|From time to time Santa Fe Veterans for Peace will make files available for download. These will usually be documents associated with Veterans for Peace public events such as "Rays of Hope in a Time of Darkness" which was presented at The Lensic - Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center on May 6, 2003. (These files will be found on the VFP Presentations page.) Others may include documents helpful in understanding the United States' current policy directions, such as a summary of the Project for a New American Century's "Rebuilding America's Defenses which can be found on the Downloads (General) page.
|Craig Barnes opened the "Rays of Hope in a Time of Darkness" evening with an inspiring, uplifting, encouraging talk, "History on Our Side." The full text can be downloaded from the link to the right of this text.
History on Our Side
|On January 17, 2004, The Santa Fe Chapter of Veterans for Peace presented "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War" to a near-capacity crowd at the James A. Little Theatre. Following the film, Craig Barnes delivered a commentary which set the tone for an exceptionally high quality open microphone period.
Craig's commentary, titled "Tomorrow there is work to be done" can be downloaded from the link to the right of this text.
Tomorrow There is Work to be Done
|As part of the "Rays of Hope in a Time of Darkness" presentation, United World College students from India, Finland, Mexico, Kenya, and Colombia explained the five principles of constructive engagement as taught at the UWC Bartos Center for Constructive Engagement in Conflict. As the students described what the principles meant to them in practical terms, the principles themselves were projected on the screen behind them. Charlie Clements then added remarks which focused primarily on the deception which the administration used to generate public support for the invasion of Iraq. The files to the right of this text contains the text which was projected in support of the student comments as well as Dr. Clements' remarks after the student presentations.
Truth is Also on Our Side
|In order to make any kind of change, it is necessary to be able to communicate effectively what you believe. Some may think like you. Some may think differently. But in order to have any kind of exchangewhether one-on-one, to an audience, or in a structured forum, such as a meetingit is crucial that you engage in dialogue. When talking with people who disagree with you, this can be a challenge. It is difficult to refrain from interrupting or growing angry when you feel certain that the other person is misinformed or misguided. But in your certainty, you clearly may miss an opportunity to persuade someone of what you believe. For a few basic communication tips, download the file to the right of this text.
Seven Suggestions for Effective Dialogue