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Beyond War - Nine Week Study Series: This new series is available by calling the Beyond War office at 541-485-0911. This series is designed so that participants have an opportunity to meaningfully internalize the Foundational Ideas of Beyond War, explore four categories of what people and nations can do instead of war, and think through in a supportive environment how each participant wants to respond to the new information presented in the series. Facilitators understand that some people will choose to participate in the Beyond War organization directly (and the series will equip them to do this in a knowledgeable way) and that others will take the information and use it in other settings and organizations. If you are interested in participating in the Study Series or if you would like to facilitate a study series group, please contact the Beyond War office. "Our mission is to explore, develop, and promote effective ideas, methods and actions that will build a world in which conflicts are resolved nonviolently a world beyond war." O'Kelly: "Thanks to Kurt Kutay, the PA now has its first formal course."
| Lectures on David Korten's "The Great Turning:" How will future generations remember out time? As the time when the climate chaos, peak oil, and an unstable global economy unraveled society? Or as the time of a Great Turning? Also see Korten's many publications listed/linked further below. We consider these among the most indespensible resources for finding solutions to today's world challenges.
Lectures on 'The Fourth Way' - An Indigenous Contribution for Building Sustainable and Harmonious Prosperity in the Americas, hopefully by Phil Lane himself. The document's beginnings trace back to October 2001, when Lane started consulting with indigenous leaders and communities worldwide in a search for solutions to "ending escalating cycles of poverty and violence" that afflict marginalized populations. "All our tribes and nations talked about dialogue, about creating a future," Lane said. Lane also earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Master's in Curriculum Instruction in Education from National University in San Diego. Additionally, he was awarded an International Fellowship from the Harvard University Business School's International Institute for the Arts. An incredibly industrious mover-and-shaker, he is CEO of United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF). He is also the winner of the same awards (Windstar, International Award for Freedom and Human Rights) as such luminaries as 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, oceanographer Yacques-Yves Cousteau, the Dali Lama of Tibet and former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali. Along the way, Lane is an award-winning author and film producer, with credits including the National Public Television series “Images of Indians” with Will Sampson, “Walking With Grandfather,” “The Honor of All: The Story of Alkali Lake” and “Healing the Hurts.” See related study files and articles for *The Fourth Way* in the publications section further below.
PTSD: Integrating Approaches & Paradigms, Mediating Politics -- Suggested Class and/or Topic for Discussion:
Voices in Wartime Education Project via Mentor The Soul .Com. Soldier's Heart, a project of International Humanities Center, is dedicated to our veterans' successful return. Dr. Edward Tick, author of the groundbreaking book War and the Soul and founder of Soldier's Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. Soldier's Heart promotes and guides community-based efforts to heal the effects of war on those who served, their families and communities.
A Voices in Wartime Education Project program has been created at Bellevue Community College. Available via Tools for Learning Page: using Voices of Wartime Education Project materials, including their documentary film on DVD; Newsletters; See related publications on Sanctuary/*Mentoring the Soul* below
Soldier's Heart is a grass-roots healing project for at-risk veterans and their families based on War and the Soul. The term Soldier's Heart was coined in the time of the Civil War to describe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Our goal is to prepare families and communities to support troops returning from Iraq and also continue support for all other vets. Specifically, Soldier's Heart focuses on creating a national network of community-based services for a healthier and more successful reintegration of our nation's veterans when they return home. Dr. Tick will be conducting seminars for training professionals and clergy on the unique needs of soldiers who have experienced combat. Our staff will be available to educate communities on how to start support services for veterans and families in their own hometowns. Soldier's Heart also sponsors a mentor program for seasoned veterans to mentor new returnees. "Please contact us for a complete list of services available for returning veterans or to start a support group in your area: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) are available to speak to youth groups, classrooms, etc. To schedule, please contact Michael Cuzzort at 504-427-0938, email@example.com. See blog at www.ivawdeployed.org. They arrived at Fort Lewis on the bus January 4 2007, camping outside the base gates at "Camp Resistance", to support Lt. Watada at his court-martial for refusing to fight in the illegal war in Iraq.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
The University For Personal And Global Peace
Some Publications to Begin With
Periodicals From Peace Organizations
The U.S. Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflict.
To subscribe to the USIP Newsletter, E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send administrative queries to email@example.com
Some Suggested Books and Articles
[Book Titles are noted by the asterisk (*)]
War and the Soul by Edward Tick via Woices in Wartime .Org: The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 16 percent (one in eight) of returning Iraq veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Such vets typically can't hold jobs. They are incapable of intimacy, creative work, and self-realization. Some can't leave the house because they are afraid they will kill or be killed.
The key to healing, says psychotherapist Ed Tick, is in how we understand PTSD. In war's overwhelming violence the true self flees and can become lost for life. He redefines PTSD as an identity disorder with radical implications for therapy. First, Tick establishes the traditional context of war in mythology and religion. Then he describes PTSD as an identity issue and a soul wound. Finally, he presents ways to nurture a positive identity based in compassion and forgiveness.
War and the Soul will change the way we think about war, for veterans and for all those who love and want to help them. It shows how to make the wounded soul whole again. When this work is achieved, PTSD vanishes and the veteran can truly return home. Sanctuary/Soldier's Heart, PO Box 8564, Albany, NY 12208.
The Voices in Wartime Anthology via Woices in Wartime .Org also assists in comprises poetry, essays inspired by the feature-length documentary film, Voices in Wartime, and narratives based on interviews conducted for the film. The 240 pages of this anthology feature active-duty soldiers, veterans, torture victims, war correspondents, families of the disappeared and the dead, poets, peace activists—the compelling responses of unique, individual human beings to the experience of war. Writers include Iraq vets Brian Turner and Jose Diaz, veteran war correspondent Chris Hedges, psychologist Jonathan Shay, Colombian poet Antonietta Villamil, West Point Superintendent General William Lennox, Seattle poet Emily Warn.
Discussions & Charts on Political Activism, Empathy, Apathy, Healing & Recovering Democracy"
Inspired by 29-year-old Seaman Jonathan Hutto, the Appeal for Redress movement inside the U.S. military has been called "the most significant movement of organized and dissident GIs seen in America since 1969, when 1,366 active-duty service members signed a full-page ad in the *New York Times* calling for an end to the Vietnam War," in an article in the January 8, 2007 issue of the *Nation.* Two works played a role in inspiring the Appeal for Redress movement: *Soldiers in Revolt* by David Cortright (Anchor, 1975; Haymarket paperback reprint, 2005), and "Sir! No Sir!" a 2005 documentary film by David Zeiger.
Not All Wounds Are Visible - PTSD Alliance -- You should know that MORE VietNam Vets have committed suicide SINCE that war than were killed IN that war, due to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). The experts still debate whether the greatly increased factors for Iraq War related PTSD will be countered by the increased expertise in dealing with it. And then there's the Bush Administration's - C U T S ! - in the VA Health Benefits budget. [Yes, that 'brilliant crew' could use a letter from you!]
Message To West Point by Bill Moyers - This is an excerpt from the Sol Feinstone Lecture on The Meaning of Freedom delivered by Bill Moyers at the United States Military Academy on November 15, 2006. I pull this quote out only because it supports very nicely some of my most previous commentaries with the posts. But Moyer's talk on "The Meaning of Freedom" is quite long. But it shows incredible courage- more than summarizing exactly why soldiers should not obey orders blindly, as he recites the history of war and peace in America for West Point Graduates this last November, many of whom may be ordered to Iraq very soon:
"...In the October issue of the magazine of the California Nurses Association, you can read a long report on “The Battle at Home.” In veterans' hospitals across the country—and in a growing number of ill-prepared, under-funded psych and primary care clinics as well—the report says that nurses “have witnessed the guilt, rage, emotional numbness, and tormented flashbacks of GIs just back from Iraq.” Yet “a returning vet must wait an average of 165 days for a VA decision on initial disability benefits,” and an appeal can take up to three years. Just in the first quarter of this year, the VA treated 20,638 Iraq veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder, and faces a backlog of 400,000 cases. This is reprehensible. ..."
Iraq Veterans Against the War* Speak Out, VIDEOs (Google Src Results -LOTS)
Military/War/Anti-War/Sexual VIDEOs (Google Src Results)(Nov'06)
Service Academy Graduates Against the War has been added to the ranks of the military against the war in Iraq (October 25, 2006). The overwhelming response by alumni of United States service academies to the anti-war efforts of *West Point Graduates Against the War* has resulted in a combined arms organization of former and current land, sea, and air officers united against the war in Iraq. SAGAW was established by three West Pointers, William Cross, James Ryan, and Joseph Wojcik, all 1962 USMA graduates and cofounders of the former organization. They were joined in the new endeavor by Dud Hendrick, a 1963 United States Naval Academy graduate and Terry Symens-Bucher, an alumnus of the United States Air Force Academy, class of 1975. SAGAW calls on graduates of all service academies to speak out against the destruction of the honor of the United States and the dissipation of its military caused by the deceitful policies of the present administration. It also calls for the impeachment of the president of the United States for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Hundreds of US Soldiers Call for Iraq Withdrawal in Petition Published on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 by the Agence France Presse (http://www.afp.com/)
Probably one of the most powerful of these is of April Fitzimmons, Intelligence Analyst, USAF
Note: a Comment at UTube: Thank you for posting this. It is truly amazing. She has real courage. "My biggest enemy was my own company", just what Suzanne Swift said. This is something that anyone even considering joining the military needs to see, especially women. It is tragic for anyone join the U.S. military. Stop recruitment, stop the lies. Sexual harassment and assault is rampant.
Revolt of the Generals by RICHARD J. WHALEN, The Nation, October 16, 2006: A revolt is brewing among our retired Army and Marine generals. This rebellion--quiet and nonconfrontational, but remarkable nonetheless--comes not because their beloved forces are bearing the brunt of ground combat in Iraq but because the retirees see the US adventure in Mesopotamia as another Vietnam-like, strategically failed war, and they blame the errant, arrogant civilian leadership at the Pentagon. The dissenters include two generals who led combat troops in Iraq: Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack Jr., who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division, and Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who led the First Infantry Division (the "Big Red One"). These men recently sacrificed their careers by retiring and joining the public protest. [10/19/2006]
Lt. Ehren Watada became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the unlawful war and occupation in Iraq (with the Fort Lewis-based 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division). While doing this on June 22, 2006, Watada said, "As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must refuse that order." Watada's commander added a seventh count to the six he already faced for remarks Watada made in a speech Aug. 12 at the Veterans for Peace national convention in Seattle. see Watada Speech at Veterans for Peace convention August 2006 and related articles (including "Iraq combat vets explain support for Lt. Watada," "GI resistance is a growing trend," and "We were conditioned to hate them") at the 'Thank You Lt. Watada web site'
Citizen Soldier .Org - A GI rights group, website of TOD ENSIGN, who is also author of the forthcoming "America's Military Today" published by the New Press. "Important reading for all Americans, this book outlines what exactly they are paying for with their hard-earned taxes, and how discriminatory and dangerous the American military machine has become," says Helen Caldicott, MD, author, and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute. Includes "Depleted Uranium: Wonder Weapon or Toxic Hazard?" There's also access to the book, *Metal of Dishonor - How the Pentagon Radiates Soldier and Civilians with Depleted Uranium Weapons.*
You thought they came home safely from the war. They didn't. - Poison DUst tells the story of three young men from New York who could not get answers for their mysterious ailments after their National Guard unit's 2003 tour of duty in Iraq. A mother reveals her fears about the extent of her child's birth defects and the growing disability of her young husband – a vet. Their frustrations in dealing with the Veterans Administration's silence becomes outrage as they realize that thousands of other GI's have the same symptoms. Today more than 1/3 of all 1991 Gulf war vets are on VA Disability Benefits. Meanwhile U.S. use of radioactive DU weapons has increased six-fold from 1991 to Gulf War II! Scientists expose the Pentagon Cover-Up! The U.S. military now admits that it deliberately radiated its own soldiers, known as the “Atomic Veterans,” during the Cold War. This documentary exposes U.S. use of radioactive weapons on peoples in not only Iraq, but the Marshall Islands; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Meihyang-Ri, South Korea; and Yugoslavia. Poison DUst mixes interviews with soldiers with experts such as Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. Michio Kaku, and Dr. Rosalie Bertell explaining how DU contamination spreads and how residue from exploded DU shells radiates people. Poison DUst tells of the growing global resistance ...a powerful indictment of past U.S. use of radioactive weapons. Poison DUst is an important educational tool in building the movement to stop this horror. Help get the word out--this important film is already being shown in schools, churches, community centers, and in a Coffee House set up for GIs outside of Fort Drum.
The Veterans for Peace (VFP), who have called for Impeachment of George W. Bush and others, have a link to Iraq War Casualty counts at the top of the Iraq Special Section Page. More statistics - including Iraqi civilian deaths - are kept at a few sites, including at AntiWar .Com, Iraq Body Count, HRW .Org, and The Iraqometer. Also there is a count for US Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan. The KIA's apparently do NOT include those who die in US hospitals, and definitely don't include mercenary KIA's.
The VFP keep close track of the DEPLETED URANIUM situation (radioactive weaponry) - what US citizens don't know about what has been messing up our kids in Iraq. See the below ref/links on DU as well as a more complete section on DU at the Political Ref's Page and please write your congress persons.
Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change (DMCC) Press for Peace in the Middle East- Breaking with the Administration over the war in Iraq! This most wonderful breath of fresh air into the mix is a group of retired ambassadors, generals and admirals calls for regime change in Washington. Their Mission Statement: "...On the basis of foreign and defense policy experience spanning half a century, members desire, through their participation in public forums, to share their expertise and express their deep concern over the current state of this country's diplomatic and security challenges. Never in recent years, in the view of the group, have those challenges been as serious as they are today."
Navy Public Affairs Officer Who Worked in Iraq Condemns President Bush & The U.S. Invasion: A year ago Navy Lt. John Oliveira was appearing daily before television cameras defending the U.S. invasion. He was the top public affairs officer aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. In a Democracy Now! exclusive he spoke on a national program for the first time criticizing the invasion he was once paid to defend. (Friday, March 26th, 2004)
Links to Articles On Patriotism & Matriotism at Alternet.OrgJack Newfield: American Rebels
Howard Zinn: My Country: The World
Elouise Bell: Matriotism for Mother Earth
Farai Chideya: Fighting Our Fathers' Wars
Jim Hightower: Wave Our Flag
Michelle Chihara: Tough Love
Dennis Kucinich: A Prayer for America
Links for Awareness
* Balanced Truth in Recruiting *
* Conscientious Objection *
*In Harms Way* - on Truth in Recruiting,
a very professionally laid out comprehensive & illustrated summary
booklet by Col. James & Prof. Shirley Kennedy Chapter (pdf doc, Jan'05)
Washington Truth In Recruiting
www.teenpeace.org (local to Washington)
Peace and Conscientious Objector Study Group Page (at Teen Peace)
Conscientious Objector.Org and http://awol.objector.0rg
American Friends Service Committee(AFSC)
Center on Conscience & War (CCW)
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD)
National Network Opposing The Militarization Of Youth (NNOMY)
Troops To Teachers info (TTT)
What the Recruiter Never Told You (About.com).
Stopping War Where it Begins: Youth and the Military.Org
National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC)
Sample Statement of Conscientious Objection
Sample Conscientious Objector Application for Service men & women
Video via BeforeYouEnlist.Org
Due to Heavy Demand, vUSPA is reprinting below the introduction and credits and donation request information from BeforeYouEnlist.Org [all links in this section other than the video itself will take you to the BeforeYouEnlist.Org web site]: The Video, "Before You Enlist!" provides a rational voice to counter the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military. The message is not "don't enlist" but rather to provide young people and their families a more complete picture of the life-altering consequences of joining the military -- especially in wartime. Release date: September 2006. Length: 14:30.
UPDATE (9/20/06): The program is now complete ... watch it below. The program is freely available for Internet viewing/download and for minimal cost on DVD (free if donations are sufficient). Watch this space for details. Feel free to contact BeforeYouEnlist.Org to request a DVD.
The video provides a brief introduction to the subject of military enlistment. For in-depth information, visit AFSC's Youth & Militarism site Youth4Peace.org -- and the other Truth in Recruiting links listed on this page.
The American Friends Service Committee, Veterans For Peace (VFP), Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, the Coalition for Peace Action and other groups worked with the producers to develop the program and are helping to distribute it.
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In Memory of
O'Kelly McCluskey, 12/23/26 - 2/11/10
Founder of vUSPA and Mentor to many
Founder of GLOBAL PEACE TRUTH FORCE (1986)
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