Dear RN, Aug. 1
Carole Brouillet, who has put together the Community Currency Website (see
RN posting of June 23, '99), found Richard's recent posting on "broad-based
actions against globalization" most helpful, as her message below explains.
And Hans Sinn, who has long been working to shut down the
military-industrial complex AND to replace it with something which would
truly foster security (Civilian-Based Defence) has some reflections to share
with us about how we can see our work within the context of the wider effort
to replace corporate globalization with sustainable, peaceful communities.
all the best, Jan
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 07:58:14 -0700
From: Carol Brouillet <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: rn- broadbased actions against globalization
I greatly appreciated your posting this morning, especially since I just
got an email yesterday from the Danish guy you mentioned who is trying to
start the World Parliment and who is coming to the August Gathering and
wanted to try his fingerprint technology out there.
I just returned from over a month away (visiting family in Canada and
Colorado). I had to put together the program and dirctory of participants
and mail it out 2 days ago. I was going to work on a press release today.
I received a $3465. grant to increase ethnic diversity at the Gathering.
I've sent out over 300 invitations and scholarship offers to at least 60
people of color (non-caucasian). BUT I still haven't been able to give all
the scholarships away, there are still 13 beds and scholarships available.
The group is still predominantly male and white- with people coming from
Australia, Japan, Sweden, (the guy from Denmark), Canada. Part of it is my
own stupidity, I don't have much travel money available. Nonetheless, the
ones who have faith in technology, and think they can participate in the
global power game with the "big players," if they can win the endorsement
of "the masses" whose interests they "hope to serve" seem to want to be in
on this. There are also some really gifted visionary folk who feel the
internet opens up radically new ways of reaching, organizing, and
enlightening a large segment of the population.
Me, I just am trying to do the best I can to "herd the cats" and create
an alternative, nurture a movement, to change the system.
In September the 50 Years is Enough Network will be having their big No
Sweat-No Debt Conference in Washington,D.C. (and demos in front of the
World Bank/IMF) and the theme this year is the alternatives. They expect
500 people to come. I'll be doing a workshop on Community Currencies.
So that's the latest. I don't have time to read all my mail, but I
appreciate your work and posts. I've also tried to keep up a calendar of
events, including all the global conferences on this theme at my website
http://www.communitycurrency.org. - it cheers me up to see how much
organizing is going on around the world- our strength lies in the diversity
of the groups who find that we are all together in our struggle against
"top-down globalization" and empowerment at the the community level.
Sending you and Jan, and everyone else who cares deeply about these issues
much love, Carol
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 12:44:45 -0400
From: Hans Sinn <•••@••.•••>
I agree, so far there there are no signs of a coherent countervailing
movement. What I see instead, much like the founder of "attac" ( the
Alliance for the Taxation of Financial Transaction ) is an international
"archipelago" of individuals and groups. This archipelago of individuals
and groups is gradually linking itself, largely by means of the WWW. It
appears more and more of the groups and individuals recognize to themselves
as pieces of a larger puzzle.
The people and groups of the archipelago may not be listening truly to each
other, they may not be listening to the same voice or adhere to the same
doctrine, but nevertheless, they appear to be marching to the same drummer,
albeit at a below verbal level.
I agree that this global phenomenon may be too fractured, too disjointed
and too disorganized to ever form an effective alternative. We may not
recognize the various parts of the archipelago and many of the parts may
never recognize each other. We appear to be too much pressed for time in
our own minds and short lives. We are expecting order and coherence where
there is disorder and chaos, but there is definitely no vacuum.
Further on the positive side, yesterday, after more than a year, I updated
my Civilian Peace Service home page. Now that the German government has
actually in introduced a CPS the update was in order. ( In the process we
lost for some reason the background colour to the site - but that be
fixable in a few days.)
So if you look at my revised web site you will notice that I added two
more links, one to "attac" in France, whose enterprise I fully support and
the other to the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Studies in
Sweden. The Foundation's director is Jan Oberg, an old colleague of
Karlheinz Koppe's. I am impressed by Jan Oberg's demonstration of the
value of peace research. Four or five years ago Jan got personally
involved in the Kosovo Albanian Serb conflict. Jan produced not only an
exact analysis of the situation and a blow by blow account of its
development, but also appropriate recommendations of how nonviolently
resolve the conflict. Obviously no government followed Jan's
recommendation. Another of the many instances of much understanding and no
I first met Jan in Nov. 1963, in the course of a peace walk from Vancouver
to Berlin which took us through Sweden. Jan is now warming up to the idea
of an international Civilian Peace Service (or as David Hartsought put is
"A Standing Peace Force")and will put the subject up for discussion on the
Transnational web site.
Also on my web site I established a direct e-mail link to Lloyd Axworthy.
People who bring up my web site, can now read about the German Civilian
Peace Service and ask Axworthy why the Canadian government is not doing
something similar ( especially since the whole idea started 1981 in Canada
with the founding of Peace Brigades International.)
A last comment about the CPS project. By virtue of the origin and history
of the discipline of non-violent action, Gandhi, Martin Luther King etc,
there is a lot more to be said about the CPS enterprise. There is certainly
more to it than a government saying yes to it. But it is a beginning and
we shall see where it goes from here.
Brooke Valley Road 687
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