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IV. How Can We Be Effective Peacemakers? (B)

B. Non-UU Initiatives

Win Without War.
The coalition that the UUA works most closely with on International Peace and Security issues, especially Iraq and Iran. Win Without War is a coalition of national organizations representing broad constituencies that aim to Keep America Safe by advocating that international cooperation and enforceable international law provide the greatest security for the United States and the world. The coalition offers a mainstream, patriotic voice for engaging opinion makers, activating concerned citizens, and communicating effectively to the media.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is the largest peace lobby in Washington, DC. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of tens of thousands of people from many different races, religions, and cultures to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government. The UUA Washington Office for Advocacy works very closely with FCNL.

Amnesty International.
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service.
Pace e Bene's mission is to develop the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence as a way of living and being and as a process for cultural transformation. Pace e Bene developed Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living, a 12-session study program exploring and experimenting with nonviolence to address personal and social concerns. Participants are invited to open to the creative power of nonviolence in a logical sequence through exercises and readings that expand group intimacy and build skills. This adult curriculum presents a participatory style, with ritual, intellectual, and spiritual content which UUs value. It consistently connects personal transformation with social change.

Public Conversations Project.
The Public Conversations Project (PCP) helps people with fundamental disagreements over divisive issues develop the mutual understanding and trust essential for strong communities and positive action.

Help Increase the Peace Network, by American Friends Service Committee.
This Peace Program, known as HIPP, teaches young people and adults communication skills for conflict resolution. And it does more. HIPP confronts prejudice and renews our hope to be agents for positive social change. The training introduces alternatives to violence and bullying and allows participants to practice various options by modeling and role-playing. Exercises include self-affirmation and discovery of how insensitivity can magnify problems.

WIN Magazine.
WIN, formerly The Nonviolent Activist, is the new quarterly magazine of the War Resisters League, an 83-year-old nonviolent organization committed to ending war and its root causes. Through articles, interviews, and reviews, WIN covers resistance to war abroad as well as resistance to violence and militarism within the United States. WIN nurtures its readers as activists, equipping them with relevant and accessible information to support their organizing work. WIN hopes to build bridges between various struggles against violence and for justice, to support the growth of a broad-based, nonviolent, anti-racist, and revolutionary movement to end all war and oppression.

The Catholic Peacebuilding Network: an online peacebuilding resource.
The Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) is a voluntary network of practitioners, academics, clergy and laity from around the world that seeks to enhance the study and practice of Catholic peacebuilding, especially at the local level. The CPN aims to deepen bonds of solidarity among Catholic peacebuilders, share and analyze "best practices", expand the peacebuilding capacity of the Church in areas of conflict, and encourage the further development of a theology of a just peace. While it is a Catholic network, the CPN believes that authentic and effective Catholic peacebuilding involves dialogue and collaboration with those of other religious traditions and all those committed to building a more just and peaceful world.

Global Action to Prevent War: A Coalition Building Effort to Stop War, Genocide and Internal Armed Violence (Program Statement 2003).
Global Action to prevent war is a comprehensive project for making armed conflict increasingly rare. It is an international coalition of NGO's and peace studies programs. The program statement describes concrete ways in which globally cooperative institutions may be strengthened and used to create sustainable security and sustainable peace. The project has three strands. The first is the institutionalization of conflict prevention and conflict resolution measures within local, national, regional and international organizations. National security and global security are to be maintained by international law, and national sovereignty is to be subject to that law. The coalition was active in the creation of the International Court and is now working on the creation of the UN Emergency Peace Services. This first strand involves reform of the UN and creating and strengthening local means of preventing violent conflict and building sustainable peace. The second strand is a phased program of global disarmament, culminating in countries maintaining only defensive forces, and the responsibility for international security being carried by multilateral peacekeeping and legal institutions. The third strand is continuing support for a culture of peace.

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame conducts educational, research, and outreach programs on international peace. The Institute's programs emphasize international norms and institutions; religious, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of peace; conflict transformation; and social, economic, and environmental justice.

Christian Peacemaker Teams.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) arose from a call in 1984 for Christians to devote the same discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war. Enlisting the whole church in an organized, nonviolent alternative to war, today CPT places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers. CPT embraces the vision of unarmed intervention waged by committed peacemakers ready to risk injury and death in bold attempts to transform lethal conflict through the nonviolent power of God's truth and love.

The Shalom Center.
A network of American Jews who draw on Jewish tradition and spirituality to seek peace, pursue justice, heal the earth, and build community.

Religions for Peace USA.
Gathers representatives of religious communities in the U.S. (including the UUA); promotes multi-religious cooperation for peace and justice; builds on the spiritual, human, and institutional resources of its communities; enhances mutual understanding; and acts for the common good. Religions for Peace - USA is the largest and most broadly-based representative multi-religious forum in the United States.

Alternatives to Violence Project.
AVP aims to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust. Founded in and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners and others, and building on a spiritual base, AVP encourages every person's innate power to positively transform themselves and the world. AVP/USA is an association of community based groups and prison based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth and creative conflict management. The national organization provides support for the work of these local groups.

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Last updated on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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