Monday, October 27, 2014

Please attend our December 9 meeting for our annual fundraiser to support funds
that purchase peace books that we donate to local libraries.  Tickets
can be purchased at our November 11 meeting. Rosemary Doyle,
Education Director. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yusef Shakur’s Talk after his film “Detroit’s Native Son”

What a powerful movie & talk from Yusef Shakur!

Click HERE for the link to his talk.

Thanks to Joanna for sending this pledge from Yusef's website!

Pledge to Put the Neighbor Back in the Hood

I pledge allegiance to do my part in restoring the neighbor back to the hood.
I pledge to develop myself, my family & my household to the greatest extent possible by being a shining example of a husband, father, son, brotha, wife, mother, daughter & sister in my neighborhood.
I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to improve the quality of my neighborhood.
I will work diligently to honor my family in my neighborhood with good deeds & treat my neighbors as my extended family.
I will keep myself mentally sound, spiritually grounded & physically fit; building a strong body, mind & spirit that will exemplify positivity & productivity in my neighborhood.
I will unselfishly share my time, knowledge, resources & wisdom with my neighbors (young & old) in order to build & maintain a healthy neighborhood.
I will do my part to keep my neighborhood clean & safe.
I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully & constructively to maintain peace, harmony & love in my neighborhood.
I will train myself to never hurt or allow anyone to harm someone in my neighborhood for an unjust cause
 or through negative behaviors of stealing, gun violence, verbal abuse, police brutality, selling drugs, rape or any other social ills that work to destroy my neighborhood.
This is my pledge to do my part by being a caring neighbor in my neighborhood by working to keep my neighborhood a peace zone instead of a warzone


Saturday, September 27, 2014

From Prisoner …To Peace Activist with Yusef Shakur



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.

Citizens for Peace Meeting
7 pm., Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Rd.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Get tickets now for the Cosmic Comic Show Sept. 26th!


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 734-421-1760.
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 non-dominational."
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”. 
He can be found online at www.wakeuplaughing.com.



Youth Promise Act Talk

Ann Abdoo's talk about the Youth Promise Act

Thanks to Ann Abdoo's talk at our meeting, we can all understand the importance of passing the Youth PROMISE Act.

Click HERE to watch her talk.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

September 9th Meeting at 7 pm.

Finding Peace Within … Even in Troubling Times
                                                                 Robert Weir 
“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 heart.
—Confucius
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 Times.”

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!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Partnerships & Prevention: A Path to Peace

Click HERE for Ron Scott's talk.



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 of Middlebelt).
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 James Boggs.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

“Weaving Life: the Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry



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 peacemaker.

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.                                                           
 All are welcome to this free program.
7 PM. Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Unity of Livonia - 28660 Five Mile Road