Saturday, September 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Donation: $5.00. All films start at 7 pm.
"Unnatural Causes: How Inequality Can Make You Sick"
Increases public awareness of our socioeconomic and racial/ethnic inequities
in health and their human and financial costs.
"American Dream, American Nightmare" October 16
Reveals the poor treatment many legal immigrants suffer at the hands of the
INS, offering first hand accounts from the victims themselves.
"Los Trabajadores - The Workers" October 23
Brings to life the vivid contradictions that haunt America's dependence and
discrimination against immigrant labor.
"Rethink Afghanistan" October 30
Focuses on the key issues surrounding this war. Directed by Robert Greenwald.
This MCHR Film Series will be at different times & places. Go to www.mchr.org.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Peace to You and Yours with Love
THE MENDER PLEDGE
I believe in inclusivity.
I believe that our lives are inextricably linked one to another. We cannot wage war against anyone without waging war against ourselves. Therefore, I will practice inclusivity with myself, my family, my community, the natural world, and all others. I will actively work toward the goal of an inclusive society, a world that works for all.
I know that we are One.
Therefore, I will give to you what I want for me. I know there is enough for all.
I want everyone to win.
Therefore, I will work to resolve all conflicts to every party’s satisfaction.
I want acceptance.
Therefore, I will accept myself for who and what I am, I will accept you for who and what you are, and I will accept all others for who and what they are. Even if I resist your behavior, I will accept you as a Child of God, a part of the Divine.
I want no harm.
Therefore, I will not harm myself or you or any others, by thought, word, or deed.
I want forgiveness.
Therefore, I will forgive myself, I will forgive you, and I will forgive all others.
I want to be free.
Therefore, I will not let others dominate, control, or manipulate me. And I will not dominate, control, or manipulate you or others.
I want peace.
Therefore, I will be peaceful with myself, with you, and with others.
I want love.
Therefore, I will love myself, I will love you, and I will love all others.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The Dalai Lama
Peace to You and Yours with Love
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Day After Peace Documentary
Angelina Jolie and Jude Law are featured in the Afghanistan documentary Day After Peace that will be shown at the monthly Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday, September 9th at Unity of Livonia. The public is invited.
The creator of the 80 minute film, United Nations International Day of Peace. Traveling to Afghanistan to spearhead a massive vaccination against polio on Peace Day is the ambitious effort highlighted in this inspiring film. The Day After Peace is a moving testament to the power of an individual and the perseverance of the human spirit., worked for years to establish and promote September 21st as the
Unity of Livonia is located on Five Mile between Middlebelt & Inkster. The movie starts at 7 pm. A $5.00 donation is appreciated. For more information call .
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
SEASON FOR NONVIOLENCE ESSAY CONTEST
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes interpersonal violence in our communities and throughout the world as a major problem with costs in the United States estimated at $300 billion per year. The cost to victims was estimated at more than $500 billion per year. Combined, this is the equivalent to nearly 10% of our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)(The Economic Dimensions of Interpersonal Violence, WHO, 2004). It is both a national and international challenge for people to resolve conflicts peacefully. It is this challenge that motivates the Citizens for Peace to sponsor this essay contest. We are happy to have you join us in this effort.
ELIGIBILITY: Michigan high school and college students.
CASH AWARDS: $250, $100, $50 each for First, Second, and Third Place in
both high school and college divisions.
DEADLINE: March 12, 2010
RECEPTION: April 13, 2010, 7:00 PM (winners posted by April 1 on blog)
THEME: PEACEFUL RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE
FOCUS: Research violence in families, schools, or neighborhoods and how active
nonviolent action promoted cooperation, understanding, and/or reconciliation.
FORMAT: The essay should be no more than 500 words typed, double
spaced on 8.5” x 11” paper within the structure of the following
1. Introduction: Your rationale for your thesis statement.
2. Body: The body of your essay should develop your position and include a)
description of the conflict, b) the nonviolent action, c) the barriers that
existed, and d) the outcome or results.
3. Conclusion: Your conclusion is the result of the analysis of your research
which supports your thesis and convinces the reader of your position.
Include your personal reflection on how this conclusion has impacted your
perspective on nonviolence as a pathway to peaceful relationships.
4. Sources: Include at least two sources from the Peace Bibliography.
The titles can be viewed at the Peace Collection link on Citizensforpeace11.blogspot.com. In addition, all sources must be listed and credited using a standard citation method. “Encyclopedias” are not
acceptable as sources. When using internet sources include author(s), title of work, internet address, and date information was accessed.
COVER PAGE: Complete the following Cover Page making sure that you and your parent/guardian sign (if age of student is under 18). Copy and attach the cover page to your essay before mailing.
QUESTIONS: Call 734-525-4326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEASON FOR NONVIOLENCE ESSAY CONTEST
THEME: “PEACEFUL RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE”
1. Please Print and attach a copy of this form to the front of your essay.
2. Signature of student required.
3. Signature of parent/guardian required. (If student is under 18)
HIGH SCHOOL NAME__________________________________________GRADE_______
CITY WHERE SCHOOL IS LOCATED__________________________________________
Please read the following and sign.
I am submitting an original essay to the Citizens for Peace essay contest, (title) __________________
______________________________________,_as they honor the Season for Nonviolence. I
certify that this essay is my own work and that I have abided by all the guidelines and requirements of the contest. I understand that my essay will not be returned to me and will become the property of the Citizens for Peace to use at its discretion in activities related to the contest. I further understand that the judges’ decisions are final and that if I am selected as a winner of the contest, I will be available for a photo for a press release.
(if student is under 18 years of age)
Mail to: Citizens for Peace SNV Essay Contest
31648 Pembroke, Livonia, MI 48152