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 AFWW Newsletter #31- July 2013 - An Ending-War Plan, Drones, Belfast     
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How We End War
Belfast 2013, Nobel Women & War
Drones: Friend or Foe?
About AFWW
 
Quotable Quote 
 
 
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." 
Helen Keller 
   
 
 

A Good Book

 

War Is a Racket -
Marine Major General Smedley Butler. An insiders view of war as a business machine, which since it does so much harm should by any sane standards be considered a criminal enterprise.
 

  

 

A Good Movie

  

Lord of War.  Starring Nicholas Cage. Arms dealer confronts the immorality of war and the machine that supports it.  

 
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

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A Future Without War

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Envision it.

Work for it.

And we will achieve it.

  

  

  

 
QuickLinks


These three quick links are to Dr. Hand's core articles on paradigm shift:


To Abolish War


Shaping the Future


More Links:

How Do We End War? An Action Plan


AFWW founder Judith Hand
attended the recent conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland organized by the Nobel Women's Initiative, the theme of which was "Moving Beyond Militarism and War: Women-driven Solutions for a Nonviolent World." (see the block below).  

 

She took with her the skeleton of an action plan for organizing and energizing a directed-action movement that has the potential to bring an end to war in two generations or less.

 

In a new blog post she writes:

"For over ten years I've studied war. And I've concluded from my perspective as an evolutionary biologist that if we want it bad enough and make the choice to act, we can end war. And a fascinating pattern emerges when I speak with long-time, dedicated peace activists, people who have spent years struggling to end war. In one way or another they ask me the same question. Not, can we end war? They believe we can and have been trying mightily to do it. The question they ask is, how?"


You can read Dr. Hand's article on this topic, which in addition to How? includes a brief explanation of Why? Why can humanity achieve a goal at this time in history that no other people before us have been able to achieve? 

 

In addition, a page that links to the skeleton of the action plan she took to Belfast can be found on the AFWW website.  

 

Belfast, 2013, Nobel Women and Ending War

In late May 2013 the
Nobel Women's Initiative, a project of six of the living women Nobel Peace Prize winners, hosted a conference in Belfast Northern Ireland entitled "Women Beyond War."  The theme was "Moving Beyond Militarism and War: Women-driven Solutions for a Nonviolent World."

Nobel Women's Initiative
the Six Laureates

Leymah Gbowee, Mairead MaGuire, Shrin Ebadi, Jody Williams, Tawakkol Karman, Rigoberta Menchu Tum


Over 100 grassroots activists, scholars, and philanthropists from around the globe attended the invitation-only conference to share ideas and network.

A Future Without War's founder, Judith Hand
, was a participant and shared her Action Plan for a global, direct-action movement to end war. In the photo below she is center-right, dressed in white.

 

Belfast Attendees

Videos from the conference plenary talks and workshops can be found on the NWI website

 

The NWI blog provides a full list of content including photos, video, tweet manuscripts, Laureate blogs, media coverage and more.  

 

 

Drones - Friend or Foe?

 

What are drones? Why are so many people gravely concerned about the rapid acceleration of the use of drones?

 

This technology-which allows us to build aerial, unmanned flying machines-has enormous power. Power to rob individuals of their privacy, and power to create havoc with global security that affects us all.

 

In early April 2013 several dozen organizations deeply concerned with the public's alarming ignorance of the growing use of drones and the threats they pose organized four days of "drone awareness" in San Diego, California.

 

The video created by AFWW, Drones-Friend or Foe? 

  • introduces drones,
  • gives examples of the many kinds already existing,
  • documents the four days of drone awareness that highlight problematic dangers drones pose for U.S. citizens,
  • describes some of many positive services drones can provide,
  • and challenges viewers with the task to oversee the regulation of drone use.
This informative video can be found on YouTube.com

About A Future Without War

We want to provide newsletter readers with a reminder about our extensive website,  www.afww.org. The materials can be a reference for personal use, something to share with friends or colleagues who doubt that it would ever be possible to abolish war, and as thought pieces to stimulate discussions, for example, by your students, a book group, or peace activist organizations. You will find on the site:

  • A Mission Statement
  • An Action Plan
  • Capstone Essay: "To Abolish War"
  • "Overview" Essays - 7 essays explaining the core rationale for why it is reasonable to believe we could abolish war if we make it a priority.
  • "Cornerstone" Essays - 9 essays explaining each of the broad categories of "good works" that we need to attend to simultaneously in any campaign to abolish war and maintain that state into the future.
  • "The Books" - a Table of Contents, reviews, and FREE download of Women, Power, and the Biology of Peace, links to purchase that book and also A Future Without War: the Strategy of a Warfare Transition"
  • A Link to the AFWW Blog
  • A Map of Nonviolent Cultures
  • A Video of Dr. Hand
  • Several Movie and Book Reviews
  • Archives of AFWW Newsletters
  • Links to over 150 Organizations involved in some aspect of the campaign to abolish war
  • Miscellaneous AFWW Essays

These are titles of and links to current Miscellaneous AFWW Essays:


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





A Future Without War
 
Contact Info
A Future Without War Dr. Judith Hand P.O. Box 270074, San Diego, CA 92198 info@afww.org