I have become the chair of Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network at a difficult time. It was very difficult to lay off our dedicated staff at the beginning of May. But it became clear to all the members of both Boards (Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund and Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network) that we didn’t have a choice. Financially we couldn’t afford their salaries. Some of our employees had been with us a very long time. The decision and the process were painful. It has been like losing dear friends.
So now we enter a new phase in the life of Citizens for Global Solutions. We are now a volunteer-led, volunteer-run organization. We hope to hire staff and interns again in the future, but for the time being we are looking for a few good volunteers.
So why should you, our members, our colleagues, our friends, our donors, our volunteers stick with us? I believe there are many signs of the times that point to hope for our organization and our world. This blog will share hopeful signs within our organization:
- We have been working hard on our vision, mission, organizational values, goals and objectives. These are all seen on our website at http://globalsolutions.org/about.
- We are not all of one mind and that is a good thing. We believe diversity makes us stronger and helps us to see issues from multiple points of view. We are unique in today’s world in that we bring together democrats, republicans, libertarians and green party supporters. We also bring together conservatives and liberals. Another way to explain our diversity of opinions is with the following affinity groups although they are not mutually exclusive and some people self- select themselves to be connected with all three:
- world federation advocates who want to win the hearts and minds of US citizens that we need a democratic world federation to bring about world peace through world law with justice (check out http://globalsolutions.org/about/world-federalist-institute to learn more);
- world federation advocates who are more interested in talking about and working on incremental steps like transforming the UN system (check out http://globalsolutions.org/about/world-federalist-institute/world-system-transformations to learn more)
- internationalists who are committed to causes such as the environment, or principles such as international cooperation rather than governmental or imperial dominance, and have no particular allegiance to proposals for world federation. (for one example, check out http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5550/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=22879).
- We have remarkably dedicated members of our two Boards of Directors. We have no problem getting quotas of our members at all board meetings…and we have been meeting a lot! We are actively working on strengthening our relationships to improve our effectiveness.
- We have a very strong slate of four candidates running for the Board of Directors of our Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network. All members should have received a ballot in the mail recently along with our fund raising campaign. Please make sure you return your ballot and vote! The candidates are:
- Tobi Ojo resides in Philadelphia, PA and works as a Financial Advisor at Vanguard. Tobi has a degree in International Studies and Anthropology and has been very involved in the Model United Nations Development Organization.
- David Oughton has been the treasurer, secretary, or board member for the St. Louis Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions/World Federalist Association for the last 30 years. He is currently teaching in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University
- Nicole Wilsey is a board member of the CGS Chicago Chapter and senior manager at the Model United Nations Development Organization. She has a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communication Studies. Nicole also works at Cloudview Real Estate and LPL Financial.
- Akvile Zakarauskaite lives in Memphis Tennessee and just received her degree in International Studies and Political Science. She conducted field research in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina on the development of minority political parties, and interned at an NGO working on building a sustainable peace in the Balkans.
- We have the most passionate, dedicated volunteers working at both the local and national levels.
Thank you for your continued support and interest. Please write and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. My next blog will focus on what gives me hope in our world.
Chair, Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network