“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Is it possible to change the world? Absolutely.
It just depends on what we do.
The world is reeling from unemployment and economic crisis. One in every six people on the planet is going hungry. And military spending is at record levels. That’s crazy.
Every day, tens of thousands of children die from hunger and preventable disease. And only a small portion of the money spent on weapons could save their lives. That’s crazy.
In Washington, investment banks and big corporations bankroll their candidates and dictate the policies they must follow, making our Democracy an empty farce and dragging us toward greater crisis and violence. That’s crazy.
Sometimes the people need to lead. This is one of those times.
World without Wars and without Violence is launching a huge international campaign to build a broad social movement at the grass roots level. This movement aims to change the course of history through the most powerful force on earth, organized active nonviolence.
Who are we?
World without Wars and without Violence (WWW) is one of five organizations that make up theHumanist Movement, an all-volunteer, international grass-roots movement based on the ideas of New (or Universalist) Humanism *. These organizations share the goal of “Humanizing the Earth” by contributing to the growing liberty and happiness of human beings, using the methodology of active nonviolence and proposing a deep change that is simultaneously personal and social.
WWW aims to build a world free of all forms of violence, not only in its cruelest expression of wars and physical violence, but also free from economic, racial, religious, sexual, psychological and moral violence. To do that, we need to organize.
In particular, WWW works for:
the total elimination of nuclear weapons;
the proportional and progressive disarmament of conventional weapons;
the withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories,
and the renunciation by governments of the use of war as a means to resolve conflicts
* expressed in the works of Silo and other authors.
Core ideas: In the final analysis, wars are fought in order to appropriate social goods and resources.
This fundamental interest is hidden behind religious or geopolitical pretexts, and war is justified as preventing a greater evil, as the “defense” of human rights, etc. Its defenders even tout the “benefits” of war: like technological progress, job creation or economic stimulus. In contemporary society, there are powerful social forces interested in promoting wars, such as the military-industrial complex, racist groups, radical nationalists and fundamentalists, organized crime, etc. At the same time, today’s weapons increasingly target civilian populations, a monstrous fact that is written off as “collateral damage.”
How to Get Involved:
WWW is a worldwide organization; working at the grass roots, that organizes itself at different levels to coordinate common actions. The basic units of World without Wars are the “Base Teams” that develop activities in neighborhoods, schools, universities, workplaces, the Internet, etc.
1. Members and participation
Participation is open to everybody without discrimination. Anyone who coincides with the basic objectives of WWW can join, either as a full member or a supporter, and collaborate with planned activities, participate in training sessions, and promote new actions.
Full members : participate in meetings and take responsibility for their own development, through the personal work that WWW promotes. Full members sustain WWW economically through annual dues and have the right to vote in the different levels. They also promote the formation of new Base Teams
Supporting members : receive information, participate in activities and collaborate with the development of WWW. Action fronts, groups, organizations or collectives can also ask to be included as “supporters” of WwW.
2. Base Teams
WWW aims to build a new world based on the rejection of violence in all its forms, overcoming the cynicism, defeatism, consumerism, competition, individualism and despair that are signs of today’s system of values, beliefs and institutions.
Along with organized campaigns and nonviolent actions,we promote Base Teams that study nonviolence and reflect on our own beliefs and habits to build and deepen a new nonviolent consciousness that connects to our personal lives. All based on the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
From the beginning, WWW teams set in motion three basic mechanisms:
• Growth: they reach out towards individuals, other networks and organizations to make their proposals and tools known.
• Communication: they maintain interchange with other Base Teams and other organizations with affinity to their objectives.
• Training: they attend to the progressive capacity-building of their members; offering them tools for overcoming internal and external violence. These studies and practices are to be found in detail in the main materials.
Within this framework, teams apply their own creativity in defining projects as well as initiatives for contributing to common campaigns at the local, national or international levels. A wide diversity of projects are being developed around the world in schools and colleges, neighborhoods, the Internet; frompublic awareness campaigns on topics like nuclear disarmament, the need to develop renewable sources of energy, US military bases on foreign soil, economic violence, racial violence and violence against women; to artistic projects, actions in New York for the NPT (Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty) Review Conference in May, 2010, and nonviolence education projects in schools. The sky’s the limit.
For more info: http://www.worldwithoutwars.org/