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May – July 2010
Regional Updates New Arms Down! Web Site Signatures to be sent to Religions for Peace Headquarters United Nations General
The Arms Down! Campaign for Shared Security, led by youth from the world’s major religions, works to engage religious leaders and believers around the world to unleash the power of multi-religious cooperation through shared action. It is reaching out to international organizations, governments, national assemblies and parliaments, municipalities, media, and all men and women of goodwill. Through education, mobilization and advocacy, the Campaign is advancing shared security by working to reduce nuclear and conventional weapons and to reallocate military spending to support urgently needed development, as set forth in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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The stories that follow are just a few examples of dedicated work undertaken from May to July 2010 by members of the Religions for Peace Global Youth Network in relation to the Arms Down! Campaign. Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition dedicated to promoting peace. Its Global Youth Network is representative of the world's major religious traditions across six regions.
More than 4,400,037 signatures on the Arms Down! petition already collected and the numbers are still rising…
UNITED NATIONS | ARMS DOWN! RELIGIOUS YOUTH RESPOND TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS On 7 May 2010, Arms Down! took its message to the United Nations during a side event to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. During the event, youth representatives of four religious traditions responded to the testimony of Ms. Michiko Kodama, a survivor of the atomic bombings, and shared the work that they have been doing in the context of the Arms Down! Campaign to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. The side event was also attended by Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace, who spoke about shared security. The event was the final activity in a weeklong participation at the Review Conference, during which youth had the opportunity to watch the official meetings as well as to participate in a signature collection activity in New York’s Union Square. They also received Mayor Akiba of Hiroshima and Mayor Taue of Nagasaki in separate meetings that solidified the partnership with Mayors for Peace and allowed the youth to provide updates on the status of the Campaign.
Questions, comments, or news? Kindly Contact: Ms. Katerina Ragoussi Associate Director, Youth & Network Coordination Religions for Peace 777 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 USA Tel: 212 687-2163 Fax: 212 983-0098 firstname.lastname@example.org www.religionsforpeace.org RELIGIONS FOR PEACE—the world’s largest and most representative multi -religious coalition—advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than seventy national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Youth Network.
UNITED NATIONS | ARMS DOWN! COLLABORATIVE EVENT WITH THE UN MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN Religions for Peace joined with the UN Millennium Campaign on 15 June 2010 for a public presentation on the effects of disarmament on global development. The event featured prominent speakers from the UN Institute for Disarmament Research and the UN Millennium Campaign. As both the UN Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms and the UN Interactive Hearing on MDGs were taking place in New York, the audience included experts and practitioners from both fields. Mr. Errick Lutambwe, Coordinator of the Religions for Peace African Youth Network, presented the goals of the Arms Down! Campaign as well as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution, which asks member states to cut military spending and redirect those funds toward achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Audience members pledged to urge governments to take action and support the UNGA Resolution, and to contribute their signatures to the Arms Down! Campaign’s goal of 50 million.
UNESCO – Religions for Peace | REINFORCING YOUTH CONTRIBUTION TO INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION IN LATIN AMERICA In the framework of the III Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations (AoC), representatives of youth and student religious organizations from Latin America met at the Itamaraty Palace, Rio de Janeiro, from 24 -26 May 2010 under the initiative of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and Religions for Peace, with the collaboration of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and EuroMediation Institute. The meeting took place to consider the dedicated efforts that youth have made through UNESCO, the Alliance of Civilizations and Religions for Peace. It also acknowledged the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. A Declaration voicing the commitment of the Youth leaders to the principles of Religions for Peace and UNESCO was drafted. It expressed the youth’s commitment to goals as enacting laws on religious freedom, including young religious leaders in national youth government structures, and establishing within the Alliance of Civilizations a Permanent Working Group on Youth Interreligious Dialogue. Representatives of the Religions for Peace Latin America Youth Network and Ms. Katerina Ragoussi, Religions for Peace Associate Director for Youth, presented the Arms Down! Campaign and its goals. Additionally, a new Brazilian Religions for Peace Youth chapter was successfully inaugurated.
AFRICA ANGOLA | ARMS DOWN! AT METHODIST CHURCH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Youth from The United Methodist Church of Angola celebrated their congregation’s 58th anniversary on 4 July 2010 at I.Bengo Church in Luanda. During the celebration, Rev. Adriano Quelende, the Youth Executive Secretary of the All Africa Council of Churches (AACC), presented the Arms Down! Campaign to over 2,000 young people who were present. The first signature on the Arms Down! petition came from the Youth Director of The United Methodist Church, and was followed by many more. Rev. Quelende also met with youth from the Angolan Council of Christian Churches, who planned to collect signatures and present them 13-15 September 2010, during the running of a Southern African youth camp. The signatures collected by each church in Southern Africa will be exhibited by the youth.
EGYPT | COLLABORATIONS FOR A NEW BEGINNING: US -MUSLIM INITIATIVES IN EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND CULTURE The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) organized a three-day international conference entitled: "Initiatives in Education, Science and Culture: Towards Enhanced US -Muslim Countries Collaborations" during the period from 16 -18 June 2010. The Conference responded to the speech that President Obama gave in Cairo on June 4 2009 that called to bridge the US -Muslim divide. The Conference received a diverse group of more than 400 scholars, clergymen, community leaders, political figures, education experts, university students, faculty members, and technology consultants. As youth was one of the special foci of the Conference, Ms. Katerina Ragoussi, Religions for Peace Associate Director for Youth, had the opportunity to represent the Religions For Peace Global Youth Network and share its work with Arms Down! Campaign. Specifically, Ms. Ragoussi presented the value of interfaith dialogue and cooperation at a special session called ‘Challenges Facing Youth Engagement’ and showcased the Arms Down! Campaign as a powerful example of youth engagement. The conference closed with a special session focused on a dialogue between Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, and Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace. MOZAMBIQUE | ARMS DOWN! AT MEETING OF COUNCIL OF CHURCHES The Youth Executive Secretary of the All Africa Council of Churches (AACC), Rev. Adriano Quelende introduced the Arms Down! Campaign to youth leaders in Maputo, Mozambique, from 24 -26 June 2010. Representing different churches from the Mozambique Council of Churches, the youth learned about the objectives of the Campaign and explored ways for them to be involved. After signing the Arms Down! petition themselves, the youth leaders promised to promote the Arms Down! Campaign in their congregations throughout the country, and to collect as many signatures as possible. Bishop Joao Bartolemeu from the Universal Church was the first leader to sign the petition.
SOUTH AFRICA | ARMS DOWN! WORKSHOP On 10 July 2010 a workshop designed to inform youth about the Arms Down! Campaign was organized at the offices of Ceasefire, a South African demilitarization campaign. 20 young people from various areas within the provincial capital of Gauteng, including Soweto, Johannesburg, East Rand and West Rand, attended the training. The youth said they would make a concentrated effort to collect signatures for the Arms Down! petition.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
INDONESIA | INDONESIAN YOUTH COMMIT TO ARMS DOWN! On 3 July 2010, youth and NGO leaders gathered at the Interfidei office, an institute for interfaith dialogue in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to learn about and discuss the Arms Down! Campaign. After hearing Religions for Peace Assistant Secretary General, Rev. Koichi Sugino, speak about the Campaign, attendees pledged to raise awareness and collect petitions at several universities in Yogyakarta. The event was part of a nationwide effort to collect signatures for the Arms Down! petition that has been in effect since March 2010. In addition to the signatures collected in Yogyakarta, more have been collected in other regions.
Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin, President of Islamic organization Muhammadiyah Moderator of Asian Conference of Religions for Peace, and Honorary President of Religions for Peace, offered his strong support for Arms Down! and expressed his commitment to mobilizing his community. Other religious leaders from various faith organizations expressed their strong support to the Campaign: Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the Catholic Bishopâ€™s Conference (CBC), Konperensi Waligereja Indonesia (KWI), the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI), Persekutuan Gereja -Gereja di Indonesia (PGI), WALUBI, and Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI).
Central Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) with Religions for Peace Arms Down! Campaign leaders.
The Chairman of Muhammadiyah, with a Buddhist leader and Catholic interfaith activist
Secretary General, Rev. Gomar Gultam, and Chairman, Dr. Andreas Yewangoe, of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI) with Religions for Peace Arms Down! Campaign leaders
PAKISTAN | ARMS DOWN! YOUTH SUMMIT ON SHARED SECURITY The Sustainable Peace and Development Organization (SPADO), its Youth for Peace Network and Religions for Peace organized the Pakistan Youth Summit focusing on the Arms Down! Campaign, on 20 July in Islamabad, Pakistan. Four panel discussions addressed the theme of Disarmament for Development under the rubrics of: the role of civil society; the role of religion in peace building; the role of media in peace and disarmament; and youth and peace building. Speakers at the Summit included prominent religious scholars, civil society activists, media representatives and youth leaders. About 75 participants mostly youth participated in the Summit coming from different parts of Pakistan. During the summit the participants were briefed about the objectives of the Arms Down! Campaign and various activities taking place around the world. Ms. Lama Azab, member of the Religions for Peace International Youth Committee (IYC) from France, and Mr. Kamran Khan from Pakistan, offered their full support to the event and Campaign. SPADO is confident that the event will greatly contribute in collecting the signatures and furthering the cause of the Campaign in Pakistan. Rev. Kyoichi Sugino, Religions for Peace Assistant Secretary General presented the Arms Down! Campaignâ€™s progress to Minister of Religious Affairs H.E. Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi immeadiately after the Summit. The Minister expressed his strong support for the Youth Networkâ€™s goal to collect one million signatures by October 2010. Approximately 400,000 petitions for the Arms Down! Campaign have been collected throughout Pakistan so far.
PAKISTAN | STUDENT COALITION OF PAKISTAN SUPPORTS ARMS DOWN! On 20 July 2010, the Student Coalition of Pakistan (SCOP) introduced the Arms Down! Campaign to members of the Christian Media Service (CMS) at a career counseling seminar. More than 60 students were present, representing institutions from Lahore, Kusar and Gujranwala. Mr. Shahid Rehmat and Ms. Nazia Nazir shared the three main goals of the Campaign, briefed the audience on Arms Down! activities taking place in Pakistan and abroad, and invited feedback on ways to promote the Campaign locally. By the end of the event, 95 people had signed the Arms Down! petition and 20 more volunteered to help further the Campaign.
PAKISTAN | YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING At the initiative of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) – Pakistan, an Arms Down! committee meeting was held on 29 May 2010 in Lahore, Pakistan. During the meeting, 18 student and youth leaders from 10 mainline colleges, universities and youth networks shared their ideas and suggestions as to how the Arms Down! Campaign might be promoted across the city of Lahore. After they were briefed on the three goals of the Arms Down! Campaign, participants were divided into smaller groups and asked to devise a concrete plan of action for the coming months. The youth decided to host two study sessions to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between youth interested in nuclear disarmament. Participants of the committee meeting also devised a number of promotional tactics for the Arms Down! Campaign. Youth leaders agreed to contact cell phone companies about introducing users to the Campaign via SMS, to utilize Facebook and to disseminate promotional material such as T-shirts and brochures.
SINGAPORE| ROUNDTABLES ON YOUTH-LED DIALOGUE AND PEACE INITIATIVES 30 representatives from various international educational institutions and interfaith organizations took part in a roundtable discussion on the theme of “Youth-led Dialogue and Peace Initiatives” held on 5 July 2010 at the National University of
Singapore (NUS). Moderated by Dr. Syed Farid Alatas, Head of the Department of Malay Studies in NUS, the roundtable featured 10 speakers who discussed their work in the areas of peace, dialogue and development. The speakers represented a diverse array of nationalities, coming from Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco and France. Mr. Lawrence Chong, a Religions for Peace International Youth Committee (IYC) member, introduced the Arms Down! Campaign and explained how the Campaign serves to create a common space for various religious communities to work toward a common goal, fostering unity and mutual understanding. Signatures were collected for the Campaign and several youth who were interested in it volunteered their help Summing up the discussion, Professor Carolina Lopez of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia suggested that interdependence at all levels of the initiative – ranging from grassroots efforts to dialogue for policy-making – is crucial in realizing the common objective of peace.
ITALY | ARMS DOWN! FLASH MOB Led by the Focolare movement, young Italians found a creative and effective way to promote the Arm Down! Campaign in Sassari, a city in Northern Sardegna, Italy, on 12 May 2010. Gathering in Garibaldi Circle, the participants walked around as if they were regular pedestrians, then froze in place and acted out a mock gun battle, engaging the public in an arresting statement about violence. When it was finished, the youth helped each other up and clapped, demonstrating that a peaceful end to arms violence is possible. The entire event is viewable on youtube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxGrV14XE1Q ) Besides Italy, the Focolare movement has actually included Arms Down! in various efforts around the globe. Youth connected with the Focolare movement have collected signatures for the Arms Down! Campaign in the Dominican Republic and Mexico; Hungary, Slovakia and Spain; India, Indonesia, and the Philippines; as well as in the United States of America.
FRANCE | ARMS DOWN! AT COEXIST BLOOD DRIVE Religions for Peace representatives attended Ensemble à Sang, a blood drive and interfaith event organized by the Coexister Association and the French Blood Department. The event took place on 30 May 2010 in Paris, France and reflected Coexister’s mission to promote dialogue between youth of different religions. It attracted more than 1,000 people. The President of Religions for Peace France, Mr. Ghaleb Bencheikh, was on hand to speak about Religions for Peace and the Arms Down! Campaign. 750 attendees donated blood and 500 signed the Arms Down! petition.
FRANCE | YOUTH SUMMIT ON DISARMAMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT
20 youth leaders from religious organizations all across Europe, representing Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths, met in Paris from 25 -27 June 2010 for the meeting of the General Assembly of the Relations for Peace European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN). The summit provided the opportunity for EIYN members to re-affirm their commitment to the mission and vision of the EIYN, and to evaluate the implementation of the strategic plan for advancing multi-religious cooperation for peace. The youth leaders were joined by two representatives of Religions for Peace in New York - Associate Director of Youth & Network Coordination, Ms Katerina Ragoussi, who presented Campaign activities taking place in all continents, and Disarmament Program Coordinator, Ms Allison Pytlak, who explained the three goals of the Campaign. President of Religions for Peace Europe Rev. Dr. Hans Ucko, gave the keynote address on the role of religions in contributing to peace in the world; European Council of Religious Leaders Secretary General, Rev. Vebjorn Horsfjord, spoke on various opportunities for constructive partnership between youth and religious leaders. Mr. Benoit Muracciole of Caritas France, a guest speaker on the event, gave a presentation on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Paris Summit was designed both to strengthen the network of the General Assembly of member organizations and to plan the future activities of the Arms Down! Campaign in Europe. The youth discussed and planned possible campaign activities to be implemented by member organizations in the remaining months of the Campaign. Participants left the conference room inspired for future cooperation, committing to help develop the European network and to collect more signatures for the Arms Down! petition.
LATIN AMERICA & THE CARRIBEAN
ARGENTINA | CORDOBAN LEGISLATURE SUPPORTS ARMS DOWN! The legislature of the province of CĂłrdoba declared its support for and appreciation of the Arms Down! Campaign on 14 April 2010 after a presentation by the local chapter of the Argentinean Youth Network, which acted in conjunction with COMIPAZ (the Interreligious Committee for Peace). There was a unanimous vote for support. In addition representatives recognized the importance of the Campaign with regards to local religious communitiesâ€™ engagement with the issue.
ARGENTINA | CORDOBAN YOUTH SUPPORT ARMS DOWN! In June in Cordoba, the state legislature and the Municipality of Jose C. Paz, and the Catholic Archdiocese Board of Education of Cordoba showed their support for the Arms Down! Campaign. Students from Escuti High School collected 342 signatures on campus.
ARGENTINA | ARMS DOWN! MATERIAL SENT TO 24 RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN CORDOBA Bahá'í, Christian, Jewish and Muslim youth came together on 15 June 2010 in Cordoba, Argentina to help assemble and send out promotional material for the Arms Down! Campaign. Envelopes containing leaflets, posters and petitions were sent to the 114 parishes and 24 religious communities that make up the Archdiocese of Cordoba.
ARGENTINA | ARMS DOWN! AT THE 12TH ANNIVERSARY OF COMIPAZ On 23 June 2010 in Cordoba, COMIPAZ included the Arms Down! Campaign in the celebration of its 12th anniversary. Supporters of COMIPAZ reviewed their achievements and joined with one another in fellowship and friendship. Many of those present signed the Arms Down! petition, including Father Rafael Velasco, the Rector of the Catholic University of Cordoba. University students promised to collect signatures on campus when they return from their summer break.
ARGENTINA | CONCERT FOR DRUG PREVENTION Youth leaders from COMIPAZ shared the goals of the Arms Down! Campaign in an event sponsored by the Secretary of Youth and the Department of Prevention and Care of Addictions in Nueva Cordoba, Argentina on 26 June 2010. Entitled “With Rock and Without Drugs: It’s Better,” the event attracted many young Cordobans, 542 of whom signed the Arms Down! petition.
BRAZIL | ARMS DOWN! AT THE GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE The Arms Down! Campaign was launched at Palacio San Martin in Buenos Aires during the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, held 11-18 May 2010. Volunteers mobilized by the Sou da Paz Institute collected more than 300 signatures for the Arms Down! petition, including those of government officials and religious leaders. The week-long event, launched by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), takes place annually.
COSTA RICA | ARMS DOWN! AT THE NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTER The Arms Down! Campaign had a strong presence at a weekend -long event at the New Life Christian Center in the Alajuela neighborhood of San Jose. From 24-25 July 2010, members of the local Christian community learned about the Campaign, expressed their enthusiasm and contributed their signatures for a total of 586 names added to the petition. Leaders of the Campaign in Costa Rica aim to collect thousands of signatures in August 2010 and this event kick-started their initiative.
MEXICO | MEXICAN YOUTH NETWORK BEGINS PEACE BRIGADES MISSIONS In May and June, Religions for Peace Mexican Youth Network launched its ‘Peace Brigades’ mission in collaboration with a number of churches of different denominations and regions. The youth invited those communities of faith to join in solidarity with the Arms Down! Campaign for Disarmament and Shared Security, collecting a total of 153 signatures for the petition. Participating in this youth-led initiative were the National Presbyterian churches in Xonacatlán, Naucalpan, Coyoacán, Coyoacán, Iztapalapan, and the Centre Church of the Roman Catholic Church.
PERU | EPISCOPAL SOCIAL ACTION CONFERENCE On 17 June 2010 at the Plaza de Lima in Lima, Peru, the Religions for Peace Peruvian Youth Network held a conference for 10 youth leaders of faith-based organizations, including MIJAR, LAC National Coordinating Council for Youth of the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed in Peru, Youth of the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Youth Movement for a United World, Focolare and the Synodical Council Efforts Christians of the Evangelical Church of Peru. At the conference, the Youth discussed the implications of armed violence and development. Ms. Maria del Pilar Saenz addressed the situation of Peruvian youth today, and the humanitarian challenges posed by arms development, including the alarming rates of armed violence both in Peru and in Latin America at large. The goals of the Arms Down! Campaign were explained and youth representatives expressed interest in it, pledging to do everything possible to collect more signatures. Over 300 attendees received information and many signed the petition.
CALIFORNIA | SYMPOSIUM ON RELIGION AND PEACE On 13 May 2010 Rissho Kosei-kai International of North America sponsored a symposium on Religion and Peace at the University of California-Irvine. The symposium’s theme of religious response to global militarization attracted more than 100 attendees, many of them students. Religions for Peace Secretary General, Dr. William Vendley, and Associate Director of Youth & Network Coordination, Ms. Katerina Ragoussi, sat on a panel of distinguished speakers, all of whom stressed the utmost importance of religion and religious cooperation in the realization of world peace. Ms. Ragoussi had the opportunity to present the Arms Down! Campaign and provide global updates and information on how to be involved.
NEW ARMS DOWN! WEB SITE We are proud and happy to inform you about our new Arms Down! Web site: www.armsdown.net The site is also accessible by visiting the Religions for Peace main Web site ( www.religionsforpeace.org ) and then clicking on the Arms Down! button. The new web site includes the petition and various Arms Down! materials and videos available in: English, Arabic, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. All Campaign logos, bookmarks, PowerPoint presentations, flyers, and other tools are now available. On this Web site, you can also access a “widget” that you may place on your own Web site. This is an “icon” which, when clicked, will take visitors directly to the petition. Should you have any difficulties on this matter, we will be delighted to assist you. Please remember that we still need to reach our goal of 50 million signatures, so feel free to broadly advertize the new Web site, Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/arms.down and Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/1351530@N25/
SIGNATURES TO BE SENT TO RELIGIONS FOR PEACE HEADQUARTERS As we approach the final stage of our Campaign, please make sure to send any hand-written petitions to us at the Religions for Peace International Secretariat, so that they may be effectively included. All mailing costs can be covered by Religions for Peace through a special FedEx number that will direct all postal fees to us. You may also send your petitions by appending the information of all signatories directly onto our new Arms Down! Web site ( www.armsdown.net). All petitions will be calculated in order to issue correct statistics prior to the Closing Ceremony of our Campaign, so your assistance in this is crucial! .
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY (UNGA) RESOLUTION The Global Youth Network of Religions for Peace is advancing the text for a new United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution that asks Member States to cut military spending and redirect those funds toward achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This reflects an important and necessary progression from existing UNGA resolutions on ‘disarmament and development’ that are less specific in their demands and that represent a time-bound framework in which these reductions must be made. The draft Resolution also includes a number of other points, such as a call for a Fourth Special Session on Disarmament that would allow for substantial consideration of the relationship between disarmament and development, amongst other critical subjects. The Resolution is the political counterpart to the petition, and the goal is to have at least one government present this for consideration in the upcoming 65th Session of the UNGA. The text of the Resolution as well as supporting documentation is available on the Arms Down! Web site.
ARMS DOWN! IN THE NEWS
OP-ED FEATURED IN INTER PRESS SERVICE Arms Down! was featured in an article published on 13 May 2010 on Inter Press Service (IPS), an online press publication that funnels news from the United Nations. Written by former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, the article focused on the detrimental effects of arms spending, with specific reference to the goals and mission of the Arms Down! Campaign. Mr. Gautam’s article can be read here: http://ipsterraviva.net/UN/currentNew.aspx?new=7594
OP-ED FEATURED IN HUFFINGTON POST Religions for Peace Director of External Relations, Rev. Donald Heckman, highlighted the Arms Down! Campaign in an op-ed for the Huffington Post published on 28 May 2010. Reflecting on the changing face of global conflict and the unsustainability of military spending, the article devoted a paragraph to the work of the Arms Down! Campaign, complete with in-text links to the Arms Down! website. Having garnered many Facebook shares and Twitter retweets, the article created some important exposure for the Arms Down! Campaign. Rev. Heckman’s op-ed can be read here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-donald-heckman/amilitary-sons-christian_b_593775.html
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