Sector 5: Peacebuilding & Relations

The Peacebuilding & Relations Sector focuses on establishing a global Culture of Peace by teaching principles of social justice and modeling compassion for all. The Virginia HUB affirmatively supports the beauty of racial diversity, the preservation of indigenous cultures, the need for universal gender equality, and the full acceptance of sexual orientation. This Sector also provides training in alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as Spiral Dynamics, Integral Theory, Sociocracy, and Polarity Theory. As an additional Peacebuilding resource, our good friends at The Shift Network have provided us with a link to their World Peace Library. The “heart” of the Peace Pentagon is dedicated to this critical Sector.

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Emerging in this Sector!

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Oct 01, 2017
11:00am - 6:00pm
Richmond Peace Festival 2017

The Richmond Peace Festival is an annual celebration of the great diversity of cultures and faiths that enrich Richmond, Virginia.

A key principle of the Richmond Peace Festival is that everyone has a basic right to safety no matter their culture or religion. We recognize the importance of providing a safe space for people of all backgrounds to come together, learn about our city’s diversity, and celebrate our beautiful differences. In our 13th year, we remain committed to standing with each other in our service to humanity and safety to all, while providing an opportunity to build greater understanding of and appreciation for the diversity that enriches Richmond and beyond.

Richmond, Virginia, 
St. Joseph's Villa
Sep 23, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
March for Civility

Description: The Washington D.C. March for Civility is a nonpartisan effort to bring people of all backgrounds together in support of civility, free speech, unity and equality for all.

Rally: The Civility Rally will include inspiring messages from public figures that are known nationally for their good works and bringing people together. Our list of speakers, musicians, poets, and artists will be announced soon.

Route: (1.5 Miles) Lincoln Memorial to 23rd St NW, to Constitution Ave NW, to 17th St NW, to Indepence Ave SW, to 23rd St SW.

Washington, District of Columbia, 
Lincoln Memorial
Sep 22, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017
9:00am - 9:00pm
No War 2017: War and the Environment Conference

World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.
The conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.

Washington, District of Columbia
Sep 21, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
BeThePeace Global Meditation

Hosted by the Gaiafield Project and the Shift Network In honor of the International Day of Peace, please join us for a BeThePeace Global Meditation at 12noon US Pacific on September 21.

At this critical time of transition for humanity, unite with thousands of people worldwide to be the peace we wish to see in our world. Join us to plant seeds of peace deep in your heart and in the higher awareness of humanity itself.

We call forth the power of divine grace to flood the consciousness of all humanity and to grant us passage through this collective initiation!

Gaiafield Project co-founder and Shift Network faculty David Nicol will be our meditation guide.

This event honors the 30+ year tradition of a "Global Peacewave" at 12noon local time, promoted by our partner Pathways to Peace and other organizations. It is offered in solidarity with Unify's World Peace and Global Unity Campaign and will kick off the BeThePeace 10-day challenge!

*Note: The meditation will be available by phone, webphone, and audio webcast

Virtual Event
Sep 16, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017 Campaign Nonviolence

Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term grassroots movement for a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence.

We invite people and organizations in the U.S. and worldwide to take action during CNV Action Week around the International Day of Peace, September 21. Together we will join our voices from around the planet to support a global nonviolent shift!

During this year’s Campaign Nonviolence Week, September 16-24, 2017 our goal is 1000+ marches, vigils, rallies and more for a culture of peace and nonviolence in cities and towns in all 50 states and in nations around the world. Together we will march against violence and for a world of peace, justice and sustainability. We will connect the dots between war, poverty, racism, climate change, and the epidemic of violence — and join forces for a culture of peace.

Plan a march and other nonviolent actions such as vigils, rallies and more! Let us know that you will be planning a nonviolent action during CNV Action Week by filling out the form on the right and well add your information to the bottom of this page soon. Once you have your action details you’ll be able to post them here.

Mark your calendars for September 16-24, 2017 and start planning now!

Sep 16, 2017
9:00am
Flotilla for Environment & Peace

One week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing kayaktivism to Washington, D.C.

Pentagon war making is a leading cause of world-wide environmental degradation.

Arlington, Virginia, 
The Pentagon Lagoon
Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 21, 2017 11 Days of Global Unity

When you get right down to it, as a human race we have what it takes to transform our world. We have the will, the intelligence, the resources, the heart and the leaders to address and heal the areas of our planet that need it most...

There are brilliant changemakers all over the globe making meaningful progress on critical issues — the environment, health, human rights, women’s issues, economic justice and peace, to name a few.

So what’s keeping us from achieving global transformation?

The fragmentation of changemakers around the world — like environmentalists, human rights advocates and healthcare workers, each working in their own silos.

We’re being called to work in collaboration and partnership like never before, to create the comprehensive changes we need... for a world that works for all.

The 11 Days of Global Unity summit, taking place September 11-21, bridges these gaps by connecting and promoting agents for change who are working within each of the identified “themes” — such as Environment, Health, Human Rights and Peace — to create a comprehensive blueprint for global transformation.

11 Days of Global Unity, produced by The Shift Network in partnership with We, The World, has become a worldwide platform, linking changemakers and their awareness and action campaigns to an inspiring global movement for the promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation.

Online Event
Aug 20, 2017 Discover Your Purpose. Find Your Soul's Calling. Live Your Mythopoetic Identity.

An exclusive weekly video series where we interview some of the world's foremost spiritual teachers, soul and purpose guides, as we ask: What is Soul? What is my purpose? What is my mythopoetic identity? What is Soul calling me to embody? What Vision and Task was I created for? What is the image or symbol at the core of my being?

Online Event
Aug 06, 2017 to Aug 09, 2017
7:30am
August 6-9 Peace Actions

Sunday, August 6 @ White House from 7:30 8:30 AM (August 6th is the anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the Feast of the Transfiguration): There will be a Nonviolent Witness and Prayer Service of Repentance outside the White House. Meet on north side of White House on Pennsylvania Ave–across from Lafayette Park. (8:15 AM is the exact time that the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima)

Seventy-two years ago, on August 6 and 9, the U.S. Government did the “unspeakable: and dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thus beginning the Nuclear Age. As a result of these bombings, it is estimated that over 135,000 people died in Hiroshima and more than 64,000 in Nagasaki. In the subsequent months and years, many more have died from the effects of burns, radiation sickness and other injuries.

The U.S. has never repented for the use of these weapons of indiscriminate mass murder. Moreover, it has continued to build even deadlier weapons which endanger all of creation. Today the U.S. possesses nearly 7,000 nuclear weapons, many of which are on hair-trigger alert, and proposes to spend an estimated $1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize it’s existing nuclear arsenal.

On July 7, 2017, at the conclusion of a special “UN Conference To Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons,” 122 countries voted in favor of historic treaty to legally prohibit nuclear weapons. The “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” bans nuclear weapons and establishes a framework for the elimination of nuclear weapons programs – including warheads, materials, delivery systems and facilities. The effort has been grounded in a recognition of the catastrophic harm to both human life and that of planet Earth. All of the countries that bear nuclear arms and many others that either come under their protection or host weapons on their soil boycotted the negotiations. We call on the U.S., the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons, to endorse this treaty and to lead the way to total worldwide nuclear disarmament.

Washington, District of Columbia
Jul 25, 2017
11:00am
Immigration: US - Mexico Border

The Charter for Compassion Social Justice Sector, along with partner organizations, recognizes the need for improved holistic treatment of immigrants and refugees now in the face of international crises like Syria, West Africa, South Sudan, and the United States and in the future when the impact of global climate change will render basic resources increasingly scarce. To this end, we have assembled the Identity, Dignity, and Compassionate Inclusivity Webinar Series.

The purpose of this series is to provide accurate information and first-hand accounts of the international refugee and immigration crisis. We intend to offer this information in an attempt to empower individuals to make informed, compassionate, and care-based decisions regarding the treatment of refugees and immigrants. We hope this individual compassionate empowerment will collectively generate a systematic change in the integration of immigrants and refugees into the communities that welcome them.

This series will provide the platform to:
hear from experts who will interpret quantitative data regarding the current status of global
hear from community leaders who are working to meet and integrate international immigrants and refugees into their communities,
hear from immigrants and refugees to learn more about the most pressing concerns of the immigration and refugee crisis from a first-hand perspective.
Immigration: US- Mexico Border

Guest Speaker: Astid Dominguez is the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas Policy Strategist for Immigrants Rights. She works on state and federal immigration issues. She will bring her insight to the issues of immigration between the Mexican and US borders.
There will be a period for questions.

Webinar
Jul 20, 2017 to Jul 27, 2017 Know Your Neighbor Social Media Campaign: Share Your Story

We find ourselves in a moment where we are deeply polarized as a nation by divides—cultural, religious, political--that impact our communities and even our families. At this critical juncture in our history, we want to advocate a simple model for effecting social change: working at the grassroots level in our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, houses of worship, and civic organizations to model the civility and respect we want to see upheld by everyone.

This is why Islamic Networks Group is launching the Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters Campaign with simple yet impactful tools and resources for reaching out to build mutual understanding and respect among all our fellow Americans over the summer and beyond. Studies show that all you need is a ten-minute non-confrontational encounter with a person from a different background to dispel stereotyping and prejudice. We believe that if enough Americans join our campaign by participating in one or two simple actions of mutual encounter, we can strengthen our communities, foster relations among all Americans, and live up to our national ideal of being one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

We invite you to participate in this effort by using the suggestions and resources on this webpage for individual, community, and youth actions. By building bridges across our current divides we can build the community and nation that we all want to live in.

Jul 14, 2017 to Jul 15, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm
Women's March from NRA 2 DOJ

We know that we are not safe. But we will not be intimidated into silence.

Recent actions of the NRA demonstrate not only a disregard for the lives of black and brown people in America, but appear to be a direct endorsement of violence against women, our families and our communities for exercising our constitutional right to protest. On July 14th, Women’s March and partners will mobilize a mass demonstration, again grounded in the principles of Kingian nonviolence, to denounce the false and intimidating rhetoric of hatred and send a clear message that our movement will proudly and bravely continue to strive for the respect of the civil and human rights of all people.

We will gather Friday at 9am in front of the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. The rally begins promptly at 10am. The 17-mile march from the NRA to the Department of Justice will begin promptly at 12pm. People will stay overnight in the D.C. area. We will gather at the Department of Justice on Saturday at 10am. More details to be announced.

Fairfax, Virginia, 
NRA Headquarters
Jul 12, 2017
10:00am
Rivers of Blood II, 2017 Call to Action

“…This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers…”

– Martin Luther King, Jr. from Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

The words of Martin Luther King Jr. at Riverside Church, fifty years ago and exactly one year before his assassination in 1968, are just as powerful today calling us with urgency to speak out, renounce our comfort, act, and break the silence to the ongoing US wars and militarism. The obscene immoral military budget and the waging of endless wars are not sustainable and threaten us all with annihilation. Every day we remain silent and embrace our comfort is another day the poor and victims of militarism in the United States, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and Palestine live in fear, misery, and hopelessness. Now, is the time to break our silence and act!

The multiple places of US war-making from the recent dropping of the most powerful non-nuclear weapon, MOAB, on Afghanistan to the illegal drone program terrorizing, maiming and killing innocents in numerous countries, to the upgrading of the nuclear arsenal call us to action. The US must engage China and Russia with real diplomacy and threatening war with North Korea is madness!
This violence of empire, this militarism, is the new norm for our young people. War is the backdrop of their lives. It is a given. However, the reality is that it is a theft of their future. President Trump, who dined on chocolate cake while bombing Syria, has called for an extra $54 billion increase in Pentagon spending which does not include the planned trillions in the nuclear weapons arsenal. The Pentagon, where future resource wars are planned, is the largest consumer of fossil fuels in the world. The climate crisis is reaching a tipping point. The climate crisis and nuclear weapons pose a threat to ALL life on the planet. We must protect Mother Earth and her children!

Washington, District of Columbia
Jul 11, 2017 to Sep 05, 2017 Inspiring Positive Social Change: Cutting Edge Insights from Spirituality, Neuroscience & Peacebuilding

Inspiring Positive Social Change, taking place July 11-September 5, will feature passionate and inspiring leaders in the important fields of spirituality, neuroscience, peacebuilding, compassion and peace education. They’ll provide insights and skills that can be applied to your daily life — in your family, friendships, business partnerships and service in the world.

Jul 09, 2017 to Aug 05, 2017 Growing Words of Compassion: Nature and Writing Practices to Love By

This hands-on, multidisciplinary course will help students engage with their innate capacity for tender compassion. The curriculum is designed to meet each student where he or she currently is in the understanding and practice of compassion; deepening one’s expression of compassion is the primary focus.

Jun 21, 2017 to Sep 21, 2017 Summer of Peace

The Shift Network has identified the Northern Hemisphere’s summer — beginning on June 21, the United Nations’ International Day of Yoga and ending on September 21, the United Nations’ International Day of Peace — as a time to focus our energies.

Jun 09, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Empowered Women
Women's Empowerment Workshop

All women are reflections of the Divine Feminine (though sometimes we need to be reminded of this fact). Early man honored women for their ability to create life and give birth. Indeed, early humans paid homage to the “Great Mother” – our first monotheistic deity.

Independence, Virginia, 
The Oracle Institute
May 20, 2017 to May 27, 2017 Sam's Ride for Peace

Bikers will start on the NC State campus and ride all the way to Washington, DC for the World Peace Challenge. Seven days with stops in cities along the way. See website for detailed itinerary.

Raleigh, North Carolina, 
Bike ride starting at NC State University Raleigh, NC to Washington, DC
May 14, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mother's Day Action in DC

This Mother’s Day, join us in front of the White House to make the Mother of all Fruit Salads to feed the hungry and say No to war. Celebrate the nurturing essence of motherhood and take action to build a local peace economy.

Washington, District of Columbia, 
In front of the White House
May 06, 2017
2:00pm - 6:00pm
TEDxHerndon: Difficult Conversations

Speakers talk about ideas related to how we communicate, how we collaborate, and how we think about the future.

Herndon, Virginia, 
Herndon Middle School

Member Events

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Oct 20, 2017 to Oct 22, 2017 Conscious Relationships Retreat: Creating Inner Peace During Stressful Times

This Retreat will guide you through discovering the “Revolutionary Agreements” and integrating them in very practical ways into your life.

Participants will enjoy the group-setting and the opportunity to see how these Agreements can bring greater inner peace into our lives, and how that peace can radiate out to contribute to outer peace in the world. Moreover, many are finding the Agreements to be very helpful in these stressful times.

These simple but profound Agreements are an instruction manual for your life journey – a direct route to the inner peace that best supports you and your relationships, whether at home, in your community, and in the world. Please join us, as we experience the beauty of the Oracle Campus and the joy of growing with fellow conscious participants.

Independence,
Virginia
Aug 24, 2017 Independence Women’s Huddle & URI Cooperation Circle

First We Marched
Now We Huddle

On January 21, 2017, the world co-created the largest protest in human history. Millions of people around the world marched to reinforce inalienable human rights: freedom, justice, diversity, solidarity.

But the Women’s March was just the beginning. Now the real work starts, with a special focus in our own Community … and beyond.

To build on the momentum of the Women’s March, its organizers have armed us with the resources needed to gather together in our neighborhoods and define next steps for activism and resistance.

Please Join Us!

Three local groups have unified and answered the call of advocacy to coordinate future efforts that are now urgent given our current political climate.

Over 5,000 Huddles have registered through the Women’s March in the United States and beyond. Grayson County Sewing & Resistance Society is a local group concerned about the state of our nation. URI has over 800 Cooperation Circles around the globe to address the most pressing issues facing the world and local communities.

Independence,
Virginia