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APA Division 48 starts new blog!

It is time folks to start the conversation on how to build peace. Enough with the all the rhetoric about if peacebuilding is worth the effort. Enough with the incredulous remarks about whether peace is attainable or not. This blog is for folks who want to move past the why and start to talk about the how. If peace is something you want, if peace is something that is worth it to you and your family, then we say blog about it!

I would like to start the conversation with the topic of what is going on in Chicago, Illinois with all the community violence. It is so bad in Chicago that there is talk about getting the national guard involved to keep the peace. Ironically enough, Chicago is the same city that has had divided opinions about the right for private citizens to bear arms. In city with crime, some homeowners want weapons so they can protect their homes. But Chicago is also a city of violent crime, so some lawmakers in Chicago want to decrease the amount of weapons in the city and want to ban the right to bear arms because they viewed weapons as a means for suicide, homicide and other violent acts.

This issue reminds of the story of the fisherman who was saving folks from drowning in a river where he was fishing, before he realized he should go upstream and figure why people were falling in the river in the first place. People are worried about crime affecting them and therefore are associated their need for safety with the ability to carry weapons. Policy makers should informed people that the real concern should be about the root causes of the disproportionate amount of crime in city of Chicago, like poverty, high rates of unemployment and a crumbling educational system.


10 Responses to “APA Division 48 starts new blog!”


  1. 1 laura4change
    April 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Nonviolence is a philosophy that provides a positive framework for living and solving conflicts. Nonviolence is all about gathering facts and trying to find understanding and common ground to base a solution. I will write more soon. I have not personally used nonviolence in situations like Chicago but have heard Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. speak about his effective use of nonviolence in the Civil Rights movement, Columbia, and other areas he has gone to train people in nonviolence and find understanding among opponents.

  2. 2 Rishi
    April 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I think your definitely right that you have to attack the problems of violence at their root causes, with things like unemployment, poverty and the like. But I also think it would be very effective to have the types of programs in schools, such as “The Freedom Writers” in California or “Facing History and Ourselves” and “City Year” in Boston that teach peace and non-violence, or keep kids off the streets.

    I don’t know much about the Chicago situation so there may be more endemic problems. Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun is also a great book that helped me understand how poverty-stricken children in neighborhoods can be led to use a gun at such a young age. I’d also like to point out though that peace education is not just for the poor, it’s for all people. There are many educated and wealthy people, from terrorists to leaders of developed nations that have and are curently using violence to achieve the ends that they like. They need peace education just as much or even more that the people in Chicago do, and peace education is for all of us.

  3. 3 Joseph de Rivera
    May 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Zoi, I am so glad you started this site. I hope you send it to others in the division who are interested in community peace. There is a great peace worker in Providence named Teny Gross and I hope folks interested in adressing root problems check out what he is doing at http://www.nonviolenceinstitute.org.

  4. May 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I recently read a 94-page paper by a student back East. It was a well-crafted and detailed review of democracy and a design for a new and improved form of democratic government. As I read it, I clarified my own thinking about how to effect wide-spread constructive change in the world, based on what I have learned about the psychology of political behavior from my research on human traits that underlie political attitudes and choices.

    I think the most efficient way to make progress on the myriad problems civilization faces is to figure out how to politically empower good people rather than bad people. By “good” and “bad” I refer very loosely to people who have high scores on two specific clusters of traits. One cluster includes endorsement of warmongering, special interest group democracy endorsement, male favoritism, religious fundamentalism, endorsement of lying and conniving in politics and self-serving economic attitudes. These are the “bad guys”. They represent about 5 to 8 percent of citizens, by various measures. The other cluster includes traits such as human rights endorsement, endorsement of a helpful and cooperative foreign policy, kindly religious beliefs, endorsement of sustainability, respect for women, and endorsement of public democracy, a model of government that serves citizens not as members of special interest groups but as members of the community overall. This group is 90% or more of citizens. We need to make sure top business and political leaders are only good guys. Bad guys, e.g. Hitler and self-serving top financial company executives, can be very, very dangerous.

  5. 5 Kathleen Dockett
    August 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Zoi, I am happy to see this blog for community peace. As a fellow community psychologist and peace psychologist, I look forward to blogging in the future. Keep up the good work!

    Kathleen
    Secretary, Division 48 Peace psychology

  6. 6 L. Dussault
    October 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Today is October 1st, the beginning of domestic violence awareness month. There will be a blog started next week on nonviolence as an idea in transforming from domestic violence, sexual assault and abuses to a better way to live and learning on solving conflict. I will post the link to blog when it is up. Throughout the month there will be blogs on different topics.

    To Peace, Nonviolence and Ahimsa,
    Laura

  7. 7 L. Dussault/laura4change
    November 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Can you attach a pdf here?
    -Laura

  8. 9 L. Dussault/laura4change
    November 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    How do I post a pdf here? Its on nonviolence and prevention of domestic violence…
    Tell me what you think?
    -Laura


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