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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 21:33:34 -0700
> From: Jane Orion Smith <orion@web.net>
> To: peace@islandnet.com
> Subject: Peace.int-- Nonviolent Peace Force
>
> Friends,
>
> To follow is a project that Carl Steiren of Ottawa Monthly Meeting is
> testing and hoping to initiate regarding the development of a non-violent
> peace force. As Friends consider how to operate in the current order of
war
> and peace-keeping, this is a refreshing concept.
>
> If you are interested, get in touch with Carl directly - especially if you
> are in Ontario as he is holding an information and planning meeting May
11;
> it will then go to Ottawa MM for further seasoning.
>
> Carl can be contacted at:  peaceweb@web.net
>
> Please post this information and share it among Friends and other
interested
> folks.
>
> In Friendship,
>
> Jane Orion Smith
> CFSC
> ------------------------
>
> >X-From_: peaceweb@web.net  Wed Apr  5 10:27:00 2000
> >Return-Path: <peaceweb@web.net>
> >Delivered-To: orion@web.net
> >X-Sender: peaceweb@pop.web.net (Unverified)
> >Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2000 10:28:19 -0400
> >To: Jane Orion Smith <orion@web.net>
> >From: Carl Stieren <peaceweb@web.net>
> >Subject: Nonviolent Peace Force
> >Cc: Hans Sinn <hansinn@superaje.com>
> >
> >Dear Jane Orion,
> >
> >As you requested in our telephone conversation yesterday, I have put
> >together some information  for Canadian Friends Service Committee about
the
> >proposal for a Nonviolent Peace Force that you can share with others
> >electronically
> >
> >I have put together five sections:
> >
> >I. SUMMARY of the project - one-page summary
> >II. EXTRACTS from the proposal - details of each key area
> >III. CONTEXT of the proposal - list of nonviolent peacemaker
organizations
> >and their websites
> >IV. NEXT STEPS - in Canada and in the US and the UN
> >
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Summary - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >- - - - - - - -
> >
> >I. SUMMARY by Carl Stieren
> >
> >In October, 1999, a San Francisco Quaker named David Hartsough (head of
the
> >Peacemakers organization) and a Minneapolis peace activist named Mel
Duncan
> >put together a unique proposal for a Nonviolent Peace Force.
> >
> >I heard this proposal in person from David Hartsough at the "Building a
> >Culture of Peace" conference that Pendle Hill, the Quaker study centre in
> >Wallingford, Pennsylvania, held in the 200-year-old Quaker meeting house
in
> >Burlington, New Jersey in March, 2000.
> >
> >The proposal calls for:
> >
> >* an an International Nonviolent Peace Force
> >* an initial 200 standing, trained volunteers ready to be deployed
> >* an eventual contingent of 2,000 standing, trained volunteers
> >* possible sponsorship by the United Nations and/or other multinational
> >organizations
> >* tasks in a conflict situation will include accompanying; training
> >trainers in conflict transformation; monitoring elections, cease-fires,
> >treaties; interpositioning between conflicting sides, etc.
> >* a rationale not to replace existing agencies but to do work they cannot
> >take on (even with the successful history of  PBI, WItness for Peace, and
> >Peacemakers, all of these organizations were not able to prevent the
> >Kosova/o War)
> >* A 10-year plan, with 2000 - 2002 for developing the proposal, public
> >education and fundraising; years 2002 - 2006 for training, continued
> >fundraising, and first and second deployments; by year 2010 a standing
> >force of 2,000 with reserves of 4,000, and 5,000 supporters (financial
and
> >publicity/public education)
> >
> >You can read the full 17-page proposal in English, French or Spanish at
the
> >Nonviolent Peace Force website:
> >
> >English:  http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/english.htm
> >French: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/franšais.htm
> >Spanish: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/espanol.htm
> >
> >In Eastern Ontario, those working on this proposal include Hans Sinn of
> >Perth, Ont. and Murray Thomson and Carl Stieren of Ottawa Monthly Meeting
> >(Quakers).
> >
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - End of
Summary - - - - - - - - -
> >- - - - - - - - - - - -
> >
> >
> >
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Extracts from the
Proposal  - - -
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >
> >II. EXTRACTS from the proposal:
> >
> >** CONCEPT (advance commitments)
> >"1. At least 200 people willing to commit to participate in training and
> >deployment for at least 2 years.
> >  2. At least 400 people with training and specific peace making skills
who
> >would be available on a reserve basis for at least one month per year
over
> >a 2-3 year period.
> >  3. At least 500 supporting members.
> >  4. Five million dollars for operation.
> >  5. Significant media relationships and attention.
> >  6. A well defined, international, efficient and accountable decision
> >making body."
> >
> >** PLANNING:
> >   "Years 2000 to 2002 devoted to developing the proposal and research
into:
> >      1. (Identifying) "conflict situations and conditions where larger
> >scale third party nonviolent intervention would be or would have been
> >appropriate and helpful."
> >      2. "Best practices for recruitment, engagement, strategy, tactics,
> >governmental interaction and media relations."
> >      3. "Current peacemakers training and trainers to identify those
most
> >appropriate for the training of the peace force."
> >      4. "Funding feasibility for a large scale nonviolent peace force."
> >(They are looking for a broad base of funding, seeking "5,000 supporters
> >(who) will each contribute at least $100 per year".)
> >
> >** RECRUITMENT
> >     "Members will be recruited from a variety of places including:
> >1. Former peace team members from a variety of organizations.
> >2. People referred by other peace organizations.
> >3. Members of veterans for peace organizations.
> >4. Youth.
> >5. Members of religious and spiritual communities.
> >6. Veterans of other nonviolent movements: civil rights, national
freedom,
> >labor, anti-war, women, environmental.
> >7. Retired people.
> >8. Former Peace Corps volunteers and other veterans of international
service.
> >9. Artists.
> >10. Other ordinary people willing to volunteer a couple of years working
> >with peace teams."
> >
> >** ENGAGEMENT:  When would the peace force go into a conflict situation?
> >      "1. Invitation by a local organization working for peaceful
> >change/resolution.
> >       2. Clear role and contribution that the force could make.
> >       3. Reasonable chance of success.
> >       4. Organizational and logistical backup.
> >       5. Media backup.
> >       6. Evidence that combatants and/or governments are sensitive to
> >international pressure.
> >       7. Sufficient funding and commitment for duration.
> >      8. Analysis that deployment would enhance local efforts for
peaceful
> >resolutions."
> >
> >** STRATEGY AND TACTICS
> >      "1. Accompanying (activists, leaders, returning refugees),
> >      2. Facilitating communication between conflicting parties,
> >      3. Monitoring (elections, cease fires, treaties),
> >      4. Training and training trainers in conflict transformation,
> >      5. Patrolling (borders etc.),
> >      6. Interpositioning between conflicting sides,
> >      7. Capacity building for local nonviolent groups,
> >      8. Modeling alternatives to violent behavior,
> >      9. Providing an international emergency response network to support
> >local peacemaking efforts."
> >
> >** INTERACTION WITH GOVERNMENTS
> >      " 1. Possible support and/or sponsorship by the United Nations
and/or
> >other multilateral organizations
> >        2. Financial support from friendly governments
> >         3. Governments adding Peace Force participation to their
universal
> >service requirements
> >         4. Direct work with government sponsored nonviolent
organizations
> >like the German Civilian Peace Service
> >         5. Government sponsored scholarships and retirement credits for
> >active members of the Peace Force
> >         6. Governments providing information about and assistance in
> >gaining entry to certain countries
> >         7. Governments designating a percentage of their military budget
> >to support nonviolent peacemaking. "
> >
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - End of
Extracts  - - - - - - - -
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >
> >
> >
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Context - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >- - - - - - - -
> >
> >III. CONTEXT of the proposal
> >
> >A. Accompanyment Organizations
> >
> >In the book "Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompanyment for the
> >Protection of Human Rights" (West Hartford, CT (USA): Kumarian Press,
> >1997), by former Peace Brigades International volunteer Liam Mahoney, the
> >author documents the surprising successes of not only Peace Brigades
> >International but a dozen similar organizations, all of whom do some of
the
> >things that PBI does, and most of whom share most of its principles (in
> >this author's opinon, PBI is the best of the bunch because of its
> >commitment to nonpartisan behaviour -- not taking sides -- something that
> >not all other organizations share fully).
> >
> >Listed below are these organizations and the number of hits (different
web
> >pages on the organization or a mention in someone else's web page) I
found
> >for each one on http://www.altavista.com :
> >
> >(The addresses were clipped from
> >http://www.igc.org/nonviolence/niseasia/ptsin/ptsin10/P2.htm )
> >
> >"Peace Brigades International"
> >      Peace Brigades International [PBI]
> >      International Secretariat
> >      5 Caledonian Rd., London N1 9DX U.K.
> >      fax: +44171 8372290
> >      pbiio@gn.apc.org
> >      Website:  http://www.igc.apc.org/pbi/index.html
> >     2,353 hits
> >
> >"Christian Peacemaker Teams"
> >      Christian Peacemaker Teams [CPT]
> >      PO Box 6508, Chicago IL 60680-6508 USA
> >      fax +1312 6662677
> >      cpt@igc.org
> >      Website: http://www.prairienet.org/cpt/homepage.html
> >     1,222 hits
> >
> >"Witness for Peace"
> >      Witness for Peace [WfP]
> >      110 Maryland Ave., NE#304, Washington DC 20002 USA
> >      fax: +1202 5441187
> >      witness@w4peace.org
> >      Website:   http://www.witnessforpeace.org/
> >      1,011 hits
> >
> >"Balkan Peace Team"
> >      Balkan Peace Team [BPT]
> >      Marienwall 9, D-32423 Minden, GERMANY
> >      fax +49571 23019
> >      balkan-peace-team@bionic.zer.de
> >      Website: http://www.igc.apc.org/pbi/bpt.html
> >      503 hits
> >
> >"Friends Peace Teams"
> >      Website: http://www.quaker.org/fptp/
> >      23 hits
> >
> >"Helsinki Citizens Assembly"
> >      Website:
http://www.oneworld.org/euconflict/guides/orgs/eu_a-i/300.htm
> >      507 hits
> >
> >"SIPAZ"
> >      Servicio Internacional Para La Paz [SIPAZ]
> >      PO Box 2415, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 USA
> >      fax: +1408 4251257
> >      sipaz@igc.org
> >      Website: http://www.sipaz.org/
> >      516 hits
> >
> >"International Fellowship of Reconciliation"
> >      Website: http://www.ifor.org/
> >      600 hits
> >
> >""Proyecto Holandes de Acompanamiento - HOLOCOM"
> >      Website: <NOT FOUND>
> >      0  hits
> >
> >"Entrepueblos"
> >      Entrepueblos
> >      Plaza Ram n Berenguer el Gran n 1, 3~ -1 , o8002 Barcelona SPAIN
> >      fax: +3432 684913
> >      epueblo@pangea.upc.es
> >      Website: <NOT FOUND>
> >      61 hits, including a couple false ones for restaurants - hey, I'd
eat
> >at a place called Entrepueblos!
> >
> >"Nonviolent Peace Force"
> >      International Nonviolent Peace Force
> >      1355 Albany Ave.
> >      St. Paul, MN 55108
> >      United States of America
> >      Tel. (651) 917-8717
> >      FAX: (651) 644-1418
> >      info@nonviolentpeaceforce.org
> >      Website: http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/
> >      1 hit
> >
> >B. Writing about international nonviolent peace action organizations
> >
> >"Unarmed Bodyguards"
> >      56 hits
> >      book reviewed by Washington Post before June 7, 1998  (no specific
> date)
> >      http://www.statenews.com/editionsfall97/120197/campus.html
> >      (photo of Liam Mahoney at Michigan State University)
> >
> >Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating Committee
> >      1, rue Nicholas Street # 510
> >      Ottawa, Ontario
> >      Canada K1N 7B7
> >      Tel: +01 (613) 241-3446
> >      Fax: +01 (613) 241-5302
> >      E-mail: cpcc@web.net
> >      Staffperson: Janet Durno
> >      Website: http://www.cpcc.ottawa.on.ca/
> >
> >C. Murray Thomson's article on Canadian Peacebuilding Coordinating
Committee
> >
> >
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/peacebuilding/gngoc_community_level-e.as
> >
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - End of
Context  - - - - - - - - -
> >- - - - - - - - - - - -
> >
> >
> >
> >- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Next
Steps - - - - - - - - - - -
> >- - - - - - - - - -
> >
> >IV.  NEXT STEPS
> >
> >A. USA
> >
> >Proposal is being put forward informally to individuals at the United
> >Nations through contacts of David Hartsough and Mel Duncan.
> >
> >B. Canada
> >
> >Carl Stieren is:
> >
> 1. Organizing an information and planning meeting of former volunteers and
> >staff of accompaniment organizations on
> >
> >Thursday, May 11 (subject to confirmation)
> >7:00 pm.
> >Friends Meeting House
> >91A Fourth AVe
> >Ottawa, ON Canada
> >
> >Those attending will include Murray Thomson, Hans Sinn, Mary Girard
(former
> >Project Accompaniment volunteer).
> >
> >2. Bringing this proposal to the Meeting for Worship for Business of
Ottawa
> >Monthly Meeting (Quakers) on June 1, 2000 (I will put the item on the
June
> >agenda at the May Meeting for Worship for Business, May 4)
>
>
>
> ~
> Jane Orion Smith, Coordinator
> Canadian Friends Service Committee
> 60 Lowther Avenue
> Toronto, ON, Canada
> M5R 1C7
> tel:     (01) 416-920-5213  fax: (01) 416-920-5214
> email: cfsc@web.net      internet: www.web.net/~cfsc
> ~
>

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