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Earth Charter Community Summit & Awards Ceremony 2017

2017-10-09 10:07:03 mary

Saturday, October 14, 2017

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Guthrie Hall *  on Central Campus Way at Ventura College

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Every year Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter’s core values. Our event is co-sponsored by Ventura College’s Global and International Studies Program.

Please join us on this joyous occasion to honor this year’s Ventura County ambassadors of the Earth Charter Principles:

Respect and Care for the Community of Life
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Ecological Integrity
Food & Water Watch
and Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas (CFROG)

Social and Economic Justice (Richard Weinstock Memorial Award)
La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth & Family Center

Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace (Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award)
Ventura County Peace & Justice Network

Youth Education and Outreach
Jena Branstetter – Ventura Unified School District

Earth Charter and the Arts
Sharon Coughran

There is no charge to attend.

Refreshments will be served.

Download flyer here

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.  Various UN agencies and visionary thinkers developed the Earth Charter over a ten-year period.  The final version was approved at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the year 2000.  The Charter has been endorsed by countless nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Learn about the Earth Charter at:

http://earthcharter.org/discover/what-is-the-earth-charter”

http://www.earthcharterinaction.org

*   For a map of the Ventura College campus, go  to:     http://www.venturacollege.edu/college_information/maps/campus_central.shtml

Guthrie Hall is marked GH on the map.

 

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

2017-10-08 09:22:02 mary

Congratulations to ICAN!

http://www.icanw.org/

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions is proud to be a partner organization.

Photo from the recent United Nations convention for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.  Dr. Dodge on the left side in this image holding the sign in the back and Kristin is over to the right in the back row.

Statement from Nobel Prize Committee:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea. Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on earth. Through binding international agreements, the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition.

Through its work, ICAN has helped to fill this legal gap. An important argument in the rationale for prohibiting nuclear weapons is the unacceptable human suffering that a nuclear war will cause. ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe. The coalition has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. To date, 108 states have made such a commitment, known as the Humanitarian Pledge.

Furthermore, ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavour to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. On 7 July 2017, 122 of the UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. As soon as the treaty has been ratified by 50 states, the ban on nuclear weapons will enter into force and will be binding under international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is aware that an international legal prohibition will not in itself eliminate a single nuclear weapon, and that so far neither the states that already have nuclear weapons nor their closest allies support the nuclear weapon ban treaty. The Committee wishes to emphasize that the next steps towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear-armed states. This year’s Peace Prize is therefore also a call upon these states to initiate serious negotiations with a view to the gradual, balanced and carefully monitored elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Five of the states that currently have nuclear weapons – the USA, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China – have already committed to this objective through their accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1970. The Non-Proliferation Treaty will remain the primary international legal instrument for promoting nuclear disarmament and preventing the further spread of such weapons.

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Earth Charter Awards through the years

2017-09-21 02:03:37 mary

Last year’s Earth Charter Awards

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For a list of all previous recipients of Earth Charter Awards,

Download Earth Charter Award Recipients 2004 - 2015 (6 pages) (361)

Earth Charter Award Recipients 2004 - 2005 (326) Earth Charter Award Recipients 2006 - 2007 (294) Earth Charter Award Recipients 2008 - 2009 (276) Earth Charter Award Recipients 2010 - 2011 (285) Earth Charter Award Recipients 2012 - 2013 (283) Earth Charter Award Recipients 2014 - 2015 (310)

 

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August Meeting: The End of the Nuclear Weapons Age

2017-08-14 10:22:47 mary
Photo courtesy of The Official CTBTO @flickr

Sunday, August 6, 2017,  3-:00 – 5:00  p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room

On the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima as we again reflect ed on this history, and discussed the July 7, 2017 United Nations’ Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty which has now made all nuclear weapons illegal.

 

On July 7 at the United Nations, 122 nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In addition to banning use and threat of use, this new treaty also bans possession, stockpiling, transfer, development, testing, production, manufacturing, and acquisition of nuclear weapons, among other important prohibitions.

This treaty is an important step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. The majority of the world’s nations consider nuclear weapons to be illegal, immoral, and prohibited.

The United States actively boycotted this process and responded to it in a hostile manner. Responding to the newly-adopted treaty in a joint statement, the U.S., UK, and France stated, “We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.”  While the majority of the world has negotiated in good faith to ban nuclear weapons, the U.S. and other nuclear-armed nations stubbornly continue to cling to the concept of nuclear deterrence. The U.S., for example, is in the process of upgrading its nuclear arsenal and production infrastructure at a cost of over $1 trillion over the next three decades.

Ari Beser, featured in the video above reacted to the news of ICAN receiving the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize:

“I woke up this morning, and I checked my Facebook,” said Ari Beser, who felt energized and optimistic when he learned the news. “There it was.”

Beser attended the UN meeting where 122 nations signed a treaty that could ban nuclear weapons worldwide.

“What I believe it is doing is creating this international pressure,” Beser said. He hopes the Nobel Peace Prize could lend legitimacy to the ban and force nuclear-armed nations to enter a dialogue with ICAN.

The award, he added, could create a “new stigma” around nuclear arms, similar to the stigma attached to biological and chemical weapons.

Beser recalled learning, in 2015, that a group of atomic bomb survivors had been nominated for the prize. At the time, he was interviewing survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki while writing a book called, “The Nuclear Family.”

Beser said that his own generation of activists now feel energized to carry on the work of the atomic bomb survivors. “This award doesn’t abolish any of the nuclear weapons,” he said. “This is the rallying call, but it’s not the end of the chapter.”

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The Golden Rule sails into Channel Islands Harbor

2017-08-12 23:05:37 mary


 The non-profit organization, Veterans for Peace, has recovered and restored the original peace boat, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and which inspired many peace makers and peace ships that followed.

The restored VFP Golden Rule is voyaging once more to show that a nuclear peace is possible. The Golden Rule visited the Channel Islands Harbor  August 29 and 30.

The Golden Rule was welcomed on August 29 with a potluck, music by Captain Ron, presentation by Dr. Robert Dodge and free boat tours.

Peninsula Park 3231 Peninsula Rd., Oxnard.

Sponsored by Veterans For Peace Chapter 112
For more information email vfpgoldenruleproject@gmail.com or call Helen Jaccard, 206-992-6364
The Golden Rule is a National Project of Veterans For Peace, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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Facebook: Golden Rule Peace Boat

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