OUR VISION:
We envision a future in which countries work together to abolish war, protect universal human rights and freedoms, foster sustainable development, and solve related problems facing humanity that no country can solve alone. This vision requires the involvement of informed world citizens to create and maintain effective democratic global institutions that will supplant the law of force with the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities.


OUR MISSION:
We are a membership organization working to build political will, promoting global citizenship and a new spirit of sharing, and devising initiatives to promote our vision. We undertake our mission by organizing educational events, communicating global concerns to public officials, collaborating with globally engaged organizations, and disseminating proposals to reform and strengthen the United Nations and other international institutions, including the creation of new agencies when necessary.

(Chapter of GlobalSolutions.org, formerly World Federalist Association; more on 2012 name changes at this link.)

CGS-Minnesota Chapter
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Minneapolis, MN 55414
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NEWS FROM THE WORKABLE WORLD TRUST

Joe Schwartzberg is pleased to report continuing progress on the translations of his book, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World. These will be published by the Institute for Global Policy and the Workable World Trust as inexpensive e-editions. The Arabic, Russian and Spanish translations are already completed; Chinese and French are in the home stretch; German and Japanese bring up the rear. Joe hopes that, once all seven translations are available, it will be possible, through the outreach capability of the World Federalist Movement, to have simultaneous world-wide discussions of some of the seminal ideas in his book.

While all the e-editions will have similar covers, Joe thinks the one in Arabic looks particularly attractive. See at right.

Apart from the translations, the Trust is involved in planning several conferences (to be held this year and next) related to changes in our system of global governance. On June 15th, at the Church Center across the street from the United Nations, there will be an important conference on Security Council Reform, at which Joe will be the principal speaker. The audience for this conference will be composed largely of members of the diplomatic corps, who could conceivably change the reform dialogue. Immediately following the Church Center conference, Joe will be attending the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). There he will be one of several speakers at a panel session titled “UN Security Council Reform: Bottlenecks, Blunders, and (potential) Breakthroughs.”


NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
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May​ 2016
2016 Annual Dinner June 9 featuring Mark Ritchie speaking on "Working Minnesota's Global"
NEWS FROM THE WORKABLE WORLD TRUST
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
ABOUT MARK RITCHIE, CGS MN’S ANNUAL MEETING SPEAKER By Dick Bernard ​
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION ​​​
WHY CGS? By Maryam Yusefzadeh, CGS MN Board

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE 1915-23 By Dick Bernard, VP CGS MN
A FOND FAREWELL FROM YOUR PRESIDENT By Gail Hughes

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March​ 2016
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
LYNN ELLING: “A WARRIOR FOR WORLD PEACE” By Dick Bernard, VP CGS MN, and editor
WHY IS THE U.S. VIEWED AS A THREAT TO WORLD PEACE? FOR ANSWERS, LET’S LISTEN TO VOICES FROM THE GLOBAL SOUTH By Gail Hughes, President, CGS-MN
“WELL DONE IS BETTER THAN WELL SAID”. THE GLOBAL QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE LIFE By Jim Nelson
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​ ​


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January​ 2016
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF ENDLESS WAR BY HEARING OTHER VOICES By Gail Hughes, President CGSMn
A TALE OF TWO CITIES By Joe Schwartzberg
PEACEMAKERS OF MINNESOTA By Ehtasham Anwar, Pakistan native and civil administrator
2013-2014 Fulbright/Humphrey Scholar, Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​ ​


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October 2015
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
MINNESOTA'S UNITED NATIONS MOVEMENT, WHEN THE PEOPLE LEAD LEADERS WILL FOLLOW by Jim Nelson​
A BIT OF HISTORY: THE MINNESOTA PEACE AND JUSTICE COALITION By Louise Pardee
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE ‘OTHER’ FORUM By Gail Hughes, President, CGS-MN
WORKABLE WORLD CONFERENCE REPORT AND THANKS by Joe Schwartzberg, CGS Board Member and Director, The Workable World Trust
WHO IS “AMERICA”? SOME CANDID OBSERVATIONS FROM ONE WHO OBSERVED US by Ehtasham Anwar, Pakistan
OTHER ITEMS TO NOTE
A BRIEF EDITORIAL COMMENT​
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​ ​

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September 2015
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
WORKABLE WORLD TRUST NEWS by Joe Schwartzberg, Director, WWT​
A CALL FOR GLOBAL STATESMANSHIP by Gail Hughes, President
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​ ​
HAPPENINGS: Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota
​​"CREATING A WORKABLE WORLD" Conference U of M Cowles Auditorium OCTOBER 9-10, 2015 (An insert)

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May 2015
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
THE BEGINNING OF A NEVER ENDING (?) WAR by Dick Bernard, Vice-President
NEWS FROM THE WORKABLE WORLD TRUST (WWT) by Joe Schwartzberg, Director, WWT
IT “DOESN’T GROW ON TREES” by Dick Bernard, Editor & Vice-President
THE CURRENT BOARD​ ​
NEWS FROM ALL CORNERS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​
Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota 2015 Annual Dinner
CANDIDATES FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD
​​"CREATING A WORKABLE WORLD" conference U of M Cowles Auditorium OCTOBER 9-10, 2015


March 2015
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
For your calendar: Oct 9-10, major conference planned ​
IS THE UN A FORCE FOR PEACE, OR A TOOL OF NEO-COLONIALISM? by Gail Hughes, President
INITIATIVES OF THE WORKABLE WORLD TRUST (WWT) by Joe Schwartzberg
SOME LEARNING FROM A BOOK CLUB​
​THE CURRENT BOARD​
Your financial support is needed​
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​
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January 2015
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
UN CLIMATE TALKS MOVE FORWARD by Jim Nelson
THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN DEVELOPING GLOBAL SOLUTIONS ​by Gail Hughes, President
THE CURRENT BOARD​
THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM: TIME FOR "PLAN C" by Joe Schwartzberg
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​
BEGINNING A TWIN CITIES AND MIDWEST MAST CALENDAR
​​ESTABLISHING A WORKABLE WORLD TRUST​
​Please Join CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, MINNESOTA​

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November 2014
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
PROMOTING GLOBAL IDENTITY AND GLOBAL CITZENSHIP: LESSONS FROM NELSON MANDELA by Gail Hughes, President
WHY I FAVOR WORKING FOR “A WORKABLE WORLD” by Joe Schwartzberg
A WORKABLE WORLD TRUST​
​THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​
Please Join CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, MINNESOTA​



September 2014
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
OUR INTERACTIVE, TOP-DOWN / BOTTOM-UP, “FEELING-OUR-WAY” EXPERIMENT by Gail Hughes, President
NEWS ABOUT TRANSFORMING THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM
​THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​
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May 2014
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
MAJOR CHANGES UNDERWAY by Dick Bernard, Vice-President
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​​
IN MEMORIAM: LYLE CHRISTIANSON, 1926-2014
​IN MEMORIAM: EVANGELOS N. KALAMBOKIDIS, 1926-2014
CANDIDATES FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD OF GLOBALSOLUTIONSMN.ORG CHAPTER
GLOBAL SOLUTIONS MN, ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION
WORLD LAW DAY PROGRAM
UNPA INITIATIVE WITH DON FRASER
CONGRATULATIONS​​​



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March 2014
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
AN ESSENTIAL WORK FOR ALL WHO ARE CONCERNED WITH THE FUTURE OF A NEW UN by Gail Hughes, Chapter President
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM​
BOOK PROMOTION TOUR by Joe Schwartzberg
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January 2014
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
THE ROLE OF GLOBALSOLUTIONSMN.OR AS REFLECTED BY THIRD THURSDAY TOPICS
by Gail Hughes, Chapter President
ED RAWSON, February 1914 – December 2013: IN MEMORIAM​
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM ​

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November 2013
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
PARTICIPATE IN OUR THIRD THURSDAY FORUM DISCUSSIONS! by Gail Hughes, Chapter President 
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM ​
Go to our GlobalSolutionsMN.Org website​ by Gail Hughes, Chapter President
DEMOCRATIZING THE UNITED NATIONS: A WORLD PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY by Joe Schwartzberg
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September 2013
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
GREETINGS FROM YOUR PRESIDENT AND A REFLECTION ON OUR MISSION by Gail Hughes, Chapter President
ACCOLADES FOR TRANSFORMING THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM by Joe Schwartzberg
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
GARY DAVIS, WORLD CITIZEN, AND THE MINNESOTA CONNECTION by Dick Bernard-Vice President
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May 2013
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
REFLECTING ON WORLD LAW DAY by Joe Schwartzberg, Outgoing Chapter President
THANKS by Joe Schwartzberg
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
CGS MN ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION
IN MEMORIAM: HARLAN M. SMITH
BOOK BLURB by Joe Schwartzberg
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March 2013
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
BOOK ON UN REFORM TO BE PUBLISHED BY UN UNIVERSITY PRESS by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
HENNEPIN COUNTY AND THE UNITED NATIONS FLAG: A CALL FOR CITIZEN ACTION by Dick Bernard
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
MPR PEACE SITE HONORS LEE DECHERT​
WORLD CITIZEN FILM EVENT​​


January 2013
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
MY COUNTRY IS THE WORLD film showing by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
OUR GLOBAL FUTURE guest essay by Troy Davis
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM

November 2012
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
THE SYSTEM’S BROKEN; WE’VE GOT TO FIX IT by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE PILLSBURY, 1921-2012
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
HOW OTHERS SEE US

September 2012
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
TRANSFORMING THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
WPA MONOGRAPH PUBLISHED
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
IN MEMORIAM, Verlyn O. Smith
WFM CONGRESS IN WINNIPEG by June Parrott

May 2012
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
TOWARDS A WORLD PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY by Joe Schwartzberg,
President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
LETTERS ON IRAN

March 2012
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
TOWARDS A WORLD PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY by Joe Schwartzberg,
President, Minnesota Chapter CGS  
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
LETTERS ON IRAN

January 2012
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
THESIL MORLAN, 1945-2011, IN MEMORIAM (with excerpts fromMinerva) by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
CHARITY VERSUS CHANGE by Hank Stone
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
AXWORTHY PRESENTATIONS by Dick Bernard, Board Member, Minnesota Chapter CGS


November 2011
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
ON GOODNESS by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
***AN EVENT YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS*** RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT by Hon. Lloyd Axworthy-Fromer Forein Minister of Canada and a former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, serving twice as President of the UN Security Council.
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
MOVE TO AMEND by David Cobb

September 2011
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
LIBYA AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
SEPTEMBER 21, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
CORPORATE “PERSONHOOD”
AUCTION OF STAINED-GLASS WINDOW

May 2011
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
IS WORLD GOVERNMENT INEVITABLE? by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
WHAT CAN WE DO FOR THE CHILDREN OF "GENERATION HOT," THEIR HEIRS AND OURSELVES? by Lee DeChert
CGS MN ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION
CANDIDATES FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD OF CGS, MN CHAPTER
ON THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

March 2011
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
PEOPLE POWER AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
SENIOR REFLECTIONS ON MODEL UNITED NATIONS EXPERIENCES by Meredith Burns
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
NEWS: LYNN ELLING TURNS 90, ISTILL GOING STRONG; Etc.

January 2011
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
Review of James T. Ranney, WORLD PEACE THROUGH LAW: RE-THINKING AN OLD THEORY by Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter CGS
THE EARTH GARDEN by Hank Stone
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM

November 2010
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
DIEZ DIAS DE DEMOCRACIA GLOBAL/ TEN DAYS OF GLOBAL DEMOCRACY
Joe Schwartzberg, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
REFLECTIONS ON THE ELECTIONS by Joe Schwartzberg
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
HAWKINSON FOUNDATION AWARDS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
NEW WEB SITES


September 2010
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
DESIGNS FOR A WORKABLE WORLD (Upcoming book) by Joe Schwartzberg,  President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
PAKISTAN NEEDS YOUR HELP

May 2010
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
IMPENDING CHANGE by Claude Buettner, Outgoing President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
FUNDING A WORKABLE UNITED NATIONS by Joe Schwartzberg
IRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
AWARD FOR JOE SCHWARTZBERG
WEIGHTED VOTING by Joe Schwartzberg
CHAPTER OUTLINE, DESIGNS FOR A WORKABLE WORLD (Upcoming book by Joe Schwartzberg)
CGS MN ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION, JUNE 17, THUR, 6-9 PM; Keynote Speaker: Secretary of State MARK RITCHIE, "THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN GLOBAL GOVERNANCE"
CANDIDATES FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD OF CGS, MN CHAPTER

March 2010
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
CONTFRONTING FUTURE TERROR by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
CIVIL SOCIETY TO THE RESCUE by Joe Schwartzberg, CGS Board Member
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
DO YOU WANT A PIECE OF THE ACTION?


January 2010
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
THE QUEST FOR GLOBAL POLITICAL EQUITY IN THE 21st CENTURY by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE AN EFFECT by Ronald J. Glossop, President, St. Louis Chapter, CGS
AVAAZ
CGS MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION by Dennis Dillon, Treasurer, MN Chapter, CGS


November 2009
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
A BINATIONAL COMMISSION WITH RUSSIA by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Slightly edited excerpts from a blog posted by Dick Bernard
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
PROGRESS IN PROMOTING UN REFORM by Joe Schwartzberg
WORLD SAVVY


September 2009
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
PRIORITIZING ISSUES FOR THE COMING YEAR by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
WORLD PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION (BEST BOOKS AND GROUPS)
KENNEDY AND THE SAD STATE OF OUR MEDIA by Louise Pardee and Joe Schwartzberg
WANT TO HELP?


May 2009
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
GOING MAINSTREAM WITH GLOBAL THINKING by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THE TIDE IS TURNING by Joe Schwartzberg, CGS Board Member
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
CGS ANNUAL MEETING INVITAION, Keynote Speaker: Dean J. BRIAN ATWOOD
CANDIDATES FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD OF CGS, MN CHAPTER
“WORLD AFFAIRS CHALLENGE,” A COMPETITION ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER by Gail Hughes, CGS Board
DESIGNS FOR A WORKABLE WORLD by Joe Schwartzberg, CGS Board Member
CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS NEEDS YOUR MEMBERSHIP


March 2009
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
ATOMS FOR PEACE NEEDS RETHINKING by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
MY FIRST MODEL UNITED NATIONS EXPERIENCE by Sutton Higgins
ODDS AND ENDS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
WANT TO HELP?


January 2009
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
HELPING TO BUILD THE FUTURE THROUGH THE PARTNERS PROGRAM by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
ODDS AND ENDS
A UNITED NATIONS PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY? by Joe Schwartzberg, CGS Board Member
WANT TO HELP?


November 2008
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
SHIFTING TO A NEW EQUILIBRIUM by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
ALFRED AEPPLI
GRASSROOTS SOLUTIONS NEEDED FOR GLOBAL PROBLEMS by James W. Nelson
WFM SUPPORTS PROPOSAL FOR FINANCIAL DIALOGUE


September 2008
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
CELEBRATE CONSENSUS BUILDING by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
THE WEEK THAT WAS by Joe Schwartzberg
SUPPORT CGS-ENDORSED CANDIDATES


May 2008
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
OVER THE HORIZON by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
IRAQ WHAT TO Do? by Joe Schwartzberg
ANNUAL MEETING THURSDAY JUNE 12, 2008


March 2008
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
ROOT CAUSE,CORRECTIVE ACTION by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
THE UN AS ELECTION MONITOR by Joe Schwartzberg
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP


January 2008
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
REFRAMING GLOBAL DEMOCRACY by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
WEIGHTED VOTING AND SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM
2008, A YEAR OF GREAT OPPORTUNITY by Joe Schwartzberg
BOUTROS-GHALI: DEMOCRATIZATION AT GLOBAL LEVEL NEEDED
THANK YOU DICK BERNARD


November 2007
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
A NEW COMMUNICATIONS REVOLUTION by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY (not this time) GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
2007 ANNUAL NATIONAL MEETING A GREAT SUCCESS
INACTION IS COMPLICITY


September 2007
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
BUILDING INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES by Claude Buettner, President, Minnesota Chapter, CGS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
MARTHA PLATT TURNS 100!
CGSers Help Launch New Radio Show: "Truth to Tell"
CGS 2007 ANNUAL MEETING
PROGRESS REPORT ON UN REFORM by Joe Schwartzberg
WORKS TO BE DISTRIBUTED AT NATIONAL MEETING


May 2007
PROSPECTS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
ENERGY WORKSHOP
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
REVIEW OF PREVIOUS THIRD THURSDAY FORUMS, 2006-2007
THE MINNESOTA MILLENNIUM INITIATIVE (MMI) by Bharat Parekh, Incoming Board Member
CGS MN ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION
MEETING RESERVATION FORM AND BALLOT
CANDIDATES FOR OFFICERS AND BOARD OF CGS, MN CHAPTER
WANNA GET INVOLVED?


March 2007
UNIVERSAL REGIONAL REPRESENTATION AS A BASIS FOR SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
IS "FREE TRADE" THE ONLY POSSIBILITY IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY? by William McGaughey, CGS Minnesota Board Member
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
A CALL FOR OPEN DISCUSSION OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE


January 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR
MEMO TO BAN KI-MOON: TRUE UN REFORM by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
CINDY SHEEHAN EVENT
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
ODDS & ENDS


November 2006
DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
CANDIDATES ENDORSED BY NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
Important Coming Events
WHY WE MERIT AND NEED YOUR SUPPORT
SELECTED WORKS BY JOSEPH SCHWARTZBERG RELATING TO UN REFORM


September 2006
JUSTICE AS THE KEY TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
A GLOBAL PARLIAMENT?
ANNUAL MEETING A BIG SUCCESS
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
Lebanon, Sudan: Who You Gonna Call? By Don Kraus
QUOTE by Richard Nixon


May 2006
STEPS ON THE PATH TO GLOBAL JUSTICE by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
HOW DO OUR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS SCORE ON KEY GLOBAL ISSUES?
WANT NEWS OF COMING EVENTS?
A MESSAGE OF DEEP CONCERN ABOUT THE US AND THE MIDDLE EAST
CGS MN ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION (incl. MEETING RESERVATION FORM, BALLOT, CANDIDATES LIST)
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
Thanks to OUTGOING and CONTINUING BOARD MEMBERS
QUOTES by Felix Frankfurter and Theodore Roosevelt


March 2006
PROBLEMS, RESPONSES AND SOLUTIONS by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
GLOBAL WARMING ACTION ALERT
A UNITED NATIONS ADMINISTRATIVE ACADEMY
TWO GREAT GLOBAL CITIZENS
Eyewitness to Global Warming: Public Forums with Will Steger
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
A TIME FOR ACTION ON IRAQ, JOIN THE DEMONSTRATION ON MARCH 18


January 2006
AN ALTERNATIVE AGENDA by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
A FAIR TRADE LIGHTHOUSE IN HONG KONG By Patricia Jurewicz
THE YEAR 2005 IN REVIEW
POSITION STATEMENTS OF THE MINNESOTA ALLIANCE OF PEACEMAKERS
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP?
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
Book Review: SAVING CHRISTIANITY FROM EMPIRE by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, reviewed by Louise Pardee
QUOTES by Clyde Prestowitz and Marcus Borg


November 2005
SENSATIONAL SANTA FE by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
ABOUT CGS
WANT NEWS OF COMING EVENTS?
TWO GREAT GLOBAL CITIZENS
PLEASE HELP EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
SIXTY YEARS OF THE UNITED NATIONS by Jay Shahidi
QUOTES by Thomas Paine and Socrates


September 2005
A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORA NOTICES
OTHER COMING EVENTS
QUOTES by Paul Streeten and by the House of Commons of Canada External Affairs Committee


Summer 2005
WHO AND WHAT WE ARE by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
BALLOT AND ANNUAL MEETING INVITATION
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM: GENOCIDE, 2005: WHAT IS HAPPENING IN DARFUR?
POPE JOHN PAUL II AS A HUMANE GLOBAL THINKER (two quotes)


Spring 2005
WEIRD PRIORITIES AND "SOFT THREATS" by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
"RESOLVED: THE UNITED STATES SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE U.N." by Bill McGaughey, CGS-MN Board
CALENDAR
CGS-MN PRESIDENT JOE SCHWARTZBERG NOMINATED FOR MAJOR AWARD by Michael Andregg, Justice and Peace Studies Program, University of St. Thomas


Winter 2004
A BAD YEAR AND THE JOB AHEAD by Joe Schwartzberg, President, CGS Minnesota Chapter
KOFI ANNAN: IS HE 'HISTORY'? Editors comment by Dick Bernard
JOE SCHWARTZBERG PRINCIPAL SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE ON WEIGHTED VOTING AT UNITED NATIONS
PEACE ONE DAY (film)

Fall 2004
FORCE OR LAW? President's column by Joe Schwartzberg
A POST-ELECTION MESSAGE FROM CHARLES J. BROWN, President & CEO, Citizens for Global Solutions
FOUR CGS MEMBER COMMENTS ABOUT NOVEMBER 2
Earth to Mars: CHOOSING A FLAG TO UNITE A PLANET by Tad Daley

September 2004
TWO HEROES President's column by Joe Schwartzberg  
REMEMBERING A VISION OF THE UNITED NATIONS by Dick Bernard, editor
FORGING AHEAD ON UN REFORM

January 2004
Ring In The New! Citizens for Global Solutions by Joe Schwartzberg​​​​



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2015, the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations

A Year to Affirm the Community of Nations

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Beginning A Twin Cities and Midwest Master Calendar
2015, the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations:
A Year to Affirm the Community of Nations
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underlined: History events noted.
​Submit to dick_bernard@msn.com, or 6905 Romeo Rd, Woodbury MN 55125-2421 

Apr 9, 1865 - 150th anniv American Civil War ends

​​Apr 24, 1915 – Armenian Genocide begins https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide

​​Apr 30, 1945 – 70th anniversary of Adolf Hitler killing himself as the Third Reich came to an end.

​​Apr 30, 1975 - 40th anniv of Vietnam War end 

May 6, 1945 - VE Day, 1945 70th anniversary of end of WWII in Europe 

Jun 15, 1215 - 800th anniv of the Magna Carta 

Jun 18, 1815 - 200th anniv of Napoleon meeting his Waterloo. Europe has long period of peace. 

Aug 6&9, 1945 - 70th anniversary of Atomic Bomb, Hiroshima and Nagasaki 

Aug 6, 1965 - 50th anniversary of the U.S. Voting Rights Act 

Aug 27, 1928 - Signing of Kellogg-Briand Pact 

Sep 2, 1945 - VJ Day, 70th anniversary of Japanese surrender. 

Sep 21 - Annual Observance United Nations International Day of Peace. http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Oct 9-10 – Creating a Workable World Conference, at Humphrey School of Public Affairs. More information and website in April calendar. 

Oct 22, 1995 - Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (http://www.mapm.org/) founded in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. 

Oct 24, 1945 - United Nations founded by 51 Founding Member Nations 

Oct 25-28 - International Conf in Minneapolis: MN2015 Democracy for a Sustainable Future http://mn2015.org http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/276202511.html

​​Nov 11, 2015 - Armistice Day (11-11-1918) Observance Vets for Peace, USS Ward Memorial, near Veterans Service Building St. Paul. 

Dec 1, 1955 - 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks arrest. 

​​Nov. 30 – Dec 12, 2015 – Paris talks on climate change http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en/

Co-Sponsors of this Calendar (additional co-sponsors and calendar additions welcomed):
​A Million Copies Initiative http://www.amillioncopies.info/
​Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota (
http://www.globalsolutionsmn.org/)


​​Margaret Mead said it well, long ago: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

Our Board: Dr. Gail Hughes, President; Dick Bernard, Vice-President; Nancy Dunlavy, Secretary; Dennis Dillon, Treasurer; N. John Borgen, Margaret Esslinger, Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, Dr. Bharat Parekh, Dr. Joseph Schwartzberg, Olivia Von Gharath, Maryam Yusefzedah

Contact FYI: Dick Bernard, 6905 Romeo Rd, Woodbury MN 55125, dick_bernard@msn.com, 651-334-5744

Your financial support is needed: Suggested donations: $10 students, $30 individuals, $40 couples.
Checks to “Citizens for Global Solutions” mailed to Dennis Dillon, 210 W. Grant St #414, Minneapolis 55403.

THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
Free and open to the public. Come and bring a friend.
All programs 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

​Plymouth Congregational Church (Jackman room normally, lower level), ​1900 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis.
​ Abundant free parking in lot on Franklin Avenue adjacent to Church.
E​nter building from lot on LaSalle Ave side.

These forums are jointly sponsored by the United Nations Association of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers. ​
ABOUT MARK RITCHIE, CGS MN’S ANNUAL MEETING SPEAKER
By Dick Bernard


We are honored that Mark Ritchie will join us at our annual dinner on June 9 (see page one). You are urged to join us for this very special opportunity. Let others know. (Please note: May 23 is deadline for reservations.)

Minnesotans, particularly those familiar with the mission of CGS MN through this newsletter or past programs, know Mark Ritchie was Minnesota’s Secretary of State (2007-15), and before that was founder and long-time Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (http://www.iatp.org/), “a non-profit organization working with businesses, churches, farm organizations and civic groups to foster long-term sustainability for Minnesota’s rural communities. Among other issues, it looked into how global trade rules impact family farmers and rural communities.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ritchie).

His is a long record of activism and interest in international policy issues, including the United Nations. He has previously been a speaker at CGS/World Federalist activities, and his talks are always stimulating.

Now, with his planning of the internationally focused Expo 2023 (http://expo2023.info/), Mr. Ritchie is again bringing Minnesota into the international spotlight. We hope to see you on June 9.
WHY CGS?
By Maryam Yusefzadeh, CGS MN Board


I was born in Iran during the Shah’s monarchy. A fully westernized Iranian in my lifestyle, political and social mindset with a young person’s assumptions that with all the good Iran was doing, helping Israel during the seven day war and more, managing to increasing the value of Oil from the middle east to a respectable dollar, establishing great economic and cultural relations across all nations around the world, and reestablishing Iran to its essence of being a country for all religions and people, that was how we were perceived.

This was not so true when I moved to the US. And within a few years, due to the hostage crisis I had to lie about where I was from.

I have been seeking a group of people who consider a worldwide view. One, where they see human rights, hunger, animal rights, global warming and environmental issues, Nuclear bombs, war and other world issues from a global perspective and produce more inclusive solutions to the world without the focus on immediate returns and gain of power over others.

Citizens for Global Solutions and its Federalist affiliation in Minnesota was introduced to me a couple of years ago. Attending their 3rd Thursday educational presentations allowed me to experience the value they bring in informing and educating the local community about world issues from all perspectives, which is missing from most media offerings. I was intrigued by their commitment to solving issues with the Earth and all its occupants in mind. So I joined the board to support CGS MN.


​​Thursday, September 15, 6:45-8:45 p.m.: “Genocide in Darfur and Institutional Responses: a Case and Comparative Perspectives”

Speaker: Dr. Joachim Savelsberg


How effective are our global institutions at preventing and responding to genocide?

In his presentation about the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, Dr. Savelsberg will discuss the International Criminal Court intervention, its consequences, and competing responses. Comparative notes will be included and may be a focus of the subsequent discussion.

Joachim Savelsberg is a Professor of Sociology and Law and the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair at the University of Minnesota. Educated in his native Germany, he specializes in the sociology of law and criminology.

For more information, please phone Gail at (612) 237-9819.

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE 1915-23
By Dick Bernard, VP CGS MN


Until early in April, I have to admit that I was only vaguely aware that there was a place called Armenia, or that 101 years ago, April 24, 1915, in Armenia, the first event happened which later marked the beginning of a horrific 20th century genocide which ultimately killed 1.5 million people 1915-23. (Uncertain yourself about where Armenia is? It is generally what is now eastern Turkey.) Two recent talks helped me expand my own knowledge of the tragedy.

Dr. Lou Ann Matossian expanded my knowledge at a talk on April 3 http://www.outsidethewalls.org/blog/2016/04/03/.
Then, on April 14, Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. Peter Balakian expanded my knowledge further at a well attended talk at the University of Minnesota. The first genocide in modern times, Balakian said, was Armenia, primarily in the tragic year of 1915-16. He seemed to leave as a separate category the earlier indiscriminate killing accompanying territorial expansion, as the extinction of the Native Americans. I disagree with that point.

The website of the St. Sahag Armenian Ch. in St. Paul gives some basics of the genocide. http://www.saintsahag.org/.

This newsletter does not have the space to provide details. Polish Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in Totally Unofficial defined the word genocide based on what happened in Christian Armenia, then part of the Ottoman Empire. Hitler used societies tendency to historical amnesia about the Armenian genocide to at least partially justify what he felt was the political low risk of eliminating the Jews: “after all, who today remembers the extermination of the Armenians.”

Balakian divided genocide into two general categories: “Barbarism” is the killing of people; “Vandalism” is the destruction of an entire culture, things like differing religious beliefs, churches, art and the like.

Wherever there are people, there are opportunities for genocide in the hands of evil. Rwanda and Darfur are but two examples in recent history. But we need look no further than some of the present political rhetoric of U.S. Presidential politics where deliberate ginning up of hatred for others who are somehow different is effective. We have to be constantly vigilant and outspoken within our own circles in American society. The spectre of evil is always there.

A good local starting point to learn more about genocide and like atrocities is at the website of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the U of Minnesota. http://chgs.umn.edu/
A FOND FAREWELL FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
by Gail Hughes


My three-year term as President is drawing to a close. How time flies!

Fortunately, I didn’t have to do it alone: our exceptionally strong and active Board members enabled us to make it a true team effort. It is unusual when every single member of a Board makes important contributions, such as ours. I feel good about what we were able to accomplish as a result!

Previous Board member June Parrott, VP Dick Bernard, and I worked with student interns at the William Mitchell Law School to obtain 501(c)(3) status, so that contributions to our nonprofit charitable organization are now tax-deductible. Thanks, June, for spotting this opportunity!

Due to Joe Schwartzberg’s support, we have a close collaborative relationship with his newly-formed Workable World Trust (http://www.workableworld.org/) to promote democratic transformation in the United Nations. We organized a book club to discuss Joe’s “Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World”, and participated in his “Creating a Workable World” Conference, held last October. Watch for a Global Town Hall Meeting next year!

Membership Expansion Committee members have begun a process that will enable us to reach new potential members, especially young people, by using social media. Thanks to Maryam Yusefzedah, Olivia Von Gharath, and Nancy Dunlavy, we now have a CGS-MN Facebook page and an improved website. Thanks also to Claude Buettner, who has served as our volunteer webmaster since his days as a previous CGS President.

Of course, the ‘core’ of CGS-MN activities has always been our Third Thursday Global Issues Forums. We have offered an impressive array of Forums over this three-year period, with speakers who have attracted increased numbers and some new faces in our audience. We are grateful to Board member Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, who has recruited a number of Humphrey Fellows from the U of MN Law School to participate in several of our Forums. Everyone on the Board has either given a Forum presentation (Bharat Parekh), helped to identify speakers, publicize Forums, and/or video-tape Forum speakers.

“Hearing the Voices of Others” was the theme of this year’s Forums, as well as of several of my Newsletter columns. The purpose of this theme was to foster a better understanding of diverse global perspectives, especially of Global South voices that we rarely hear in our ‘mainstream’ media. I will remain on the Board, and hope to bring ongoing attention to diverse voices that challenge our thinking.

Special thanks to our Secretary, Nancy Dunlavy, and to our VP, Dick Bernard, who have the toughest, most time-intensive jobs of taking Minutes and preparing the Newsletter, respectively. Both have gone ‘Above and Beyond’ those responsibilities to Pinch Hit when needed. Special thanks also to our Treasurer, Dennis Dillon, who in addition to contending with the onerous task of keeping our accounts, has served as our liaison with the sites for our Forums: first Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, and now Plymouth Congregational.

I’m saving the most special thanks of all for Joe Schwartzberg, who has been the cornerstone of our organization for decades. He has recruited many Board members (including me) and Forum speakers; and he’s served as the guide and inspiration for us all. His agenda has been no less than to create a ‘workable world’; and he’s taken concrete steps to do it. We love and admire you SO MUCH, Joe! What a legacy you will leave!