon Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Winner(s) will be notified by May 29, 2014.


CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS BYLAWS

(Adopted at annual meeting of 2 May 2004 in St. Louis, Missouri)

I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be “Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis.”
II. OBJECTIVES
We aim to build political will in our community to create a world where nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. Such a world requires effective democratic global institutions that apply the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities. We promote this goal by educating people about our global interdependence; communicating global concerns to public officials; and supporting proposals to reform, strengthen, and transform international institutions such as the United Nations.
III. MEMBERSHIP
Anyone who belongs to the national Citizens for  Global Solutions and who lives in the area  assigned to the Greater St. Louis chapter will automatically be a member of this chapter.
VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors of this chapter shall consist of the officers plus eight other Directors elected at the spring annual meeting. The Board of Directors shall generally govern the chapter in all matters not directly acted upon by the chapter itself in meetings assembled. It shall meet at the call of the Chair approximately every other month. If the Chair has not called a meeting for a period of five months, the Vice-Chair shall call a meeting. Whenever a vacancy occurs on the Board of Directors, including the need to replace an officer, the Board shall select a replacement to serve until the next annual meeting.

(Proposed revisions to be considered  at the 2014 annual meeting 27 April in St. Louis, Missouri)

I. NAME
This organization shall do business as “Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis,” but its official legal name shall remain “United World Federalists of Missouri.”
II. OBJECTIVES
We aim to educate citizens in our community about global problems and how in the long run a democratic world federal government is the type of political structure needed to abolish war, protect human rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity which no nation can solve alone. A democratic world federal government would apply the rule of law to all individuals on Earth while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities. We will educate people about our global interdependence; encourage them to act as citizens of the world community; communicate our global concerns to public officials; and support proposals to reform, strengthen, and transform international institutions such as the United Nations.
III. MEMBERSHIP
Anyone who pays the membership dues as determined by the Board of Directors of Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis will be a member of this organization. Members are encouraged to join like-minded organizations at the local, national, and world levels, but no such memberships are required.
VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors of this chapter shall consist of the officers plus six other Directors elected at the spring annual meeting. The Board of Directors shall generally govern the chapter in all .(Note the change from “eight other Directors” to “six other Directors” while the five officers are not changed. Thus the size of the full board is changed from thirteen to eleven.)


 

AN ESSENTIAL WORK FOR ALL WHO ARE CONCERNED WITH THE FUTURE OF A NEW UN

Gail Hughes, President, Global Solutions of Minnesota

This title comes from the endorsement by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, of the newly published book Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World by Professor Joseph Schwartzberg (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2013).

In this book Schwartzberg draws upon a lifetime of research and experience to set forth his designs to transform (not merely ‘reform’) the United Nations in ways that would make it more democratic, and thereby more credible and effective. Among his suggestions are systems of weighted voting in the General Assembly and other key UN agencies; eliminating the veto power in a reconstituted Security Council with twelve regional members; establishing a World Parliamentary Assembly (WPA); peacekeeping through a standing UN Peace Corps; peace-building via a UN Administrative Reserve Corps, creating Civil Society Coordinating Councils to serve as channels of communication with ordinary citizens; strengthening the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with expanded environmental concerns and redesignating it as the Economic, Social, and Environmental Council (ESEC); strengthening the human rights and judicial systems; and greater roles for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He also points out correctable redundancies among UN agencies, ways to better coordinate their activities, and means for greatly expanding UN funding. A useful chart depicts the infrastructure of the proposed system of global governance.

Schwartzberg’s proposals are not ‘utopian’. If implemented, they would not result in ‘ideal’ global institutions but would establish workable ones. Schwartzberg believes that the five permanent members of the Security Council, while initially opposed to changes in the status quo, would ultimately be willing to give up their veto power in exchange for enhanced influence in the General Assembly (through weighted voting); and that small nations in the General Assembly would be willing to exchange the present one-nation/one-vote system for weighted voting because it will better serve their needs to have fewer votes in a system that actually works than to have more votes in passing non-binding resolutions that are ignored with impunity and scarcely matter.

The book includes detailed descriptions of the interrelated components of Schwartzberg’s proposed system of global governance, and provides a clear a rationale for each. Fernando Iglesias comments on its breadth of analysis, saying that it is “arguably, the most comprehensive attempt at combining the goal of a global democratic order and the realities of the existing international structure”. Ronald Glossop applauds its depth, calling it “a masterpiece” with “many well-reasoned and exhaustively documented specific recommendations.” Harm de Blij calls it a “challenging book” that “brims with sensible and attainable proposals to promote international cooperation.”

What struck me most about this book was its interdisciplinary nature. One would not likely guess that it was written by a geographer, but in fact Professor Schwartzberg is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Minnesota Many different disciplines–geography, political science/IR, sociology, history, anthropology, and economics–are appropriately integrated into Schwartzberg’s designs for a workable world. Attention also is given to psychology (especially the concepts of perception and credibility), ecology, and intercultural communication. Even mathematics is put to good use, with simple formulae provided to determine what weights should be assigned to the votes of member countries, etc.

Only an interdisciplinary ‘renaissance person’ with a global identity and global perspectives could have written this book. In a published interview with Eric Black, Professor Schwartzberg said, “I attach great importance to wedding my concerns as a scholar to my sense of being a World Citizen”. Since academia is artificially fragmented into discrete disciplines, it does not prepare students for world citizenship, and fails to give them the interdisciplinary tools to tackle interdisciplinary global problems.

One of the goals of our organization is to “promote world citizenship and global governance.” This book directly addresses that objective as it explores different components of a transformed UN. If transforming the United Nations strikes you as ‘pie in the sky’, remember this quote from Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible, until it is done.”

This book can be purchased from the

Brookings Institution,c/o HFS, PO Box 50370, Baltimore, MD 21211-4370; Phone 1-800-537-5487; fax 410-516-8998; $40, shipping included.

Alternatively, you may GoogleTransforming the United Nations System and then scroll down to Amazon.com for instructions on how to order it for $36 plus shipping.


 

World Federation and the World’s Religions
David Oughton’s Report on His Recent Presentations

I spoke about the role of world’s religions for promoting democratic world federation to a class at Fontbonne University on February 17 and to a group of leaders from many different religions on February 18. I explained that the current United Nations system is often weak and ineffective because it is a confederation based on national sovereignty. The U.N. has so far been instrumental in preventing a third world war, but it has not been able to prevent over 60 wars since it was formed after the Second World War. The U.N. is based on international law, a system of customs and treaties. Most national governments, including the United States, keep most of their treaties most of the time. But the problem is that national governments violate their treaties and fight wars whenever they perceive that doing so is in their national interests.

I proposed to the students and religious leaders that what is needed for world peace is the transformation of the current confederal United Nations into a democratic world federation based on the principle of subsidiarity. In addition to local, state, and national governments, a world federal government is needed to outlaw war and solve global problems that the national governments and the current U.N. system are unable to solve.

The current U.N. General Assembly can only approve non-binding resolutions. Each nation, regardless of the size of its population, gets the same one vote. It is undemocratic for Tuvalu, a Polynesian island nation with 12,000 people, China, whose population is about 1.3 billion people, and all of the other 191 nations in between, to have the same vote. Under this system, a resolution can achieve a majority vote by countries with small populations that represent only 5% of the world’s population. A world federal government would need to develop a democratic voting system that takes into consideration each nation’s population. Such a system would be able to create world laws. Individuals who violate world laws would then be arrested by world police and prosecuted by world courts. The current system of wars, preparation for wars, weapons of war, and economic sanctions would be eliminated.

The U.N. Security Council has been unable to prevent many wars between nations and within nations because of the veto power of the five permanent members (U.S., U.K., Russia, China, and France). Whenever one of them or their allies are involved in a violent conflict, then a veto to a resolution is used or threatened. No one in the two audiences knew what it takes for a U.N. Security Council resolution to be adopted, namely, the approval of at least 9 of the 15 members on the Security Council and no veto by any one of the five permanent members. This means that a resolution which gets a 14-to-1 vote still might not pass. Such a non-democratic system would be transformed under a democratic world federation.

After explaining the need to create a world system that would create world laws and prosecute individuals who violate them, I noted how such a global peace system could come about. If creating such a peace system relying on votes instead of bombs is like putting on a roof on a new house, then the role of the world’s major religions is to create a firm foundation. The religions of the world can do this by teaching their members the religious and ethical basis for world community, the need for promoting law and order for the world community, stewardship of our common planet and resources, and “humatriotism” or loyalty to the human family. At the Parliaments of the World’s Religions which I have attended, leaders and representatives of all of the major religions have agreed to the Declaration of the Global Ethic and to the Charter for Compassion, both of which are based on the Golden Rule that all religions teach and on the common ethical commandments.

The Baha’i Faith teaches the need for the spiritual unification of our planet and the need for a world federation based on the principle of justice. Leaders of the Catholic Church have also been teaching about the need for creating a world public authority based on the principles of subsidiarity and justice. According to the Catholic bishops at the Second Vatican Council, it is the duty of all to “strain every muscle as we work for the time when all war can be completely outlawed by international consent. This goal undoubtedly requires the establishment of some universal public authority acknowledged as such by all, and endowed with effective power to safeguard, on the behalf of all, security, regard for justice, and respect for rights.” Leaders and representatives of many other religions have also promoted the need for a global legal system for the world community.

Developing a firm foundation for the principle of a world community and developing a democratic world federation based on a just world constitution will take much time and effort. But members of Citizens for Global Solutions need to take every opportunity to explain these principles to students, religious and political leaders, and the general public. Several members of CGS of St. Louis are prepared to speak to any group about these proposals.


 

TO: Members and Friends of Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis
FROM: Ron Glossop, Chair
SUBJECT: 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 and send your renewal before the end of February, 2014. Membership guarantees that you will get this quarterly newsletter GLOBAL SOLUTIONS NEWS which keeps you informed about our local activities and provides articles of interest. We encourage you to participate in our events in order to learn about and discuss global issues and global solutions.

Our relationship with national GlobalSolutions.org has changed. That organization now relies on its website <www.globalsolutions.org> for its informational efforts. Individuals can join the national politically-oriented GS Action Network for $25 per year, either at that website or by sending a check to Global Solutions, P. O. Box 15256, Washington DC 20003-0256. This GS Action Network is also home for the GS Political Action Committee, which endorses and provides reports on candidates for the U.S. Congress. We hope that you will support this political effort.

But we also hope that you will join our local educational organization, CGS of Greater St. Louis. Members receive our newsletters, join in our local activities, and have voting rights at our annual meeting. Annual membership is $25 ($10 for students). Please also consider making an additional contribution to assist us in educating for peace and justice on the basis of implementing
enforceable law on individuals at the global level. Life membership (so no more renewals!) is awarded to those who donate $500 or more.

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

Thanks for your continuing support.

Sincerely,
Ron Glossop, Chair
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Membership and Donations to Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis
Name: _____________________ Dues _________ 1 yr. $25 ($10)
Address: _____________________ Donation ____________
City/State/Zip:_____________________________________
Email:______________ Phone: _______________________

Make checks payable to “CGS of Greater St. Louis” and mail to:
David Oughton, Treasurer; 1130 Big Sky Drive; Fenton MO 63026
CGS of Greater St. Louis is a 501(c)(3) corporation; dues & donations are deductible for federal income tax purposes. No merchandise or direct services are provided in exchange for any part of your contribution.


 

COMING EVENTS

Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m. – Professor Dan Helliger of Webster University speaks on “ALBA, the Bolivian Alliance” in the Hanke Room of the Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road, 63117. WILPF is the sponsor.

Monday, March 31, 2:00 p.m. – Ron Glossop and Dave Oughton speak on “The 21st Century Transition from Inter-nationalism to Globalism” in Room 253B of St. Louis University’s Busch Student
Center, Grand and Laclede, as part of SLU’s ATLAS week program on international issues.

Sunday, April 6, 2:30 p.m. – UNA/STL Annual Meeting. Professor Timothy Lomperis of St. Louis University’s Political Science Dept. speaks on “Should the UN Have Its Own Rapid Reaction Force?”
at the JCI World Headquarters, 15645 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield 63017.

Sunday, April 27, 2:30 p.m. – CGS/STL Annual Meeting. Samantha Williams will speak on “Getting Youth Engaged in Global Issues.” Important Bylaws revisions will be considered. (See page 3.) First Unitarian Church, 5007 Waterman Blvd near Kingshighway, 63108. See front page.

Saturday, May 10, 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.

Sunday, May 18, 5:00 p.m. – WILPF Annual Meeting. Jackie Cabaso will speak on “Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Now” at Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63131.

Tuesday, May 27, 12:00 noon. – Deadline to enter essay contest. See page 2.

Citizens for Global Solutions of Greater St. Louis
8894 Berkay Avenue
Jennings, MO 63136

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