Fall 2013 Packet
International Agreements Reach Senate Roadblock:
Help is needed to push for Ratification of the CRC by John Surr
Ever since the US failure to join the League of Nations, isolationists have worked hard to prevent our Government from joining the rest of the world in worthwhile endeavors. Treaties currently being blocked include the Law of the Sea Convention (CLOS), the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the International Criminal Court (ICC), Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). CEASE has been working for years to get ratification of the CRC through, and now the US is almost alone in the world in not having ratified it.
We who are working on CRC ratification have seen the dampening effect of this Senate’s political atmosphere on our own work. Last year we launched a campaign, joining 55 other CEO’s of national organizations in asking President Obama to send the CRC to the Senate with his recommendation for ratification. Until he puts it before the Senate, ratification can’t happen. We also got over 35,000 signatures on a petition, urging the same action.
We need your help, especially if you live in a State with a Republican Senator or two. Senators need to hear from us vigorously that US children need to share in the universal rights of children conferred by the CRC, so that our government can work much more effectively at home and through the UN to help children everywhere. The opposition routinely generates hundreds of letters and e-mails to Senators on these issues. The Senators need to hear the voice of reason and hope from us, so they will realize that the vocal minority lacks credibility. Write your Senators today.
CEASE Mini-Grant Pilot Project
Pat Dorman, Chair, CEASE Mini Grant Pilot Project
At the 2012 CEASE Retreat in Nevada City, CA, the CEASE Mini Grant Pilot Project was developed to support projects sponsored by CEASE governing board members. At the 2013 CEASE Retreat the Mini Grant Pilot Project committee selected the recipients to be funded. They were notified of their awards and began connecting with their local CEASE sponsors. Because of time constraints, most of the projects will continue the process of implementation for the next year. Projects included the Yawkeey Infant/Toddler Garden in Boston, MA, an Interactive Peace Garden at the Community Recovery Resources Campus in Grass Valley, CA, a “COB” workshop at the Kentucky Flat Community Preschool in Nevada City, CA, a “Commercialization of Childhood” awareness project at the Fullerton College CDES Lab School in Fullerton, CA., a Peace Camp Youth Leader Environmental Action Project in Orange, CA and a documentary video to help families with a health crisis. We dedicate this CEASE Mini Grants Pilot Project to Chris Lamm, who sparked our minds to see the future of involving of our local communities and future generations in our work.
Blogging for Children
As of July 2013, Diane Levin has begun blogging on the Huffington Post about how various forces in society affect children, and what can be done to make things better. Her first entry was about lessons she learned about the War on Poverty living in inner city Detroit during the riots of 1967 and how the US has failed to use those lessons in working to combat record levels of child poverty today. She also wrote an entry about her testimony before the Boston City Council on a resolution to protect children from attending highly violent live events in Boston, such as cage fighting and Mixed Martial Arts. If you would like to see that entry or more recent ones, go to www.huffingtonpost/diane-levin.