AFWW Newsletter #4 11 April 2007

Quotable Quote
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room." - Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop

A Good Book
De Waal, Frans. Edited by Stephen Macedo and Josiah Ober. 2006. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Good News
The First All-women U.N. Peacekeeping Force arrives in Liberia
The new president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has accepted the first women-only U.N. peacekeeping contingent - about 100 Indian police officers. In the United States, women in police forces have been found to bring a less combative, more conciliatory temperament to volatile situations. Perhaps this same effect can give all-women U.N. peacekeeping forces an advantage. (EW, PNCR) Los Angeles Times, 31 January 2007, “U.N. deploys first women-only force.”

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

AFWW Goes to a World Peace Conference
The upcoming World Peace Conference in Santa Fe, NM, “Building a Culture of Peace,” is sponsored by the State of New Mexico through their Tourism Department (May 16 and 17, 2007), and AFWW will be there.
Keynote speakers are:
  •      Rigoberta Menchu Tum - 1992 Nobel Peace Laureate for her work in indigenous human rights
  •      Jody Williams - 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines)
  •      Arun Gandhi - director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and grandson of Mohandus Gandhi
  •      H.H. the Dalai Lama - 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate, spiritual leader of Tibet and international speaker on nonviolence and compassion (via video)

Working groups will address topics encompassing five of the AFWW cornerstones (EYM, FC, PNCR, SOE, PSO).
     Perhaps you, or your organization, would like to attend, perhaps have a table. Registration remains open until April 30, but prices go up after April 15th.



We Can Do What the Flower Children Couldn’t.
The Evolution of Morality
Our “Good Book” choice for this newsletter, Primates and Philosophers by anthropologist Frans de Waal, looks at how morality evolved. Intense study of our species and others reveals some surprising things about our nature—a genuinely new view of how evolution works to produce cooperation.

If the subject of nonviolence and cooperation is of interest to you, check out this short essay.

Do You Like Movies? Video Games? We Need Your Help
One goal of AFWW is to use all media possible to spread the idea that we can end war and to highlight the cornerstones on which we must focus attention to accomplish the goal.
     We want to build web pages that list movies - fiction or documentaries - and video games that address any of the AFWW cornerstones or the general subject of war. We have starter lists, but we’re asking for your help. If you know of a good film or game that you’d recommend to friends, please send the name and a brief, not more than 100-150 word, blurb about it – shorter if possible just to give us the idea.

We want films that vividly depict the problem (e.g., Saving Private Ryan shows that war is hell, The Lord of War shows that there is a lot of money to be made on war). There are a great many such films, and we want to list the best of them.
     But we’re especially keen to know about the much rarer films or games that depict solutions or what it will take to create the future we want.
     Films like: Secret Ballot, an international film documentary about voting in a remote area of Iran which explores the difficulties of spreading democracy by following the day of a “voting agent” as she travels to collect votes (SD), or the movie Gandhi by Richard Attenborough, which illustrates the power of active nonviolence to create social and political change (PNCR), or the film The Guardian, about heroism, the excellence of performance, and sacrifice for others that serves as an example for our young men (EYM). Games like: A Force More Powerful which illustrates the power of nonviolence (PNCR), and PeaceMaker, in which players assume the role of either the Israeli prime minister or the Palestinian president (PNCR).
     If you have a website that already provides film or game lists, please send us your website address and we’ll link to it even if we haven’t had a chance to preview all the presentations on your list.
Please send your suggestions to:
afwwjudithha nd@aol.com


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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