World Union: More Important Now Than Ever

Dear World Citizen,

The tumultuous lead-up to our Presidential election has so consumed the nation that little attention has been paid to anything else.  Unfortunately, now that the election is over, it looks like the aftermath may be just as captivating.  Nevertheless, our global problems rage on: the earth continues to warm at an alarming rate, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to boil, ISIS and the Sunni-Shiite War continues to claim lives, the threat of “loose nukes” and possibly even a “limited” nuclear war continues to increase, mass migration due to global violence and social injustice goes on unchecked, cyber criminals and terrorists get more sophisticated by the day, and pandemics such as Ebola and Zika continue to threaten our populations.  For all these reasons and more, we, the people of the world, need to find a better way to govern ourselves.

Of all the ways seriously considered, the creation of a World Federation, with a democratically elected World Parliament, World Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Judiciary system, holds to greatest hope of insuring peace, security, freedom, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Many prominent thinkers and leaders such as Einstein and Gandhi supported this great vision.  In the age of the internet and electronic communication, it is now possible for a small group of activists to get a new idea out to the world with amazing speed and efficiency. The idea of a Democratic World Federation is unknown to most people, and we are dedicated to educating the public and politicians as to its benefits.

Democratic World Federalists is part of a world-wide network of organizations that are working to bring about this change to our global governance structure.  Our website, newsletter, events and public presentations are designed to inform the public and build support, but we need your help. In 2017, we will become a membership organization, and we welcome you to join us.  For as little as $50/year ($25 for students and seniors), you become a Global Citizen member; $100+/year, you become a World Activist member; and for $250+/year you become a World Ambassador member. We offer thank you gifts for each level of membership.

You can become a member by making an online payment through our website at www.dwfed.org. All donations above $50 (or $25 for students and seniors) given between now and the end of 2016 will be credited toward your 2017 membership.

We urge you to become a member of the Democratic World Federalists so that we can work together to achieve a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.  As we approach #GivingTuesday, we are raising the funds for our next year of operation.  Although we are primarily a volunteer-based organization, we have modest operating expenses:   

  • A $100 donation will allow us to host informational tables at 2 Bay Area festivals;
  • A $250 donation will purchase a projector so that we can host informational presentations with larger groups of people;
  • A $500 donation will help us update and reprint our informational pamphlets;
  • And, a $1000 donation will purchase a new office computer.

Whether or not you become a member, we are grateful for your support. Your contribution will help build the kind of movement necessary to bring this vital message to the public. 

For a Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World,

 

Bob Flax, Ph.D.
President

A Letter to Our Readers

DWF Board Members

Dear Concerned World Citizen,

I am writing you today for several reasons, and with a sense of urgency. I’d like to give you an update on our work, discuss how our world federalist message can help defeat terrorism and solve the climate crisis, and also ask for your help.

I find it appalling that today’s fastest growing international political movement is ISIS, a terrorist organization. Their ideology is one of hate, ignorance, and death. They slaughter and enslave anyone they consider an outsider or infidel. They now control a good amount of territory and have resources such as oil, money, and guns. They are masters of recruitment using social media. They have organizations in 12 countries and are growing. The civilized world needs a strategy to combat this spread of ignorance and barbarism. We need a different mindset that appeals to the rational and tolerant majority of people around the world.

Building a democratic world federation to handle such dangerous challenges is now urgently needed. Aggrieved peoples, especially in the Middle East, have nowhere to turn for justice, no binding world courts or enforceable global law that they may use to resolve conflicts and pursue peacemaking. We need a system where all international conflicts can be resolved with law rather than by violence. The current system of American intervention has failed to produce stable democracies in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, or Syria. We need to move to a system of international responsibility and individual accountability before the law in order to prevent failed states and meet other pressing crises.

Most people in the world have never heard of or thought of the concepts of democratic world federalism. But ours is an ideology that is open to all nations, peoples, religions, and ethnicities. As you know, world federalism is currently a concept held by a small group of intellectuals and activists. Our challenge is to bring these concepts to the broader world and to build a movement that will dwarf terrorist and nationalist ideologies, and for this work I need your help more than ever.

With the recent terror attacks in Paris, Lebanon, and the Sinai there is a coming together of the civilized world to fight ISIS and radical Islam. Russia and America are working toward a joint strategy to combat terrorism. Muslim countries and populations in Europe are condemning the attacks and hopefully will fully engage in the fight against ISIS and similar groups. Fighting ISIS requires the capture and control of territory they hold and cutting off of money to the organization. The strategy of bombing only and containment has failed to produce results. The terrorists must not be allowed to find a safe haven in any country or to receive funds from any outside source. They are thriving in the places where civil war has left a vacuum, such as Syria, Iraq, and Libya. These countries must be stabilized by the international community. The military defeat of ISIS and the rebuilding of the countries they occupy should be done by a coalition of as many countries as possible, and it is especially important to involve Sunni Arab countries. An empowered United Nations is the best organization to help coordinate such an immense project and to help in the transition to stability and democracy after a military victory. Because jihadists have cells in many countries, a vigorous and coordinated international effort to identify and arrest potential terrorist before they strike is needed. This effort will need to involve a great deal more participation of the international community and in particular the Muslim community. Greater unity and coordination of effort of the international civilized community will defeat terrorism.

As humans we have been programmed by evolution to have an allegiance to our tribe and to consider outsiders as the “other” or as our enemy. We have expanded our definition of our tribe to now mean swearing allegiance to our nation. In many parts of the world and particularly in the Middle East the allegiance is to one’s religious or ethnic group rather than to the nation. The most urgent task that is necessary for our survival is for the majority of civilized humans to pledge allegiance to humanity rather than any one religious, ethnic group or nation. This social evolution is now possible because of our global inter-connectedness and interdependence. We need a message to engage the decent members of society, one that will drown out the negative message of ISIS. It is by energizing the rational majority of global society that a new political movement and paradigm can be created.

We must seize the day. This is our time to help the world move to greater human unity and tolerance by building a viable and dynamic organization to promote a world ruled by just democratic law rather than force. American politicians often say America cannot be the world’s policeman and I agree, but policing is needed. When there is a crisis, an international coordinated response is best; even better would be to have a world legislature and world courts to deal with the crisis according to law and justice meted out on behalf of all of humanity.

Since my last letter we have seen several positive developments:

  • Due in part to the report of the commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, the forces for change at the United Nations are growing. Our movement is working to use this opportunity to further democratize the UN, making it more able to fulfill its vision,
  • The Democratic World Federalist board has agreed to closer coordination with Citizens for Global Solutions and plan to work on joint projects in the coming year,
  • Our President, Bob Flax, represented us at the World Federalist Movement Council Meeting held at the United Nations. Our application for full Member Organization status will allow us to send more delegates to future meetings, having more influence on WFM’s policies,
  • Andrea Kischkat, an intern and doctoral student based in New York City, has joined our team.

Your continued support will help us spread the message of how to achieve a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.  In 2016, with your help we plan to:

  • Increase our public speaking at schools and other organizations throughout the SF Bay Area,
  • Improve our website and newsletter to educate more people and grow our membership,
  • Explore the relocation of our office to a location with other social justice and environmental organizations near the University of California, Berkeley Campus.  This will put is in the heart of a student activist population.

Please call, email, or mail now to volunteer your time and skills, or make a tax deductible donation to help us amplify our message.

Sincerely,

Jerry Tetalman
DWF Development Director