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A Letter from the Board 2014

Dear Friend of Beyond War Northwest,

In the 20th century, nonviolent means have overcome oppression and violence—war is not inevitable. The cause of peace rests in the hearts and minds of people like you who have a vision of a world beyond war. We all make a difference. We hope you will choose to financially support and join with us in our collaborative work building the peace infrastructure.

In our first year as Beyond War Northwest, we have collaborated with the Northwest Earth Institute to create a new self-facilitated curriculum called Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability. We are also collaborating with the Peace Center at Lane Community College to make this curriculum available to students.

We have active student Beyond War groups that are leading the way with the creation of public art and meaningful dialogue events. Esteban Camacho Steffenson installed a Beyond War mural at Churchill High School created in collaboration with the student group.

The University of Oregon Beyond War group has co-hosted the well-attended film event, Dirty Wars with Community Alliance of Lane County. They also hosted a series of “Breaking the Silence” conversations between immigrants, veterans, and people formerly incarcerated with others in the community

We have chosen four books from our Library Project and created a self-facilitated discussion guide to distribute to libraries, Rotary groups, and the general public. We have received support from the Jubitz Foundation and the War Prevention Initiative to assist us in the distribution of these materials.

Of the four books, the Nonviolence Handbook by Nagler was judged the most concise and powerful book of the hundreds of books that our book group has read. We highly recommend this book and if you would like to share it with others please download the discussion guide.

Being involved with Beyond War NW is exciting; we are a community of learners in conversation with each other and the larger community. We are maturing and blossoming in many ways and this keeps our work meaningful, dynamic, and impactful.

Our next project is to publish a self-facilitated workbook based on the Beyond War core values that are now permeating world culture: We are all one interdependent whole; the means are the ends in the making; war is not inevitable. We have the commitment to resolve conflicts and to maintain an attitude of goodwill.

May the glow of hope live in your heart. May we all use our gifts and resources to serve this great vision of justice and peace and break through despair. Please give to Beyond War NW for a tax-deductible contribution or sign up for making automatic monthly contributions on our website (www.BeyondWarNW.org). We all thank you!

Warmly,

Ann Cole, President

Beyond War Northwest
1490 W. 26th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97405

Beyond War Northwest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Oregon, USA.  Our Federal EIN is: 20-0912219.

More Resources

Each of these sites is a wonderful source of information and contains links to even more of the many groups working for peace and justice in the world.

The War Prevention Initiative
http://warpreventioninitiative.org/

The Peace Academy where peacebuilders go to grow
http://nationalpeaceacademy.us/

The Peace Alliance empowers civic engagement toward a culture of peace
http://www.thepeacealliance.org/

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is an international education and advocacy organization
http://www.wagingpeace.org/

Northwest Earth Institute – Discover change, together

http://www.nwei.org/

Nonviolent action database including case studies of world-wide campaigns that used nonviolent direct action, and a nonviolent history and timeline:

http://goshen.libguides.com/content.php?pid=139632&sid=1193018

EducatorLabs provides lesson plans for teachers and links to lesson plans available at other sites.

http://educatorlabs.org/lesson-plans/international-politics/