Use the Facebook button on the left to sign up and sign back in anytime as a member of the Voices of Humanity Nuclear Disarmament community. First time around, you'll fill out a short form that will become your online profile. If you prefer, the Join and Sign in buttons to the left are nearly as easy to use as the FB button.
Please list your city in your profile. We are aiming for participants from 1000 cities by the end of 2018. Once you are logged in, you may post your photo, smiling or scowling. If your photo is a smile, send praise of nuclear disarmament. If a scowl, send condemnation of nuclear weapons.
One thousand cities will be our signal to begin local organizing around the world. For now, we concentrate on using social media to get the #smile4nd hashtag out there and reach our goal. When you repost your photos on facebook, google, instagram etc, you can use this short link - intermix.org/smile4nd to send folks here to sign up for nuclear disarmament in Voices of Humanity. See below for more information.
Voices of Humanity is a social media platform for community action to achieve a heartfelt sense of human unity. The highest rated messages posted in each community (on topics of the participants own choosing) are taken to represent that community. The collective voices of Women, Men, Youth, Experience and Wisdom build gender and age equality into the process. Geographic focus is easily shifted from city to metro, to state, nation and Planet Earth. The global voice of women is expected to take the conversational lead. This global strength will reach down to the local level and empower women of all ages everywhere. The men will follow. :-)
Nuclear arms are a powerful sign of distrust between the nations, blocking that sense of human unity needed if the world is to achieve the all-important United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Work on the SDGs will help create trust, making it easier to foster nuclear disarmament, and it works the other way, too. A global movement for nuclear disarmament will hugely improve cooperation on the SDGs. Therefore the Voices of Humanity project must put nuclear disarmament right up front in its efforts at every level, from city to nation to the world. Please read on and join us!
Who are we? So far we are just a few people in San Francisco and a barely forming global network, but we have a plan (thank you, Shel). Organize locally, every city, every town around the world, bottom up autonomy, connect globally, Voices of Humanity Software as our megaphone, intercity and interfaith focus, umbrella marches, smile/scowl photos of everyone on the planet, a big-time connection with the sustainability movement, and we all do something for a change. That's our plan.
Our umbrella marches will be fun, and yes, we want Joan Baez for the old folk's concerts and a young idol for the big crowd. But it is the tens of thousands of local organizations that will make the difference.
We begin with a vision of success and a sense of humility. The existing nuclear disarmament groups and networks have a good grasp of the situation, so we will back them up and not pretend we are the experts. Besides the fun stuff of our own, there will be easy things with the other Nuclear Disarmament groups, like signing online petitions for the American Friends Service Committee, and joining up with Global Zero, and having events on U.N. Peace Day, and there will be tougher but rewarding things to do, like recruiting all the mayors and town governments in the world to the Mayors for Peace network, but the really hard part is back to us again, which is the local organizing and keeping everyone interested and moving.
Don't think it is easy. For instance, can we have nuclear disarmament without solving the Middle East conflict and the India/Pakistan conflict? Noo, and what are the odds? Are the rest of the Nuclear Weapons states going to disarm if the U.S. doesn't also cut its conventional military at least in half? Noo, and what are the odds? Scowl. So it seems we have our work cut out for us. Smile.