Charter Peace Newsletter – April 2014. De Carta por la Compasión‏

“Together for Peace” by Argentinian artist Juan Carlos Ñañake

Dear Silviano,

The Peace sector of the Charter for Compassion is one of our newer efforts to involve organizations who are working on issues of peace and nonviolence to become a part of our network.  As the tag line to the Charter for Compassion states:  Peace starts here.

Meet the Global Compassion Council Members

A newly inaugurated Global Compassion Council (GCC) is the governing body for the Charter for Compassion International. Recruited from around the world, the Council is a confluence of leaders of the movement in the realms of government, business, education, philanthropy, religion & spirituality, health care, the environment, peace, and social justice. Members from the GCC whose life work is deeply rooted in the fields of peace and humanitarian work are listed below.  Learn more about each of them and other GCC members by visiting the Charter’s website.

Chandra Muzaffar, an internationally known advocate for human rights, is a Malaysian who for many years taught at universities in his country, while remaining active in NGO work. A political scientist, his last academic position was professor and director, the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaysia. He is the president of an international NGO, the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), which is concerned with challenges to social justice and human dignity in global politics.
Janja Beč Neumann is a Serbian-born sociologist, genocide researcher, writer and lecturer. She holds BSc in Engineering of Technology (University of Belgrade) and PhD in Sociology (University of Zagreb, University of Cambridge). She is a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.  In her scientific work she concerns herself in research and lecture with the topics War Crimes, Genocide and Memories in the territories of the former Yugoslavia.
Jean Mikhail Zaru is a Palestinian Quaker who was a founding member of Sabeel, an ecumenical Palestinian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Friends International Center in Ramallah.“We must work hard to find nonviolent ways of overcoming political, social, economic, ecological, and religious violence and to join hands with all those who are committed to fighting the forces of darkness,” Zaru says. “In order to hope for justice and to hope for peace, we must work for peace.”
Hon. Mussie Hailu was born and grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and studied Comparative Religions, International Relationships, Management and Metaphysical Philosophy. He also attended the Peace building & Development Institute at School of International Service of American University Summer Course.He is an international advocate and activist for Culture of Peace, Interfaith Harmony & cooperation, world citizenship, right human relationship, reconciliation & dialogue, environmental protection and volunteerism.
Robi Damelin was born in South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 1967 as a volunteer in a kibbutz. She lost her son David in March, 2002, when a Palestinian sniper shot him. David was a student at Tel Aviv University studying for his MA in The philosophy of Education. David was an active member of the peace movement. Since 2003 Robi has been making use of her personal pain for reconciliation rather than revenge and thereby creating a ray of light for peace in the Middle East. The unique role of her work is to spearhead and set an example for a reconciliation process to be created in Israel and Palestine somewhat like the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Let’s Talk Peace

On Tuesday, April 15th, we will be having our Peace sector conference call.  This call is specifically for our peace partners – if you would like to participate and you are not yet a Charter Partner, please sign up here. The call lasts for 90 minutes.  This is a general call for all peace partners. We will be using the Maestro Platform for this call so you will need to registerto get the call-in number, and you will receive your own personal identification access number.  Please register online as soon as possible since this allows us to tailor the agenda to meet the needs of those involved in the call.

To make certain as to what time the call would begin in your location, consult theWorld Clock—Time Converter.  Start with Seattle at 6:00 AM and enter your city in the field and click on convert.

The Charter’s Featured Peace Partner

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (Peaceful Tomorrows) is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn their grief into action for peace. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, they hope to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism. Acknowledging a common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, Peaceful Tomorrows works to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.

Peaceful Tomorrows partners with The Charter for Compassion in advancing non-violent responses to all forms of violence, both individual and institutional. Among Peaceful Tomorrows’ goals are to promote dialogue on alternatives to war, recognizing that the resulting deaths are overwhelmingly civilian. Through education they hope to raise the consciousness of students and members of the general public on issues of war, peace, and the underlying causes of terrorism.

In campaigns such as 9/11 Voices for the Rule of Law, Peaceful Tomorrows members also call attention to, and seek to reverse, threats to civil liberties, human rights, and other freedoms in the United States as a consequence of war.  Working with partners across the globe who have also been personally harmed or lost loved ones to violence in an International Network for Peace, they promote policies in the U.S. and other nations that place a priority on internationally-recognized principles of human rights, democracy and self-rule. 

Visit Peaceful Tomorrows on our Charter site to learn about Education Resources for the classroom.

Please Keep in Touch

Learn more about our Charter Peace sector partners, and take a look at our Compassionate Peace Reader.  Please share your writings, thoughts and events with us.  Also, consider bringing in new peace partners to the Charter network.  We can accomplish a great deal more by adding hands, hearts and minds to our end goal of bringing shared dialogue, compassionate action to our peace efforts.


A path to world peace!  Join the Compassion Relays!

World peace begins with each of us each day, when we choose how we lead our lives (how we care for others, ourselves, and the Earth).  We move closer to peace when we practice “walking the talk.”  Make compassion an everyday practice in your life and in your communities. 

People of all ages, any time, and any place can participate in the Relays, now and year-round.  The Relays mobilize each of us to seek, discover, and practice compassion in our daily lives.  We share acts of compassion and pass on compassion person-to-person and group-to-group around the world. 

Use the Compassion Relays Torch logo to highlight and pass on news about the Relays to friends, family, and colleagues via social media and hand-to-hand.  


Remember these two key links for the Compassion Relays!

  1. Find basic information about the Relays here.
  2. Report your acts of compassion and your Relays experience via the Compassion Map.

Charter for Compassion International is sustained by donations from supporters across the globe. To learn more about how you can help, click here.


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