Citizens for Global Solutions

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In today's interdependent world, our lives, our jobs and our families are increasingly affected by global problems, such as terrorism, climate change, war and infectious diseases. Because these problems are global in scope, it is vital that countries work together to solve them.

Citizens for Global Solutions, a grassroots membership organization, envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. We invite you to work with us on our campaigns to promote the Women's Rights Treaty, combat mass atrocities through United Nations reform, encourage leaders to take action on climate change, and form a UN Parliamentary Assembly where all citizens have their voices heard in a global democracy.

Our membership is active across the country. We meet regularly with public officials to support a more cooperative and multilateral foreign policy. Our Education Fund develops proposals for creating, reforming and strengthening international laws and institutions and to educate Americans about our global interdependence. Our political action committee, which is not affiliated with any political party, also helps elect public officials who are globally responsible.

We welcome you to our new website and encourage you to learn more about us and our work. Get involved today by joining Citizens for Global Solutions and taking action on our campaigns.

Why Net Neutrality Should Be Considered A Human Right

Keep the internet open

In 2012, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations determined that a connection to the internet is a human right. Among other things, the resolution encourages nations without widespread internet coverage to improve access for all citizens. The resolution also condemns any attempt to impede free speech online. The resolution was updated and unanimously adopted again in 2014 and then again in 2016, demonstrating that all members of the Council recognize the importance of free access to information and the right to freedom of expression online.

Though the resolution doesn’t specifically address net neutrality, it does condemn the practice of disrupting or preventing internet access. Net neutrality is an important aspect of online communications and should also be considered a human right.

What is Net Neutrality?

The internet is a platform based on the free and open exchange of information. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers, governments and other entities providing or monitoring internet access must treat all data the same, without regard to the user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment or mode of communication.

Without a guarantee of neutrality, service providers can restrict certain websites, slow streaming speed for video services and funnel customers to sites they control versus their competitor’s sites.

Threats to Net Neutrality

Just as there are efforts to block other forms of free speech, there are many financial and political incentives for governments and corporations around the world to restrict the freedom of the internet.

ISPs Selling Data

Declaration of Peace

Earth as seen from outer space.

These are self-evident truths:

That all humans are a single family living on a fragile and endangered planet whose life support systems must  remain intact if we are to survive;

That the well-being of the planet and the well-being of humanity are one and the same;

That the well-being of each requires the well-being of all—security is common;

That all humans have a natural right to peace and a healthy planet;

That all war is a crime against humanity and nature;

That any war anywhere degrades the quality of life for all of us everywhere;

That we live at the decisive moment in history when we will choose between break down or breakthrough on a planetary scale;

That we here now dedicate our intellectual, spiritual and material resources to the establishment of permanent peace and the conservation of nature, and,

That we are fully endowed by our Creator with the wisdom and the ability to achieve these ends.

Ballot for Board of Directors CGS – Action Network

Citizens for Global Solutions

According to the bylaws of the Citizens for Global Solutions Action Network (CGS-AN), the members elect the Directors to the Board for a 3 year term.  A brief bio of all candidates is found at the end of this blog.  If you are ready to vote you can click here and vote electronically.

To be a voting member, you must have paid your $25 dues to the CGS-AN in the past 12 months.  To confirm this you can log-in to this website and check the “My Donations” tab on your personal home page.  If you need to pay your dues, you can do so by clicking here.

This ballot was created by soliciting nominations from the grassroots leaders and other members and is recommended by the CGS-AN Board.  Voting members may add to the proposed ballot the name(s) of other candidates by submitting a petition with the signatures of 4 other voting members. Petitions with signatures must be submitted to the Leadership Committee no later than June 1, 2017.  All Board candidates must be paid members who support the vision and mission of CGS, are willing to work to help raise funds for CGS, and agree to behave according to the organizational values.  The vision, mission and organizational values can be found at http://globalsolutions.org/about.

Here are brief bios for the candidates:

Jordan Bankhead, MS