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Organization: Global Coalition for Peace
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

We are a new organization, incorporated in May of 2002, so it is hard for us to judge whether there has been progress towards a culture of peace and justice during these past five years in comparison to previous years.  There does seem to be more of an effort for numerous organizations in the peace and justice community to work together during the past six months.  As familiarity with internet communication develops worldwide, there is definitely more conversation between international peace organizations.  While there has apparently been a decrease in the anti-war activity since the invasion of Iraq commenced and especially since the re-election of President George Bush, there is a concommitant increase in positive activities aimed at peace, non-violence, respect, compassion and equity for all.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Fear and greed are the biggest obstacles to progress in developing a culture of peace and non-violence.  People in the affluent countries are afraid of losing their seemingly secure positions on this earth.  What they don't realize is their positions are not secure as long as hunger, abject poverty, blatant injustice and inequality are rampant on our planet.
Greed encourages some governments and large corporations to feed the fear so that they can deceive and manipulate the less educated and less affluent.  
It is the goal of Global Coalition for Peace to replace fear and violence with compassion and love.  Our biggest obstacle is lack of funding.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

First International Day of Peace Parade - This was held in Washington, DC on September 20, 2004 to usher in the International Day of Peace.  Following an impressive forum of speakers, about 500 people, individuals and representatives from other peace and justice organizations marched through downtown Washington, DC.  We are planning a second Peace Parade on September 17th of this year.

The worldwide Sequential Meditation for Peace - every Saturday evening at 6:00 PM we join with people all over the world in offering prayers and meditation for world peace.

Mother-to-Mother for Peace and Non-violence - This is a program that creates partnerships between mothers in conflicting cultures and nations for the purpose of supporting each other in their decision to raise their children in the ways of non-violence.  The goal is to raise a generation of young men and women who will not consider war or violence as an option for resolving conflict.

The New Economic Model - This program explores alternative economic models for the purpose of designing a new paradigm for a culture of peace and creating a more equitable world for all of earth's citizens.

Peace Meals - On the first Saturday of each month Global Coalition for Peace opens their doors to the public for an afternoon of live music, lunch and an informative presentation on a peace-related issue.  

Women's Self Reliance Program - This program aims to help women in impoverished areas of the world to develop more self-reliance through nutrition education, intensive gardening and micro-enterprise.  The first implementation of the program is now taking place in the Peten region of Guatemala.

Theology of the Sickle - A program that engages farmers, consumers and those living in poverty in complementary activities that will enable all people without discrimination to have access to an abundance of wholesome, life-sustaining food.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Engage in more projects like this and follow up on them to bring together people who have no motive except to help create a more peaceful and equitable world.
Be strong!

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Our own organization is a coalition in partnership with sixteen other organizations including:
Strategic Pastoral Action Network
RI Committee for Nonviolence Initiatives
Rhode Island FOR Local Group
Yoga for Peace
Russian Indian Heritage Acacemy
Friends of Peace
Union Agricultural  Institute
MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Natural Awakenings Magazine
Season for Nonviolence 2002
Rural Center for Responsible Living
Indian Summer
Issa Center
The Basic Feast
Synergy
Be the Cause
Global Education and Peace Research
Unique Friends International
Still Mountain Tai Chi Center

We are also closely tied to the work of the New Culture of Peace from Harmony, IFLAC Pave Peace, Peace X Peace, Maryland United for Peace and Justice, the Washington DC Network for Peace and Justice, and we are an affiliate of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

In our work in Guatemala we are working with Project Ix-Canaan, which means Guardians of the Rain Forest.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

We would like to see the International Day of Peace Parade become an annual and worldwide event.

We hope to recruit many more mothers to the Mother-to-Mother for Peace and Non-violence program.

We plan to develop and expand the Women's Self-Reliance Program to other impoverished regions.

We hope to begin implementing the Theology of the Sickle program.

We plan to continue holding Peace Meals, working on the New Economic Model and promoting the Sequential Meditation for Peace.

In short, our plans are to further develop and expand the programs that we have initiated.

Postal address of organization

Global Coalition for Peace
4209 East-West Highway
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
USA

E-mail address of organization

rose@globalcoalitionforpeace.net

Website address of organization

www.globalcoalitionforpeace.net

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainale development

Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

Latin America
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