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The B.C. Southern Interior Peace Coalition (BCSIPC) met in Grand Forks on Oct. 27 with delegates, supporters and guests attending from Kelowna, Nelson, Castlegar, Grand Forks and Slocan. Delegates represented the Kootenay Region United Nations Association, (KRUNA), the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ Working Groups (USCC), the Kelowna Peace Group, Kelowna KAIROS, Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) and the Boundary Peace Initiative (BPI) Grand Forks.
The Boundary Peace Initiative represents people of diverse backgrounds officially brought together in 2002 because of mutual concern for the rise in world conflict.
Their mandate is to participate in multilateral non-violent conflict resolution in support of global human rights, ecological and environmental sustainability and international law through education, sharing of information, dialogue and activism locally and globally.
The well-attended meeting received greetings from recently elected Grand Forks Mayor Brian Taylor and re-elected Councilor Christine Thompson. Responding to the greetings BCSIPC Coordinator said that BPI and BCSIPC looks forward to working with Mayor and Council to reinstate Grand Forks as a member of Mayors 4 Peace and maintain its status as a Nuclear Free Zone.
A message of greetings from NDP MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan West Kootenay) was received with applause. Canning wrote: “To be among people who live and breathe the work of peace (oh yes, it is work) is uplifting, and I’m sorry to miss it. Your work matters. It is important work, even though at times I’m sure you feel you are banging your collective heads against a brick wall. Believe me, if people like yourselves did not work to advocate, educate and inform your community and your elected representatives, who would? You are passionate about the need for peace, and willing to do the hard work required for peace, and for that, I thank you. I thank you on behalf of myself, and on behalf of those who don’t know of you and your work.
The next conference of the coalition will take place in the West Kootenays in April 2019.
Soon after HWPL brought peace message to Africa on August, HWPL announced that ‘2018 HWPL World Peace Summit: 4th Anniversary of the WARP Summit’ will be held in South Korea from the 17th to the 19th of September .
This, the 4th anniversary of the summit, will run under the theme of “Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).”
During the 3 days of the 2018 HWPL World Peace Summit 12 formal meetings and 3 informal meetings, for a total of 15 conferences, along with a press conference will be held.
The main agenda of these meetings will be the introduction of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nations (UN) as a binding resolution and the promotion of international cooperation among individuals from all levels and sectors of society for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula through the DPCW. In addition, plans will be discussed and established regarding how to draw support from current heads of state for the introduction of the DPCW as a UN resolution. DPCW was created by international law experts for building the peace world without the war.
Along with the discussions of the WARP Summit, the ambassadors also expressed their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.
“If there is an answer to peace, every family of the global village born in this era should become a messenger of peace. It is our responsibility to put an end to war and make sustainable peace a legacy for future generations.”, Chairman of HWPL, religious leader and peace advocate Man Hee Lee take as a message to the people.
Since the Declaration of World Peace was first proclaimed on May 25 2013, HWPL has worked on its international law initiative to draft an instrument for all States to adopt that ultimately promotes a culture of peace and ceases all wars. This Declaration not only encapsulates and supports all of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals but also serves as a foundation for future peace activities for its implementation at all levels of society.
为了和平, 世界政治指导者认识到制定国际法的必要性, 在”支持战争终止世界和平国际法提议”上签名, 承诺积极协助制定旨在终止战争的国际法. 另外,世界宗教指导者签署了《宗教统一和平协议》,承诺通过宗教联合办公室将宗教团结为一体,消除宗教之间的纠纷.
成立由国际法专家组成的”HWPL国际法制定和平委员会”,召开了扬弃地球村纷争,预防战争的国际法制定草案会议. 此外,会议还举行了世界政治领导人和市民团体负责人聚集在一起,为和平制定实质性计划等会议. (之后2016年3月14日《地球村战争结束和平宣言》(DPCW)第10条第38项公开).
“地球村战争终止和平宣言”(DPCW)为了成为具有法律约束力的法案而进行了讨论. 之后,世界各国为了传播 DPCW的实现和宣言文第10条的和平文化,更加积极地开展了应用 HWPL事业的”树脂石板和平”活动.
Political and social representatives in Africa and Middle East were gathered to discuss international cooperation for peace building through a series of events held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia including the “Ethiopia Peace Conference” on August 15 with education experts and civil society, the “Addis Ababa Summit” with political leaders from Africa and the Middle East and the “Open Dialogue with Religious Leaders” on August 16.
This series of peace conferences is organized by an international peace NGO called HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light) under the UN ECOSOC along with representatives from various sectors and organizations in Ethiopia.
According to a statement released by the Department of Public Relations “On the 15th, groups of youth and women will talk about the ethnic or regional conflicts that have been continuing until recently and discuss the legalization of peace necessary for harmony and reconciliation among nations. The host organization, HWPL, is proposing the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) as a resolution for establishing a legally binding law for peace that can fundamentally prevent war and conflict.”
“On the 16th, there will be a forum for interfaith dialogue to promote a network among Christian denominations to be one under the meaning of the scripture and the 2018 Addis Ababa Summit to strengthen a cooperative partnership for regional stability and peace by reaffirming the importance of the implementation of an international/internal law for peace.” the statement stated.
Over 15th to 16th days, HWPL had the time to sign for the support of DPCW with participants from all walks of life. DPCW was created by international law experts for building the peace world without the war. During the two-day peace tour, participants at each event pledged to support and urge the DPCW for sustainable peace.
The Chairman Lee ManHee of HWPL, who held the summit with Ethiopian leaders during the 29th Peace Tour, emphasized the importance of peace movement to work as one in which each stratum came together, saying “If there is an answer to peace, then any family of the global village born in this era should become a messenger of peace, ending war and making sustainable peace a legacy for future generations.”
The DPCW deals with the international cooperation to institutionalize and culturally develop peace and cessation of war through the cooperation of world legal experts by HWPL. In this Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War covers the develop friendly relations between nations, prohibit the use of the forces, respect of the international law, foster religious freedom, and spread a culture of peace.
The Chairman of HWPL following a peace tour to the United Nations in May, said “We should also write a letter to the president to support the Implementation of international laws for the cessation of war. It says that the people have all the power of the state. That’s why the president has no reason to refuse what the people want.”. And the Chairman presented a role of civil society for peace and urged them to join peace activities.
Youth and teens in Indianapolis came together to fight violence on Aug 11. The WE LIVE peace walk on Saturday was the second annual Peace Walk. It was in honor of Dijon Anderson, their classmate at Warren Central High School, who was killed in a shooting last spring. His friends didn’t want him to die in vain, so they started their anti-violence movement.
Brandon Warren who created to We LIVE said the walk is about raising awareness and showing that whether or not you are the shooter or the person being shot, both outcomes are tragic. “We want to persuade more teens to get involved and spread the word to other teens that they may be going down the wrong path and show them that there are other options.” Warren said.
The group walked about a mile from Washington Park to the juvenile center on the east side. That’s because they want to let the people there know that there are people who care about them. They prayed for the youth and the city, and families who have lost children and teens to gun violence.
Now We LIVE plans to expand to more cities, continue the annual Peace Walk and add other related events throughout the year.
Important roles of Media and Media Literacy for the readers
The role of the media is to objectively report the news and inform its viewers without bias. And also the media can promote positive culture to the masses, the whole world. (from: http://media1.rs/society-role-media-positive/) “The portal used to aggregate more than 2500 news articles daily.” in only United Kingdom. than… how about the whole world? Let’s think about it.. So huge… this adjective is not enough to explain the earth.. whole world where we are living in.
In our world, media is very important. Because the media is so influential in our lives today. And not just news, but SNS or Youtube.. especially Video creators now.. there are so many influencers not even to their own countries but also other countries.. So Nowadays, we can feel “Global village”. When I volunteered at the international conference in 2006, one of the conference’s programs was the event section which was called Global village in a big convention hall. There were six parts(continents), which were Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Oceania. So many activists and movements from Each continents showed what they were doing in their countries. In the convention hall, I could feel it truly was Global village!! But.. now, I don’t need to visit the event hall.. When I click the web, I could feel it, too. As a global villager and a media producer(writer), I want to say that the media is so important and I also have the ethic and standards of my media.. If you are a media producer, such as a Youtuber, blogger, SNS influencer, and etc., please do not forget that you can influence others for our better future and promote positive culture, such as peace culture.
If you are a reader, or subscriber, and etc., please read below.. and let’s talk about this.. “Media literacy.”
Before going to the subject, media literacy, have you ever heard about curation?
Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area. There are tons of news sites and website with infos in our world.. And they are all speaking out that “YOU Need to KNOW!” and “YOU Should Do This!”… So most people use RSS app or specific news site to know about what they are interested in. And some news sites have created the part with AI which is customized News Section. And the curation could be similar to framing.. but framing is in a bad ways to show the facts, which means that it could be a biased info.
How about you? Do you use your specific ways to find news related to your interest? Or do you just look through what the portal web-sites or the news sites show on the first page? And do you just believe it? “Oh! this news site shows that, so it’s true.” Or do you check whether it is true or not?
As a writer and also a reader, I think we need to have the media literacy. That’s why I first talked about the curation and framing.
Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy. -Definitions, however, evolve over time and a more robust definition is now needed to situate media literacy in the context of its importance for the education of students in a 21st century media culture. (from: expanded definition: http://www.medialit.org/media-literacy-definition-and-more)
So long definition… in a shorter way to say.. we need to eyes like RC.. It could be easy to believe what the news or media are saying without doubt. Hmm… democracy world can’t be achieved easily. Throughout histories… we knew that.
And I know that it is hard to find out whether it’s true or not because we don’t have full authorities to access the truth, right? What we can do is to look for infos on the web or books.. even we don’t have, we should try in order to make the media broadcast the truth not lies. Media produces contents, and we are watching with checking the fact!!
What I also respect is their own political attitudes, such as conservative, liberal, etc… All people can have the right to have their own political opinion.. But.. what I want you to do is not to close eyes even though the fact doesn’t fit your political opinions.. Opinion is cultivated from various infos and thoughts, isn’t it?
As global village citizens, we shouldn’t be stupid public unconditionally controlled by medias. Let’s make better world, peaceful world so that we live happily and inherit better world to our next generations. I am going to spread the news with peaceful contents to promote peace culture! If you find out the error of my articles, please let me know by commenting! let’s create win-win culture! By doing so, there wouldn’t be a false media any more which is spreading hatred, conflict, war cultures.
Wars don’t have winners, only losers are left behind
Why would we wish for people to lose everything, including their families, in a war that has no winners, only losers?
This question made me think deeply about wars.
Of course, we learn history and know that most of the wars normally end with a country taking over the other one. However, if we zoom into every person who suffered from wars, we face deaths, broken families, glooms, and etc. Also wars force young people to give up their dream jobs, love, and even their lives. These cannot be replaced by anything in the world.
We always need to acknowledge that we can be one of the people. When we hear news about wars happening lately, we should be paying attention carefully and make efforts personally too. Making a voice by personal SNS can be one of the efforts.
Let’s be aware of wars, and work for peace together for our future generation.