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Summer, 2015
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CPI is a local-global Peacebuilding Initiative uniting our strengths along diverse pathways to realize a Culture of Peace for all. 
CPI highlights inter-generational and inter-cultural Peacebuilders who are revealing the emerging Culture of Peace.

Dear  Culture of Peace Initiative ( CPI ) Participants,  Peacebuiling Colleagues and Friends,
It seems that we just began the year of 2016 and here we are in March already! Time does move on quickly it seems, so let's be conscious and make each day count. Every day we make choices with our thoughts, words, and actions, which always reflect the values we live by. I invite us all to select two days this week and be particularly aware of our choices. Are they aligned with, reflect, and inspire the Culture of Peace?

The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) focuses on  International Women's Day and the UN's Commission on the Status of Women  March 8, and 14-24, 2016 respectively. This is the 60th year in which women and their governments have  gathered from around the globe at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW). It seems like a bad joke that gender inequality still exists for half of the human family, without whom life would end, period!

A few thoughts:

"Extremists have shown that what frightens them most, is a girl with a book."
Malala Yousafzai
"Women are the real architects of society."
"Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own."
Michelle Obama

Be a champion of gender parity.
The CPI Newsletter will now come out quarterly during 2016, which may include a couple additional special messages. In this issue you will find a substantial array of subjects, each one important to the evolution of the Culture of Peace. Enjoy, and thank you for your contribution to greater well-being..
  • International Women's Day and Global Sisterhood
  • Ashland High School and WILPF Celebrate International Women's Day
  • What Will it Take TO END Human Trafficking?
  • Jean Shinoda Bolen and Ambassador Chowdhury - Support for 5WCW
  • President Obama Initiative to Recognize the UN International Day of Peace
  • Passage To Peace - A Welcome to Refugees
  • Ashland Culture of Peace Commission - What Does It Stand For? 
With Care and Respect, 

David Wick
Director, Pathways To Peace

And the Peacebuilding Community

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International Women's Day and Global Sisterhood
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On  March 8th , International Women's Day, thousands of women around the world will meet in over 500 cities to connect, heal, and empower each other.   This movement is called Unify: Global Sisterhood and it is a year long campaign focused on inner and outer transformation.  

Unify has created all the tools you need to organize an event or find one in your region.   Go to  Women.Unify.org to help build the Global Sisterhood. 

The Global Sisterhood video will surely take you from goosebumps to tears.
Watch it by Clicking Here

Ashland High School and WILPF Celebrate International Women's Day 

Front row left to right: Ashland Oregon High School (AHS) Teacher Jamie Hirsh; Student essay winners: Lillian Witnauer, Jade Bromley, Najaya Janota-Wilt, Alex Franklin, Emma Kahn, AHS Teacher Aimee Antilla, (not pictured Merlin Sky). Second row left to right WILPF members: Pastor Paula Sohl, Fran Petschek, Eileen Dunn, Helena Sohl, Mary Anne Jones, Estelle Voller, and Jan Lilly (not pictured Nina Egert, Grace Hamilton, Joanne Navickas, and Nancy Spencer).

The Ashland, Oregon branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) held its third International Women's Day Essay Contest inviting students from Ashland High School (AHS) to participate.  There were 14 submissions in the first year and 89 submissions this third year! The essay question was:

"With documented research, show how women Heads of State (from other countries) have or have not made a more substantial difference in handling domestic and international conflict that their male predecessors, AND then, in a closing paragraph or two, compare them with our female USA candidate(s) past actions and present ideas for handling conflict."

AHS teachers  Jamie Hirsh and Aimee Antilla were pleased their students were enthusiastic about this international topic. Eileen Dunn of WILPF read the many essays and was impressed with what was being expressed! This is a wonderful way to assist critical thinking and raise awareness for global gender parity. For Information contact Eileen Dunn at dreidu@hotmail.com. 
 What Will it Take TO END Human Trafficking?
 "What Will it Take TO END Human Trafficking? -- The Role Media Plays & A Rarely Heard Voice from the Trafficker's Perspective" is sponsored by Pathways To Peace, The Fyera Foundation and Operation Big Sister at the UN Conference on the Status of Women.

You are invited to attend on  Monday, March 14 at 8:30 AM at the CCUN Building on the 2nd Floor, 777 UN Plaza, NYC.  Please note the panelists, who will share their unique perspective on the issue that Jimmy Carter called the "greatest tragedy in the history of the world."  

The Panel will be moderated by Sheva Carr, Co-Vice President of Pathways To Peace and Producer of Operation Big Sister. Contact - sheva@operationbigsister.com (310) 428-2714

Jean Shinoda Bolen and Ambassador Chowdhury - Support for 5WCW

Ambassador Anwarhl  Chowdhury and Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen have created a special card for this 60th annual UN CSW.  Jean has long been the advocate for a Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW), and the Millionth Circle.  We gratefully honor her and her colleague, Betty Carr, who coordinated the PTP delegation to UN CSW and the related Side Events so generously and with steadfast dedication for many years, through 2015.

President Obama Initiative to Recognize the UN International Day of Peace
We can help make this a reality.

President Obama Initiative to Recognize the UN International Day of Peace
In 1982, the United Nations established   September 21st  of each year as the International Day of Peace.  Since then no American President, Republican or Democrat, has officially recognized this global event celebrated by more than one billion people in 2015.

Last year working with PeaceJam.org, we came up with the idea to send a letter to the president asking him to recognize the United Nations International Day of Peace.  PeaceNow.com and PeaceJam.org
 put together a joint letter that received additional support from fourteen organizations and peace leaders.

This year based upon our own convictions and advise from prominent peace leaders we have a new strategy.  We are distributing the letter to the President to be pasted onto your official letter head.  Your signed letter should be returned to  PeaceNow.com by mail ASAP.  We will then assemble a "book" of supporting letters and have them delivered to the President's staff. Download the letter at www.PeaceNow.com/Initiatives/UNIDP .

Our belief is this "book" will be more powerful than a single letter with a supporting attachment.  Additionally, it will allow the contributing organizations more involvement and prestige if the president agrees.

We began sending the attached letter out March 1st.  We ask you to return your letter to us no later than April 1st.  Placement within the book will be determined by order of receipt, so the sooner you mail it the better.

The book will be delivered to the President shortly thereafter.  We hope the advanced delivery might allow it to get approved early in an election year and on his schedule. 
We invite you to participate.  
We also request your help in inviting other organizations & like minded prominent citizens to join this collaborative effort. 
Download the letter at  www.PeaceNow.com/Initiatives/UNIDP President Obama  
Information available beginning 3/7/16

Questions: contact Scotty@PeaceNow.com

Scotty Bruer

Send Letters to:
PeaceNow c/o Scotty Bruer
 6501 Walton Street
Indianapolis, IN 46241-1044

PeaceNow.com is a 501(C)(3) not for profit gathering One Billion Signatures in support of Departments of Peace


Passage To Peace - A Welcome to Refugees

A Refugee Welcome of Hope and Peace

The refugees we read about and see on TV are really not that far away, and we are related through our humanity. Their journey is long, arduous and often dangerous, and we can touch their hearts with a spark of hope.

The Fyera Foundation, Pathways To Peace and HeartMath are collaborating on a way to get a tangible message into the hands of the refugees, as early in their migration process as possible. It is meant to give them a small, humble beacon of hope, letting them know there are people that do care for them, and to give them a little guidance on how to find a place in them where peace resides, despite all the conditions they are facing. To know they are part of a global community that loves them, and to know that they have a deep source of peace within they can turn to. The information below is currently being translated into Arabic
The request is to find funders to help provide resources to help distribute this through the appropriate channels. They will be working with the World Health Organization, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees), and several NGO's and other UN Agencies to be hubs for distribution on the ground.
You can help. Funding or resources to help with printing, transportation and effective distribution is greatly appreciated! Also, other NGO's and UN agencies to support distribution are requested to lend a hand. To offer support and obtain information please contact Melinda and Diane at beinglovesupport@fyera.com.   

Ashland Culture of Peace Commission - What Does It Stand For?

Ashland Culture of Peace Commission

On The International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015 the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission was launched with a welcome and proclamation reading by  Mayor John Stromberg.

The Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC), is a body of diverse citizens who were invited based on the general community sector guideline of the Pathways To Peace Peace Wheel seen at the bottom of the ACPC website. One of the first goals was to define what a Culture of Peace means for Ashland. The following is a first step which will be further refined over time. 


The Ashland Culture Of Peace:
A community-wide movement dedicated to transforming our attitudes, behaviors, and institutions into ones that foster harmonious relationships with each other and the natural world
The Ashland Culture Of Peace:
  • Brings heart and compassion to conversations, decision-making, and systems
  • Recognizes the inherent value of each person, the diversity within community
  • Invites everyone's participation, relying on the natural gifts of each community member
  • Encourages mutual respect so that all residents and visitors feel safe, heard, and empowered
  • Establishes trust through holding all persons responsible for their actions Employs compassionate listening to air feelings, viewpoints, and concerns
  • Discovers solutions through collaborative exploration
  • Emphasizes the universal values of kindness and generosity, love and beauty, caring and curiosity
  • Seeks larger truths and broader perspectives to better comprehend local and world affairs
  • Values and nurtures all of life, honoring the environment and promoting humanity's balanced place in the web of existence
  • Builds upon the foundation of existing groups contributing to the wellness of the world
  • Creates an emerging, evolving, living model for thriving together as fellow humans 
How does this relate to you and where you live? We will all learn together as we walk the path co-creating the Culture of Peace.

Ashland Culture of Peace Commission
33 First Street, Suite 1, 
Ashland, Oregon 97520

For additional information contact ashlandcpc@gmail.com  

Please share any and all of this information on your web sites, in your newsletters, on your Facebook posts, or in other media.  Also please invite others to sign up for this newsletter so they can receive the information directly.

Thank you!   Building Pathways To Peace toward a Culture of Peace for the Common Good.  May Peace Prevail On Earth!


The Pathways To Peace Team

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  About Pathways To Peace and the Culture of Peace Initiative
This newsletter is offered by Pathways To Peace (PTP), International Secretariat of the Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) which was inaugurated in 1984 and received a UN Peace Messenger award from the UN in 1987. CPI  is inter-generational, inter-cultural, and has Participants in all regions of the world. PTP has consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC), (DPI). PTP has worked with the UN to observe and promote the International Day of Peace since it's inception in 1981, and has nurtured this occasion from a single event of a few hundred people into an annual global observance that now reaches hundreds of millions of people.
PTP has created and maintained the dedicated websites for the International Day of Peace and the Culture of Peace Initiative, including event locators for all to use; we produce this newsletter and also provide daily updates on the International Day of Peace Facebook page; we held a successful campaign to have the International Day of Peace printed on calendars across the globe; and we are continually involved with communications and planning about this event both inside and beyond UN circles. To learn more about our programs, networks, campaigns and support materials please see our web sites or visit our Facebook page.
The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) is a cooperative local-global Peacebuilding Initiative uniting the strengths of organizations, networks, projects and people to realize a Culture of Peace for the Common Good. The CPI also serves as a vehicle for bringing to light many previously unseen and unheard Peacebuilders working along diverse paths, who are embodying the emerging Culture of Peace within Humanity.  The annual highlight of the Culture of Peace Initiative is the International Day of Peace, which provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to work together, on a shared date, to create practical acts of Peace with a year- round impact.

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