Friday, November 5, 2010

World Unity Day November 11


CONTENTS of Newsletter #2
OMNI in Veterans’ Day Parade 2009
Message from Veterans for Peace
Greenwald Message on Afghanistan
Peace Action Message on Afghanistan
Support the Troops: Vets’ Health Care
Military Refusers
Zinn on Nationalism and War, Will Phillips on the Pledge
Recent Books on US Empire from OMNI Bibliographies

Contents of #3
Veterans Day
World Unity DAY
US Exceptionalism?
We Are All African

1. Veterans Day -
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a US legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on ... - Cached - Similar
2. The History of Veterans Day - U.S. Army Center of Military History
A chronology of this observance's evolution in the US. - Cached - Similar

1. Establish International "World Unity Day" Petition
Nov 3, 2007 ... We, the people of earth, members of one global family, declare our unity and seek to honor it by establishing an internationally recognized ... - Cached - Similar
2. WORLD UNITY DAY, NOVEMBER 11 - "Celebrating The Diversity Of The ...
A group to support and spread the word about World Unity Day, November 11 and the Declaration of World Unity petition. - Cached - Similar
3. World Unity Day
On 4 November 2007, the Peoples Congress voted the formalization of the March equinox as "World Citizens Day- World Unity Day". ... - Cached - Similar
4. Videos for World Unity Day

WORLD UNITY DAY, 11/11/08 - Sedona, AZ, USA
7 min - Feb 27, 2009
Uploaded by worldunityday

Halo 11-11-09 World Unity Day and WE Are ONE ...
10 min - Oct 26, 2009
Uploaded by angellync

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World Unity Day. 22 August 2009. The language of NA transcends words and boundaries. Ours is a language of the heart. Join NA members from around the world ... - Similar
WORLD UNITY DAY, NOVEMBER 11 is on FacebookSign up for Facebook to connect with WORLD ... So it is an idea whose time has come to have a World Unity Day. ... - Cached - Similar
7. September 11: World Unity Day Petition
457, 12:00 am PDT, Jun 29, Vanessa Rivera, Schenectady, United States, World Unity Day would be a great oppurtunity to reflect on all the heros and a way to ... - Cached
8. World Unity Day Event at Sedona Creative Life Center
LLP Global is spearheading an initiative to establish an internationally recognized “World Unity Day” sponsored by the United Nations. On July 22, 2008, ... - Cached - Similar
9. Empower Others - We Are ONE: A World Anthem
On November 11, 2007, Kevin Reid announced an initiative to establish an internationally recognized “World Unity Day” - a day to "celebrate the diversity of ... - Cached - Similar
10. World Unity Day | Education |
There are gay pride days and pagan pride days, how about a Humanity Pride Day? It is our goal to make September 11, 2010 the first annual World Unity Day. - Cached
11. Join us in prayer. Together we can transform the world! | World ...
Seventeen years ago, Unity created World Day of Prayer—held the second Thursday in September—as a global effort to uplift ourselves … our loved ones … our ... - Cached - Similar
World Unity Day

US Exceptionalism?
“U.S. is not greatest country ever. Kinsley challenges exceptionalism” By MICHAEL KINSLEY 11/2/10
When foreign car companies started opening factories in the United States, back in the 1980s, it seemed like an act of obeisance. The plants didn’t make economic sense — Americans had to be paid so much more — but this was a tactful bit of tribute to Empire Central. America wants auto plants? America gets auto plants.

Last week, BMW announced it was opening a plant in South Carolina. No special explanation was required. People were lined up for jobs paying $15 an hour. Equivalent jobs in Germany pay $30 an hour. We’re now a bargain.

The theory that Americans are better than everybody else is endorsed by an overwhelming majority of U.S. voters and approximately 100 percent of all U.S. politicians, although there is less and less evidence to support it. A recent Yahoo poll (and I resist the obvious joke here) found that 75 percent of Americans believe that the United States is “the greatest country in the world.” Does any other electorate demand such constant reassurance about how wonderful it is — and how wise? Having spent a month to a couple of years and many millions of dollars trying to snooker voters, politicians awaiting poll results Tuesday will declare that they put their faith in “the fundamental wisdom of the American people.”

Not me. Democracy requires me to respect the results of the elections. It doesn’t require me to agree with them or to admire the process by which voters made up their minds.
read more: (from Larry W)

By Dick Bennett

Einstein taught us: Humans experience themselves as individuals “separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciouness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
The need for new ways of thinking about affections and loyalties is greater than ever before in history, because two relatively new dangers imperil the planet. The central question is: How should we relate to one another in the world? The overriding dangers of nuclear warfare and climate warming compel us to expand our understanding of citizenship and patriotism from the nation to the whole world. We need to become citizens of the world—ciudadanos del mundo, citoyens du monde. But the new ways of thinking require us also to expand our sense of personal responsibility from the self, family, clan, and locality to the family of humankind. We need to view ourselves as members of one human species, whose continued existence on this fragile and precious planet is in doubt. And Einstein asks us even to embrace in our family all species.
How do we change our ways of thinking from self-regarding to include all of nature in its evolving beauty?
Recent scholarship is affirming in extraordinary detail the unity of human kind suggested by Darwin in The Descent of Man. We are all African exclaims the title of a recent article. Scientists in many fields have compiled evidence of our African ancestry, that demonstrates the common lineage of all humans alive today. Because we descended from inhabitants of Africa who began migrating out of Africa around 60,000 years ago, we are all related.
With these words, “We are all African,” we find another powerful way to think about our relationship to others, a scientific parallel to the words, “We are all God’s children.” We gain humility; we are not the chosen either as individuals or as groups. We are not more privileged or superior. All human life has value.
When Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court became upset when he heard that his nephew in New Orleans had been punched and shocked by guards at hospital and suffered a seizure, he was behaving naturally we have always said. But that must change. The people of several dozen countries in the world are at risk of being punched and shocked by their police and military; a billion people don’t know where their next meal is coming from every day; a nuclear and warming holocaust threatens us all. As a result, if we are to survive as a species, now we must view all the children of the world as our nephews and nieces.
So let us celebrate November 11 not as US (us) Veterans Day, but as UNITY DAY.

diCarlo, Christopher. “We Are All African!” Free Inquiry (June/July 2010), 18-22.
Krieger, David. “Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Shifting the Mindset. A Briefing Booklet for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.” February 2, 2010.
Shreeve, Jamie. “The Evolutionary Road.” National G (sorry I cut this off)



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Wars and Warming: Reducing the Footprints
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