Our mission is to be responsive community leaders centered on learning, educating
and facilitating the practices
and principles of non-violence in our world. We encourage the empowerment of an
active citizenry and support a United States Department of Peace, a Youth Promise Act and violence prevention.
Hear the transformational journey of Yusef
Shakur as he shares his experience of meeting his father in prison, earning a
college degree, and becoming an author and peace activist. Find out about his
Urban Network and how he is working to transform his neighborhood from a war
zone into a peace zone.
Swami Beyondanada, the Cosmic Comic since 1985, will bring
his unique and uplifting comedy to Michigan on Friday, September 26th. The laughter begins at 7 pm. at Unity of
Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd. The show is
a FUNdraiser for the Citizens for Peace and Unity of Livonia. Tickets are $20. in advance, or $25. at the
door. For tickets, call 734-425-0079 or
Swami Beyondananda is the alter ego of writer, humorist and
workshop leader, Steve Bhaerman. The Swami, whose favorite yoga pose is
tongue-in-cheek, is the spokesperson for a new non-religion, FUNdamentalism
(accent on "fun"). Says the Swami, "We are strictly
Steve was pursuing a career as a teacher and writer, when a
funny thing happened. The name "Swami Beyondananda" flew into his
head one day in 1979. As Steve tells it, "I got struck by enlightening
during a brainstorm."
The following year, when he and a cohort were casting about
for a comic mascot for their ground-breaking holistic publication, Pathways in
Ann Arbor, Swami's name popped back up.
Pathways was one of the first publications bringing together holistic
health, personal growth, spirituality, and politics.
Before long, Swami was the most popular feature in Pathways,
as he held forth on topics such as "Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Sects" ("... unbridled sects can lead to unwanted
misconceptions ...") or Tantrum Yoga ("... the latest rage on the
path to ire consciousness").
When Steve decided to pursue comedy as a full-time career in
1985, the Swami was the obvious vehicle.
Audiences have delighted in the Swami’s "comedy
disguised as wisdom" and "wisdom disguised as comedy". Attendees will have the opportunity to ask
the Swami answerable questions, and receive his “questionable answers”.
“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” —Jill
Jackson Miller and Sy Miller
If you want peace on earth, begin in your own
country. If you want peace in your country, begin in your
community. If you want peace in your community, begin in
your family. If you want peace in your family, begin with
yourself. If you want to be peaceful, begin with your own
In February of this year (2014), Robert Weir led us in
a discussion of ways to have “love in our hearts and peace in our world.”
Through interactive discussion, we listed numerous ways: patience, forgiveness,
gratitude, detachment, compassion, humor, respect, trust, and others.
Now, Robert will return with a follow-up
presentation with a related theme: “Finding Peace Within … Even in Troubling
Robert will explore experiences that are both
personal and universal. He will lead us in discoveries for physical and
spiritual renewal through the wisdom of ancient Oriental traditions, Biblical
scripture, and Divine Guidance.
Bring your friends to another uplifting experience with Robert Weir!
Ron Scott, an activist and media personality for over forty
years, will discuss his successes at the Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday,
August 12, 2014 at 7 pm at Unity of Livonia, 26880 Five Mile Rd. Livonia. (East
Ron Scott is the spokesperson for Peace Zones for Life, an
organization which provides support to Detroit neighborhoods to create safe and
viable communities. They take a holistic
approach including residents of all ages, especially the youth, as well as
local businesses, religious and government institutions. Through the practice of Peace Circles,
residents are taught methods of conflict resolution, and intervention is taken
with youth who have or are at risk of engaging in violent behavior.
Citizens for Peace member Ann Abdoo will also talk about the
Youth PROMISE Act, that when passed by Congress will greatly help organizations
like Peace Zones for Life.
Scott is a well-known co-host on CW50 public affairs show,
“For My People.” He also was the producer/co-host on WDTW-1310 AM radio program
“Fighting for Justice,” and one of the first producers of the public television
program “Detroit Black Journal.” Currently he serves on the Board of Directors
for the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, founded by Grace Lee and
Join us for
the film Weaving Life: the Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry.
Dan Terry spent almost 40 years devoted to the people of Afghanistan and was among 10 humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Afghanistan
in August 2010. Students at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) made this
documentary that includes interviews with Terry’s wife and daughter and
breathtaking scenes of Afghanistan. After 13 years of war in Afghanistan,
deepen your understanding of this country by viewing it through the eyes of a
Kim Bergier knew Dan Terry as a
student at Woodstock boarding school in northern India and will share her
experiences in our discussion after the film.
Deena Policicchio will share her 19
years of experience working with exploited young girls and women. She will
speak at the Citizens for Peace meeting on Tuesday, June 10th. The meeting is at 7 pm. at Unity of Livonia
(28660 Five Mile Rd). Ms. Policicchio is the Director of the Outreach &
Education Services Department at Alternatives For Girls (AFG).
AFG is a Detroit-based nonprofit organization
providing services to girls who need respite and resources from predators.
These efforts help participants to heal and move forward with their lives. When
talking about the girls traumatized by exploitation, Ms Policicchio has stated:
“the damage on their psyche is worse than being at war.”
the last several months, Citizens for Peace have been collecting travel- sized
to donate to the Alternatives for Girls. If you would like to contribute,
your donations to the meeting. Bring a friend.