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By Chuck Woolery | November 30, 2016 - 8:47pm EST
Don’t just vote….Petition for Justice.   “Don’t boo!  Vote!” President Obama retorted after a crowd reacted to promises of the GOP Presidential Nominee leading up to the 2016 election.  Although voting is an important first step for citizens, it is not the only step we can take to have an impact on our politics and our lives.  It matters greatly what we do as citizens between elections.  Educating our elected officials, [...] Read More
Fr Ben and friends at the celebration of his Sustainability Hero award at Xavier University
By Father Ben Urmston | November 13, 2016 - 6:20pm EST
In the Commonweal magazine article “Protect Thy Neighbor” (June 21, 2016) authors Mark J. Allman and Tobias Winright echo the Catholic Catechism when they say: “If and when the day ever comes when war is abolished—and like all Catholics, we pray for the arrival of that day.” Catholics are urged by the Catechism (#2307) not only to pray for the day when war is abolished, but work to end it.  “Because of the evils and [...] Read More
Shirley Davis at the CGS Maine Chapter Table supporting the UNPA
By Shirley Davis | October 27, 2016 - 9:53pm EDT
The Global Week of Action for a UN Parliamentary Assembly runs until Oct 30, 2016, but there is nothing magic about that date.  CGS encourages actions in support of this important idea before, during and after the official Global Week of Action.  On the afternoon of September 17, 2016, the Maine Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions had a table and map display in support of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly [...] Read More
Secretary-General Meets António Guterres before General Assembly Appointment
By Rene Wadlow | October 24, 2016 - 6:35am EDT
UN Day, 24 October, this year is marked by preparations for a changing of the guard. The ten years of Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General will give way on one January 2017 to the new Secretary- General, Antonio Guterres, who was during the same ten-year period the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. As with the changing of the guard in front of a palace or national monument, the persons change but the guards have the same [...] Read More
Venezuela, South America, Mercosur, Human Rights, European Union
By Jennifer Keck | September 23, 2016 - 6:03pm EDT
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami famously wrote, “Hell has no true bottom.” And Venezuela may be proof. As the country continues its downward economic spiral, it now faces pressure from Mercosur to meet the organization’s human rights and immigration standards. The South American trade bloc warned that Venezuela’s membership will be suspended if it fails to meet the December 1st deadline to improve conditions, Bloomberg [...] Read More
Global Citizen Education Program at UNESCO would make Maria Montessori proud.
By Rene Wadlow | September 15, 2016 - 2:14pm EDT
Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian childhood educator and world citizen, would have been pleased at the efforts of the United Nations and UNESCO to promote Global Citizenship Education1. Montessori argued for a child's dignity and autonomy and for the ability of the child to break out of the narrow bonds of nationalistic education. She stressed that children have a unique consciousness and a special sensitivity in [...] Read More
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