AFWW Newsletter #2 22 December 2006 -

A Good Book
Jimmy Carter. 2006. Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. NY: Simon and Schuster. A view of the mess in Palestine that few Americans encounter, aired by a knowledgeable insider. To negotiate any lasting peace, all sides of a conflict must be treated as equals and their needs for security and justice must be met. Carter argues that whatever the past, the responsibility for failure now rests heavily on Israel.

Quotable Quote
"In nonviolence the masses have a weapon which enables a child, a woman, or even a decrepit old man to resist the mightiest government successfully. If your spirit is strong, mere lack of physical strength ceases to be a handicap." - M. H. Gandhi

A Future Without War
Believe in it.
Envision it.
Work for it.
And we will achieve it.

Seasons Greetings!
Today is winter solstice. In the northern hemisphere our descent into the dark and quiet of winter reaches it lowest point. In the southern hemisphere they enjoy the longest day of their year. As we in the north look forward to the increasing light that will bring us once more to spring, many traditions express, in various ways, a longing for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men. AFWW wishes you and those you love peace and joy in 2007 and progress toward our shared goal of ending war.

We have completed an initial listing of over 100 links to a selection of organizations in the vanguard of efforts to create a better future. Check out the links to subject area/s of special interest to you. Or to areas of effort to which you may not have given much thought but which are equally crucial to achieving success. If you belong to or head up an organization, you may find your organization listed.

Empower Women

Enlist Young Men

Foster Connectedness

Insure Essential Resources

Promote Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

Provide Security and Order

Shift Our Economies

Spread Democracy

Mission Statement
In its various essays, the AFWW website covers an enormous range of subjects. The essays explain why we can end war, what we have to do to end war, and how long it might take us to achieve success once we resolve to act.

But what, exactly, is the mission of AFWW?

We've added a mission statement that reflects what we see as the single biggest hurdle to ending war and therefore, what needs to be the focus for AFWW. Combined with the original essays and our additions this year of a Good News page, the organization Links, and the discussion board at Hot Soup, the Mission Statement completes the core of the AFWW website. We hope you find the site useful and inspiring and that you recommend it to others who long for an end to a seemingly endless cycle of wars.

Good News
In December 2006, economist Muhammad Yunus accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his programs to lift the poor through tiny loans. These loans change individual lives and entire communities. "We must address the root causes of terrorism", he said. "I believe putting resources into improving the lives of poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns." (Los Angeles Times, 11 December 2006)

Enjoy the Holidays! With warm wishes and hope.
- Judith
Contact Info
A Future Without War
Dr. Judith Hand
P.O. Box 270074, San Diego, CA 92198
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