OWHR Institute’s “New-Bottom-Line” Foreign Policy Working-Group

 

OUR WAY HOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR WAR RESISTANCE AND POLICY ALTERNATIVES - QUEBEC


OWHR Institute’s “New-Bottom-Line” Foreign Policy Working-Group

OWHR Institute's Foreign Policy Working Group agrees with this analysis and the work of Dieter Duhm and his Tamera, Monte do Cerro and the Institute for Global Peace Work (in Portugal), reminding us, “The material wealth of our society is based on exploiting other peoples and cultures. The arms industry, with the support of all national governments, delivers weapons into crisis areas. They deliver neither food nor relief but bombs! This is the essential structure behind today's drama. Progressive groups and political parties in Europe try to break this vicious cycle, but they do not succeed because the global arms industry's lobbies are too powerful. This is why we are stuck with the simple unavoidable truth: whosoever delivers weapons sows the seeds and profits of war. Whosoever sows war will harvest refugees" (Dieter Duhm, Feb 23, 2016). And we see this now, and this flow of refugees, heading for the western countries, ...this'refugee “harvest of war” will only increase.

OWHR Institute Executive Director, Isaac Romano further emphasizes the backdrop to the major conflicts heating up in today's world and what must be done, indicating, "It is clear that the policies of US/Western hegemony, especially US, France and Britain, over the past 100-plus years in the Middle East and North Africa has meant despair for the peoples of these regions and has attracted rage. Knowing that attacks will now likely occur in the USA, France and perhaps Belgium and elsewhere in the West we must cooperate to prevent disastrous consequences. We must now respond in Western countries to reduce the reactivity we experience and have a leading role in causing. We must disavow the "War on Terrorism" approach to foreign policy. We must be willing to finally take corrective action and take responsibility (in the name of a slightly veiled “apology” if necessary) for what we have done over the last 100-plus years to these countries. With this is in mind, without fail, our leaders must then put in place policies for community projects which promote reflection, restoration. We can and must rework our worlds, through Policies of Generosity. We can and must restructure Remembrance Day and Veterans' Day (to include the renaming of Veterans Day, as "Remembrance Day"), to help our nations more fully heal and "recover" from wars we have engaged in and are engaging in, in a spirit of deep reflection and reverence for life. This would be a corrective starting point." (Excerpt in part from OWHR Institute Article posted November 26, 2015, four months prior to the recent attacks in Belgium on March, 22, 2016 that killed 32 people and injured 270.)

The Our Way Home Research Institute’s Foreign Policy Working Group is called together by a vision and plan for healing and transforming our world. Preparing Peace and Security, through “Policies of Generosity and a Reclamation of Environmental Sanity.” (Footnote: Now, unfortunately, as we just witnessed in Donald Trump's UN speech, the US electorate inadvertently elected a megalomaniac - pathological egotist to head their government, so war resistance and immigrant rights, as well as resetting large scale activism and discussion to reflect needed policies of "environmental sanity" are more important than ever. Join us. Follow our story, contribute to our progress.)


Dieter Duhm


Advisor to the OWHR Institute’s Foreign Policy Working Group, Dr. Dieter Duhm and the Institute for Global Peace Work, Tamera (Portugal).


Colin Bossen


Advisor to the OWHR Institute’s Foreign Policy Working Group and OWHR Institute Research and Social Policy staffer, Reverend Colin Bossen  is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Harvard University, and Unitarian Universalist Minister. His academic work focuses on the relationship between theology and social movements. He has been involved in justice struggles for more than two decades, primarily working with indigenous communities, migrants, and marginalized workers in the transportation industry. He was a co-founder of CASA - Colectivos de Apoyo, Solidaridad y Acción, an organization which from 2001 to 2011 coordinated solidarity work with indigenous communities in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico. Currently, he is part of forming a faith based committee to support the work of the IWW (The Industrial Workers of the World) Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee in their effort to build a prisoners union. Reverend Bossen is co-author of "Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History."



Isaac Romano


Isaac Romano is founder and executive director of the Our Way Home Research Institute for War Resistance and Policy Alternatives – Quebec. Romano's “welcoming diversity” skills and bridge-building programs have brought major media attention to his war resistance and community building projects in the US and in eastern and western Canada. Most recently Isaac Romano was invited to speak to 3,000 Muslim women, men and children, as the lone Jewish invitee to the December 2013 Palais des Congrès de Montréal conference opposing Quebec's discriminatory Charter of Values legislation.

Isaac Romano was among the Our Way Home Research Institute presenters at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Canadian Studies' International Conference, "Canada as Refuge" in May 2008, and his peace work is highlighted in both the Sunday New York Times and front page Los Angeles Times.

As a leading Canadian proponent and preparer of New Bottom Line Foreign Policy directives, Romano’s leadership is transformative in nature, moving our world away from the Power and Domination foreign-policy paradigm that has dominated nation-states foreign affairs for thousands of years. Isaac Romano’s leadership and policy direction is steering the OWHR Institute-Quebec to be a major world leader promoting effective war resistance policies, to include, a Global Marshall Plan and an Environmental and Social Responsibility Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Canada, in support of and modeled after similar measures prepared by his Berkeley, California, colleagues, headquartered at the international offices of the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

Isaac Romano is a world leader in preparing projects that create the viral media scrums that bring the world’s communities to further reflect and heal from the terror of war, preparing our world for Policies of Generosity, at this critical time for our world.


Acknowledging the traditional peoples and territories here in Quebec and Montreal

The traditional peoples of the Montreal area are les Haudenosaunee(Mohawk). In Quebec, we also acknowledge the Inuit, les Abenakis, les Algonquins, les Atikamekws, les Crees, les Malecites, les Mi’kmaqs, les Innus, les Naskapis, les Wendats and Mohawks and the Metis (les Metisses).

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