Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lessons from Fukushima With Cecile Pineda

Award-Winning Author Offers Lessons from Fukushima
at Unity of Livonia

As part of her 10-day book tour of the Great Lakes region, author Cecile Pineda will share her stirring insight of the nuclear industry with metro Detroit audiences on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Unity of Livonia.  Ms. Pineda’s latest book, Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step, is a provocative and heart-wrenching exploration of the nuclear industry and the ongoing impact of the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan on March 11, 2011.  An update on the consequences of the tragic event will be a major focus of Pineda’s talk.  Her book tour coincides with the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. 

Published on the one-year anniversary of the disaster, the book, in Pineda’s own words, is “a crazy quilt of multiple voices, pieced together day-by-day.”  At times lyrical, meditative or even comical – yet always disturbing – it reflects her anguished attempt to come to terms with Fukishima’s catastrophic consequences to the entire planet.  “We are beyond the place where available technology can address what is ongoing and probably will be ongoing for many, many decades,” says Pineda. 

Published by WingsPress, copies of Ms. Pineda’s newest book will be available for signing and sale at the Unity of Livonia engagement. The Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S. Chapter is sponsoring Cecile’s Great Lakes Tour.

Cecile Pineda has been an anti-war activist from early life.  Her novels, all available from, have been critically acclaimed, with Face, winning the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal – a record for first fiction, as well as the Sue Kaufman Prize and a National Book Award nomination.  Her picaresque novel, The Love Queen of the Amazon, written with an NEA Fiction Fellowship, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times.

The local group, Citizens for Peace, is sponsoring her stop in Livonia, along with the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3; Huntington Woods Peace, Citizenship & Education Project; IHM Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office; Nukewatch; Peace Action of MI; Sierra Club (Southeast MI); Swords Into Plow Shares Peace Center & Gallery; Women’s Action for New Directions (Southeast MI); and Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (Detroit).  Local activists invite the public to this free event.  For more information call Colleen at 734-425-0079.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Charter for Compassion Presentation

Here's an Introduction to the Charter for Compassion.

Click on this link to view a YouTube intro to the Charter for Compassion.

See you at our meeting at Unity of Livonia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12th!

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" is Gandhi's encouragement to us all!

Maybe YOU are the one to start the "compassionate" change we need in our city, state, & country!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Join us for our February events!

Citizens for Peace Hosts Three Events in February in Three Locations! Mark Your Calendars!

The “Commonalities within World Religions” is the topic of the first session of the 2013 Peace and Conflict Discussion Series. This is the second annual discussion series hosted by the Citizens for Peace to celebrate the Season for Nonviolence.

Henry Ford Community College professor Dr. Grant Shafer, PhD, will lead the discussion; and will share two short videos featuring a Rabbi, a Pastor and an Imam who call themselves the “Interfaith Amigos”. They will present their views on the “Truths and Untruths” in their three religions. The free event is at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 7 at the Livonia Civic Center Library ((32777 Five Mile Rd.). 

The “Charter for Compassion” is the topic of the Tuesday, February 12th Citizens for Peace meeting. Colleen Mills, president of the Citizens for Peace, will share information about Karen Armstrong’s award winning idea of a “Charter for Compassion”.  Kalamazoo’s Fetzer Institute provided $100,000 to implement it.  Come to the meeting to find out about the impact this great idea has had in our country and around the world. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Unity of Livonia (28660 Five Mile Rd.).

The encore presentation of the film “I AM” will be shown at the Livonia Senior Center (15218 Farmington Rd.) on Wednesday, February 13th at 11 a.m. Successful director (Liar, Liar, Bruce Almighty), Tom Shadyac, explores answers to the root causes of our world problems in his film. He asks two questions – “What’s wrong with the world?” and “What can we do to fix it?” Shadyac interviews thought leaders including Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn, and Lynne McTaggart. Shadyac presents scientific evidence that we are hardwired for connection and compassion; and our power comes by being able to cooperate, rather than compete. In the process, he discovers what is right with our world.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call Colleen at 734-425-0079.