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Michigan campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace.

Location: Michigan
Members: 16
Latest Activity: Sep 26

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Welcome to the Michigan DoPeace group! There is currently no State Coordinator for Michigan. If you are interested in the role and have prior experience with the Peace Alliance and the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace, please contact DoPeace Admin.

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Kevin "Mr. Peace" Szawala Comment by Kevin "Mr. Peace" Szawala on September 26, 2010 at 2:38pm
Hi Dawn,

My name is Kevin Szawala ('Mr. Peace'). I am the State Coordinator for Michigan for the US Dept. of Peace campaign. Colleen Mills mentioned that you are a student at Michigan State University and want to get involved in the movement. We can set up an initial phone or in person meeting to discuss some of the ways you can help. Let me know what works best.

Peace In,

Kevin ('Mr. Peace')
Dawn Angle Comment by Dawn Angle on September 24, 2010 at 12:47pm
I am tired of talking about promoting peace, I want to do something about it! I see there is no coordinator for this group, what have you all been involved in and where?
colleen mills Comment by colleen mills on January 21, 2010 at 10:19am
Michigan will be hosting the Midwest Department of Peace Conference in Livonia, MI, the weekend of May 14 - 16, 2010. We are planning a very exciting, inspirational and motivating conference. Mark your calendars & plan to join us. More details will be coming shortly. What a wonderful year of peace is before us!!
colleen mills Comment by colleen mills on September 21, 2009 at 4:20pm
The ONE PEACE Concert & ONE PEACE Event celebrating the UN Day of Peace was a joyous experience. Twelve artists shared their creativity at the concert. Dr. Sharif Abdullah was the keynote speaker at the ONE PEACE event. We all stood & read The Mender's Pledge, from his book "Creating a World That Works for All". You might want to take the pledge too. Here it is:

I believe in inclusivity. I believe that our lives are inextricably linked one to another. We cannot wage war against anyone without waging war against ourselves. Therefore, I will practice inclusivity with myself, my family, my community, the natural world, and all others. I will actively work toward the goal of an inclusive society, a world that works for all.

I know that
we are One. Therefore, I will give to you what I want for me. I know there is enough for all.

I want
everyone to win. Therefore, I will work to resolve all conflicts to every party’s satisfaction.

I want acceptance. Therefore, I will accept myself for who and what I am, I will accept you for who and what you are, and I will accept all others for who and what they are. Even if I resist your behavior, I will accept you as a Child of God, a part of the Divine.

I want no harm. Therefore, I will not harm myself or you or any others, by thought, word, or deed.

I want forgiveness. Therefore, I will forgive myself, I will forgive you, and I will forgive all others.

I want to be free. Therefore, I will not let others dominate, control, or manipulate me. And I will not dominate, control, or manipulate you or others.

I want peace. Therefore, I will be peaceful with myself, with you, and with others.

I want love. Therefore, I will love myself, I will love you, and I will love all others.
colleen mills Comment by colleen mills on August 25, 2009 at 9:21am
Congratulations & thank you to the peace activists from the 2nd District who organized the Peace Picnic in Whitehall on August 16th. Gloria Switzer, one of the organizers, was my partner at the D.C. Conference when we did the Challenge Day exercise. It was a very deep experience. She wrote the front page article of the Pax Christ newsletter describing the conference. Besides Pax Christi, there were representatives from Code Pink, Newago Citizens for Peace, Iraqi Veterans Against the War, Women in Black, Open, and many other groups. We all came together to celebrate everyone working for peace in a variety of ways. When Bob Scrauger introduced the Department of Peace folks, he asked if everyone knew about & supported the effort, and over 100 people cheered & enthusiastically welcomed our state coordinator, Linda, to speak. It was so encouraging! We are all volunteers who put our heart, soul & efforts into creating the world we know will be a more inclusive and peaceful one. A celebration such as this picnic demonstrates that people with diverse methods and ideas can come together with appreciation of all.
Thank you so much for the experience!
Bobbi Jo Gamache Comment by Bobbi Jo Gamache on August 21, 2009 at 1:05am
NINGing is great. It is long past my bed time, but I'm busy listening, viewing, reading and writing at DoPeace. Now the DoP district teams need to figure out how to use DoPeace's offerings to energize their less active members.
Linda Kimberly Henderson Comment by Linda Kimberly Henderson on August 20, 2009 at 10:43pm
Gratitude to Jim Ramelis, MI-1 CDTL for his work in getting the Veteran's for Peace to pass a resolution in support of the Youth PROMISE Act (HR 1064 and S 435). Thank you Jim for all your due diligence!
colleen mills Comment by colleen mills on August 19, 2009 at 7:47am
It was worth the drive to celebrate peace on the west side of Michigan! How wonderful it is to network with other groups & find out that they support our efforts!! I hope all of you can come to Schoolcraft College to experience ONE PEACE on September 19th. Check out the website:
Linda Kimberly Henderson Comment by Linda Kimberly Henderson on August 19, 2009 at 1:33am
Thank you to all the DoPeeps from Michigan that came to the Peace Picnic last Sunday. Lovely to see you again my friends.
Janice Lakers Comment by Janice Lakers on August 13, 2009 at 9:58am
Hello, all,
I will be coming on Sunday along with 2 of our very dedicated core team, John and Lynn Kinch. My co-chair, Luana VanDam, will be on her way to Wyoming for a vacation/retreat therefore unable to join us. Looking forward to being there!! Can you see in my picture that we planted peas in a Peace Sign?---ya' know--Peas on Earth........
Janice Lakers, co-chair 6th District

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DoPeace Admin John Parker Linda Kimberly Henderson Jim Ramelis Susan Belanger Chris Singer Kevin "Mr. Peace" Szawala James Arthur Mitchell Justin Campbell colleen mills Janice Lakers Bobbi Jo Gamache Roman Milker kathleen obrien Matt Nappe Dawn Angle

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