An Example (Posted on list serves - July 22, 2006)

    A CALL TO WOMEN                                        

    A new political philosophy is being born.  Throughout the world,
    people are realizing there must be world-wide unity – unity based
    upon trust and common goals, nobility found through compromise,
    peace through nonviolence and love.  People can work together.  
    People are not enemies.  Martin Luther King stated, in the
    Riverside Church speech, “Beyond Vietnam”, April 4th, 1967,
    “Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind
    as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual

    This is a challenge to people around the world, women, and men,
    to use this day as an opportunity to break down barriers of
    nationalism, religion, and ideology to work for the common good
    of humankind.  The objective is WORLD UNITY.  We do this
    “For the Children.”  A “Call to Women” is the method.  

    Sister Joan Chittister, September 11th, 2004, at the
    Omega / V Day conference, “Women and Power” said, “The
    lives of our children, the protection of millions, the hopes of all
    humankind, wait again now for women, from opposite cultures,
    opposite tradition, to step over the line of political hatred to
    save them.”  

    Women have at their fingertips, the strongest, most powerful
    political tool—nonviolence!  Mahatma Gandhi said, “Non-violence
    is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.  It is mightier than
    the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of

    Women represent nonviolence more than any other element!  

    Women, the world needs you, now!  If all the women in the world
    get together for peace, who is going to stop you?  All the women
    must come together because there is going to be violence.  
    History has taught us that war will come again.  Only a pro-active,
    mandate, will help to prevent war.  It is time for a pre-emptive strike
    against war, world wide!

    Starhawk wrote about women standing for peace as the
    representation of a “vision of strength.”  “Real security can come
    only when we weave a global web of mutual aid and support.  
    As we make larger connections and take action together, we
    must assert what we as women know to be true:  compassion is
    not weakness, and brutality is not strength.”  

    An incredible opportunity exists.  The ability to communicate
    around the world is at an unprecedented high level.  A
    comprehensive plan can bring millions and millions of people
    from around the world together.  The world needs all of the
    individual efforts for peace, but it also needs a unified plan.  
    A “Call to Women” is that plan.  

    Women must proclaim “We are not enemies” and be willing to
    stand up to support the concept.  Does “We are not enemies,” give women strength?  
    Does “We are not enemies” give strength to the moderate voice?  

    UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan wrote, “Women, who know the price of conflict so well,
    are also often better equipped than men to prevent or resolve it.  For generations, women
    have served as peace educators, both in their families and in their societies.  They have
    proved instrumental in building bridges rather than walls.  They have been crucial in
    preserving social order when communities have collapsed.”

    Women, will you challenge the world?  Will you stand up for peace?  Will you join millions
    of women?  It is an atrocity that the children of the future are learning the wrong thing!  
    They are learning violence begets violence and revenge and retribution are important.  
    The adults are making grave mistakes for the future.  Is that enough impetus for radical

    A “Call to Women” does not exclude men.  Why are women selected?  Women have an
    advantage.  Generally, women, throughout the world, have been socialized to be less
    violent and more collaborative than men.  Women can facilitate unity.  Not to say women
    have all the answers, or are morally superior, but what is plausible is if women are the
    peacemakers, it can be different.  Therefore, without the use of fear and oppression, the
    strength of unity will empower and initiate paradigm change.  

    Change begins with working together, around the world, in one major effort to stop war!  
    In honor of the women and men, in Washington, D.C., fasting to stop the war in Iraq, on
    this 4th of July, 2006, this announcement should go to women all over the world.  Women
    of the world, this is your chance to show support, not just for ending the war in Iraq, but
    for stopping war, de-militarizing, and disarmament!  And do not stop with one protest.  The
    effort needs continuous awareness.  Fast if that is what is good for you.  Conduct sit down
    strikes.  Conduct silent vigils.  Do not stop!  This will not be a revolution, it will be a
    revelation.  The revelation is an AWARENESS of the movement.  

    Men, this is for you also!  Who were the predominant people fighting in every war
    throughout history?  The answer is men.  Can it be assumed that most people, men and
    women, do not want war?  If men fought in every war, and people do not want war, doesn’t
    it seem logical that women should fight to prevent it?  Men should be courting women to
    prevent war, if they truly believe they don’t want war.  This is the test, for men and

    A “Call to Women” is a comprehensive plan designed with women as a catalyst for the
    mobilization of the peace movement around the world.  The strategy is to have millions of
    women stimulate thousands of peace and spiritual organizations to join forces and exert
    political influence on governments around the world.  The theory is that without the use of
    fear or oppression, the strength of “unity” will empower and initiate paradigm change.  
    The key is to be proactive.  It is time for all of the peace organizations to live up to their
    mission statements and challenge the world.  All individuals and groups have their linear
    focus, but the focus must be two-fold, linear and worldly, a worldly goal of PEACE !

    A “Call to Women” will also act as an emergency plan.  As the police have, the fire
    department has, and the military has, the peace movement can be ready to answer the
    question, what do we do if?   An objective of a Call to Women is to portray an awareness
    for people and governments to, as Gene Sharp wrote in Making the Abolition of War a
    Realistic Goal, “perceive the existence and effectiveness of an alternative nonmilitary
    means of defense.”

    How strong does this message have to be to move the women of the world?  Or what
    catastrophe is going to occur, what disaster, what holocaust will occur to create a peace
    movement?  Will it be too late?  Already, there are emergency e-mails for vigils and
    protest, on a daily basis, from Israel and Palestine.  What happens when the next terrorist
    bomb strikes somewhere in the world?  What type of violent “reaction” will take place when
    the United States is threatened?  

    We can love our country, but we must have a higher calling -- love and respect everyone.  
    This Independence Day, people are celebrating freedom throughout the United States.  
    Working for world-wide unity does not mean a loss of independence.  It does not mean
    that you lose national identity or sacrifice individual beliefs.  It was beautifully stated by
    Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’I Faith, in 1931: “Far from aiming at the
    subversion of the existing foundations of society, it seeks to broaden its basis, to remold
    its institutions in a manner consonant with the needs of an ever-changing world.  It can
    conflict with no legitimate allegiances, nor can it undermine essential loyalties.  Its
    purpose is neither to stifle the flame of a sane and intelligent patriotism in men’s hearts,
    nor to abolish the system of national autonomy so essential if the evils of excessive
    centralization are to be avoided.  It does not ignore, nor does it attempt to suppress, the
    diversity of ethnical origins, of climate, of history, of language and tradition, of thought and
    habit, that differentiate the peoples and nations of the world.  It calls for a wider loyalty, for
    a larger aspiration than any that has animated the human race.  It insists upon the
    subordination of national impulses and interests to the imperative claims of a unified
    world.  It repudiates excessive centralization on one hand, and disclaims all attempts at
    uniformity on the other.  Its watchword is unity in diversity’.”

    Independence Day celebrates a revolution.  The revolution was a radical event.  It was
    war.  The revolutionaries were considered traitors.  The signing of the Declaration of
    Independence was treason, with the penalty of death.  It took courage to proclaim
    independence!  The people who work for world unity will NOT be considered traitors.  It is
    your duty, as citizens of the world.  The efforts are justified, as documented in the United
    States Declaration of Independence:  "whenever any form of government becomes
    destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it."  The time has
    come to altar the existing thinking.

    Benjamin Franklin was an ardent loyalist to the King of England for 30 years (1720-
    1750).  He had to question himself and question his loyalty about revolution and creation
    of a separate country from England, which created an identity crises in his own mind.  
    Deciding to change must have been a very difficult decision.  He came to realize that
    ideas evolve and change.  Ben Franklin’s efforts to change helped bring about the
    Declaration of Independence.  New changes in the world will cause people to question
    themselves also.  A “Call to Women” is designed to bring about change.

    This proposal is a peaceful call for action, to bring world-wide unity for the children.  It is
    time to make history.  The world needs a “mandate”, a mandate for peace!  To quote
    Arudhati Roy, “This movement of ours needs a major, global victory”.  The world  needs a
    focal point of peace.  She said, “We must consider ourselves at war.”  The movement
    would be a non-violent war led by empowered women.

    Women do not realize what they have.  They have the power to change the world.  All
    they have to do is try.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the morning headlines read,“WOMEN
    TO THE RESCUE?”  (Part one)  

    Will history say, women, you had the chance and you blew it?  It was a lost opportunity.  
    You had the chance to be proactive and save the world but you did not do it.  Women,
    Peace is WITHIN YOUR GRASP ! The time has come for change.  

    Howard Zinn, author of “A People’s History of the United States”, wrote, “We need to
    assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.”  Zinn also wrote, in
    describing national boundaries and war, “Should we not begin to consider all children,
    everywhere, as our own?  In that case, war, which in our time is always an assault on
    children, would be unacceptable as a solution to the problems of the world.”

    In an article entitled, Female religious leaders take on peace-building by Religion News
    Service, Dena Merriam, a coalition leader of The Global Peace Initiative of Women stated,
    “It is the children who are suffering the most in the current conflicts.”  Women must come
    together on their behalf and demand an end to the violence that is taking too many young
    lives.”  Here-in lies the vision.

    There’s a storm coming.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to put out the storm with reason and
    compassion, and prove non-violence is a stronger force than war?  

    An extract from the writings of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, in a book
    entitled Women, states about women, “…when they form a conscious and overwhelming
    mass of public opinion against war there can be no war.”

    Andre Sheldon
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    Newton, MA  02460

    For More information about a “Call to Women”, send an e-mail to:


    “…In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of
    women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most
    convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of
    the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great
    and general interests of peace.”
                                                   Julia Ward Howe, 1870

    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." Thomas
    Payne in The Crisis, December 23,1776

    In Stop the Next War Now:

    Eve Ensler said, “Real power is about generosity.  Real power is about being bigger than
    revenge.  And it requires every part of our being to say, I’m not going to hit you back.  I’m
    going to take a breath and find what within me is larger and has the power to enlighten.”

    Katherine Blume wrote, “Turn to the world’s tales of spiritual growth, and they all describe
    enlightenment as the dissolution of the illusion of separateness.”  

    Kavita Ramdas wrote, “What if we had a huge convening of social movements to put
    pressure on our governments, just by pure force and presence?  I know we have the
    capability.  Recall February 15, 2003, when the world stood still in protest against the Iraq

    In Urgent Message from Mother, Gather the Women, Save the World:

    Marianne Williamson wrote, “If Jean Shinoda Bolen says, ‘Gather the women,’ I’m there.”  

    Rianne Eisler wrote, “…Jean Shinoda Bolen shows that we can shift from the path of
    domination and violence that threatens us all to a world of peace and partnership – if
    women worldwide put our love into action at this critical time in history.”

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote, “We men have had our turn and made a proper mess of
    things.  We need women to save us.  I pray that many will read Bolen’s work and be
    inspired then to act appropriately. Time is running out.”

How beautiful the world is when we live and work together in peace.
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