Monday, February 10, 2014


OMNI STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE DAY NEWSLETTER #3, FEBRUARY 14, 2014.  (Alternative to Valentine’s Day.)   Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.  (#1 Feb. 14, 2012; #2 Feb. 14, 2013).


Here is the link to all OMNI newsletters:





Contents of #1 2012

Unitarian Universalist Assoc. Inauguration of Love Day, Standing on the Side of Love


Contents of #2  2013

Women Thrive

Love Our Climate Scientists

UUA:  Standing on the Side of Love


#3 2014

UUA 2012, the Beginning of Standing on the Side of Love

Standing on the Side of Love 2014, Google Search 2014


Protesting Violence Against Women

Eve Ensler, ONE BILLION RISING, Global Demonstration to Protect Women from Violence

Sex Crimes in Japan

Studying Masculinity


   Google Search



Here is the beginning of what I wrote in 2011:

The transformation of Valentine’s Day to Standing on the Side of Love Day is a campaign by Dan Furmansky of the Unitarian Universalist Association ( (   The Day is a part of OMNI’s National and International Days Project, which celebrates Days of nonviolent peacemaking , social and economic justice, rights of all species, and earth stewardship, and re-envisions, re-defines, and transforms in order to transcend Days hostile to those values.   The present trivializing commodification of Valentine’s Day troubles many members of faith and humanist communities.  For a week or more leading up to Valentine’s Day, the newspapers are full of ads commercializing love and relationship as a ring, or box of candy, or a massage, or really anything someone will sell to someone who will buy as a shortcut.   We can imagine a better “Valentines Day.”


 Dan Furmansky welcomed OMNI into the campaign in 2011 in these words: 

“We’d be thrilled to have you participate in our National Standing on the Side of Love Day campaign in this way.  We consider this an open source campaign, and we hope you will both use our materials as they work for you, as well as share what you are working on so we can uplift it.

Here is more information about what we accomplished this year:



GOOGLE Search Results, Standing on the Side of Love 2014, Feb. 10, 2014

1.                             Thirty Days of Love 2014 « Standing On The Side Of Love
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3.                             February « 2014 « Standing On The Side Of Love
Feb 01, 2014. Today is Day 15 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today's Daily Action is to reflect on your story, maybe through a haiku, 140 characters on Twitter, or a ...

4.                             Mass Moral March, Saturday February 8th, 2014, Raleigh, NC ...
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Jan 30, 2014 - 30 Days of Love Activity Calendar for Families. Standing on the Side of Love is a community of people compelled to speak out against ...

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Welcome to the home of the first annual Thirty Days of Love, which began on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and culminated with Valentine's Day 2012! The Thirty ...

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Youth & Campus Group Guide - Standing On The Side Of Love
30 Days of Love 2014 – Young Adult and Campus Ministry Group Guide. Young Adult and Campus Ministry Group Guide. Suggested small group ministry ...

9.                             January « 2014 « Standing On The Side Of Love
Jan 31, 2014. Today is Day 14 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today's action is to learn more about how other faith traditions use story to connect. You can start with ...

10.                         2014 Thirty Days of Love: Jan. 18 though Feb. 16
Jan 30, 2014 - Join Standing on the Side of Love for the third annual Thirty Days of Love, a period of intentional action, service, education, and reflection.
Searches related to Standing on the Side of Love 2014



“Eve Ensler, ‘We Should Be Hysterical About Sexual Violence’”  by Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian UK , Reader Supported News, Feb. 8, 2014.
Aitkenhead writes: "According to UN figures, one in three women on the planet will be beaten or sexually assaulted. That works out at one billion women, so Ensler wants a billion to gather on 14 February outside buildings that represent justice - police stations, courthouses, government offices - and dance." 

AP Findings on US Military Sex Crimes in Japan 
Associated Press.  Reader Supported News, Feb. 10, 2014. 
Excerpt: "Hundreds of records detailing sex-crime investigations involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan show most offenders were not incarcerated, suspects received light punishment. . . .”


SEE OMNI Newsletter: Pentagon, Women, Rape, Feb. 10, 2014

SEE OMNI Newsletters on Mother’s Day for Peace




--Barry, Kathleen.  Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers, and Ourselves.   Phoenix Rising P, 2010.   An appeal for the “re-humanization: of soldiers from destructive masculinities and fighting machines into compassionate human beings.   A call for a radical social, moral, political paradigm shift.
One of Cindy Sheehan’s guests on her radio program was Kathleen Barry, Feminist and Professor Emerita from Penn State University.  Her new book is UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN: How empathy can reshape our politics, our soldiers and ourselves.  Dr. Barry focuses on the masculinity of war and the social expectations placed on boys.  Introducing new concepts such as core masculinity and expendable lives, this book exposes how masculinity and the military prepare men for killing and introduces new approaches to world peace and a new masculinity that is already in the making.  We can change socialization within our society to reduce the aggression and violence which war demands!

--Elster, Ellen and Majken Jul Sorensen, eds.  Pref. Cynthia Enloe.  Women Conscientious Objectors: An Anthology.  War Resisters International, 2010.   The book exposes the links between patriarchy and militarism as central to countering the sources of war; changing masculinities and femininities is integral to reducing militarism and war.

--Kimmel, Michael.  Misframing Men: The Politics of Contemporary Masculinities.  Rutgers UP, 2010.  On the social construction of  manhood .   Kimmel founded the National Organization for Men Against Sexism.

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