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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THE LESSON OF BREXIT: THEY NEED TO FIXIT!
By Gail Hughes, President, Citizens for Global Solutions, MN


The vote in Britain to ‘Brexit’ - to leave the European Union (EU) - came as a shock to people around the world, and as a disappointment to internationalists, including World Federalists, who see the advantages of global and regional organizations. Although majorities in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland voted to “Bremain,” the final tally should give us pause to consider why the English (and the majority overall) voted to leave.

Why vote for Brexit? Three reasons come to mind:

1) Reaction against Immigration: The recent wave of immigrants from ‘failed states’ such as Syria was mentioned most frequently by ‘pundits’. Fear of uncontrolled immigration within the EU may have influenced Conservatives, 57% of whom voted for Brexit.

2) Perceived lack of democratic process: Only about 1/3 of the British public voted in the election for their MEP (Member of the European Parliament). The British representative to the European Commission is not well-known by the public; and most EU officials are political appointees. The loss of local control may have influenced Green Party members and Liberal Democrats.

3) Fear of Financial Instability: Although Britain has kept the Pound Sterling and thus, control of its currency, Brits on both the Right and the Left may find it unnerving to see some members who adopted the Euro– notably Greece – suffer a financial meltdown.

In theory, being part of a Union should benefit its members as a whole, in that a larger group is stronger than small, individual countries: stronger in terms of trade, job opportunities, defense – you name it! However, not all Unions are created equal; and for some, any union isn’t necessarily better than no union. Quoting from the Preamble, the U.S. Constitution was written “to form a more perfect union.” In his book, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World, Joe Schwartzberg describes ways to improve the UN. The vote to “Brexit” should serve as a warning that the EU, too, needs major reform, if not transformation, to fulfill its potential.

What do YOU think about Brexit?

Email me at: hughe038@umn.edu. * EDITOR NOTE: Despite her ‘farewell message’ in the May Newsletter, Gail is continuing as President this year.

NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
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September 2016
OUR VISION, OUR MISSION
​A PEACE-FILLED GATHERING OF FRIENDS IN ​FAIRMONT MINNESOTA By Nancy Dunlavy
THIRD THURSDAY GLOBAL ISSUES FORUM
THE LESSON OF BREXIT: THEY NEED TO FIXIT! Gail Hughes, President
​IN MEMORIAM
​A CONFERENCE ON U.N. REFORM, AND AN EXCITING NEW PROJECT By Joe Schwartzberg Director, The Workable World Trust
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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​​
Join CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, MINNESOTA
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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

Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota
(formerly the World Federalist Association)

Newsletter Editor: Dick Bernard, dick_bernard@msn.com
6905 Romeo Road, Woodbury MN 55125-2421

President: Gail Hughes
141 Warwick St. SE
Minneapolis MN 55414

Beginning A Twin Cities and Midwest Master Calendar
2015, the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations:
A Year to Affirm the Community of Nations
Some Significant Anniversaries and Events as Known*


bold-faced: 2015 Events
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; Roxanne Abbas, N. John Borgen, Margaret Esslinger, Walid Issa, Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, Dr. Bharat Parekh, Dr. Joseph Schwartzberg, Maryam Yusefzedah

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

Join Us: 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. ​
A PEACE-FILLED GATHERING OF FRIENDS IN FAIRMONT MINNESOTA
By Nancy Dunlavy


Several Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota Board members traveled to Fairmont, Minnesota on Thursday, July 14th to join the monthly gathering of the Fairmont Peace Club, founded in the early 1960s and currently chaired by Judi Poulson. Each participant – five from the Twin Cities and eight from the Fairmont group - enjoyed lunch together, and then shared their passions and activities for peace and justice. We were all very energized by the exchange, and plan to stay in touch regularly.

CGS-MN has numerous members throughout the state of Minnesota who are not able to attend our Forums but who receive our newsletters and support our chapter through annual membership renewals. We are in the process of upgrading our chapter web site and researching other social media options so that we can reach out to and engage these members.

​NOTE: For those on internet, here is an interesting 2007 article which may help explain Judi’s interest in CGS-MN. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9083208

IN MEMORIAM:
Two exceptional advocates of World Citizenship died in recent months: Lynn Elling (94) on February 14, and Wendell R. Anderson (83) on July 17. Then Minnesota Governor, and later U.S. Senator, Wendell Anderson teamed with Lynn Elling and others in 1971 to declare Minnesota a World Citizenship state, and flew the UN flag along with the U.S. and Minnesota flags at the State Capitol. More about the Minnesota Declaration of World Citizenship and Wendell Andersons Memorial event on August 15 can be read at http://www.outsidethewalls.org/blog/2016/08/15/
(August 15, 2016 at OutsideTheWalls.org/blog).

One of the eulogists at Gov. Anderson’s memorial said about his governing style: “people disagreed and worked together anyway”. Another Minnesota political leader in Anderson’s time in office said of the Governor’s willingness to take political risks: “I am reminded of all the things Governor Anderson did that were under the radar but significant”.
​​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.

A CONFERENCE ON U.N. REFORM, AND AN EXCITING NEW PROJECT
By Joe Schwartzberg Director, The Workable World Trust


The Workable World Trust sponsored a “UN Security Council Reform” half-day conference across the street from UN Headquarters in New York on June 15th. Details of the conference, including my presentation on weighted regional representation, can be found at http://www.wfm-igp.org/blog/seminar-un-security-council-reform-unsc-2020-2050.

As most readers of this Newsletter are aware, my book, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World, has been, or is being, translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish and will soon be co-published by the Institute for Global Policy and The Workable World Trust in inexpensive e-editions. The idea is to facilitate global dialogue among a worldwide cohort of political activists and potential activists as particular global problems gain salience and as the human family becomes increasingly aware of the need to seriously address changing our woefully inadequate system of global governance.

Thinking about that need, it occurred to me that it would be helpful to produce a Study and Discussion Guide, the units of which would be matched to each of the fifteen chapters of the book. The guide would not be a simplified digest of the work, but would, rather, focus on questions to be asked as readers ponder the relative merits – or shortcomings – of the scores of reform recommendations put forward in the work. Each unit, written in layman’s language, would include a few easily digestible suggestions for further reading and relevant web-based resources. Nancy Dunlavy and I have already produced drafts for the first two units and sent them to our reliable friends, Ron Glossop and Michael Andregg, for editorial scrutiny.

Our goal is to complete the work before the end of the year and to get it translated into each of the seven languages noted in our opening paragraph during the coming year, hopefully using the same competent translators who translated my book.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.: “Green Card Youth Voices”

​Presenters: Tea Rozman-Clark, Green Card Voices & Several Immigrant Youth


Tea Rozman-Clark, a 2015 Archibald Bush Fellow and founder of Green Card Voices, will bring several young immigrants (ages 18-21) who hold Green Cards to participate in this presentation. The youth will be from diverse regions (Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East), and they will be among those whose experiences are included in the recently published book, "Green Card Youth Voices". Tea will describe the Green Card Voices program (both the general and youth programs), and each of the three youth will give a brief summary of their 'story'.

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:45 – 8:45pm: “Freeing the Dove”
Presenter: Walid Issa, Palestinian Peace Activist


In his presentation, 27-year-old Mr. Walid Issa will share his story and discuss the projects he has created to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Raised in the Dehesha refugee camp in Bethlehem, Walid is the founder of the American Palestinian Hope Project and the co-founder of the Shades Program on Negotiation. He has received a Welter Global Citizen Award from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and a Student Leadership award from St. Cloud State University, where he received his degree in Economics. Don’t miss a chance to share ideas with this inspiring young peace entrepreneur!
REMINDER:
Every Citizen is Politics. Participate, Vote, Tuesday November 8, 2016

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