2014 … Peace Forum

UNA_2014

 

“How Can Love, Compassion & Empathy
Transform Values & Behavior to Achieve Peace?”

Victor Kazanjian, Executive Director, United Religions Initiative
Kazu Haga, Director, East Point Peace Academy
Riess Potterveld, President, Graduate Theological Union
Samina Sundas, Executive Director, American Muslim Voice

“Public Policy, Civic Advocacy and Actions for
Non-Violence and Security”

Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation & Mayors for Peace
Leonard Joy, former UN consultant, Quakers
Frank Kaufmann, Director, Inter-religious Federation for World Peace
Deborah Small, Director, Break the Chains
Stephen Zunes, University of SF, Prof of Politics & Chair Middle Eastern Studies
Paul Chaffee, Editor/Publisher, The Interfaith Observer
David McGaffey, President, InterConsult Global
Herb Behrstock, President UNA East Bay & Nor Cal Division, former-UNDP official

Discussion and simulations with speakers on
Jerusalem, Immigration, Homeless & Housing

Free Admission. Music, dance, refreshments.

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PEACE FORUM 2014
Forging Peace and Human Security: from Aspiration to Action
November 15, 2014, Saturday, 1:30-5pm

1:00 Welcoming reception with beverage, registration and choice of group discussion. Algerian musicians El Djazira.

1:30 PLENARY
“Singing Bowls for Peace” (Carla DeSola, Enver Rahmanov and Omega West Dancers, 2 min)
Welcome (Rev Max Lynn, St. Johns Presbyterian Church; Herb Behrstock, President UN Assn East Bay)
Remarks re Global and Personal Peace, UN International Day of Peace, needs for actions on the Paths to Peace (MC: Paul Chaffee, Editor, The Interfaith Observer; David McGaffey)

1:50 Keynoters and panelist comments — mitigate causes of violence, war and human insecurity
A. HOW CAN LOVE, COMPASSION & EMPATHY TRANSFORM VALUES & BEHAVIOR TO ACHIEVE PEACE?
Keynote (15min): Victor Kazanjian, Executive Director, United Religions Initiative
Comments, key proposals for consideration (@3min, then to discussion groups):
Kazu Haga, Director, East Point Peace Academy
Riess Potterveld, President, Graduate Theological Union
Samina Sundas, Executive Director, American Muslim Voice

B. PUBLIC POLICY, CIVIC ADVOCACY AND ACTIONS FOR NON-VIOLENCE AND SECURITY (panel @6min)
Stephen Zunes, University of SF, Prof of Politics & Chair Middle Eastern Studies (US policy priorities)
Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation & Mayors for Peace (arms reduction)
Frank Kaufmann, Director, Inter-religious Federation for World Peace (responsibility of spiritual stakeholders)
Leonard Joy, former UN consultant, Quaker Institute for the Future (poverty & development links to security)

2:55 Guidance for Group Discussions
3:00 Transition with “Earth Ball” Peace Dance (Carla DeSola, Enver Rahmanov and Omega West Dancers, 4 min)

>> Recess with refreshments, participants proceed to breakout groupings to begin at 3:30.

3:30-4:50 GROUP DISCUSSIONS identify effective actions that foster non-violent conflict resolution and human
security: transforming aspirations, prioritizing high-impact ideas, replicating best practices
A. HOW CAN LOVE, COMPASSION & EMPATHY TRANSFORM VALUES & BEHAVIOR TO ACHIEVE PEACE?
(1-2+ groups) (Kazanjian, Potterveld, Sundas, others)
B. ACTIVITIES TO ALLEVIATE CAUSES OF HUMAN SUFFERING, CONFLICT & VIOLENCE (2+ groups)
(i) local & domestic problems of human security: e.g. systemic poverty, jobs, justice, racism
(Deborah Small, Director, Break the Chains; Kazu Haga, with others)
(ii) global needs & priorities to build foundations for peace & security: e.g. Post-2015 UN Development Goals,
arms reduction, etc) (Leonard Joy, Jackie Cabasso, with others)
C. CONSENSUS-BUILDING TO PREVENT OR RESOLVE INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL CONFLICTS (3-6 “simulation groups” of
10-15 persons consult to prevent/halt conflict and achieve resolution, and to assess processes)
(i)  JERUSALEM – security, rights and access for all (Frank Kaufmann, Stephen Zunes, others)
(ii) IMMIGRATION –law & borders, human rights, security/political/econ/environment causes, trafficking
(David McGaffey, former US State Dept, university lecturer; with others)
(iii) HOMELESS & HOUSING – public interest, human rights & needs, economic/budgetary issues
(Will McGarvey, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, with others)

5:00 CLOSING PLENARY (music as participants reassemble –Algerian El Djazira music ensemble, &/or drum, tbd)
Feedback from each group about conclusions for advocacy, action and impact (Paul Chaffee & rapporteurs)
Summary & follow up comments (Frank Kaufmann, Jackie Cobasso, Riess Potterveld)
Participatory recessional with Dance & drum (Carla DeSola & Enver Rahmanov)
5:30 adjourn